You may have considered getting windshield repair kits if you’re confident in completing DIY tasks. These kits, which can often be obtained online, make the claim that you can repair your personal windshield at a far lower cost than having a professional windshield repair in Alabama.
But how effective are windshield repair kits in practice? Let’s have a closer look at the things you need to think about before purchasing a glass repair kit…
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Windshield Repair Kits
Pros of Attempting to DIY Repair a Windshield
One of the most evident benefits of windshield repair DIY kits is that they are typically more cost-effective than the repair services performed by a professional upfront. However, this benefit comes with a number of rather major caveats that should be considered carefully…
Cons of Attempting to DIY Repair a Windshield
When you employ a professional, you are paying for their competence, as well as their knowledge and experience. An expert in vehicle glass has knowledge of the many forms of damage (and how to fix them) and experience in the repair work itself, not including specialized tools and high-quality resins. In addition, an expert also has professional-grade installation equipment.
Worst of all, if you attempt to fix your windshield yourself, there is a significant probability that the glass repair won’t hold in place. This could be due to a variety of factors, including the instructions for the kit being ambiguous or difficult to follow (which would cause you to perform the repair in an incorrect manner), the resin that was included in the kit being of poor quality, or perhaps the damage not being recoverable, to begin with.
For this reason, whilst the initial cost of a DIY windshield repair kit may be lower than hiring professional services, you will end up paying significantly more in the long term if you need to pay for additional repair or replacement services.
In general, we do not recommend using a do-it-yourself windshield repair kit. But the reason for this is not because we fix and replace windshields, rather, it is due to the fact that the resin, once placed into the chipping or crack, is permanent. In the event that a do-it-yourself repair is carried out improperly, there is no way to rectify the problem later on. In this particular scenario, it is quite probable that the windshield will need to be replaced.