Winter is on the way and its important to take care of that chip before it's too late! Flying rocks, gravel and debris are bad enough in the summer. Add freezing temperatures, ice, hail and low visibility to the mix and chips become very hazardous in the winter.
Why and when is a chip repair necessary?
Repairing a chip in your windshield is especially important prior to the winter months. During the cold winter months rock damage to your windshield can spread as a result of the cold temperatures. Moisture from ice and snow can get trapped inside the crack. As temperatures drop, the moisture freezes and expands, thus increasing pressure on the glass and causing serious cracks. When you apply the heat from the defroster for the first time, the water melts and expands ruining your windshield for good. Instead of the minimal cost of a chip repair, you are now looking at the cost of a new windshield which is far more expensive.
It's easy to ignore windshield damage and put off repairing the windshield until its too late. When your chip is allowed to grow into a large crack or multiple large cracks, it's not only a costly mistake but is is also unsafe. The structural integrity of your windshield is actually a critical component to your safety in a rollover crash.
How much does it cost?
The difference between the cost of a chip repair and a windshield replacement is significant. Our average in-shop price for a chip repair is $55. If there are multiple chips, we charge an additional $15 per chip. The cost of an average windshield is around $250 and for many vehicles the cost is actually much higher. Once the chip has started to crack and spread, its too late and a full windshield replacement is required.
How long does it take?
No need to clear your schedule, a chip repair takes around 20 minutes and can usually be done without an appointment. If you notice a chip in your windshield come by and let one of our trained specialists take a look before it's too late. It could end up saving you a lot of money!
Still have questions? Contact the auto glass specialists at Glass Doctor of Tulsa today at (918) 770-7023, or we invite you to take a look at our windshields services page for more information!