All it takes is one loose stone, or some other minor impact to cause damage to windscreens. Then you need to decide what to do next. No doubt a number of pressing questions will be flying through your mind: how severe is the damage? Can it be repaired? Will the entire windscreen need to be replaced? How much will all this cost me?
What kind of damage to windscreens can be repaired
A windscreen repair is faster and cheaper than a replacement. At Autoglass® we try to save you time and money by repairing windscreens whenever possible. Some chips can be quickly and easily patched up, without compromising the strength and safety of the windscreen. Other, more serious damage (even if at first glance the damage doesn’t look severe), will require a full replacement.
Type of damage
If your windscreen is only chipped, it can usually be repaired. However, if the glass is cracked, it cannot be repaired, and a replacement is required. The reason for this is that even if the crack looks fairly minor, it undermines the strength of the windscreen as a whole – and that puts your safety, and that of your passengers, at risk. Windscreens not only offers shelter from the elements but it also provides around 30% of the vehicle’s structural integrity.
A windscreen chip can be repaired as long as it’s no larger than a £2 coin. Larger chips cannot be safely patched up, so in these cases, a new windscreen would need to be fitted.
Getting your windscreen repaired is better for the environment and is cheaper than replacing it.