Like humans, all windshield chips are created uniquely. It may come in different sizes and shapes. To know if your damaged windshield can still be repaired, it’s important thoroughly analyze it. More on: Should you repair or replace your windshield?
For now, all you need to know the size of windshield chip and the location of the chip; call a technician for their expert opinion. If you live in the Valley of the Sun, A+ PLUS AUTO GLASS offers FREE Mobile Service to your location. Simply contact A+ PLUS AUTO GLASS and we will provide a mobile service in specific areas like: Scottsdale, Tempe, Peoria, Glendale, Surprise, and more.
Where is the chip?
Did you know that the location of a chip is crucial in determining if the damage is repairable or not? Once the chip stretches to the windshield’s outer edge, then, you would probably need a windshield replacement ASAP.
Another scenario is when the chip blocks the Driver’s Primary Viewing Area (DPVA). Even if you repair it, there will still be a distortion. Thus, you need to replace your windshield.
What are the different damage types?
It gets complicated now because the windshield damages are now categorized into different types. For one, a “chip” can be considered a small or tiny on the windshield. Meanwhile, a “crack” is an obvious line that extends across the windshield. As per the Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass Standard (ROLAGS), here are the 6 basic forms of windshield damage and the assessment if it’s repairable or not. Let’s go through them below:
- Damage that is marked by a separated cone in the outer layer of glass that results in a dark circle with an impact point.
- You can fix it if the damage is 1-inch or smaller, if there’s no dirt found in the head, AND if it’s not interfering with the field of vision.
- This is considered a partial bullseye, and the same rule follows, and YES, you can fix it if the diameter is around an inch.
- As stated earlier, a crack is a single line of damage on the windshield. If the line 14 inches or less, then, you can repair it. Just make sure that it doesn’t block your field of vision.
- When legs are stemming from the damage, it’s called a star break because it does resemble a star.
- Repairable? Only sometimes! As long as the size is not more than 3 inches and it doesn’t block your field of vision, then, there could be a way.
- This is called the surface pit because it only damages the surface layer. The middle layer and the inside lite are fine, but the outside lite is damaged.
- Repairable if the damage has a diameter of not less than 3mm.
- Lastly, it’s a combination break if it’s a mix of multiple breaks. For instance, long thin line of crack and there are legs stemming from the damage. That’s a star break and a crack.
- It is repairable if the diameter is not more than 2 inches. Not including the legs and other subsurface breaks!