Windshield Repair and Replacement
Windshields are essential to safe driving. Not only do they keep out debris and other road hazards, but they also help your car to remain intact during an accident. Even the slightest damage to your windshield is cause for concern, and you should deal with it as quickly and as comprehensively as possible. Glass Doctor® repairs minor damages, such as small chips, and offers full windshield replacements for cracks and other structural damages.
Should I repair my windshield or replace it?
To answer this question, we take into account the location and size of the damage. It is usually possible to repair windshields if the damage occurred away from its edges, is not directly in the line of vision and is relatively small (chips must be smaller than three-eighths of an inch, while cracks must be no longer than three inches). It also makes a difference how long you've waited to fix the damage. It is often possible to repair windshield damage early on, but with time, the damaged area accumulates debris and expands, making replacement necessary.
Don't ignore the dangers of windshield damage until it's too late. The Glass Doctor team has years of training and experience dealing with windshield damage, and knows how to assess whether you need repairs or a full replacement. We also accept insurance from all of the most common providers, and are willing to take care of all the paperwork; you should still speak to an insurance agent beforehand, however, to confirm the extent of your coverage.
The Repair Process
Windshield repair is much cheaper than replacement, and for small damages that you address early; it's just as effective a way to protect your car. The following are just some of the reasons we recommend trying to repair your windshield whenever possible:
- Financial Wisdom: Not only are repairs less expensive than replacements, but most insurance plans fully cover repairs.
- Sustainability: Repairing your windshield means that less glass will end up in a landfill, and less energy and resources will have to be devoted to manufacturing new glass.
- Structural Safety: The best car repairs are the types that don't modify the original factory equipment. By repairing your windshield, we can eliminate the dangers of tampering with the original model.
- Quick Fix: Most windshield repairs take no more than an hour.
For a typical windshield repair job, we start by removing any debris that has built up in the damaged area. We then use a drill to make the damaged area smoother and fill in the gap with a repair resin. We then cure the resin to keep the windshield strong and polish it to prevent the affected area from becoming blurry and obstructing your vision.
The Art of Replacement
Although windshield repair is preferable, it's often impossible to ensure your safety without replacing the glass entirely. Our replacement process is as follows:
- We remove the original windshield, being careful not to damage the car's bonding surface, which protects against rust, corrosion, and leaks.
- We find a new windshield that was made according to the same manufacturing specifications as the original one.
- We select an adhesive that can reliably glue the new windshield in place. We only consider adhesives that the Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) has approved.
- We install the new windshield, following the procedural guidelines of the Auto Glass Safety Council.
- We wait one hour to ensure that the adhesive can cure properly, sealing the new windshield into place.
Any windshield we've repaired carries a year-long warranty. If the windshield is damaged as a result of ordinary road hazards, we will repair or replace it for free.
Contact us Glass Doctor of The Hamptons today and address your damaged windshield!