What are the different types of windshield rock chips?

When rock chips go ignored, they can grow in size to the point that full windshield replacement becomes necessary. When a rock chip has a diameter less than the size of quarter, it’s best to act quickly to get it fixed. Otherwise, if it grows any larger, there’s a strong chance that you will indeed need windshield replacement. When deciding where to get your rock chip fixed, it’s always better to choose an actual auto glass shop instead of some roadside tent. This way you can be confident that the repairs will be done perfectly the first time, no matter the kind of rock chip that you have. Here’s a look at five tips on identifying different types of rock chips that should be repaired quickly.

Half Moon

This chip develops its lunar shape from the windshield being impacted at a sideways angle. Its somewhat awkward formation can make for a more challenging repair.

Bullseye Break

This one has a clearly centered impact location that is surrounded by rings circling outward. Unlike the half moon, this is typically an easy repair.

Star Chip

On star chips, distinct lines shoot outward from the point of impact. When they go ignored, star chips are particularly liable to spread into a greater area, which could result in a need for windshield replacement.

Combo Rock Chip

When a rock chip has characteristics of two or more of the above-listed rock chips, then it falls into the combination category. These types of chips are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to see if they can be repaired.

Windshield Crack

Usually, when a crack is less than three inches long, it can be fixed. Otherwise, it’s likely that windshield replacement will be necessary.

If you’re in need of auto glass repair or replacement, be sure to get in touch with a reputable specialist. For auto glass repair and replacement in Oro Valley, Marana, and Tucson, AZ, the experts to contact are at Formula 1 Collision Center at (520) 369-4291. Feel free to give Formula 1 Collision Center a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle’s auto body needs!

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