There is a distinct difference between windshield repair and windshield replacement. Obviously, we know they mean two different things, considering one means removing and replacing the glass and one is limited to simply fixing a crack or mark, but have you ever wondered about the invasive procedure or replacing a windshield? How do you know when your simple repair, turns into a replacement? Follow our blog to find out what you need to know about windshield repair vs. windshield replacement.
The windshield replacement procedure is quite a task, that it is best to use a professional service. There are many parts to the process and details that cannot be left out for the best outcome.
Looking only on the surface of the strategy, there are so many steps and moving parts to this operation, such as; finding the correct windshield for your make and model. This means size, shape, density, and many more factors. Covering vents and orifices to avoid exposure to chemicals and or broken glass, dust and others. Detaching all necessary pieces upon removal of the windshield and cleaning away contaminants like dirt and grime. Attaching things like gaskets and linings, then applying a sealant and perfectly fitting the windshield into the space, being careful not to spread sealants or other chemicals. This is tedious work, especially if you are considering it a DIY project. At times two or more people are required for the job.
Repairing a windshield is a less invasive and intense process but still vital to maintain the safety of your car and the people in it. Of course some cracks and scratches can take some time before needing to be repaired, but eventually before they become worse this is something you will want to consider. Of course, letting a simple or chip such as a stone chip spread, will cause the repair to become a replacement. This depends on the size, depth, location and type of crack. Many small repairs are done with resin and an applicator to raise the glass, then a sealant is injected. Larger repairs may take more time and effort but at Speers Auto Glass we pride ourselves on timely and professional service.
If the crack is deeper or larger than average, or set in a location where spreading is bound to happen, the windshield will need to be replaced. Though it may seem an inconvenience, it will definitely be a benefit in the long run. A windshield is your resistance against the open road, your protection from the elements; the sooner you identify and repair a small problem, the less likely it will need to be replaced, unless of course, the windshield is completely broken.
Keep this guide to windshield replacement and windshield repair in mind, you never know when your small repair can become a full replacement. Always try to make a habit of taking care of these details before it is too late. If you are not sure, give us a call at 905-339-0339.