Auto glass damage can have a variety of causes, including firing rocks, car thieves and hail. While some small scratches and chips can be repaired by a professional or at home, more significant damages may require complete replacement. Whether auto glass should be repaired or replaced depends on several factors, including the location and size of the damage and if it interferes with the driver’s vision. It is often beneficial for a professional to inspect the damage before deciding on a strategy.
Auto glass repair
Chips and cracks in the glass of the car can be repaired in a variety of ways. Professional repairing small problems in auto glass by injecting a resin into the affected area, which then solidifies and strengthens the glass. The area is then polished to help restore the transparent glass finish. While this strategy works, it can be expensive and may require leaving your car in a workshop.
Auto glass replacement
Damage to the car’s glass can sometimes be so severe that it requires replacement. Some cracks, especially those at the edges of a windshield, can spread and affect the integrity of the window. In other cases, cracks and chips can affect the driver’s vision. Even after repairs have been made, there may be visual distortions that can only be corrected by replacing the windshield.
Windshields and other glass can be replaced in workshop or dealer glass. Dealers can be more expensive, because they often install OEM or original equipment manufacturing glass, while glass workshops do not. Only OEM bonding materials should be used when replacing glass, because inferior product bonding can result in leakage and loose glass.