How To Tell If You Need A Windshield Repair Or Replacement
Not all windshield damage requires a full replacement. However, with that said, if your windshield needs replacing, it’s important to get it done as soon as possible. Your windshield does more than give you a clear view of the road – it’s a critical safety component of your vehicle.
Your car’s windshield provides:
- Daily protection for the vehicle occupants – Including debris, bugs, and road hazards.
- A physical barrier during a collision – Along with the airbags and seatbelts, the windshield is part of the safety feature trio in a vehicle. This three-point safety system prevents passengers from being ejected during a collision. When the windshield is damaged, it’s more susceptible to shatter and collapse during an accident. Without that important physical barrier, you and your passengers have a higher risk of being seriously injured.
- Roof support – The windshield helps support the roof during a roll-over incident and prevents it from collapsing. Again, if a damaged windshield shatters during a collision, the lack of support can lead to more damage and injury.
- Safe airbag deployment – Airbag deployment requires a strong windshield as it bounces off the glass. If the windshield is damaged and the airbag is deployed, there’s a greater chance that the glass will shatter, puncture the airbag, and do more harm.
At Aspen Auto Glass in Canmore, we can’t stress enough how important it is to have your windshield attended to when it is damaged. The question is – how can you tell whether you need a quick windshield repair or a full replacement?
When to repair your windshield
As a general rule of thumb, a windshield can be repaired if the damage is 1-inch or smaller in diameter. There are exceptions to this rule, which we explain below. When there is a chip or crack in your windshield, it can quickly spread. This highlights the importance of having your windshield repaired as soon as possible before the damage expands and requires a full windshield replacement.
When to replace your windshield
Any chip that is larger than 1-inch in diameter or a crack requires a full windshield replacement. Other factors do come into play when we look at where the damage is on the glass. Even if the chip or crack is small, we recommend a full windshield replacement if the damage:
- Runs through the driver’s line of sight and obscures the view of the road
- Reaches the edges of the windshield
- Penetrates through the second layer of glass
- Forms multiple cracks
- Is located over any sensors or driver’s safety assistance features
Whether the damage is small or significant, don’t wait to have your windshield serviced in Canmore. The most important factor to consider is the safety of you and your passengers on the road.