When a rock hits your windshield, it can cause a chip or crack. These chips and cracks are called rock chips. While most rock chips are not serious, they can still be annoying and distracting. Whether the rock chip is small or big, it should be inspected and fixed by a professional rock chip repair shop ASAP! Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about rock chips:
What Are The Factors That Affect A Rock Chip Repair?
Size and Depth
The size of the rock chip is significant in determining if it can be repaired or not. In general, chips that are smaller than 3 inches (about the size of your thumb) can easily be fixed by your local auto glass repair shop, although it greatly depends on the type of chip you have, the location, and the depth of the damage.
Because windshield repair technology is constantly advancing, it’s best to consult your local auto glass repair shop for an inspection. They will be able to inspect your vehicle and advise you on the best course of action for your particular situation.
Type of Crack
There can be many different cracks that result from a rock chip, and technicians can repair some of them more quickly than others. Here are some types of rock chips:
- Star Break (short radial cracks coming off of the impact point).
- Bulls-Eye (circular crack caused by circular object).
- Partial Bulls-Eye (the same as Bulls-Eye, but the damage is not entirely circular).
- Crack Chip or Ding (single crack as the size of a quarter).
- Pit (the easiest one to repair, and it happens due to a small piece of glass missing).
Drivers need to keep in mind that multiple cracks may be more complex to repair and can significantly impact the integrity of a windshield.
Even adequate repairs may leave some discoloration, blurry or irregularity, and if the damage is in the driver’s line of view, the repair will reduce clarity and visibility. This is why if the crack is in the driver’s line of sight, the windshield will most likely have to be repaired.
The exact placement of the crack on a windshield is also extremely significant regarding repair vs. replacement. If the damage is located near the windshield’s edges, it could compromise the windshield’s integrity and, therefore, would need to be replaced.
Why Is A Cracked Windshield Dangerous?
A cracked windshield can be dangerous for a number of reasons. First of all, it weakens the overall structure of the windshield, making it more likely to break in an accident. Additionally, cracks can obscure the driver’s vision, making it difficult to see other vehicles or potential hazards on the road. Finally, cracks can also cause the windshield to shatter if it is hit by a stone or other object. For these reasons, it is important to have any cracks in your windshield repaired as soon as possible. By doing so, you can help to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road.
How long Does Rock Chip Repair Take?
Rock chip repair is a relatively quick and easy process, though the amount of time it takes will vary depending on the size and depth of the chip. Generally, smaller chips can be repaired in as little as 30 minutes, while larger chips may take an hour or more.
The first step is to clean the area around the chip to remove any dirt or debris. Next, a special adhesive is used to bond the glass chip back into place. Once the adhesive has set, a clear resin is injected into the chip to fill any voids and ensure a flush surface. Finally, the resin is cured with ultraviolet light, and the area is polished to restore clarity. In most cases, rock chip repair can be completed in a single visit, though deep or complex chips may require additional treatments.
Have a Crack on Your Windshield? Call Collision Auto Glass & Calibration Today!
At Collision Auto Glass & Calibration, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality service possible. We use only the latest state-of-the-art materials and procedures for all of our windshield, back glass, and door glass replacements. We also offer rock chip repairs. No matter what service you need, you can rest assured that we will meet or exceed the industry’s highest installation standards. We are always striving to improve our services as the industry evolves so that we can always provide you with the best possible service. When you choose Collision Auto Glass & Calibration, you can be confident that you are making the best choice for your auto glass needs. Contact us today.