When does a windshield need to be replaced?

When does a windshield need to be replaced?

When does a windshield need to be replaced?There are many issues that can render a windshield in need of replacement. When a windshield is obscured by cracks or scratches, it can make it harder to see the road, potentially putting you in harm's way. Also, if you're driving with a damaged windshield, a law enforcement officer may pull you over and write you a ticket. At Universal Auto Body & Glass, our local body shop specializes in windshield replacement in the greater Stamford, CT area. Here's a look at five issues that necessitate windshield replacement.

Rock Chips

As a general rule, windshield rock chips that are larger than a quarter are too big to be repaired and will necessitate windshield replacement. If you have smaller chips, you should get them repaired ASAP. Otherwise, they may grow to the extent that you have to replace your windshield.


If your windshield has a crack that is five inches or longer, then it will likely need to be replaced rather than repaired. And if your windshield has three or more cracks of any length, then replacement will probably be necessary.

Freezing Temperatures

In freezing weather, small windshield cracks can become strained, causing them to expand to the point that the windshield has to be replaced.

Windshield Was Incorrectly Installed

In some cases, drivers need their windshield to be replaced or reinstalled because the installation was done poorly in the first palace. If you suspect that your windshield was improperly installed, we'd be happy to take a look at it and determine whether any work needs to be done.

Extensive Scratching

If your windshield has suffered heavy scratching, then you may not be able to safety hazards as they emerge on the roadway. For this reason, it's very important that an extensively scratched windshield is promptly brought to the attention of an auto glass technician.

Windshield Replacement in Stamford, CT

When you need auto glass repair in Stamford and the surrounding area, contact Universal Auto Body & Glass at (203) 990-1799. At our local body shop, we can expertly address any of your vehicle's cosmetic needs. Feel free to give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

Universal Auto Body & Glass Blog
Posted: April 2022

Written and Published By MORBiZ