Windshield Replacement vs. Windshield Repair

Most of us have experienced a cracked windshield. Sometimes it occurs in a small, snowflake like pattern. Other times, it might be a large crack that continues to travel over the width of the windshield as time passes. Either way, having a crack in your windshield is annoying!

You may be holding off taking your car into the shop to have the windshield inspected for fear that it needs to be replaced completely. It’s true that in the past, windshield replacement was the remedy for most cracks. But with advances in modern technology, chances are better than ever that you can have your windshield repaired instead of replaced.

The decision between windshield repair of replacement is largely based on three things: the severity of the damage, the location of the damage and the size of the damage.

  • Severity of damage. If you have been in a collision, it’s possible that your windshield has sustained enough damage that it needs to be replaced. Less severe damage can likely be repaired.
  • Size of damage. If the size of the damage is less than a quarter (for rock chips) or less than three inches long, chances are the windshield can be repaired instead of replaced. Some windshield repair facilities have the means to repair cracks up to twelve inches long!
  • Location of damage. The closer a crack is to the edge of your windshield, the more damage it may cause and the greater the possibility the entire windshield may need to be replaced. Also, if the damage is in your field of vision as a driver, it may be more challenging to repair the damage without distorting the glass.

The most important thing to keep in mind with cracks and other damage to your windshield is that time is of the essence! The faster you take your car into the shop, the better the chances that it will be a repair instead of a full replacement and that the damage won’t spread, costing you more money.

Do you have a damaged windshield? Contact Scott’s Collision Repair today and speak with our professionals. We will quickly and expertly perform windshield repair or windshield replacement on your vehicle. If you live in or around Paris, TX, Scott’s Collision Repair is your source for all things related to your vehicle’s windshield.