In the not-too-distant past, if your car’s windscreen sustained damage such as a crack or a chip, a replacement windscreen would be required. However, over recent years, modern technology has changed this and in a number of instances, windscreen repair is now not only viable, but financially advisable.
That said, while opting for a repair can save you money, repairs still have their limitations. A severely damaged windscreen will still require a replacement and depending on the extent, location and age of the damage, some repair attempts will be unsuccessful.
So how does windscreen repair work and in which circumstances should a driver opt for repair, rather than replacement?
Unlike the windscreen replacement process, which involves removing the entire windscreen and installing a new one in its place, windscreen repair seeks to fix an existing problem and prevent the issue from getting any worse in the future.
To achieve this, a special resin is injected into the damaged area of the glass. The resin is then cured and polished, giving it strength and clarity. If the crack or chip is small, repairs can be extremely successful, making the windscreen look as good as new, while maintaining its structural integrity.
In terms of cost, a repair is significantly cheaper than a full windscreen replacement, and for minor damage, repairs will usually be recommended for that reason. However, a repair of a severely damaged windscreen could be unsuccessful and require a replacement before long anyway, meaning the long term cost will be higher.
If you make use of a reputable company, like The Windscreen Company, we will be able to speak directly to your insurer and claim the cost back through them. Windscreens are covered by almost all vehicle insurance companies, although a replacement may require you to pay your excess.
Generally speaking, if a chip in your windscreen is around the size of a coin, or if a crack in your windscreen is three inches or less in length, a successful repair will be able to be performed. Some companies will be able to repair larger damage, but the chances of success are not as sure and replacement will usually be suggested instead.
In addition to the extent of the damage, the location also plays a role in the decision of whether to repair or replace. Cracks at the edge of a windscreen can spread quickly, meaning that unless they are caught quickly, repair may be unsuccessful. In addition, due to the fact that the repair process can slightly distort the glass, it may be best to replace a windscreen if the damage is in the driver’s direct line of vision.
At The Windscreen Company, we offer both repair and replacement for all car windows, including front windscreens, side and rear windows. We can give you expert advice on whether repair of replacement is best for your particular case.
Our team of experts are available around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Windscreen Company’s team of mobile engineers cover the Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire regions, meaning we can come and repair your car at the roadside. That said, if you live outside of these areas, feel free to get in touch, as we may still be able to help you out.