Cracks or dings in your windshield can come in many shapes, sizes and severity, so repairs can vary and some cracks may even require full replacement. Let the experts at GlassWerks help you determine which types of auto glass damage can be repaired and which need to be replaced.

Repair vs. Replace

A crack in your windshield usually starts as a small chip. Generally speaking, cracks less than three inches can be repaired. Cracks which are longer or reach the edge of the windshield will usually require replacement of the entire windshield.

If the damage can be caught early enough (if it starts small), replacement of the windshield may be avoided. If a small crack or ding is left untreated, potholes and other bumps or impacts can cause the damage to grow larger, resulting in the need to replace the auto glass.

As always, contacting an experienced and professional auto glass technician like those at GlassWerks is the best way to determine whether to repair or replace your auto glass. Any damage should be examined and repaired or replaced as soon as possible. In most cases, repairs or replacements at GlassWerks take one hour or less.

Which Types Of Auto Glass Damage Can Be Repaired?

Many types of auto glass damage can be repaired, such as:

  • Bull’s eye – Circular chip caused by a rock or other sharp object.
  • Chip – A single chip which can be covered with a quarter.
  • Floater crack – A crack which starts further than two inches from the edge of the windshield (if it is shorter than three inches).
  • Half moon/partial bull’s eye – Similar to the bull’s eye but not completely circular.
  • Star break – A short series of radial cracks coming off of an impact point.
  • Combination – Multiple types of breaks in one location (depending on the types).

Some types of auto glass cracks need replacement of the windshield, such as:

  • Edge crack – A 10-12” long crack which forms immediately within two inches of the edge of the windshield.
  • Floater crack – A crack which starts further than two inches from the edge of the windshield (if it is longer than three inches).
  • Long crack – Any crack of more than three inches.
  • Combination – Multiple types of breaks in one location (depending on the types).

Experts in Our Field

GlassWerks is your locally owned glass company, providing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) equivalent quality glass and professional-grade sealants. With a long-lasting legacy of experience and positive reviews from customers and insurance professionals in the community, GlassWerks is known for treating our customers vehicles like we would our own. Contact us with any questions, any time.

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