Your car windscreen is, inarguably, one of the most important facets of the entire vehicle. Therefore, it’s always going to need a special level of care and attention! However, to the uninitiated, it’s not always easy to know when you’re going to need to replace a windscreen outright, or when you’re going to simply need to patch it up. That, ultimately, is an assessment that a windscreen specialist will always need to make. However, it does help to know what to do with chipped windscreens and cracked windscreens.
In this quick guide, we’re going to take a look at what you’re going to need to identify when it comes to arranging windscreen repair or windscreen replacement. What should you look for when it’s time to get the whole pane of glass out and replaced?
When You Only Need a Windscreen Repair
In some cases, you’re only ever going to need a quick windscreen repair. This is likely to be the case if you start noticing small chips in your windscreen. The way that specialists look at chips and damage is where they are in relation to your field of vision. Your windscreen is split into four separate zones, which identifies where you are most likely to be looking when driving around.
However, the general rule of thumb is that if you have chips which aren’t considered big enough for a replacement, they can be easily fixed while you wait. Generally, you should expect any chips in your windscreen to measure less than 40mm in size if they stand any chance of having quick repair jobs.
When You Need a Full Windscreen Replacement
It’s generally a lot easier to tell when you’re going to need a full windscreen replacement. Many chipped windscreens will need full replacements if, for example, there are multiple chips across a screen, or if you have large enough chips to warrant the screen being replaced. Ultimately, if specialists feel that there is no way to repair a screen without there being a serious risk to your safety, a replacement is always going to be recommended.
A full windscreen replacement will generally occur when there are risks of chips evolving into cracks. A cracked windscreen is one which is likely to shatter and could cause serious harm to you, your passengers and other road users. The moment you notice cracks in your windscreen, it’s time to reach out for a full replacement.
Call for Support
If you start to notice chips or cracks in your windscreen, it’s essential that you reach out to a specialist who can remedy the issues you’re facing. A windscreen at risk of shattering or getting further damaged is going to pose serious risks to multiple people.
There is little point in continuing to drive a car with a chipped or broken windscreen. Doing so is going to potentially cause all manner of harm! Get it checked out as soon as possible.
If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your windscreen, get in touch today! You can contact our friendly team by heading over to our contact page for all the details.