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How Bad Does My Auto Glass Have to be to Require Replacing?

interior of a car with man driving on an empty freeway as the sun sets on the horizon If you are in the Denver with a cracked windshield, you may be wondering if you need an auto glass replacement. While many cracks and chips are great candidates for windshield repair, some are not. For these situations, you will have to replace your entire windshield. Here at Complete Auto Glass, we can repair most glass damage in your vehicle. Since it may be difficult to understand when you need repairs or replacement, it’s best to learn about the most common damage signs. Here are some circumstances where we recommend an auto glass replacement.

Cracks that are Too Long

If road debris has cracked your windshield or car window recently, it is recommended to fix it soon. If you leave a crack unattended to, it can continue to grow across the surface. This is especially true of windshields where there is constant stress on the glass. Not repairing a crack could put your windshield at risk. The vibration of the road while driving affects the cracked windshield and could make the crack grow. If, for example, you hit a pothole while driving, the impact could turn a small chip into a large crack that spans your entire windshield. Once the crack surpasses 18” in length, then you will need an auto glass replacement.

Spiderweb Cracks on Glass

A vehicles glass is made to withstand natural wear and tear such as weather and small debris. If something large enough strikes your glass, you will have to replace it entirely. That is because even though the glass has not broken through, it can leave a web of cracks. It is impossible to repair this kind of damage because the cracks are too extensive and intertwined. This damage will look like spiderwebs on the windshield. This is because the glass is specially formulated to not shatter when an object hits it. This safety precaution is to keep drivers and passengers safe during a collision but, after the glass is damaged, the safe aspects are null and void. It’s time for a replacement.

Repairing Auto Glass Replacement Jobsa severely broken car's windshield in need of auto glass replacement

One of the last and most frustrating reasons for an auto glass replacement is when a previous glass replacement job was done incorrectly. A common sign of an incorrect job is a whistling sound that comes from closed windows. This means air is entering from an area that wasnt properly sealed. Not only can this be extremely annoying, but it is also dangerous. You will need to have the glass replaced again either by the same company or by another.

Auto glass replacement can be expensive in the Denver area if you do not choose a company carefully. You will want a company that wont try to repair a glass that has been compromised by damage. At Complete Auto Glass, we provide both competitive prices and convenience. If you think you need an auto glass replacement, give us a call. We will go to your home or office and have it replaced within the hour. Contact Complete Auto Glass today!