Windshields are the most important part of your car’s body. That’s why it’s so alarming when you see your windshield cracked or chipped. While some damage is clearly dangerous and should be repaired immediately, other types don’t need immediate attention. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of windshield damage you might see—and why every case is different:
Cracks can be Categorized According to the type of Damage.
Windshield cracks can be categorized according to the type of damage. The most common types of windshield damage are star and spider web cracks, chip or stone impact marks and bull’s eye.
Star and spider web are two different types of cracks that look similar but are caused by different things. A star crack occurs when there is stress on your windshield from an impact or other force, such as driving into a pothole or getting hit by another car while parked in front of yours (this happens more often than you think!).
As this stress builds up over time, it eventually causes the glass to break apart into many small pieces instead of just one large piece like most other types of fractures do; thus giving it its namesake appearance as being shaped like a five-pointed star when viewed from above. On the other hand, spider webs occur when an object impacts against your windshield at high speeds causing it shatter into three distinct lines along each side where they intersect–hence why they got their name from looking like an actual spider web!
The Most Common types of Windshield Cracks are Star and Spider Web.
The most common types of windshield cracks are star and spider web.
Star cracks are radial cracks that radiate out from the center of the windshield. They can be caused by impact with rocks, debris, or an object striking your car’s hood or roof before it hits your windshield. These are often small and don’t penetrate all the way through to reach your safety glass. They’re easy to fix as well–you can usually just fill them with resin (or “fog stop”) and sand them down to make them smooth again!
Spider webbing is another type of damage caused by impact with rocks or other objects hitting your car at high speed while driving down highways at night during rainstorms while talking on cell phones while texting friends about what happened earlier today when you saw someone walking across campus holding hands with someone else who wasn’t their significant other but maybe they should date anyway because it was really hot outside this morning when I woke up early enough so maybe I’ll go back home tonight after class ends instead…
A Chip is an Extremely Small Crack that’s Smaller than a Quarter.
A chip is an extremely small crack that’s smaller than a quarter. Chips are caused by flying debris, like a rock or stone. They can be repaired, but only if they’re small and not in the driver’s line of sight.
This type of damage will typically be repaired by your insurance company for free, so long as it doesn’t affect your ability to drive safely (if it does, then you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket).
A Bull’s Eye refers to a Circular Crack in the Center of the Windshield.
A bull’s eye refers to a circular crack in the center of the windshield. It’s usually caused by a stone or other object hitting your windshield, and it can be repaired with a special adhesive. If left untreated, this damage can lead to more serious cracks that will require replacement of your entire windshield.
A Webbed Crack is an S-Shaped line that Spreads out from a Point on the Windshield.
A webbed crack is an S-shaped line that spreads out from a point on the windshield. It spreads in two directions, like an S, and can extend across your entire windshield.
A webbed crack may be caused by impact damage or extreme heat. The cracks in this type of damage are more difficult to repair than other types of cracks because they’re so large and spread out across a wide area of glass.
The best way to fix this kind of damage is by replacing your windshield entirely–but if you’d rather not go through all that trouble, there are other options available:
The most important thing to remember is that the size of a crack or chip is not always an indicator of how much it will cost to repair. If you have any doubt about whether your windshield needs repair, contact us so we can help you make the right decision.