Is Your Windshield Repairable?

Is Your Windshield Repairable?

This question can be difficult to answer because there’s no “one answer fits all” solution here – but this post will cover all of the things that need to be considered, and show you how to determine whether or not your windshield can be repaired, or if it needs to be replaced.

Note: The most important factor that you have to take into consideration is the size and location of the damage. While this post is a very good guide always follow the advice given to you by a certified windshield professional.

Following are a few common windshield repair cases that will help you to determine if repair is an option.

  • Small chips and scratches can be repaired, unless they are within 5cm of the edge of the windshield.
  • Damage within 5cm of the edge of the windshield cannot be repaired.
  • Damage that is directly in the driver’s line of sight cannot be repaired.
  • Certain regulations might prohibit specific types of damage from being repaired.
  • If you wait too long to repair damage to your windshield, then it will accumulate dirt and water, making repair impossible.

Our windshield repair experts in Edmonton will assess your damage on a case-by-case basis, offering you the best option for repair of your windshield. Just give us a call or fill out the form for a free analysis.

Different Types of Damage

Next, let’s go over some of the different types of damage and how it’s usually repaired.

Scratches: Damage that does not go through (penetrate) the glass is usually a scratch. Scratches can usually be polished away by using a scratch DIY removal kit. However, deep scratches (that can be felt by touch) must be repaired.

Scratches Windshield

Cracks: Cracks can be found in several different forms. When dealing with cracks, keep these things in mind:

  • Cracks that are located towards the center of your windshield are sometimes repairable.
  • Cracks that are within 5cm of the outside edge of the windshield are not repairable.
  • Windshield cracks spread fast so you have to address them immediately!
Windshield Cracks

Chips: Chips are the most common type of windshield damage. They are caused by small objects (like a tiny rock) being tossed up by another vehicle, impacting the windshield. In most cases, chips can be repaired. In fact, you should repair chips immediately because they can quickly become non-repairable.

Even tiny chips can become cracks if they are left untreated. They fill up with dirt very quickly, which makes them non-repairable. Furthermore, chips can spread into cracks while you are driving, creating a dangerous situation.

windshield chips

As you can see, chips are a common windshield repair case but the process can be a little complicated for a non-handy-person. That’s why it’s usually best to consult a windshield expert. Here are some of the most important things that I want you to take away from this post.

  • Repair windshield damage immediately.
  • Whether or not damage can be repaired depends on the location and size of the damage.
  • Always consult an expert if you’re unsure.

When trying to determine whether or not your windshield is repairable, keep in mind that there are several common windshield repair cases that unqualified individuals simply cannot address on their own. However, what might seem impossible to repair for an individual is a walk in the park for a certified technician. Pick up the phone or give us a call for a free and fast analysis.

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