Understanding Windshield Repair vs. Replacement


The windshield is a critical component of a vehicle’s safety system, providing structural integrity to the car and protecting passengers from external elements. It is essential to maintain the windshield’s condition to ensure clear visibility and overall safety. This text aims to distinguish between windshield repair and replacement, highlighting when each is appropriate and the factors that influence this decision.


Windshield Repair

Windshield repair is a viable option for minor damage that does not compromise the overall integrity of the glass. It is typically considered for:

  • Chips: Small, circular damages that have not penetrated the entire thickness of the glass.
  • Cracks: Linear breaks that are relatively short in length and not located in the driver’s direct line of sight.
  • Limitations: Repair is generally suitable for damage that is smaller than a dollar bill, not in the driver’s field of vision, and not at the edge of the windshield, where it can compromise structural integrity.
  • Safety: When laminated glass shatters, it tends to hold together rather than breaking into sharp pieces. This reduces the risk of injury to passengers in the event of an accident.
  • Security: The interlayer makes laminated glass more difficult to penetrate compared to regular glass, offering better protection against break-ins and theft.
  • Noise reduction: The PVB or EVA layer provides sound insulation, resulting in a quieter ride by reducing the intrusion of outside noise into the cabin.
  • UV protection: Laminated glass can block up to 99% of harmful UV rays, protecting passengers from sun exposure and preventing the vehicle’s interior from fading and deteriorating over time.

These properties make laminated glass an ideal choice for windshields and other critical areas of a vehicle where safety and security are paramount.


Financing Options at Tucson Auto Glass & Tint

We know that vehicle maintenance and upgrades can be essential to the safety of your vehicle. But that doesn’t mean they always come around at a convenient time.

To make these essential services more accessible for car owners in the Tucson area, we offer flexible financing options through SNAP! Finance.

Don’t have the cash in hand? Don’t worry! Pay over time for any services we offer, including window tinting, windshield replacement, ceramic coating, paint protection film, and vinyl wrap.

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