When it comes to repairing or replacing a windshield, there are proper times for repairing and then there are times when it’s more appropriate to replace it. Nobody wants to have to replace their windshield, however, there are times when certain damage is just too much for a simple repair. Further, the safety of the occupants of the vehicle also must be taken into account. This means that, even if a repair could occur instead of a replacement, would that in a safe and secure windshield for future trips? Keep reading for more information on when to replace or repair your windshield.

How Big is the Damage?

Really, the biggest factor when it comes down to wondering if you need to repair or replace a windshield is the size of the damage. A rule of thumb is that, if the damage is the size of a dollar or smaller, it’s fine to repair it. However, there must be some clarification on this rule of thumb. For example, you can’t have a gaping hole the size of a dollar and be set for just a repair. Usually, if a hole has occurred, there has been structural damage to other parts of the windshield. In fact, some of the damage can’t always be seen, especially if a hole of this size has been sustained to your windshield.

This rule of thumb often pertains to cracks and smaller chips. If the crack or similar type of damage is no bigger than a dollar, you can expect that a windshield or glass expert will opt for a repair. This is because a crack of this size should still be fine to repair without causing any safety issues to the integrity of the glass. However, most replacements when it comes to windshields are because they have sustained too much damage or the damage has spread enough that the integrity of the glass is too far compromised for a simple repair.

What is the Price Difference Between a Repair and Replacement?

Of course, the pricing will be significantly different since a repair on a windshield doesn’t take as many materials, time, or room. In a replacement, not only is the cost of the new windshield in the total, so is the time, space, and expertise needed to replace it. A replacement windshield can cost anywhere from $100-$1000, depending on your car, the windshield size, the windshield technology, etc. Not to mention, the area and company conducting the replacement can make the price fluctuate quite largely as well. Repairs on windshields typically range from $60-$350, depending on the size of the damage, type of glass, type of car, etc. No matter what, be sure the work is done by a professional in order to ensure you and your family are safe.