When to Replace or Repair Your Car Windshield?


By  AIS Windshield Experts

Category:  Car Windshield

A car’s windshield is your primary safety net when you’re driving away, which is why if you accidentally ding or crack it, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible. Often, car owners are unable to decide whether to get this structure repaired or replaced. When such a conundrum arises, it is always ideal to show your windshield damage to an auto glass expert as they are the ones adequately trained to advise when you need windshield repair or replacement.

Remember, windscreen cracks can come from various sources, and not all damage is the same. While a small chip may seem insignificant, its location might be such that you will likely require a replacement. Such cases of replacement are often seen when the breakage is directly in the line-of-sight of the driver. On other occasions, you may find cracks developing on the side of your windscreen. In such a case, you may have a couple of days or a week before you need to take your vehicle to an expert.

However, in almost all the cases, if your windshield has developed a crack, it will need professional help, and perhaps, a replacement.

Have you noticed any damage on your windscreen lately? If so, then continue reading to determine whether you are likely due for a repair or replacement.

When Will a Windshield Repair Work?

It is not a secret that repairing a windscreen is cheaper than replacing it. An auto glass service provider’s ability to repair windshield will largely depend on the type, location, size, and thickness of the blemish or fissure. However, a good rule of thumb to remember here is that if the chip on your windscreen is shallow and smaller than 40mm in diameter, your auto glass expert may suggest repairing it. Moreover, at the most, two such chips can be repaired.

Another thing worth considering is that if the small and shallow breakage occurs in the slight centre of your windshield, but away from the driver’s side, and definitely out of their vision, your expert can repair it. One of the essential things to bear in mind here is that after noticing your breakage, the later you go for repairs, the higher the chance of a replacement – because even minor chips aggravate within a matter of days.

When Will You Need a Windshield Replacement?

There are several apparent instances where it becomes abundantly clear that you will need a replacement. For example, if a rock flings and punches a hole through your windshield or if it develops multiple chips – sometimes filling up the entire surface, then a replacement is inevitable. Remember that your car’s windshield is its most durable window made from two layers of glass fused with a Poly Vinyl Butyral or PVB interlayer in between. This sandwiched layer holds the entire structure together in the event of developing damages.

If any of these scenarios play out for your car’s front window, immediately call an auto glass repair company. Keep the number of one that offers their services on your location of choice handy on your smartphone.

Moving on, not all instances of windshield damage are as clear cut as the two examples listed above. Sometimes the far less evident smaller cracks and chips may end up being the reason behind a windshield replacement. A simple rule of thumb to follow here is that if your car’s front window has cracks located anywhere, then it is indeed time to replace it. Whether you choose to replace it immediately or wait for a couple more months, the ultimate solution is to get rid of the old one.

Cracks weaken the entire structure of the windshield. The next time you meet with even a minor accident, you run the risk of completely shattering or detaching your windshield, which is likely to hurt the people sitting inside. A damaged windscreen will also thwart the optimal deployment of airbags, and you are likely to get thrown out of your car from the front window space. Therefore, a replacement, much like a repair, should not be put away for later.

Parting Thoughts

Do not wait before it’s too late! If your windshield is damaged, turn to AIS Windshield Experts. We offer a quick turn-around time when it comes to fixing your windshield. Our team of professionally-trained experts provide help at every step of the way and never recommend a replacement where a repair will suffice.

We boast years of experience dealing with damaged windshields for several automotive brands and also offer our gamut of services at your chosen location. We have a network of 90+ service centres across 50+ cities in India. We take immense pride in our work and thus offer an extended one-year written warranty on workmanship and materials used.

To know more about how we can help you with all your auto-glass related woes, get in touch with us today! For further details, visit our website or call us on 1800 102 6364!


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