Understanding different windscreen cracks, chips and scratches

Any type of damage to the windscreen is incredibly problematic. This is because even small points of damage can spread across your windscreen causing structural insecurity. But what are the differences between windscreen cracks, chips and scratches? And how can these be resolved or repaired? Well, here at Red Rose Windscreens, we are Preston’s leading windscreen repair experts. And this is our guide to everything you should know about cracks, chips and scratches on the windscreen.

What are the important factors for understanding different windscreen cracks, chips and scratches?

There are several differences between the different types of damage that can be caused to your windscreen. Knowing what type of damage has been caused can help you to find the right solution:

  • Windscreen scratches- these are typically shallow, and they will not have broken all the way through the glass. Some people advocate for buffing out these scratches, but actually this should be avoided. While buffing out the scratch will create a positive visual result, this will actually damage the structural integrity of your windscreen by creating a thinner, weaker area of glass.
  • Windscreen chips- Chips tend to be deeper than scratches, but also smaller in size. These are small punctures in the glass, often caused by gravel or dirt. If your windscreen develops a chip, this could develop into a larger crack, and will need to be repaired as soon as possible to prevent this issue.
  • Windscreen cracks- windscreen cracks are the most severe type of windscreen damage that can occur.  This is generally a damage all the way through the windscreen, and if you keep driving with even a small crack, this is likely to expand and be incredibly dangerous. Windscreen cracks generally need a full windscreen replacement.

For professional windscreen repair or replacement that you can rely on, get in touch with the experts today, here at Red Rose Windscreens.