Chips and Cracks: When to Repair Your Windshield

Chips and Cracks: When to Repair Your WindshielIf your windshield gets chipped or cracked, should you repair or replace your windshield? If you can, it’s best to get it repaired. 

Regardless of where you live, your windshield is likely to take a beating. Whether you’re driving behind a street truck salting the away the snow, a construction truck carrying pebble-sized debris, or a branch that all but waited to fall and crash onto your windshield. Windshield repairs are safer for your car; they keep the structural integrity of the vehicle intact and are less costly than a full replacement.

Large and Small Repairs

The bad news is that you have a crack in your windshield; the good news is that smaller chips and cracks can be professionally repaired for less than $100. A good way to measure if you need a repair, rather than a replacement, is by using the dollar bill technique. If you can cover the area of the crack with the bill, then a repair is likely all you’ll need.

The repair process works by injecting a special kind of resin into the chipped area. For cracks, holes may be drilled at the ends of the crack to prevent the further spread, as anyone with a cracked phone screen will tell you that little cracks only get longer and longer. Windshields are made of three layers: a layer of a polymer is sandwiched between two layers of glass. Drilling into, but not through, the plastic takes skilled hands, so it’s best to take it to a professional rather than do the project on your own.

A quality auto insurance policy, with comprehensive coverage, should step in to cover any costs relating to windshield damage! To learn more about how you can pay less for your auto insurance in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, contact Miller Insurance Associates.