Assessing Windshield Damage
Most vehicle owners would prefer to repair a windshield than have it replaced, if at all possible.
Repairs are obviously quicker and less costly than a replacement, and often repairs are covered by your auto insurance policy.
So, how do you know if you need a repair or replacement for your windscreen?
For the continued safety of you and your passengers, it is recommended to visit a reliable and speedy auto glass service, like Valvoline Express Care in Brampton.
Most common types of windshield blemishes
A small surface chip is the most common type of windshield blemish. This is typically a superficial nick that does not penetrate the surface of the glass.
A surface chip can be fixed with a minor repair, as long as it is attended to promptly.
Bulls eye Chip
A bullseye is an impact chip that is usually the result of a rock or stone coming off the road and hitting the glass.
A bullseye is a circular chip that has a cone shaped hole dig out of the outer layer of the windscreen.
A bullseye chip can be mended with a repair, if:
1. The diameter of the chip is an inch or less
2. There is no dirt lodged in the chip
3. The chip is not directly in the driver’s field of vision
Half Moon Chip
Much like a bullseye chip, a half moon chip is often caused by impact from an errant stone or pebble.
You can think of a half moon as a partial bullseye chip that is not fully circular in shape.
Half moon chips can also be repaired if the diameter is small enough and the blemish is not in the driver’s eyeline.
A star chip or break is caused by a point of impact, and generally has several small cracks coming out from the center to form a star shaped design.
A star chip or break can go either way when it comes to repair or replacement. Star chips can often be repaired if they are the size of a looney or smaller. If the chip is larger than a looney, or you can feel it on the inside of your windshield, a replacement will most likely be needed.
Angel Wings (Combination Crack)
An angel wing chip is also sometimes referred to as a combination break. Angel wings may be a combination of a bullseye chip with cracks spreading outwards from opposite directions.
If the entire diameter of a crack of this nature, including the body and the legs, does not exceed 2 inches, then a repair may be possible.
Star Burst Chip
As the name suggests, this type of blemish is a star chip that has escalated or covers more surface area than a regular star chip.
This type of chip must be taken care of immediately. An expert will be able to assess if a repair or replacement is required.
Straight Line Crack
This type of damage can be caused by either impact or pressure.
If a straight line crack is caused by the impact of a stone or debris, then it can possibly be fixed with a repair if it is small enough, does not reach the edge of the windshield, and is not in the driver’s line of vision.
If a straight line crack is caused by pressure, rather than impact, then a replacement will be mandatory.
Extended Bulls eye
Like an angel wing chip, an extended bullseye is an enlarged or magnified version of the original.
This is another issue that needs to be dealt with urgently.
Auto Glass Repair and Replacement for your Safety
The number one concern for any nick, break, or slinter in in your windshield is safety. Safety for you and your passengers, and also for other drivers and pedestrians in the area.
The UniGlass windshield repair and replacement experts at Valvoline Express Care have been fixing windshield issues in Brampton, Mississauga, Caledon, and Vaughan for decades.
Stop in anytime for damage assessment.