Different types of cracks
Chips and cracks on the vehicles are often a result of something hard hitting the glass such as a stone or objects split flying from other vehicles around. This usually happens when we do not maintain the required distance from other vehicles while driving. These kinds of incidents not just because chips or cracks but several other types of damages which we often misinterpret as a crack.
Yes, there are various kinds of cracks that happen to auto glasses and are often misunderstood as chips or cracks. It is important to learn about their kinds because all of them (since are different from each other) have different procedures for their repair. Hence if you do not know what the damage is, you won’t be able to determine what solution will best repair it.
- Chips – This is the damage in which a tiny portion of the glass flies off.
- Cracks – Also called crack chip, they are the small chip that can be repaired by simply covering them with a quarter. However if neglected they may increase in size to cause lethal accidents later. So do not ignore it due to its size.
- Edge crack – These kinds of crack are those that start from the edge (within 2 inches of it) and are often long (from 10 inches and above). These kinds of scratches cannot be repaired and hence require immediate replacements.
- Floaters – A floater is a crack that starts from around the center of the glass instead of edge and from where it may spread to any direction.
- Bull’s eye – The circular damage when a hard ball or similar objects hits the glass and is generally cone shaped at the outer layer, resembling the eye of a bull.
- Half moon or Partial bull’s eye – It is all similar to the former only that the crack is semicircular.
- Long windshield crack – those chips or scratches or cracks that are more than 6 inches in length. These are also non repairable.
- Pit – A small hole on the glass or a small.
- Combination – The damage that includes multiple types of breaks or cracks.