Repair or Replace: Your Auto Glass Questions Answered

a cracked windshield appearing as if a baseball hit it

Should you take it in for repairs? Does it need to be replaced? Can you get away with leaving it alone? These are just a few of the questions we answer every day at Kryger Glass here in Des Moines, IA. Our auto glass specialists are at your service to take the guesswork out of dealing with a damaged windshield.

Do I Need Repairs or Replacement?

The difference between windshield repair and replacement depends on the size, depth, and location of the damage. Your windshield’s age and previous condition factor into the final decision too. All types of chips, dings, and cracks get worse over time, so don’t put off an inspection performed by a certified auto glass professional.

How Big Is Too Big?

If you can cover the crack or chip with two quarters, it can probably be fixed. In general, dings and chips larger than three inches and cracks longer than 14 inches can’t be repaired. If your windshield has significant damage, replacing it is always your safest solution.

Why Does Depth Make a Difference?

A windshield is constructed in three layers: two outer layers of glass over a laminate middle layer. This design prevents the windshield from breaking into dangerous shards during a collision. Damages that penetrate through the laminate layer can’t be repaired without compromising the windshield’s safety.

When Does Location Matter?

During a rollover accident, a car depends on its windshield for up to 60 percent of its structural strength. Damage along the windshield’s edges reduces its ability to hold up on impact, and that increases your risk of serious injury.

Is There Damage That Can’t Be Repaired?

Our industry constantly improves techniques for repairs, but some damages always call for replacing the windshield. These are a few examples:

  • Cracked or chipped interior glass
  • Damage that blocks the driving line of site
  • Multiple or intersecting cracks or chips
  • Aging glass with previous damage
  • Damage to automated assistance systems

Stay Safe on the Road

If you have any doubts about your car’s windshield, don’t take chances with your safety. Our team is always available to inspect the damage, answer your questions, and provide an accurate quote. We offer in-shop and mobile services for auto glass repair and replacement here at Kryger Glass in Des Moines, IA. Give us a call, and let us help you stay safe on the road.