Windshield Repair - Which Method Is Best?
Some may be better than others, and it can be overwhelming deciding what to do.
Leaving a cracked or chipped windshield untouched will end up causing more damage to the glass in the long run.
It's best to have this fixed sooner rather than later.
Here are some options to consider.
Complete Replacement If you have insurance that will cover windshield repair with a low deductible, this may be a good option.
Many companies that specialize in windshield repair will pay the deductible for you provided it's under $100.
If you call ahead to make an appointment most of these companies can replace the windshield in less than an hour.
If you don't make an appointment, you may have to wait a few hours if there are many customers in front of you.
Even without full coverage insurance, these companies are typically fairly inexpensive to work with.
Just be sure they offer warranties, and check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints before you spend your hard earned money.
Chip Damage Repair If you just have a small chip or small crack to deal with, you may not have to replace the entire windshield.
A special epoxy resin can be used to fill in the crack or chip and strengthen the area around the chip.
Once the resin dries the chip isn't noticeable anymore, although you may see a slight difference in the glass around the repair.
This difference isn't typically enough to make a dangerous situation while driving.
This type of repair is usually under $100.
You may have to pay a little more if you choose a mobile repair option and the company comes to your location.
Even so, it's cheaper than replacing the entire windshield.
Do It Yourself Kits Those who want to save time and money may choose to repair small blemishes on their own using a repair kit.
These can be purchased at any auto parts store or ordered online.
In the kit you will find the epoxy resin and the tools to apply this.
Care needs to be taken when using these, and the outdoor conditions must be warm and dry.
After the repair is done the windshield will need to be able to cure in the sunlight for a few hours before maximum strength is achieved.
Advantages of Repair Repairing a windshield has several benefits opposed to complete replacement.
Repair is always going to be less expensive.
Repairing a chip or crack also doesn't damage the watertight seal created in the factory windshield, replacing the windshield will require this seal to be broken.
Secondary windshields tend to leak over time.
Repairing a windshield is also much better for the environment since your windshield won't end up in a landfill somewhere.