Here at DGC Glass Systems, LLC, we know that no one ever wants to have to deal with a damaged windshield. However, sometimes things happen, and it’s best to be prepared for when they do. If your windshield becomes damaged, your two options are to repair or to replace it. In this article, our team will go over both of these options and what circumstances determine which one is right for your car.
If the damage to your windshield is minor enough, you can likely resolve any safety concerns with windshield repair. By “minor enough” damage, we mean that a chip that is less than three inches in any dimension, or a crack that is under fourteen inches in length. Another concern is the depth of the damage: windshields are made of two layers of glass with a protective layer of plastic in between, and windshield repair is only a viable option if the crack does not penetrate into the inner layer. Finally, the crack or chip should not touch the outer edge of the glass, as that will compromise the structural integrity too much to make repair effective.
When damage to your windshield exceeds the limitations outlined above, we at DGC Glass Systems, LLC recommend that you get your windshield replaced. The integrity of your windshield is essential to your safety on the road, and we don’t want to put you at risk by only implementing windshield repair when replacement is called for. A weakened windshield is likely to shatter and injure you or your passengers, so if you aren’t sure whether your vehicle needs windshield repair or replacement, give our team at DGC Glass Systems, LLC a call to find out.