While windshields can often be repaired quickly and inexpensively, there are times when a full windshield replacement may be needed. While an auto glass professional can often conduct a simple and inexpensive repair to fix small cracks and chips, a windshield replacement may be needed when the damage is more substantial.
If your windshield is damaged, you may wonder whether you can get away with a minor repair or if you’ll need a full replacement. Here are some key signs that you need to replace your windshield.
A Minor Chip Has Become a Major Crack
Minor chips can usually be repaired but if you wait too long, they have the potential to quickly spread into a spiderweb crack, and that’s something that can’t be easily fixed without replacing the entire windshield. If you have a minor chip that’s spreading across your windshield, it’s probably time to consider a windshield replacement.
The Windshield Has a Single Large Crack or Multiple Small Cracks
Visibility is an important factor when it comes to safe driving and if your vision is impaired due to cracks in the windshield, your safety and the safety of those around you may be in jeopardy. While tiny cracks may be able to be repaired without replacing the windshield, those that are larger in size often affect its integrity and structural stability.
Scratches Are Impairing Your Visibility
A scratched windshield is common after driving through sand and salt on Calgary’s icy winter roads. Those tiny scratches all over the windshield can catch the sunlight once the spring comes and make it almost impossible to see clearly while driving. If your windshield has plenty of small dings and scratches that are making it hard for you to see when you drive, a windshield replacement is likely in order.
The Windshield is Buckling
This might seem like an obvious one, but if your windshield has started to buckle from exterior damage, it’s beyond repair. As soon as you see buckling your windshield has become unsafe and scheduling a windshield replacement is absolutely necessary.
Windshield Repairs Aren’t Lasting
If you’ve had a chip or crack on your windshield repaired and the problem reoccurs, it’s safe to assume that the integrity of your windshield isn’t what it used to be and it’s time to have it replaced instead.
Trust Your Windshield Replacement to 5 Star Auto Glass
If you’re in need of a windshield replacement, or even a simple repair, 5 Star Auto Glass can help. Our team can provide you with professional, effective services that will have you back on the road in no time.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.