If your auto glass has a small chip or crack, you may wonder if it’s necessary to have a windshield repair; the answer is yes. Small damages will compromise the safety of your vehicle. Glass Doctor® of Edmonton recommends that you repair the damage as soon as you notice it. Doing so will restore your vehicle’s architectural strength and protect your passengers in the event of a collision.
Do You Need a Windshield Repair or Replacement?
The specialists at Glass Doctor of Edmonton make the decision to repair or replace damaged windshield glass on factors, such as:
- Windshield location: Cracks along a windshield’s edge tend to spread, so a replacement is best. Glass specialists also replace chips and cracks that are in your line of vision.
- Chip or crack size: In general, glass specialists repair chips that are smaller than 3/8 inch and cracks that are shorter than three inches.
- Age of the impact: The older a crack or chip is, the more difficult it is to repair. When a windshield impact remains unaddressed, dirt and debris build-up in it, making it harder to repair successfully.
When you notice a chip or crack in your windshield, Glass Doctor of Edmonton recommends that you avoid using the vehicle’s defrost setting to help prevent the impact from increasing in size.
Windshield Repair Benefits
Glass Doctor of Edmonton has a “repair first” policy. This means that our glass specialists will always opt for repairing your damaged windshield whenever it is a safe, effective choice to restore the architectural strength of your vehicle.
Other reasons that we favour windshield repairs include:
- Cost savings: It’s less expensive to repair a windshield than it is to replace it.
- Convenience: Glass Doctor of Edmonton works around your schedule when you need a windshield repair. In most cases, the process takes 60 minutes or less.
- Eco-friendly: Most windshields end up in landfills because the glass is difficult to recycle. A repair reduces landfill waste and the demand for raw resources.
- Insurance benefits: Some auto policies cover the cost of windshield repairs and waive the deductible. Before contacting our specialists to fix your windshield, talk to your insurance agent to learn if your auto policy offers this benefit. If it does, we’ll happily take care of the claim for you.
A windshield that is in good shape accounts for up to 60% of a vehicle’s architectural strength, according to the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC). When a windshield repair isn’t possible, a glass specialist takes the following steps to restore your vehicle’s safety:
- Remove the damaged windshield using techniques that won’t damage the bonding surface or paint.
- Select a windshield that matches the original equipment manufacturer’s quality.
- Apply the new windshield using an AGSC-approved adhesive, following the steps that the council recommends.
- Allow the adhesive to cure.
After the replacement, we back our work with the G12® Road Hazard Guarantee for the following 12 months.
If you have a cracked or chipped windshield, contact Glass Doctor of Edmonton right away or schedule an appointment online.