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When to Repair vs. When to Replace Auto Glass

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When to Repair vs. When to Replace Auto Glass

Sooner or later, every motorist is going to suffer damage to the glass on their vehicle, and If you need window glass repair or window glass replacement in Chicago, Frank’s Auto Glass is the place to go.

Repair or replace?

The question is, when damage occurs to your vehicle’s glass, should you repair it or replace it? The answer is, it depends. When it comes to windshield damage, whether the damage can be repaired depends on three things: size, depth and location.

  • Size – Windshield repair technology is rapidly advancing, and at present, if a chip is smaller than a quarter and cracks are no longer than three inches, repair should be possible.
  • Depth – Remember that your windshield is basically a glass sandwich made up of an outer layer of glass, a plastic inner layer and an inside layer of glass. If the damage has reached that third, inside layer of glass, it’s too deep to repair.
  • Location – The location of the damage is crucial. If the damage has reached an outer edge of the windshield, the chances are the integrity of the windshield has been so badly compromised that replacement is required.

Other vehicle glass

Keep in mind that what we’ve said refers to your windshield, made of laminated glass. Your side windows and rear glass are made of tempered glass that can’t be repaired.

Summing up

You want to replace your auto glass if:

  • The damaged glass is tempered glass, not laminated.
  • The crack is longer than a dollar bill or reached the outside edge of the windshield.
  • The chip or crack has reached the inner level of the windshield.

Finally, whether it’s repair or auto glass replacement in Chicago, always contact Frank’s Auto Glass Repair!

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I recently brought my car in to have the broken passenger window replaced. The guys at Frank’s were very professional and the prices were good compared to other places. I’d recommend to anyone. Thanks guys!

Sandra G. - Google Reviews

Couldn't ask for a better establishment! I been driving around with a cracked windshield for longer than I should have. Finally had am off day and dropped them off my car. I was running late to pick up the car and they were very accommodating. Some places would make you wait until next day. Reasonable straightforward prices. They have gained a customer for life.

Eric B. - Google Reviews

Once again, frank’s auto glass came through. The price was exceptional the service was great, I would highly recommend anybody who needs class work, Should come here. I’ve done business with Frank and his family for many years, and I always leave satisfied. They don’t make them like this anymore. So five stars in Bravo.

Matthew W. - Google Reviews

Frank’s was great. They didn’t have my windshield in stock and had to order one, but they were ready for me the next day. The work was completed very quickly, and the staff were all friendly. The price was fair. Would go back again if necessary!

Aislinn - Google Reviews

I am extremely happy with the service I received from Frank's Auto Glass Repair. The replacement took a few hours because of the business' excellent service that it is first come first served. I have nothing but good things to say about this business. I pray I do not need another one anytime soon but I will definitely refer family and friends for premier services!

April W. - Google Reviews

Over 50 years of service to the Chicago Area