If you notice a chip on your windshield, you should get it repaired as soon as possible before the damage grows. But do you need to replace the whole windshield with a small chip? Not with windshield repair in Raleigh from Glass Solutions! Our mobile team of auto glass specialists will come to you to repair your windshield. We serve Raleigh, Durham, Garner, Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, and surrounding areas.
Don’t drive around with a damaged windshield – call us for windshield repair. Our experienced team has over 100 years of combined experience and is dedicated to providing excellent service, unbeatable results, and competitive prices. Reach out to us today at 919-772-1007 or fill out the form below to get started.
Choosing Windshield Replacement or Repair
Cracks and chips in your windshield can often be repaired, though sometimes windshield replacement is the only option to ensure the structural integrity of the glass. But many of our customers are surprised at the extent we can repair damage to auto glass.
If your windshield has a recent chip that is smaller than ½” in diameter or a single crack that is three inches long or less, we can fix it. Typically, we look at the size, lifespan, and location to determine the best option to ensure safety and long-lasting durability. For example, a small, new chip in the center of the windshield is easily fixed, but a long crack on the edge of the windshield that can quickly spread or affect visibility would mean the glass should be replaced.
How We Repair Your Windshield
Repairing a windshield isn’t a “temporary fix,” it’s a permanent repair that is designed for minor chips and cracks in your windshield. With chips, the rough edges are smoothed, loose slivers are cleaned out, and all air is removed from the void. Then, a clear resin is placed into the crack or chip to bond the glass and ensure a strong, durable repair that will last for the duration of your windshield. Once it cures, it will not only stop any damage from spreading, it will minimize the appearance of the crack or chip.
Should You Choose a DIY Windshield Repair Kit?
We understand that there are windshield repair kits available on the market, and they’re often less than $25. However, it’s important to realize that it’s not as easy as it looks to get the precise finish necessary for a long-lasting repair. If there are any slivers of glass left or air between the void and the resin, additional cracks can form. Because you don’t know how good of a quality the resin is, you’re not sure if it will hold a strong bond.
Basically – it’s a job best left to local, experienced professionals.
The Benefits of Windshield Repair
If you’re unsure whether you should replace or repair your windshield, consider these benefits:
- Peace of mind. If you get a chip or a crack, it may not be a problem for weeks or even months, but it can quickly spread and is more likely to shatter, which can be dangerous in the event of a collision.
- Ensures structural integrity. The faster you get a chip or crack repaired, the better it is for your windshield. A repair is meant to be permanent, strengthening the surrounding glass with a powerful resin.
- Significantly less expensive. In most cases, repairs can be completed between $75 and $200, whereas replacements vary greatly, starting at $200 and ranging as much as $1,000. Price typically depends on the make, model, and year of your vehicle.
- Fast. Our team can quickly repair a damaged windshield and have you back out on the road quickly.
Windshield Repair FAQs
Can you fix a cracked windshield without replacing the entire windshield?
Yes! Our Raleigh auto glass repair professionals are able to fix a cracked or chipped windshield without replacing the entire windshield. However, it’s important to note that a cracked windshield may need to be replaced in its entirety if the damage is widespread or if the chip/crack penetrates beyond the top layer of glass. To get an professional opinion from a member of our auto glass repair team, you may call us at 919-772-1007 or fill out our contact form.
Do windshield repair kits work?
In short, no, at least not for the long-term. A windshield repair kit is a short-term solution for a chipped or cracked windshield that will get you back on the road until you can get to a trusted auto glass repair shop. Repairing your windshield with a kit will stop the crack from spreading, but it won’t fix the damage. That’s why it’s important to have your windshield repaired by a reliable Raleigh auto glass professional who provides trusty windshield repair services.
How much does it cost to repair a broken windshield?
The cost to repair a broken windshield varies based on the extent of damage, your vehicle’s model, and the type of windshield replacement service you request. While many auto glass shops charge between $250-400, Glass Solutions charges only $150 for mobile windshield replacement or $95 in-store windshield repair! To request a quote for windshield repair service in Raleigh, you may fill out this form and one of our team members will be in touch with you shortly.
How long should I wait to drive my car after having the windshield repaired?
In order to ensure your windshield is properly set, we advise you to wait 1 hour before driving.
What can I do to keep my windshield strong and resiliant to breaking?
The following tips will help keep your windshield strong after it’s been repaired:
- Avoid car washes for at least 48 hours
- Vent a window to decrease the air pressure in your car. This is a great tip to practice for 24-hours after your windshield is repaired.
- Do not remove the retention tape for at least 48 hours
- Close your car door gently to avoid putting excess stress on your windshield
- Avoid driving on gravel roads and driveways since gravel may get kicked up and penetrate your windshield.
How long does it take to have a windshield repaired?
Depending on the extent of your windshield’s damage, your auto glass repair technician need just 10 minutes or 1 hour or more to repair your windshield. It’s important to bear in mind that there are several factors that contribute to the time it takes to repair a windshield, including the outside temperature.