Did you recently notice a small chip or crack in your windshield? Then you may have thought about heading to your local auto parts store to pick up a DIY glass repair kit. But while performing minor windshield repairs at home might seem simple enough, taking that route probably isn’t in your best interest.


Why not? Read on to learn what you should know about doing windshield chip repairs at home and why taking the DIY route could make things worse.


The Problem With Cheap DIY Windshield Chip Repair Kits

Just because at-home auto glass repair kits are widely available doesn’t mean they’re a reliable or effective solution for fixing a chipped or cracked windshield. While these kits do contain everything you’d need to perform a DIY windshield repair, what they don’t contain is quality materials.


Low-quality filler will inevitably result in a low-quality repair, and even if that repair lasts a while, it probably won’t deliver a long-term solution for the chip or crack you need to fix. Ultimately, the damage could spread to the point it’s no longer eligible for repair, at which point you’ll have no other option but to pursue a total windshield replacement.


The Problem With At-Home Auto Glass Repair

If you’re unfamiliar with windshield repairs, you could easily botch your DIY repair job. How? Here are just a handful of common mistakes that are surprisingly easy to make:


●        You might inadvertently allow debris to infiltrate the filler after application.

●        You might apply the filler incorrectly.

●        You could easily attempt to repair a chip or crack that’s not actually repairable and necessitates a complete windshield replacement instead. (This will seriously compromise the integrity and strength of the glass and put your safety at risk.)


Unfortunately, a botched DIY windshield repair can’t be fixed — not even by a professional auto glass repair specialist. If you inadvertently mess up your at-home attempt, you’ll have little choice but to head to a shop for a full windshield replacement.


How can you determine whether your auto glass damage is eligible for repair? Check out the types of windshield chips that can be fixed with minor repairs.


DIY Windshield Repairs Won’t Save You Much Money

If you’re seriously thinking about performing an at-home repair, why is that? To save some cash? If so, you’ll benefit from knowing that professional windshield repairs can be highly affordable.


Yes, a professional job will cost more than a DIY repair kit. But when you consider that repair’s staying power, it’s well worth the extra expense. You’ll also get peace of mind knowing the repair was performed properly and with professional-quality materials. If you choose a reputable shop (like Centennial Glass!), you’ll also have certified glass installers working on your vehicle, so you can trust the repair will be performed to the highest quality standard. 


Given the probability of at-home mistakes and the high likelihood of getting a low-quality repair kit, in the long run, a DIY repair may actually end up costing you more than hiring a pro.


Get Expert Windshield Chip Repairs in the Twin Cities at Centennial Glass

Got a chip or crack in your windshield? Get in touch with our team at Centennial Glass to get a repair estimate! We specialize in mobile auto glass repairs for drivers throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro. Wherever you are, we’ll come to you to make your windshield repair experience as convenient and quick as possible. Check out our reviews to see what people have to say!


To learn more about our services, feel free to call our Blaine, MN office at 651-653-1777 or request a free repair quote online, and we’ll get in touch with more information.