Windshield Repair and Replacement
When considering windshield crack repair, many vehicle owners may wonder if their damaged windshield is in need of complete replacement instead. Glass Doctor® of Staten Island typically repairs most chips, but if the windshield has a crack longer than three inches we recommend the windshield be replaced immediately. These large cracks are difficult to fix, but, more importantly, a damaged windshield negatively affects the structural integrity of your vehicle. Solving your auto glass dilemma is our specialty.
Windshield Repair & Replacement Service Criteria
When weighing windshield crack repair and replacement service, we advise vehicle owners to take a few factors into consideration. First, the size of the damage is important. If the windshield has any cracks longer than three inches, or chips larger than 3/8 inch, the windshield should be completely replaced to ensure safety is fully restored.
Location is also important. If a crack has splintered to the edge of a windshield, it has disrupted the bond along between the pane and vehicle. This type of crack also spreads, even after repair, which weakens your windshield reliability. If the damage obscures the driver's line of sight any repair will leave a distracting outline in your field of vision. The best solution in either scenario is to install a new windshield.
Finally, the longer you've had a crack or chip in your windshield, the more likely it is to have accumulated dirt that makes the repair process difficult, if not impossible. Avoid an unnecessary replacement service by attacking the moment glass damage occurs.
Windshield Crack Repair
Windshield repair is less expensive than replacement, and will stop damage from spreading across your windshield. Many insurance companies will waive your deductible when paying for repair because it's less expensive and has a positive effect on your vehicle's safety. Plus, because our team performs the repair work at your location and it takes less than 30 minutes to complete, it is the most convenient service option.
When our specialists repair a windshield, we remove debris from the cracks or chips, sometimes drilling into the space to create a clean pathway for the resin. Then we inject the resin into the damaged area, allow it to cure it and polish to a clear finish.
If your windshield needs replacement service, act quickly. The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) estimates your windshield supports up to 60% of your vehicle during a rollover accident.
To replace your windshield, we first remove the old pane carefully to avoid damaging the bonding surface. Then we select a windshield that matches the original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) quality. Our specialists install the glass following AGSC guidelines and using the highest-quality adhesives. We also follow the recommended one hour waiting period before allowing anyone to drive-away, which gives the adhesive time to properly cure.
While you wait, a team member will review our complimentary G12® Road Hazard Guarantee. If your new windshield suffers damages within 12 months of installation, we'll repair any chips or cracks free of charge. If it's broken beyond repair, we replace the glass for free.
Exceptional Windshield Care
A strong windshield is vital to the safety of your vehicle. Contact us today and we'll walk you through every step of windshield care service.