What’s the Difference Between a Chip and a Crack in a Windshield ?
Wondering “What’s the Difference Between a Chip and a Crack in a Windshield ?”
This is probably the most frequently asked question from our customers and it’s important to know what you have and what your options are.
So…What’s the Difference Between a Chip and a Crack in a Windshield ?
A windshield chip looks more like a pit or a nick in the glass which may have small breaks and cracks running out of it. They are caused from rocks or debris hitting the windshield and leaving an impact mark.
There are various kinds of windshield chips and their names are based on what they look like. For example, bullseye, starburst, bow tie and angel wings…. just to name a few.
Usually, depending on the size, windshield chips can easily be repaired. However, if it is larger than a quarter, we recommend a replacement.
Some windshield cracks come from a windshield chip that has turned into a long crack over time. These types of cracks can be prevented if the initial damage is fixed right away.
Other cracks happen instantly when a rock or any kind of debris hits your windshield.
Windshield cracks can be repaired if they are only a few inches long. However, once they have grown longer than about 6 inches, then we recommend you get a windshield replacement.
If your windshield crack runs into the edge of the windshield, no matter how small it is, then it cannot be repaired.
When you get any kind of windshield damage, we recommend that you get it fixed immediately. Most windshield cracks can be prevented if you get the impact point fixed before it springs a crack.