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Windshield Repair
Repairing windshields is typically less expensive than having to replace the windshield out right. The best way to handle windshield repair is to deal with it as soon as possible. If you wait too long to repair your windshield, it might not be an option anymore. If you do not repair your windshield, you are putting you and your passengers at risk from substantially weakened glass. A damaged windshield loses its ability to withstand impact, can impair the driver's vision, and compromise the overall safety of the vehicle.

Technology has made windshield repair a viable solution that is cost effective, convenient, safe and more durable than ever before. A professional windshield repair service will restore the structural integrity of the glass, reduce the noticeable blemishes, and even prevent damage from spreading.

Repairing your windshield instead of replacing it can also have insurance benefits as well as most companies will wave the deductible making the end cost FREE!
Windshield Repair—or Windshield Replacement?

How do you know if you need your windshield repaired or replaced

First of all, it's helpful to understand the difference between windshield replacement and windshield repair—they are two completely different processes.

Windshield Repair
Auto glass repair can only be performed on a windshield crack or chip that is very small—the rule of thumb is, smaller than a Coin. A windshield repair doesn't require removing the windshield, can take 15 - 30 minutes, and costs about $45. Your auto insurance company will usually pick up the charge for this, as they'd prefer you repair rather than replace your auto glass. Kalamazoo Glass can process insurance payments for you.

During an auto glass repair, the technician may drill into the windshield chip to allow for easier flow of resin. Then the technician vacuums the air out of the break and injects resin into it to seal the crack and keep moisture and debris out. Often the windshield chip or crack becomes nearly invisible after an auto glass repair. Some form of scaring will be left behind but the amount depends on the damage.

Windshield Replacement
A windshield replacement involves the removal of the current windshield and the fitting of a new windshield. Usually the removal of the old windshield requires enough force to break it.

After the auto glass installer removes the damaged windshield, he'll clean and prepare the vehicle frame, and then apply a bead of urethane on the frame to bond the new windshield to the vehicle . You'll have to wait 1 hour before driving your vehicle to let the urethane cure. A windshield replacement takes 45 - 60 minutes and costs $150 and up.

So if you get a chip or a crack in your windshield, don't ignore it.
It won't go away, and if you act quickly you can often have it repaired before the crack spreads. If you don't do anything about the crack or chip, you may need an entirely new windshield. Replacement becomes your only option once a crack or chip grows larger than a coin

This is because a windshield is a sandwich made up of two layers of glass with a vinyl layer between them. If moisture gets into the windshield through the crack, it can damage the vinyl, weaken the windshield, and compromise its safety.

If you're still not sure whether to repair or replace your windshield, ask your CSR. Where your vehicle is concerned, it's better to error on the side of safety.