As car dent repair technicians, we at Dent Heads know that a dent isn’t ever just a dent—each one is unique and requires a specialized approach. Likewise, the same is true about windshield damage. Rock chip repair isn’t a one-and-done service, it’s one that requires thorough attention to personalized care to reap the benefits—which include cost savings and safety boosts, according to the National Windshield Repair Division.

Understanding a few of the damage types your windshield might face—as well as what your windshield rock chip specialist might do to fix it—can help you make smart decisions from a driving and repair standpoint. Dent Heads dives into the details of a few types of windshield damage below.

Bullseye Chip

Often called the most common type of rock chip damage, the bullseye chip looks just like its name: a central divet surrounded by concentric rings. These chips are big, bold, and hard to miss; you’ll notice them almost as soon as they happen, as they tend to be caused by larger objects.

They can usually be repaired by rock chip repair specialists if you take care of them early. That being said, it may be economically smarter to replace the windshield entirely in the case of larger chips. Learn more about if a chip can be fixed in our rock chip repair blog.

Star Chip

Stars are lovely—star breaks, not so much. These rock chips resemble a star or firework if you squint at them. They have a singular point of impact with tiny lines radiating out from them. Though this damage might look like no big deal, it’s one of the most dire types of rock chip. Any type of chip with cracks like this, even if it’s small, should be dealt with by a professional ASAP, as cracks have a tendency to spread across windshields quickly and of their own accord.

Batwing Chip

These chips are similar to star chips in that they’re rather angular, but they differ in their complexity. While stars have many lines departing from a central point, batwing chips resemble a V, with only two lines. An additional similarity they share with star chips: they should be dealt with ASAP by a professional rock chip repair provider. Their pointy shape means spreading comes naturally to them.

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