Chips and cracks in the windshield of your vehicle are hazardous, not to mention annoying. But how do you know if you need a windshield replacement or a windshield repair? When cracks occur due to weather or hail damage, a rock or road debris, or from a minor accident, you must assess the damage before you decide how to proceed. That’s where professional glass services come in. Here at BEAM Auto Glass, our team of experts uses a multi-step process to determine how bad your windshield’s damage actually is.
The major factors in assessing windshield damage are the length, depth, size/shape, and location.
- Length: If the crack is larger than your cell phone, chances are you’ll need to replace the entire piece of glass. These standards will vary by the vehicle’s make and model since the size of the windshield will vary from car to car.
- Depth: Cracks that have come completely through the windshield are a hazard to both driver and passengers. In this case, your windshield should be replaced before structurally giving out.
- Size/Shape: Most small chips can be filled and repaired without changing the windshield. However, chips that have spider-webbed out into other parts of the glass can cause structural issues. Once they reach this point, they’re hard to completely seal or fill.
- Location: Finally, the location of the crack will sometimes dictate the need for a new windshield. Any major damage in the driver’s direct line of sight is considered a distraction and will interfere with the driver’s ability to see.
While there are many places offering glass services and car windshield replacement near you, you want to make sure you’re getting the best service needed for your particular situation. While South Carolina drivers can usually get their windshields replaced or repaired at no cost, you don’t want to have more work done on your car than is absolutely necessary. Trust only a professional, reputable glass services company. Trust BEAM Auto Glass for reliable, fast service in Rock Hill, Chester, Fort Mill, Lancaster, and surrounding areas of the Carolinas.