It happens to most drivers at some point: an accident or a rock kicked up by the truck in front of you cracks the windshield. No matter what the size and location of the crack is, you’ll need to have it look at by an auto glass professional. Use the guide below to determine whether you’ll be able to have it fixed or will need to have a complete windshield replacement.
3 Factors That Affect Whether You’ll Need Windshield Replacement
If the crack is in your line of sight, you’re required by law to have the windshield replaced. This is because the crack will impact your ability to see and thus reduce your ability to safely drive. You’ll also need replacement if the crack is in the corner of the windshield. Cracks in the corner compromise the structural integrity of the windshield, so further impacts will cause the entire surface to shatter. If the damage to your windshield is in other areas, you may be able to get by with just a repair.
A crack can be repaired if it’s smaller than a quarter. The repair won’t remove the crack from the glass, but will prevent it from spreading. Any cracks larger than this can’t be repaired; they’ll only continue to spread and become a major weak spot in the glass.
3. Overall Condition
If you’ve determined that the location and size of the crack both qualify for repair, look at the general state of your windshield. If you have multiple existing cracks on the glass, then leaving another on there will only weaken it and create a higher risk of shattering. When the glass is in poor condition overall, it’s smart to invest in a new windshield.
No matter what type of crack you have, the specialists at FB Glass will restore your car at their shop in Rochester, NY. They provide Monroe County drivers with top-notch auto glass repair and windshield replacement services. They’ll handle every part of the process on your behalf, from working with your insurance company on your claim to ensuring your satisfaction before you drive away. Contact them online or at (585) 441-1209 to discuss your custom glass repair options.