Understanding the differences between windshield repair and replacement is important for car owners. The right decision affects safety, cost, and the overall condition of the vehicle. In this article, we will explore when chip repair is possible and when glass replacement is required.What is windshield repair and when is it possible?
Chip repair is the process of restoring damaged car windshields. It’s applicable for minor damages such as chips, scratches, or small cracks. However, not all chips can be repaired. Here are a few conditions where windshield repair
is possible:1. Chip size
Generally, if the chip's size does not exceed the diameter of a coin, repair is possible. Smaller chips are easier to restore and do not affect the overall strength of the glass.2. Chip location
If the chip is within the driver's line of sight, its repair may be challenging or even impossible. This is because even after repair, some visibility remains, which can distract the driver.3. Nature of вamage
Repair is possible only when the damage is limited to the outer layer of the glass and does not penetrate the inner layers. If the crack goes through the entire thickness of the glass or the damage is too deep, glass replacement may be necessary.Advantages of chip repair:
- Time and money savings: Chip repair usually takes less time than a full glass replacement. Additionally, it costs less, saving you money.
- Preservation of original glass: Chip repair preserves the original glass, which is important for maintaining the integrity and factory standards of the vehicle.
In the next part of the article, we will discuss the limitations of chip repair and cases where glass replacement is needed.