Should I Repair or Replace My Windshield?

The decision to repair or replace your windshield depends on the damage that has occurred. Small chips can be easily mended, while bigger auto glass fractures could require a full windshield replacement. Whether you decide to repair, replace or just get advice from an expert, Caliber is already ready to help. Our technicians have industry-leading training and can help you make the right choice for you and your family’s safety.

To make a more informed decision, use these factors to evaluate the damage to your windshield:

  • Size
  • Depth
  • Location


According to the Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass Standard (ROLAGSTM), windshield repair has certain limitations based on the size and damage type. 

For instance, a crack that isn't longer than 14 inches can be filled in. Damage in the shape of a bullseye shouldn't be any larger than an inch across to avoid full replacement. The smaller the imperfection in your windshield, the better. 


Another way to decide whether to repair or replace depends on the depth of the damage, too. While a chip could be less than an inch wide, it might have created a crater in your windshield.

Your windshield has three layers. If the object makes it through them all, a replacement windshield is absolutely necessary. The same goes for a pit that measures more than 3/8 inch. 


The location of the damage also plays a role.

Any chips or cracks in the driver's line of sight require a full windshield replacement. By just filling in the damage, the distortion of the glass could cause an unsafe driving scenario.

Even when the damage meets the repair size requirements, the location still needs to be taken into account. If the damage reaches the outer edge of the windshield in more than one spot, it needs to be replaced. Two or more weak points could compromise the strength of the auto glass.    

When should you repair or replace a windshield?

If you're still unsure whether your windshield needs to be repaired or replaced, it's always best to have a professional take a look. 

Who fixes windshields?

A lot of auto body shops are able to do windshield repairs. It's important to look at reviews and certifications, and always get an estimate beforehand. Doing a little bit of research can help you get the best quality repairs at a fair price.

Fortunately, Caliber Auto Glass is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and experienced technicians to get the job done. Each repair is backed by a National Limited Lifetime Warranty and is certified by the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC).   

How much does it cost to repair a windshield?

The cost to repair a windshield depends on the factors of size, depth and location. Basic chip and crack repair will cost roughly $60-$100, though the price may differ depending on labor costs. Plus, for multiple problem areas, the overall price will increase. 

For the most accurate estimate, contact an auto glass repair shop like Caliber Auto Glass to get a quote. 

How much does it cost to replace a windshield?

Typically, a full windshield replacement costs about $210-$500 including labor. Again, this number could change based on the car you have and whether you're replacing a front or back windshield. 

Fortunately, most insurance companies will cover this type of damage. Always check with your insurance agent before paying for any repairs. To avoid any confusion, most auto glass repair shops will work with the insurance company on your behalf.

At Caliber Auto Glass, team members will work directly with the provider to handle a claim and provide accurate costs. 


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