If your vehicle has recently encountered windshield damage, you may be wondering whether repair or replacement is necessary. While Harmon Auto Glass® can repair most chips in your windshield glass, cracks typically indicate an immediate need for windshield replacement in order to protect the structural integrity of your vehicle and the safety of its occupants.
Is your best option replacement or repair?
Size and severity
Though there are a few exceptions, chips larger than 3/8 inch and cracks more than three inches long generally require windshield replacement.
Cracks near the edge of the windshield typically require replacement due to their tendency to spread. Chips directly in your line of vision often require replacement as well, as repairs often do not cure clearly, leaving disruptions in your line of vision.
The longer you leave chips and cracks unaddressed, the more likely dirt will build up making it difficult to perform a successful repair and requiring a replacement.
How does Harmon Auto Glass perform windshield replacement?
- The windshield is carefully removed to avoid damage to the bonding surface, which can cause leaks and corrosion.
- An OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) quality windshield replacement is selected for a quality installation.
- Only Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) approved adhesives are applied to the vehicles during windshield replacement.
- The new windshield is replaced following procedures recommended by the AGSC. The recommended one hour drive-away time for passenger safety is then observed, allowing the adhesive to cure and form a proper seal.
Timely replacement is essential to your safety
In today's modern vehicles, the windshield is up to 85% of the structural integrity.
Will my auto insurance policy cover windshield replacement?
Harmon Auto Glass works with all major insurance carriers, handling the insurance filing for you. Nonetheless it is advisable to contact your local agent to verify coverage before having your windshield replaced. Windshield replacement due to cracks is typically covered under the "Comprehensive" section of your automobile insurance policy, which is elective. However, laws vary by state. Some states require the typical ($500) Comprehensive deductible, while others have laws specific to windshield replacement requiring no deductible or a state-mandated maximum. Protect yourself by becoming familiar with the laws in your state.
Choosing a trusted windshield repair service
To protect your vehicle's occupants as well as its value, our professional windshield repair specialists use only OEM quality glass and AGSC approved adhesives when replacing your windshield. This prevents leaks and the likelihood of the windshield becoming dislodged in an accident. Harmon Auto Glass offers mobile service that can typically be at your site within 24 hours. Our specialists are courteous and respectful of your vehicles, home and family.
Don't let a damaged windshield threaten the safety of your family. Contact Harmon Auto Glass today. Our professional specialists have the skills and experience necessary to determine your windshield replacement and repair needs. Harmon Auto Glass offers a complete auto glass product line including windshields, side window glass, mirrors, and more.