We’ve all been there; you’re behind the wheel when you hear a strange sound. A rock or other airborne object hits your windshield, damaging the glass. If the crack spreads, growing larger and deeper, it’s easy to tell you need repairs or replacement services. But what about smaller cracks and chips? Let the auto glass experts at Main Auto Body, Inc. help you decide when cracks in your windshield require attention.
Not All Cracks are Equal
Several factors determine if a cracked windshield needs repairs or replacement. You might assume a small crack is no big deal, but it can lead to greater risk over time.
First, know that small cracks and chips in glass often spread. Changes in temperature cause your windshield to expand and contract, putting more stress on the crack. Bumps and other impacts can cause cracks to grow as well. That means anytime you hit a pothole, a crack could lengthen or deepen. It’s important to keep an eye on any damage and act quickly if you notice changes.
The crack’s location is another important factor. If the crack obstructs the driver’s view, it must be dealt with immediately. It’s unsafe to get behind the wheel without a clear view of the road ahead. When cracks appear near the outer edges of the windshield, they should be taken care of right away. This damage can easily lead to broken glass that could be very dangerous while driving.
Should You Repair or Replace?
Once you’ve assessed the damage, you have a few options for restoring your vehicle’s windshield glass. In some cases, the crack can be quickly repaired. In others, full replacement is the better option.
If the damage is minimal and doesn’t affect the driver’s line of sight or reach toward the windshield’s edges, repair may be the right option. During the repair process, a technician injects a special resin into the affected area. Once it hardens, your windshield will be as good as new. While DIY glass repair kits are available, it’s always smart to turn to professionals to ensure the job is done right the first time.
When damage is too extensive for repair, replacement is the better choice. You should also choose replacement if the crack spreads rapidly or into dangerous locations, or if it is too close to the windshield’s edges. Failing to replace the glass could put you at added risk for accidents, as well as injuries due to broken glass in the event of a collision. Not sure whether repair or replacement is the right choice? Visit your nearest Main Auto Body, Inc. location and let one of our technicians take a look.
Windshield Repair and Replacement in the Willamette Valley and Bend
Main Auto Body, Inc. has offered quality glass repair and replacement services in Bend and the Willamette Valley for more than 40 years. Our highly trained technicians can help assess the damage to your windshield and have you safely back on the road in no time. For more information about glass replacement and other services at our nine locations, contact us today or visit us in Albany, Bend, Corvallis, Lebanon, Dallas, Newport, Lincoln City, Philomath, or Salem.