We get enquiries about this all the time, or specifically: “Can my windscreen crack be repaired?”
Such a question is valid as a repair job will always be cheaper than a full windshield replacement. And driving with a crack on your windshield does not only interfere with visibility, but is also dangerous.
When Windshield Cracks Can Be Repaired
The good news is that certain cracks can be repaired. But there are different types of cracks such as hairline, bulseye and crack running from edge of the glass. Also the location of the crack plays a big roll in if it can legally be repaired or is a full replacement is required.
You should also be aware that any driving with any size crack runs the risk of the crack growing in size as the car has large vibrations throughout it as it cruises down the road. This is why we always recommend contacting us as soon as you notice any crack and if you can send us a photo to show the severity and location of the crack itself.
How Windscreen Cracks Are Repaired
The repair process of a crack on the windshield involves the injection of a special resin into the affected area, much like windscreen chip repair. For some cracks, our professional glass technician may drill holes at the ends of the crack to prevent it from spreading.
If we recommends repairing your windshield, then it should be done immediately without delay. As previously mentioned, failure to do this can create a bigger problem. For example, a small crack can spread across the entire windshield if you hit a big pothole, make an aggressive turn or drive on a corrugated gravel road.
An important point to note is that the repaired area on the windscreen will not be as clear as the surrounding area. This is due to the resin having a different texture to the glass. And this is why the location of the crack is important. Repairing a crack on the passenger side is safer than repairing on the driver side as the blemished area affects vision.
DIY Repair Vs Professional
You may be aware that you can do the repair yourself if you wish so. There are many Do-It-Yourself (DIY) repair methods available. These methods try to replicate the resin injection method that is used by professionals.
However the major difference comes in the quality of the tools and materials used. Also the training and expertise of industry professionals always beats that of individuals doing the repair the first time by themselves.
If you are unsure about any aspect of the DIY repair process, you should opt for an industry professional like Metro Auto Glass to do the job. If you do the repair wrongly and the crack spreads, it would cause a bigger damage that would need a full replacement of the windshield. A brand new windshield would definitely cost you much more money as compared to repair by industry professionals. Also a professional repair job will carry a warranty to safe guard the work.
There isn’t much to save therefore in the DIY process, especially if you do it the wrong way. Cracks on the windshield as we have seen, can be effectively repaired if noticed early. But if the problem spreads, then your only option is to replace the entire windshield.