Windscreen Repair FAQ
Due to recent storm events, the roads in the Tweedshire Region have been left in an average state. This has resulted in a large increase in stone chip repairs.
We get asked many questions on a daily basis so we have listed a few of the common ones below. Should you have any other questions please give us a call, we are a local repairer here to help.
Service 8® Auto Glass charges $99.00 for local windscreen repairs. Furthermore, if you have multiple chip on the same windscreen we can repair the second chip for $50.00. For comparison, some national repairers charge over $160.00 per chip.
Yes, you will still be able to see where the chip is after the repair is complete. This is because the chip has not been removed, rather it has been injected with clear resin. That said, the visibility of the chip will often be dramatically reduced. As much as an 70/80% improvement in many cases. See the comparison.
There are many factors that affect the outcome/clarity of a chip, such as how long the chip has been ignored and if in that time the chip has been contaminated by weather.
However, even if a windscreen chip has been contaminated it may still be repaired, however the end result may not be as clear as it could have been if you had got it repaired immediately.
A high quality repair should last a lifetime. However, if your vehicle is exposed to long hours of harsh direct sunlight, then the resin in the chip can discolor over time. However, this may take several years if a quality repair resin is used.
Service 8® uses high performance professional repair resin, so the best results can be expected. Even if the repair does discolor over time the damage will still be stable and will not crack.
If ignored a windscreen chip can only get worse, the question is when?
We have known chips to be stable for years and other times only minutes. In order to avoid a replacement, the smart choice is to have your windscreen damage repaired quickly.
Further, windscreen chips collect moisture, dirt and debris, which may contaminate the damaged area. In turn this will compromise the clarity of the chip should you decide to repair it later.
Finally, when a windscreen is exposed to the harsh sunlight or heat in general, it greatly increases the chance the damage will spread.
No, because windscreen repair patches placed over the damaged will not prevent spreading. Patches are at best used to keep a chip free from contamination by preventing moisture from entering the chip.
Patches are no more than bits of clear sticky tape. The true purpose of a windscreen patch is marketing, you will often find they have phone numbers printed on them.
The best thing you can do is have your windscreen repaired as soon as possible. The longer you leave it the more chance the damage will deteriorate.