It is always best to have your windscreen chip repaired as soon as possible. Your windscreen serves two main functions in the operation of the car. First of all, it keeps you safe from the elements outside and keeps the electronic components inside protected. Secondly, it’s important to the structural integrity of the car itself. If there’s a compromise in the windscreen, the car isn’t as strong as it can be, which could prove problematic if any crash or collision were to happen after the initial damage.
If your crack or chip is along the outside of your vehicle’s windscreen, you will want to get the car glass repair sooner rather than later.
If your windscreen damage is bigger than about a quarter or the crack is longer than three inches, there’s a good chance the windscreen may need to be replaced. If it’s smaller than the measurements listed, it should be a simple patch job. Patching up a crack or a chip is a quick and relatively inexpensive job, much more so than having to replace an entire windscreen.
Depth is a factor in considering whether or not your windscreen needs to be replaced or repaired. Windscreen car glass consists of three layers, typically: outer glass, plastic and inner glass. If the damage makes its way past the outer layer of glass, there’s a good chance the windscreen needs to be replaced.
There’s something to be said for preventative maintenance, so if you see a chip or a crack in your windscreen, it’s best to get it repaired as soon as you notice it.
UK Car Glass are ready to assist you and assess the damage, determining whether or not the windscreen needs to be repaired or replaced.