Windshield repair is a process that requires specialized training and state-of-the-art equipment along with professional grade resins that deliver outstanding optical clarity to produce safe and durable repairs. The resin is injected into the damaged area and cured with a special UV light to create a strong bond. This process restores the structural integrity of your windshield with improved cosmetic appearance. Most repairs can be completed in 30 minutes and requires no down time of your vehicle after the repair is done.
Windshields are made of two layers of glass with a laminated layer between. The outer layer is the only portion of the glass that is repairable. The National Windshield Repair Division, a nationally and worldwide source for windshield repair, developed the standards across the country so the consumer is guaranteed that the structural integrity of their windshield is not compromised.
Nationally Recognized Repair Standards
These standards are referred to as ROLAGS, Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standards and were developed to determine what is repairable and what is not. There are many opportunities to repair your damaged windshield and avoid replacement.
We are a member of the National Windshield Repair Division and our technicians are proudly NWRD certified.
Visit the NWRD website for more details on the benefits of windshield repair. They provide consumers detailed information on several topics related to windshield damage.
Should you Repair or Replace Your Windshield?
What can be repaired?
Many rock chip damages can be repaired. These damages are commonly referred to as bullseyes, stars and combination breaks.
If you can cover any of these with a quarter, they are most likely repairable. If they are larger than 3 inches in diameter, call us, and we will professionally determine if the repair can be done. Certain cracks can also be repaired. Call us for a free evaluation before you replace your windshield.
When Should I Replace?
- Damage that penetrates both layers of the windshield
- Damage to the inside layer of the windshield
- Damage where value-added features of your vehicle maybe negatively affected
- Damages in the driver’s primary viewing area (12-inches wide, centered front of driver-top to bottom of the wiper sweep area)
— Larger than 1 inch in diameter
— Finished pit will be greater than 3/16 inch
— A repair within 4 inches of another repair
- Cracks longer than 14 inches
- Star breaks exceeding 3 inches in diameter
- Bullseye greater than 1 inch in diameter
- Combination breaks greater than 2 inches in diameter (excluding legs)
Contact us and we will assist in determining whether you can repair or need to replace.
Your windshield is one of the most important safety components of your vehicle.
If replacement is necessary, we recommend using a reputable glass replacement company who employs trained and certified technicians. According to national statistics, 4 out of 5 glass replacements failed safety and installation standards. It is extremely dangerous and unsafe when a windshield is improperly installed.
Please take the time and watch this investigation conducted by ABC news on windshield replacement and the dangers it can pose to you.
If You Have a Rock Chip
Rock chip damages are susceptible to spreading with temperature changes from hot to cold, vibrations from the road or closing your car door, and sometimes stress because of where the damage is located on the windshield.
If you get a rock chip, keep it dry and clean as best you can. Avoid washing your car or even using the windshield washers and wipers to avoid getting moisture and debris inside the break. In hot climates, keep your vehicle in the garage or a shady area with the windows slightly opened to prevent high temperatures inside your car.
Call Anthem Stars & Chips for an appointment as soon as possible.