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Windshield Repair vs Replacement

Chip Repairs Calgary

Which One Do You Need?

If your windshield is damaged, it is recommended that you fix it as soon as possible. A windshield chip can quickly develop into a crack, which requires more extensive repairs or even a replacement.

At Diamond Glass, we always endeavour to repair your windshield rather than replace it. Once we’ve assessed the damage, we can advise you on the auto glass repair work your case requires.

Regardless of your situation, we are committed to providing a hassle-free auto glass service 24/7, at a time and location that suits you.

Learn More: Our Calgary Auto-Glass Repair Services

Why should I get my windshield repaired?

The most common damage to a windshield is caused by small debris on the road or pebbles flung back from the tires of the car ahead.

The problem with these small windshield chips and cracks is that they can grow. This can:

  • Weaken the windshield as a whole
  • Obstruct your vision of the road
  • Cause distortion in the glass, affecting your vision
  • Collect dirt and other debris which will make the area more difficult to fix cleanly and clearly

If your windshield chip can be repaired, it’s best to do so as soon as possible after the break has occurred. Failing to do so will not only risk the safety of you, your family and other drivers, but will lead to more expensive windshield replacements down the road.

Learn More: 4 Hidden Dangers of a Chipped Windshield

How do I know if my windshield is repairable?

Learning to recognize if your windshield is repairable is easy and can help you save money on unnecessary auto-glass repairs such as windshield replacements.

When determining what type of auto-glass service you require (windshield repair or replacement) you should ask yourself the following:

What types of auto-glass damage can be repaired?

Typically, the smaller the windshield chip, the more likely it can be repaired.

A rule of thumb is that a chip or crack that can be covered by a quarter can be fixed.

Multiple cracks and long cracks require more extensive auto-glass repair and usually need replacement.
What does the damage look like?

Damage that is small and circular, even with a few small cracks radiating from it, or with a little piece of glass missing, can be quite easily repaired.

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How deep is the damage?

Damage that penetrates the inner layer of safety glass or second layer of glass is usually irreparable.

In such cases, you would require a full windshield replacement.
How long has the damage been there?

Small chips caused by a pebble or piece of gravel can be fixed easily if they are dealt with promptly.

However, putting off windshield repair can cause these chips to turn into cracks. In such a case, you would require more extensive auto-glass repair services such as a windshield replacement.
Where is the damage?

Damage in the areas over the radio antenna or heating elements usually cannot be repaired.

A crack which extends into the edges of the windshield compromises the seal between the screen and frame: in such cases, windshield replacement is your only option.

Read More: Should I repair or replace my windshield?

Still wondering whether a windshield repair is worth it?

Remember, the longer you wait to fix the damage, the more difficult it will become to repair. It’s also important to keep in mind that your auto-glass insurance may cover the full cost of a windshield repair but only part of a windshield replacement.

Learn More: Your Auto-Glass Insurance Options

At Diamond Glass, our windshield repair services take less than one hour. If you don’t have the time or ability to come to us, we have an onsite mobile repair service for ultimate convenience.

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To learn more about our comprehensive auto-glass services including windshield replacement and repair, contact our Calgary office today at 403-568-7086.


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