Does My Windshield Need to be Repaired or Replaced Entirely?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 at 4:06 pm
A windshield being replaced

What Windshield Damage is Repairable?

While some windshield damage can be repaired, major damage requires the entire windshield to be replaced. Wondering what windshield damage is repairable? While every situation is different, we’ve put together some general rules of thumb when it comes to assessing windshield damage and the typical factors that automotive professionals consider.


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Windshield repairs are less costly to drivers than an entire replacement. Small, low-depth chips and cracks that haven’t yet had the chance to spread can likely be repaired. Repairs may leave behind slight discoloration or mistiness, but if the crack or chip is not located in the driver’s line of sight this shouldn’t be a major issue.

Windshields will need to be replaced if the structural integrity of the glass is significantly compromised due to the damage it sustained. This can occur if cracking is too widespread, the cracks are too close to the edges of the windshield, or if repair is determined to not be possible by a professional.

A cracked windshield

Common Causes for Windshield Damage

While some types of windshield damage are preventable with safe driving habits, like maintaining extra distance between vehicles on roads with loose gravel and debris, unavoidable environmental factors can cause windshield damage as well. Common reasons for cracks and chips in the windshield include:

  • Extreme Temperature
  • Collision
  • Improper Installation
  • Hail
  • Road Debris
  • Sunlight

Matt Castrucci Honda in Dayton, OH can assist drivers looking for help with windshield repair and replacement. Drivers can conveniently schedule a service appointment right here on our website for a date and time that works for them. In addition to automotive glass service, Matt Castrucci Honda also offers services such as oil change, electrical service, muffler and exhaust repair, wiper blade replacement and more.

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