Not All Windshield Chips Are Created Or Repaired Equally

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Windshield damage varies widely ranging from small chips that require minimal or no repair to big cracks that require extensive repairs. In most cases, windshield damage is caused by road debris including rocks and other flying debris. There are different types of damages that can occur, according to Liberty AutoGlass, your local windshield repair company Albrightsville PA. When your windshield has anoy one of these types of damage, then it is time to give us a call to ensure the safety of your passengers and others on the road.

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Different Types Of Windshield Damage

In this article, we share some of the most common type of windshield damages that we see.


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In simple words, a crack is a single line that clearly separates part or an entire windscreen. In addition, a crack can occur on the outer or inner side of a vehicle windshield. Sometimes chips become cracks when there is extreme temperature changes.


This type of damage occurs at the exact point where an object hits the windscreen of a vehicle. In this case, the impact point will have cracks spreading in several directions and a small depression with missing glass.

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Legs-style windshield damage consists of many fine cracks spreading outwards from the impact point. These cracks also include a few cracks that spread far longer than the short, fine cracks.

Star break

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This type of damage looks more or less like a star with several long cracks and short legs. Both of these cracks spread outwards from the point of impact.

Combination break

A combination break consists of two types of windshield damage. For instance, a pit and a star break.

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Windshield Repair Considerations

Before proceeding further, it is worth noting that a windshield consists of a thin barrier sandwiched between two layers of laminated glass. In the event the glass shatters due to impact, the thin windshield barrier holds together the resulting glass fragments. This ensures the fragments do not injure the occupant of a vehicle or other road users. With that in mind, windshield repair simply involves injecting a curable resin into the outer layer of a damaged windshield to restore its original look. Nevertheless, the viability of windshield repair depends on factors such as the type of windshield damage, size, depth and location of the damage.

Extensive damage near the edges of a windshield may be unrepairable because structural stresses tend to be higher at these locations than anywhere else. Moreover, the repair certified technician may be unable to access the damaged site, meaning you may have to replace your windshield.

Overall, minor windshield damage is repairable provided the impact point is accessible. The only exception is damage located in the driver’s line of sight because repairs around this area may not restore windshield glass to its original state and even worse, they could cause distracted driving and, in general, compromise your safety.

It is also worth noting that most US states have enacted regulations that govern windshield repairs located at or near the driver’s line of sight. Overall, you should get a qualified technician to inspect any windshield damage and recommend the right repair option. The quality of any windshield repair job depends on factors such as the skill and knowledge of a windshield repair technician, as well as the equipment used.

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Some of the common types of windshield damage include bull’s eye, half-moon, floater crack, long crack, chip, star break, legs, pit, edge crack, and combination break. Fortunately, a qualified auto glass technician would be able to repair minor windshield damage.

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Liberty AutoGlass is your go-to when you need an experienced and trustworthy auto glass shop in the area. Our team consists of licensed auto glass technicians who can provide the best auto glass services, including windshield replacements, chipped windshield repair, and even more. We also work with all major insurance companies and can handle your claim from beginning to end.

Our shop has certified technicians with the knowledge and experience to deal with any of your problems. You are guaranteed honest assessments, reasonable rates, and exceptional services. Liberty AutoGlass also offers mobile auto glass services. Give Liberty AutoGlass a call to schedule a free estimate today.

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