Windshield Repair and Replacement
Most drivers want to know if windshield repair is a suitable alternative to windshield replacement. Depending on the circumstances of the damage, repairs are often a possible solution. Trust Glass Doctor® of Lafayette specialists to consider every option before recommending a service. We will ensure the vehicle's structural integrity and other safety related factors before recommending repair or replacement.
Why Your Windshield is Important
Modern vehicles are carefully designed for safety. Your windshield contributes to the structural support of your car and is protection during an accident. According to the Auto Glass Safety Council™, windshields account for more than 50% of structural integrity and protection during a roll over accident. Damaged windshields in an accident increase the likelihood of getting crushed or ejected.
As part of your vehicle safety restraint system, having an accident with a damaged windshield puts you and your passengers in direct danger of injury or worse. This is why Glass Doctor of Lafayette recommends acting promptly when windshield repair or replacement is needed.
Factors Influencing Windshield Repair
Before choosing to repair or replace, we carefully examine the windshield and consider three factors. In most cases, the safest and best course is to replace the entire windshield but we sometimes recommend expert windshield repair.
The location of the chip or crack is the overriding factor determining if we provide windshield repair or must replace the glass. Chips or cracks in the driver's line of sight are another reason to replace the windshield with quality original equipment manufacturer (OEM) glass. A replacement is recommend when the damage has occurred directly in the driver's line of sight because repair work may slightly obscure a small section of glass.
The size of the chip or crack is another important consideration. Our glass repair specialists quickly repair chips smaller than 3/8-inch and cracks less than three inches in length.
Don't put the safety of your family at risk. Waiting too long increases the risk of accident and the likelihood of a windshield replacement instead of repair. In many cases, most auto insurance companies cover our work. Talk to your representative before scheduling an appointment. We're happy to file paperwork for you. Our glass specialists are equipped with the knowledge and tools to quickly repair or replace all types of vehicle windshields.
There are many reasons windshield repair is the correct solution for small cracks and chips. The cost is less for windshield repair and most insurance companies offer to waive the deductible when paying for the repairs. Prompt repair restores your windshield's ability to protect your family and is environmentally responsible.
Don't delay, contact Glass Doctor of Lafayette today to get the chip or crack in your windshield fixed. Our skilled specialists perform most windshield repairs in under an hour.
When replacement is needed, our automotive glass specialists perform a precise series of steps to replace your windshield. The old glass is carefully removed and matching OEM glass is carefully installed using only Auto Glass Safety Council-approved adhesives. The windshield must dry for one hour before you drive. Every windshield replacement we do is covered by our G12® Road Hazard Guarantee. If the new windshield is damaged within the next 12 months, Glass Doctor of Lafayette will repair or replace the glass for free.