If your auto glass recently sustained damage, you're likely wondering what your repair options are:

Should you attempt a DIY repair? (Hint: The answer is no!) 

Or should you opt for professional attention? (That's a definite affirmative.) 

When it comes to repairing auto glass, a trained technician has a few options at his disposal, and even the least effective among them is better than a DIY kit. At Only 1 Auto Glass, we employ industry best practices and materials when performing auto glass repairs.

Let's review how each process works!

Windshield Resin

Resin is the most frequently used windshield repair method employed by professional glass repair specialists. 

To repair chips and cracks, the technician will need to clean the damaged area so there's no debris inside the chip, and it doesn't ruin any efforts. A small amount of resin is injected into the injured area to fill any gaps. 

They apply heat to the resin, which causes it to expand slightly. This creates a complete seal and forces the resin to harden, strengthening the damaged area and preventing the chip or crack from spreading. 

Once the repair is completed, always use caution with the vehicle for 24 hours because the glass will still be vulnerable. The resin needs enough time to sit, so avoid going off-roading and try to stick to smooth surfaces for a full day once the application is completed.

Windshield Patch

Though rarely used in professional windshield repairs, a patch holds damaged auto glass together and prevents further cracking. 

This repair method can buy you some time until you can properly repair the damage, but it's not recommended as a long-term fix. In fact, windshield patches are commonly found in DIY repair kits, which we never recommend using. 

Patches are designed to be cut down to size and applied over small areas of damaged glass. After application, the patch cures and hardens over several hours, which provides added strength to the damaged area.

Windshield Replacement

For large chips or cracks or those that contain ground-in debris, windshield replacement is typically the only feasible repair option. 

Because extensive windshield damage can compromise your vision while driving, professional auto glass repair specialists will generally recommend a complete windshield repair for the following types of damage:

  • Cracks that extend into the driver's line of sight
  • Complex cracks
  • Cracks that exceed 6 inches
  • Deep or contaminated glass chips

The technician will most likely tell you to limit your driving as the new windshield sets. For the first 24 to 48 hours, it is recommended to leave a window cracked because it helps equalize pressure between the exterior and interior of the car and remove some of the stress on the adhesive seal.

Why You Don't Want to Put Off the Repair

Hopefully, you're opting to get the repair completed, but if you're second-guessing and thinking it might not be a big deal, there are a few reasons why putting off the repair is never recommended.

  • Extreme cold and heat can make the damage worse
  • If the chip turns into a large crack, it can't just be fixed, and you will need a replacement
  • The structural integrity of your vehicle is compromised because the windshield now has vulnerabilities in it
  • Depending on where you live, you can get pulled over for it
  • Cracks can obstruct your vision and make driving more dangerous

Windshield Damage Prevention Tips

Using preventative methods is the best way to reduce the chances of damage happening to your windshield, so a couple of strategies we recommend are:

  • Keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles to avoid pitting from projectiles.
  • Parking areas where the windshield can be sheltered from falling objects.
  • Consider using a protection film for the glass.
  • Choose high-quality wipers that won't scratch or scrape the glass surface.
  • Stay on top of regular cleanings to avoid debris build-up that could scratch the glass, and only use manufacturer-recommended products.

Looking for Twin Cities Windshield Repair? Contact Only 1 Auto Glass

When your windshield requires repairs, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team at Only 1 Auto Glass. We specialize in comprehensive auto glass repairs and replacements for all vehicle makes and models and have 15 convenient locations throughout the Twin Cities metro. 

To request a free estimate or learn more about your auto glass repair options, give us a call today at 651-789-1111 or send us a message, and we'll get back to you promptly.