The Choice Between Repair and Replacement
Your windshield is meant to provide an unobstructed view of the road as well as structural support for your vehicle, meaning that damage sustained by its surface should be corrected as soon as possible. Although you could arrange for a replacement, repair is the less expensive option. One that makes even more economic sense when it can restore your unobstructed view of the road.
The Limitations to Windshield Repair
With that said, there are limits to what auto glass technicians can and cannot repair. Since the exact capabilities of one auto glass technician differs from the next, you need to take your car in if you want an exact assessment. Still, there are some useful generalizations that can be made.
For example, chips and other kinds of surface damage that measure less than 1.5 inches in diameter should be repairable, while much the same can be said of cracks that measure less than 20 inches.
However, size is not the sole consideration in these issues. For example, waiting too long to repair the windshield means that it can become contaminated, which will ruin your view even if the damage is repairable. Similarly, chips and cracks in strategic locations such as the base can cause the windshield to weaken as a whole, thus making it unsafe to use and better to replace.
New techniques and technologies continue to be introduced, meaning that the limitations of windshield repair continue to change. If your windshield has sustained damage to its surface, you should contact us at your earliest convenience for a professional opinion about whether it can be repaired or not.