If you have a crack in your windshield, you may have many questions about it. Do you really need to get it repaired and are there different ways of repairing it. Getting answers to the questions you have will help you to better understand how to proceed. Here is what you need to know if you have a windshield crack.
Do Windshield Cracks Need to be Repaired?
If you have a windshield crack, you may wonder if it really needs to be repaired or if you can just ignore it. Windshield cracks, chips and dings do need to be repaired. While a crack or chip may seem minor, it can quickly grow if it is not repaired. This can occur as the glass vibrates when the car is driven or due to the expansion and contraction that occurs when glass heats up or cools down due to weather. Water can also penetrate a crack and damage the windshield.
How are Windshield Cracks Repaired?
If you have a windshield chip or crack that can be repaired, it needs to be filled with an epoxy or acrylic filler. There are pros and cons to epoxy and acrylic, including the temperatures that each can be used in, the price of the material and how long the material lasts. A professional can help advise as to which is better for you based on these factors. The biggest decision you will have to make is whether to repair your windshield yourself using a windshield repair kit or hiring a professional. Professional repairs generally are more effective and last longer.
How Do I Know If a Windshield Crack Can be Repaired?
If you have a small bulls-eye, star or flower-shaped chip, these can be repaired. If you have a crack that is less than an inch in length and is not branching into other directions, it can generally be repaired. If you have a spider crack, or one that is branching in different directions, have a chip that breaks through both sides of the glass, or have a crack or chip that has visible air bubbles, your windshield will need to be repaired. The sooner this is done, the better, as the windshield can shatter if you are involved in an accident when any of these type of damages are present.
Do you have a windshield crack in the greater St. Paul, MN area? If so, Only 1 Auto Glass would love to assist you. We can help determine if your windshield crack can be repaired or if your glass should be replaced. Visit our website at http://only1autoglass.com/ to learn more about our business, services offered or to schedule an appointment with us today.