Windshields are made of high-quality plastic or glass to offer protection against dust, debris, and insects. They also come with UV coatings to protect drivers against ultraviolet radiation and other weather elements. If your windshield has sustained a crack or any other form of damage, you may have to replace it. Here are some factors you need to consider before replacing your windshield. Repair Versus Replacement Sometimes the damage to your windshield may only require repair and not a replacement.