If you’re trying to figure out how to deal with a damaged windshield or auto glass, it may be tempting to try to do some repairs yourself.  You can easily find plenty of products and information that will help you with a repair or a replacement, but don’t be fooled – it will be a tricky process. In many cases, it may actually be more cost-effective to take your damaged auto glass to a professional. Before you make a decision, consider the following concerns about replacing or repairing auto glass.

Repairing vs. Replacing

ws_rock_chipThe first step in the process of fixing your damaged windshield is to determine whether it can be repaired or if it has to be replaced. In many cases, amateur attempts to repair auto glass can cause the damage to worsen, which means that your ultimate costs become even greater.

Auto glass repairs are incredibly difficult because the slightest mistake can create an even bigger problem. Unless you have vast experience in repairing windshields, it’s always safer to either replace your windshield or hire a professional to repair it.

However, before you commit to having your auto glass repaired, think about whether it will be more cost effective to simply replace the whole windshield. Often, the time it takes for a professional to repair a broken windshield costs more than the price of a new windshield. Find out exactly how much each option will cost before making a final decision either way.

Choosing a Replacement

In most cases, damaged windshields need to be completely replaced. When you go to get a new windshield installed, be very careful about which installer you choose. Do your research to find out which businesses have a good reputation in your area, because inexperienced technicians may not be qualified to install your windshield properly.

Do You Need a Professional?

As mentioned above, most auto glass repairs should be completed by a professional. Repairing auto glass is incredibly tricky, so repairmen develop great skill in order to safely fix the damages. For instance, professional repairmen learn how to apply a precise amount of pressure as they work in order to avoid cracking the glass. In addition, their professional equipment helps them to fill any cracks and holes completely so that the damage is contained.

Professionals are also experienced in dealing with a wide variety of problems. If you go out and purchase a DIY windshield repair kit, it may not provide the information you need to address your specific issues. Once a professional identifies the type of damage present in your auto glass, he or she can adjust the strategy by choosing to use different kinds of resin with varying levels of viscosity.

Saving Money

If you’re still not convinced that it’s better to hire a professional to repair or replace your windshield, consider this – depending on your insurance, getting your windshield repaired or replaced by a professional may even be free. If you have comprehensive insurance, many insurance companies waive the deductible for windshield repairs. Not sure what type of insurance you have, contact us today and we can assist you in finding out.