Every year, Portland’s windshield repair specialists get a little better at their craft. They get better tools and better resins that allow them to repair windshields that would have required replacement not so many years ago. So it’s worth asking: What kind of windshield damage can be repaired, and what kind of damage requires a replacement?
There are two basic factors that determine whether a windshield replacement is necessary: the size of the chip or crack, and the location of the damage. Let’s take a closer look at both factors:
The smaller the damage, the more likely it can be repaired. If the windshield is chipped, most repair companies would opt to repair damage up to a quarter – or just under an inch – in size; if the windshield is cracked, most companies would be willing to repair a crack up to three inches in length. But again, size is not the only consideration.
Some areas on the windshield are better candidates for repair than others. Areas within three inches of the edge of a windshield are always under additional stress; this makes edge areas the most frequent location of damage, and the most difficult to repair properly. Damage here is liable to spread quickly; if you’ve got damage near the edge, seek out your local windshield repair company right away.
Even with today’s technology, it’s not always possible to achieve a flawless repair. Sometimes the best efforts leave a slight distortion or cloudiness if the technician was unable to remove all of the dirt or grime. For this reason, some companies would suggest a replacement rather than attempt a repair directly in the driver’s field of vision. If you suffer damage in the field of vision, take extra care to protect that damage from dirt and moisture.
There is no absolute dividing line between repair and replacement; some companies may opt to replace where others repair. So if you’re trying to get a repair rather than a more expensive replacement, feel free to check with the windshield repair companies in your area; it never hurts to ask. Just remember that the longer you delay, the less likely that you’ll avoid replacement.