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Exploring the Fine Line Between a Windshield that Needs Repair and One that Needs Replacement

Last updated 5 years ago

Glass repair companies carefully evaluate a windshield’s damage before they decide to repair or replace it. Even a small shift in a crack’s position could change a quick repair into a full-blown replacement. This guide explains some of the minute differences that can determine how our Oakland auto glass company repairs your windshield.

Chip Position: Annoying glass chips can occur anywhere on your window. These chips are typically caused by airborne trash or road debris. Most bull’s-eye chips, star chips, and line chips can be repaired without replacing the windshield. In fact, almost any chip smaller than the diameter of a quarter can be repaired. A notable exception to this rule is chips that occur directly in the driver’s line of sight. Repairs to window chips can distort the windshield glass and impair a driver’s sight while behind the wheel.

Crack Length: Auto glass specialists can typically repair small cracks with ease—any crack less than three inches should be taken in for repair right away. If you do notice a crack, then you should have it repaired immediately. Even small cracks will eventually grow and put your passengers in danger. Professionals recommend replacing any windshield with a crack over six inches. However, some shops have state-of-the-art repair technology that allows them to fix long cracks as well.

Impact Type: Some windshields require replacement simply because of the type of damage they receive. For example, an impact that leaves the windshield punctured calls for immediate repair. You also should keep a close eye on blows to the edges of your windshield. Cracks in these areas are more likely to spread and weaken your windshield.

Don’t put off your windshield repairs. Instead, call Glass on the Move at (510) 338-4791. Our Oakland auto glass technicians are waiting to take your call and provide an accurate quote. We even offer special deals for drivers whose insurance policy won’t cover chips


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