Your windshield provides both structural support for your vehicle and critical protection for you and your passengers. But if the glass suffers chips or cracks, your safety may be at risk. Though many drivers see repairing minor auto glass damage as an optional pursuit, taking care of windshield chips and cracks really isn’t discretional—it’s essential. Below, the windshield repair experts at Centennial Auto Glass outline the four types of windshield damage no driver can afford to ignore.


Edge Cracks

An edge crack begins within two inches of the edge of your windshield or extends all the way to the edge. These cracks usually develop as a result of excessive pressure around the perimeter of your windshield and typically extend 10-12 inches.


Due to their considerable length, edge cracks can easily spread even under minimal pressure, making prompt repairs critical. If you have a minor edge crack (less than six inches or so), visit a windshield repair specialist at your earliest convenience. Edge cracks that are longer than about six inches generally necessitate windshield replacement.  


Bullseye Cracks

As their name implies, bullseye cracks look just like a dartboard bullseye: there’s a definitive impact point that typically appears circular in shape. These cracks form as a result of direct impacts to the windshield, involving either small or large objects.


Under pressure or additional impact, a bullseye crack can quickly spread, which will not only impede your field of vision but also compromise the structural integrity of the glass. Generally, windshield repair is possible for bullseye cracks, provided they:


●        Have a diameter of one inch or less

●        Are not directly in the driver’s line of sight

●        Do not have dirt or debris ground into the crack


For minor bullseye cracks, prompt auto glass repair is essential to avoid incurring further windshield damage. If your windshield suffers a severe bullseye crack, you should replace it immediately.


Star Breaks

A star break contains a central impact point surrounding by small, tentacle-like cracks that extend outward. For small star breaks (typically one inch in diameter or less), windshield repair is a suitable option; however, if the damage spreads, auto glass replacement is unavoidable.


Like a bullseye crack, if a star break exists within a driver’s line of sight, it may pose a safety hazard even after a successful repair since it can interfere with driver’s ability to see. In such instances, auto glass repair specialists generally recommend replacing the windshield.


Floater Cracks

Floater cracks look just like edge cracks, but rather than occurring near the perimeter of a windshield, they occur at least two inches from the edge. Dramatic temperature fluctuations can easily cause a floater crack to spread, so if you develop one, prompt windshield repair is essential. Typically, a floater crack is considered irreparable if its length exceeds six inches, making windshield replacement a necessity. 


Need Windshield Repair in the Twin Cities? Contact Centennial Glass Today

If you’re dealing with windshield damage, don’t ignore it! Whether you believe you need windshield repairs or a complete replacement, get in touch with our team at Centennial Glass. Our experienced technicians can advise you on the best option to fit your budget and protect your safety; plus we offer discounts for cash payment and are approved by all major insurance companies. To learn more, request a quote, or schedule your appointment, give us a call today at 651-653-1777 or send us a message, and we’ll be in touch!