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When to Repair or Replace a Damaged Windshield

A small ding or crack might start out tiny, but some damage can become hazardous if left unfixed.

By Bryan Dube on

Related Topics: FAQ, Auto Glass

The weather in Vermont can change at the drop of a hat. When the wind starts gusting, it can send all kinds of branches, rocks, and debris into the air, and your windshield.

A small ding or crack might start out tiny, but some damage can become hazardous if left unfixed. Once the initial damage is dealt, how do you know when to repair or replace your windshield?

Every crack or chip has dangerous potential. Your first step in determining whether you can repair your windshield is to ask the experts. At Acme Glass, our auto glass technicians repair windshields on-site at our Burlington shop within hours, so you can get back on the road as soon as possible.

Check for these signs to help determine whether a repair or full windshield replacement will be necessary:

When to repair a cracked or chipped windshield

It can seem like small dings happen all too easily. When the first blemish happens, use the following guidelines to determine if you can easily have the windshield repaired:

  1. If the size of the crack is less than 6 inches long
  2. If a chip in the windshield is smaller than an 3/4" inch in diameter

State law also requires windshield damage to not impede the driver’s vision. Determine whether or not the chip or crack is in your line of sight when behind the wheel. If the damage falls within the line of sight, you will need to have the windshield repaired or replaced immediately to comply with state law.  

Some cracks or chips might seem fixable, but have actually ruined the integrity of the glass. Only an experienced auto glass technician can determine for sure whether to repair or replace a damaged windshield.

When to replace a cracked or chipped windshield

While small blemishes can easily be repaired, larger signs of damage are often indicative that a full replacement is necessary. Assess the damage to see if any of the following signs are true:

  1. If a small crack is beginning to grow
  2. If a crack is longer than 6 inches
  3. If a crack is in front of the driver and larger than 2 inches long
  4. A chip, bullseye or discoloration is larger than ½” in diameter on the driver’s side

Multiple chips or bullseyes on your windshield should also be seen by an auto glass technician. Federal regulations come into play with that much damage, so save yourself a ticket and consult the experts first.

Acme Glass technicians are highly skilled in the repair and installation of windshields and auto glass for all makes and models on the road. When it comes to auto glass, play it safe. Ask the experts at Acme for their help to get you back on the road as soon as possible.

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