Windshield Crack Repair and Replacement
When your vehicle experiences unexpected damage to your windshield, it may not seem like immediate action is necessary. Given time, chips and small cracks will turn into a larger problem. Glass Doctor® of Central Illinois proudly serves the greater Springfield area with our expertise and extensive knowledge of windshield repair and replacement.
Windshield Repair in Springfield
We are able to provide windshield repair for most windshield chips and small cracks, however cracks larger in size will require a windshield repair.
The experts at Glass Doctor of Central Illinois take several factors into consideration before recommending a windshield repair or replacement for our Springfield customers.
Location: The location of the chip or crack is crucial in determining if a repair or a replacement is in order. When chips or cracks obstruct the drivers vision, a replacement is required because the repair will often leave a blurred outline that can be distracting. Replacement is also necessary when the crack is located on or near the edge of the windshield. These cracks spread easily and will compromise the integrity of your windshield seal.
Size: The size of the crack or chip in your windshield is just as important when making the decision to repair or replace your windshield. Typically, chips that are larger than 3/8 of an inch are too big to repair. Similarly, cracks in your windshield that are three inches and longer will require a replacement.
Time: When you have a crack or chip in your windshield, time may decide if repair is a viable option. If you leave damage untended for too long, dirt and dust will gather in the cracks. This will make it difficult to repair the windshield. If attended to immediately, a repair will be more likely.
Glass Doctor of Central Illinois makes it easy to afford a windshield repair or replacement. All major insurance companies are accepted and we even do the insurance paperwork for you. Always double-check your coverage with your local Springfield insurance agent before beginning service.
A repair typically takes an hour or less and is far better for the environment. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of the repair and waive the deductible, so this makes repair a more economical choice.
To start, we remove dirt and debris from the area to create a clean passageway for the repair resin. In some cases a drill is used. Once the resin is applied, it is given time to cure and is then polished to a clear finish.
It's so important to replace your windshield if necessary. In a rollover accident, 60% of the structural integrity of your vehicle is your windshield, according to the Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC).
A good replacement starts with careful removal of the damaged windshield. This is done carefully to avoid damaging the bonding surfaces and paint. Our glass experts then choose a new windshield that matches the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards. Adhesives are applied and allowed to cure. All procedures recommended by the AGSC are followed for your safety, including the one-hour drive-away time, which allows time for the adhesive to dry.
We enhance the value of every replacement service with our G12® Road Hazard Guarantee. We will repair or replace your windshield if it is damaged within 12 months, with no cost to you. The guarantee excludes labor costs and materials.
Nothing is more simple than repairing your windshield with Glass Doctor of Central Illinois. Our customers love the stress-free experience. Schedule your appointment today!