Windshield chips are very frustrating to see especially when it grows bigger and creates more damage to your windshield. If you want to know how this happens, well, not all windshield chips are created equal, as these come in different shapes and sizes and by assessing the different type of windshield damage that is incurred is very important to determine if your chipped windshield can be repaired or it needs to be replaced.

The size and the location of the chip are very important factors also that the technician can examine before they can provide you an expert’s advice to whether or not repair it or replace it once in for all.

To help you out determine if your windshield can be fixed or it should be replaced, you should take a look at the chip first by locating the damage of it. You can hear it all the time that when it comes to buying a house, you should always determine the location, this is also very important in determining the cost of the repair of the chip when you determine the location of it.

If the chip damage in your windshield extends to the outer edge of it, it is likely that you have to replace the entire windshield since the structure of the glass may have been already compromised sad to say. The same holds true if the chip within the driver’s primary viewing area or DPVA is already distorted, even if it is already repaired, then you have to replace the entire windshield.

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In order to determine the damage types of a windshield chip, there are actually many forms of it, but the most common you would hear is a chip or a crack. A chip is generally a term that refers to small damage on your windshield whereas a crack, the damage is a distinct line which runs across your windshield.

Based on the Repair of Laminated Automotive Glass (ROLAGS), there are six different types of damages with different repair mechanism in windshields. There are some repair standards which are very beneficial for small chips in your windshield. For your information, the different types of damages are listed below courtesy of

  • Bullseye- This type of damage is marked by a separated cone over the outer layer of the glass which results in a darker circle created on the point of impact.
  • Combination Break- This type of damage has different characteristics where it can appear as a bullseye with cracks surrounding it, or a long crack which stems from the damage itself.
  • Crack- A single line of separation which starts from the point of impact.
  • Half Moon- This is partial bullseye damage that can be shaped like half of entire bullseye damage.
  • Star Break- It has a series of legs or cracks that stems from the point of impact.
  • Surface pit- This type of damage is a nick in the glass which is associated with normal wear and tear that does not penetrate to the plastic’s interlayer or the middle layer of the glass.