Windshield Repair and Replacement
A lot of drivers make the assumption that a cracked windshield automatically means that they need a complete replacement. In reality, many chips and cracks can simply be repaired without having to install a whole new windshield. Typically, any crack less than three inches can be quickly repaired. However, damage that extends more than three inches will affect the structural integrity of your vehicle. To ensure maximum safety, consult with the experts at Glass Doctor® of Helena to determine the best course of action.
When you schedule a consultation, one of our experts will come to you and complete a thorough inspection before making a recommendation. Here are just a few of the factors they take into consideration when deciding between a windshield repair or replacement:
Size: As a general rule, any chip that measures larger that 3/8 of an inch and cracks that are longer than three inches will require a windshield replacement.
Location: If a crack is located directly in your line of vision, a repair job may not cure completely clear, creating an outline in your windshield. This can reduce visibility and create a distraction that is better treated through a replacement. In addition, cracks that have already splintered to the edge of the windshield have a tendency to spread, making them poor candidates for windshield repair.
Timespan: It should come as no surprise that the longer you ignore a crack, the more difficult it is to repair. Dirt and grim can accumulate and make a replacement necessary.
Not only is a windshield repair less expensive, this process also offers a whole host of other benefits.
Convenience: Glass Doctor specialists typically perform windshield repairs within an hour.
Inexpensive: Windshield repair is far more economical than replacing the whole windshield.
Insurance Advantages: Because of the economic advantages of repair vs. replacement, many insurance companies will waive your deductible and pay for the windshield repair.
Environmentally Responsible: Repairing your windshield keeps your old glass out of a landfill, where it will stay forever.
Repairing your windshield is simple. A Glass Doctor specialist will remove any dirt and debris and use a drill to create a clean surface to receive the repair resin. The resin is then injected into the area and allowed to cure before being polished.
A cracked windshield is more than just a blemish. According to the Auto Glass Safety Council, a windshield accounts for 60% of your vehicle's structural integrity during a rollover accident. Even a small crack can compromise the safety of you and your passengers.
If you need a windshield replacement, a glass expert will carefully remove the existing windshield, avoiding any damage to the paint or bonding surface. Next, a new windshield that meets the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards will be installed using adhesives that have been approved by the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC). After the new windshield has been safely secured, the adhesive will take about an hour to cure before it is safe to drive.
For even more protection, customers enjoy our standard G12® Windshield Road Hazard Guarantee. If your new windshield is damaged within 12 months of installation, we will repair any chips or cracks or install a new windshield for free. Call Glass Doctor of Helena to learn more about our windshield repair services.