Expert Windshield Repair in Greater Phoenix, AZ

Pumping resin into a windshield to repair a chip Pumping resin into a windshield to repair a chip

Why Choose Us for Your Windshield Repair

When you choose Pinnacle, you get high-quality work with no cut corners from a local Valley business. We'll make your windshield repair as quick and convenient for you as possible!

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  • Fully covered in most cases (pay little or nothing out-of-pocket)
    Most auto insurance policies in Arizona come with glass coverage, so windshield repairs are covered in most cases. In addition, we work with ALL auto insurance companies.
  • High-quality results
    We require all our technicians to have 3 or more years of hands-on experience, plus every technician is fully covered by insurance. All materials and glass used are OEM or equivalent.
  • Great low prices
    Our scale and buying power allows us to keep our prices low while still maintaining high quality standards.
  • Industry-leading warranty
    You receive complete protection from any possible problems related to your service, including problems with the materials used or with the repair process. Plus, our warranty coverage lasts for the vehicle's lifetime!
  • We're local
    Choosing a local Arizona business like ours means keeping money in our local economy instead of sending it elsewhere. The largest windshield company in the United States is not American - they are owned by a South African company.

Types and Causes of Windshield Glass Damage

Semi truck on highway

There are two main kinds of windshield glass damage:

  • Windshield chips
  • Windshield cracks

The most common cause of windshield glass damage is driving on freeways like the Loop 101, Loop 202 or I-10, especially behind large vehicles like tractor trailers or cement trucks. These vehicles have many large tires which can easily throw road debris into vehicles behind them.

The other primary cause of windshield glass damage is heat. Phoenix's high summer temperatures make glass much more likely to crack or chip. The combination of lots of highway driving and high heat makes Greater Phoenix the top metro area in the country for glass damage.

Windshield Chips

A chip is a small, localized break that results from the impact of an object on the windshield. All chips can be repaired if they meet certain criteria.

Chips are divided into three main categories: bullseye chips, star chips, and combination chips:

Close-up illustration of a bullseye glass chip

Bullseye Chip

Bullseye chips have a series of concentric rings spreading out from a center point.

Close-up illustration of a star glass chip

Star Chip

Star chips have a series of small individual cracks connected by a center point.

Close-up illustration of a star glass chip

Combination Chip

Combination chips can have both bullseye and star elements.

Windshield Cracks

A crack is a long, extended break. Most cracks are initially caused by an object impacting the windshield. Some cracks happen right away on impact, and others start as chips but over time become cracks. Natural vibrations that happen from driving along with heat (especially during the summer!) are common factors that can easily turn a simple chip into an extensive crack.

Cracks can be divided into three types. Multiple cracks and non-impact (stress) cracks generally cannot be repaired, while some single cracks are repairable if they meet certain criteria:

Windshield with a large single crack

Single Crack

A single crack is one extended break. This is far and away the most common type of crack that we see on our customers' vehicles. Single cracks originate from an initial impact on the windshield.

Windshield with multiple large cracks

Multiple Crack

A multiple crack is multiple extended breaks that may or may not be connected. Multiple cracks may be caused by the same initial impact, or by separate impacts at the same or different times.

Windshield with stress crack extending to its frame

Non-Impact (Stress) Crack

A non-impact or stress crack is not caused by object damage but from structural issues with the vehicle's frame or body. Common after crashes, these generally extend to the windshield frame.

What Kind of Damage Can Be Repaired

Each crack or chip is unique, but in general the guidelines below are a good starting point to help figure out if a repair is feasible for you.

When you speak with a customer service representative, they can help determine if your damage is a good candidate for a repair or if new glass will be required.

Chip Repair Damage Requirements

  • Chip cannot have crushed glass in the center.
  • Chip cannot be within 2 inches of the edge of the windshield.
  • Chip must be smaller than the diameter of a quarter.

Crack Repair Damage Requirements

  • Crack cannot be in the driver's field of vision when looking straight ahead.
  • Crack cannot be within 2 inches of the edge of the windshield.
  • Crack must be singular (i.e. not multiple connected cracks) and smaller than the size of a dollar bill.

How the Windshield Repair Process Works

Close up of windshield being repaired

Repairing a damaged windshield is a fast, easy process that generally takes about 20-30 minutes. You will be able to drive away as soon as the repair is completed.

During the repair process, a special resin will be injected into the damaged area. Once complete the windshield will be as strong as new and the visible damage will be much reduced.

You may still be able to see faint marks from the original damage – these do not compromise the windshield’s strength and are a natural part of the repair process.

Windshield repair steps:

  1. Preparation
    To prepare the surface, your technician will thoroughly clean the damaged area of any debris or glass shards.
  2. Tap or drill
    To allow the repair resin to fully get into the damaged area, your technician will “tap” or drill into the damage. Minor damage may require just one tap, while more significant damage may require multiple taps.
  3. Apply repair resin
    After preparing the glass, the technician will fill the damaged area with a special resin.
    • First, the injector will be placed immediately over the damaged area.
    • Second, the air in the damaged area will be vacuumed out.
    • Third, the resin will be injected into the area.
  4. Cure the resin
    Once the damaged area has been completely filled, then the resin will be “cured”, or hardened. This is accomplished using a special curing light that activates elements in the resin and changes it from a liquid to a solid.
  5. Apply more resin if necessary
    Depending on the amount of damage, more resin may be applied to build up the damaged area until it can be polished flat with the surrounding glass.
  6. Polish smooth
    Finally, the repaired area will be polished to ensure a flat, long-lasting smooth surface.

Your Windshield Repair Will Be Backed by our 100% Guaranteed Lifetime Warranty

Nation Best Warranty

Your repair will be completely guaranteed by our 100% lifetime warranty. We will take care of any problems with the work performed that may occur afterward - simply call or email to let us know you need a re-service.

Sometimes, a repair is not possible or a repair fails and cannot be redone. In these cases, we will credit all money paid towards the cost of a complete new windshield.

Lifetime Warranty Details

What Does Repaired Glass Look Like?

A lot of customers aren’t quite sure what to expect their repaired glass to look like.

In general, there may be some light marks in the original damaged area, but they will be much less noticeable than the original damage. These marks do not mean that the repair did not work or that the windshield is still weak – they are a normal part of the process.

Here are some examples of repaired glass, before and after:

Comparison of a bullseye chip before and after being repaired

Bullseye chip repair before and after

Comparison of a star chip before and after being repaired

Star chip repair before and after

Comparison of a combination chip before and after being repaired

Combination chip repair before and after

Valley-wide Mobile Windshield Repair

All windshield repair services include free mobile service anywhere in the Valley and most locations within 100 miles of Phoenix. Some of the more common cities we vist in the Valley are listed below.