10 Really Interesting Facts About Glass

Interesting Facts

Here are 10 interesting facts about glass, a material we use and that surrounds us every day in vehicles, at home, work and school.

1. Glass is made from Sand

When glass is produced, sand is mixed with lime and soda ash and heated at extremely high temperatures. After the liquid mixture cools back down, the result is glass.

2. Adding Minerals to Glass Changes its Colour.

Combining other minerals with the sand, lime, and soda ash can result in different coloured glass. For example, adding nickel oxide to the mix produces violet glass.

Here’s a link to a local artist’s website

Hand blown glass art at Montville, Sunshine Coast.

Blown Glass Swans

beautiful swans made by blowing glass

3. Glass Can Be Formed by Lightening.

Because of the high temperatures, glass can naturally form when sand is struck by lightning.

4. When Glass Breaks, the Cracks Move at 3000mph.

That’s 5 times faster than the average airplane, which travels at 575mph!

5. Glass Windows Were Invented in the 17th Century.

Before that, people made windows out of flattened animal horn.

6. Glass is Not a Solid.

Despite what you may think, glass is not classified as a solid… or a liquid or a gas. When cooled, glass forms an “amorphous solid” that allows molecules within the glass to continue moving around.

7. The “Portland Vase” is One of the Most Valuable Glass Art Pieces in the World.

Experts estimate that the Portland Vase was made sometime between AD 5 and AD 25 in Rome. The Vase is currently in the British Museum, where it has been for over 200 years.

8. Glass is 100% Recyclable.

Glass can be recycled endlessly without losing any quality or purity.

Here is a link to a Recycling centre at Kunda Park, Sunshine Coast.

9. Volcanic Lava Can Turn into Glass.

Obsidian, a type of natural glass, can form when hot lava cools quickly after being expelled from a volcano.

10. Glass Can Take 1 Million Years to Decompose.

Durable and resilient, glass is one of the longest-lasting man-made materials.

Another interesting fact about glass

It breaks and when it does, we can replace it for you. Visit our Glass Repairs page here on our site to find out more… “LINK” or if you have the time and would like something else to read, check out one of our articles.

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More Information…

If you have questions about glass, want to share another fun fact, or are ready to start your next glass project, please call Pete here at Doctor Glass Repairs on 0400 003 139 or visit our Contact Us page and send us a message.

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We are surrounded by Glass.

Let’s face it glass plays a huge part in our lives, and we are forever trying to keep it beautiful and clean. You are surrounded by glass at home, in your office, at the shops and schools be it in windows or doors.

What is a Glazier?

Have you ever stopped and had a thought about how the glass got there or how it is made to fit so snugly into the frames? The tradespeople responsible for this job are called Glaziers. They prepare glass for structural and non-structural use in commercial and residential buildings. Working as a Glazier means spending lots of time on the job making sure the glass fits the building correctly.

Glaziers install glass into aluminium, timber or stainless-steel frames using putty, silicone or rubber strips. They are responsible for the transporting, cutting, shaping and installation of the glass into windows, doors and more.  

On the Job.

In homes, Glaziers are responsible for replacing and repairing broken glass in windows and doors. As well as installing new glass in windows and doors, even mirrors on walls. Fitting glass shower screens and glass splashbacks as well.

The Process.

Glaziers will safely remove broken glass and prepare surfaces ready to be reglazed with glass, mirrors, splashbacks or shower glass. They have the knowledge to know the right glass for every situation. Special care is taken when dealing with broken glass and it is disposed of very carefully, the same when glass cutting tools are used utmost care is taken to be precise and careful to avoid injury. 

Safe Glass Repairs by Doctor Glass here on the Sunshine Coast

Pete from Doctor Glass with safe handling of old pane!


Window & Sliding Door Glass Replacement

Here on the beautiful Sunshine Coast Doctor Glass will repair your broken glass, in your windows, sliding doors or wherever else you require. With a range of glass to suit your every need from tinted glass to opaque, we have it covered.

We offer free quotes with pensioner discount and are a QBCC licenced family-run Glazing business. We cover broken glass repairs in Caloundra, Currimundi, Wurtulla, Birtinya, Buddina, Minyama, Mooloolaba, Mountain Creek, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland and everywhere in between. Let us Fix your Panes!!

More About Doctor Glass.

Here is a great article about us and what we do.

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Would You Like to find out more about Glass?

Check out our article call “10 Really Interesting Facts About Glass“.

Get in Contact with Us.

The team here at Doctor Glass, love to help. If you have broken glass or other glazier type stuff you need doing contact us.
Call us at 5438 8374 or send us a message.

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No more white stained shower glass

Enduroshield glass protection Sunshine Coast

Here on the Sunshine Coast Doctor Glass has the solution to prevent that ugly white staining that happens to shower glass. The Sunshine Coast is a hard water area and the shower glass just doesn’t seem to handle it resulting in staining. Doctor Glass can measure, quote and install a new shower screen for you pre-treated with Enduroshield glass protection or you can have it applied once the shower screen is fitted.  We here at Doctor Glass are the Sunshine Coast’s Certified Applicators for Enduro Shield.

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Protection for glass

Did you know that shower glass is porous and as a result absorbs mineral deposits and soap scum, making it more and more difficult to clean? Shower glass is subject to mineral deposits from water, shampoo, soaps, body fats, and harsh scrubbing using toxic cleaners, this causes a build-up and the glass discolours and develops irremovable staining. 

What it does

Enduroshield is an invisible non-stick treatment that works like a non-stick frypan and is perfect for new shower glass. It repels soap scum, grime and dirt reducing cleaning time and makes cleaning shower glass easy. Shorter cleaning time means using less water, cleaning is environmentally friendly using a mild dishwashing liquid, white vinegar, microfiber cloth and a squeegee.

The coating

The coating is invisible and does not change the look or finish of the surface, it just keeps it looking as good as the day it was treated. Cleaning is less often, with less effort, and the surface won’t deteriorate over its lifelike untreated surfaces. There are no specific aftercare products to purchase to maintain the coating, saving you time and money.

The benefits

  • Cuts time spent cleaning
  • Excellent protection against staining
  • Once only application lasts for years
  • Revitaliser products are not required
  • Suitable for new and existing glass
  • Eco-friendly – no more harsh cleaning products and reduced water wastage
  • Reduces cleaning time up to 90%
  • 10-year warranty


Cleaning Guide

Shower glass needs to be cleaned each week using a damp microfiber cloth and a mixture of white vinegar, water and a mild detergent (dishwashing liquid). Spray this mixture onto the shower glass and wipe over with the damp microfiber cloth, leave the solution for 5 minutes,  rinse then dry with a squeegee. For outdoor glass surfaces such as railings, pool fencing and windows, clean as required using water and a mild detergent (dishwashing liquid). Wash the glass with a microfiber cloth or mitt, and dry with a squeegee. For best results clean the glass in the shade to prevent streaking.


What to Avoid

Do not use any rough, gritty, abrasive, highly acidic or alkaline cleaners as they will damage the protective coating. Also do not use any scourers or scrubbers.

Here to help

Glass is our business here on the Sunshine Coast at Doctor Glass. If there is a solution to your glass problems or needs we will help to find it.  We love telling people about Enduroshield glass protection as it really does work and the benefits to you are amazing. Visit our Enduro Shield page to read more…

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Visit our Products Pages to see more about what we have on offer

Glass Repairs

Shower Screens

Security Screens

Window & Door Maintenance


Here is a great article about our Glass Repairs services on the Sunshine Coast

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How to get in contact with us

Feel free to call Peter on 0400 003 139 or visit our “Contact Us” page to send us a message. If you happen to be on Facebook you can find us at facebook.com/DoctorGlassRepairs. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


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Doctor Glass just who we are

Our Family Business

Our business Doctor Glass is a locally run family business and we are extremely lucky to be located here on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Doctor Glass was first established back in 1992 so we have a lot of experience when it comes to Glass.

The Services we can Supply to the Sunshine Coast

Glass Repair Our Business

We can replace your broken glass windows and doors with made to measure glass. We offer different types of glass including opaque glass, white glass and tinted glass which all meet Australian standards.

Have a read of one of our articles about Glass Repairs here on the Sunshine Coast

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Shower Screens

Doctor Glass install shower screens ranging from Frameless Glass Shower Screens, Semi Frameless Shower Screens, Framed Shower Screens and Over The Bath Shower Screens with various frame colours available. 

And if you are looking for a nice bevelled mirror, pencil edge mirror or even a framed mirror then we can help you with that too and yes we have the Glass Splashbacks covered for you also.

Enduro Shield Glass Protection

Doctor Glass are also Certified Applicators of Enduro Shield Glass Protection systems which once applied protects your shower glass from the etching and ugly white staining that happens as a result of soaps, shampoos and the hard water. Enduro Shield Glass Protection also comes with a 10-year warranty and eliminates the use of harsh chemicals for cleaning as you use environmentally friendly white vinegar instead. Ask us as a family business, how we love helping people protect their new addition to their bathroom.

We apply Enduro Shield Glass Protection to not just shower glass, we can apply it to your window and door glass, louvres, mirrors, splashbacks. Why not have Glass Protection applied to your glass pool fencing?

More about Enduro Shield.

Enduro Shield Certified Applicator

No more white stained shower glass

Window Screens and Security Doors

Now that we have covered the bathroom Showers and Mirrors its time to move outdoors to look at the Fly Screens, Security Screens and Invisi-Gard Stainless Steel Mesh Screens, the security screens come in diamond grill and have a huge range of colours to choose from.

The pinnacle in security screen in of coarse the great range available in Invisi-Gard 316 stainless steel security. With a 15 year guarantee, you just can’t go past these fantastic security screens.  Doctor Glass can supply and install a wide variety of flyscreen and security screen products up and down the Sunshine Coast.

Check out our article all about Invisi-Gard.

Invisi-Gard, Sunshine and Security hand in hand

Window and Door Maintenance

And if your Window rollers or Door rollers need replacing we can fix that too.

Here is a link to our website page about window and door maintenance. “LINK

What drives us

We love the work that we do. We strive to put the customer first and give the right advice for the correct product suitable for your job. Getting great reviews from our clients makes it all worthwhile. Take this chance to read some of them. “REVIEWS

How to get in contact with us.

Feel free to call Peter on 0400 003 139 or visit our “Contact Us” page to send us a message. If you happen to be on Facebook you can find us at facebook.com/DoctorGlassRepairs We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Doctor Glass recommends Invisi-Gard© security screens for use on the Sunshine Coast

Invisi-Gard, Sunshine and Security hand in hand

Sunshine and Security go hand in hand with Invisi-Gard

 How can this be true? How can enjoy a cooling sea breeze and be allowing it to gently blow through your home on a hot Sunshine Coast afternoon not affect the security of your home?

Want to know how?

For quite some time now Doctor Glass has been supplying and installing 316 grade marine-grade stainless steel security screen supplied by INVISI-GARD ©. These security screens are in use all over Australia and are the choice of many, including boxing great “Danny Green” who states…

“I choose Invisi-Gard © to protect my family and home, You should too!”

Invisi-Gard© gives protection against unwanted visitors, insect and human alike while minimising the effects to both, your breeze and your view.

Invisi-Gard © use only 316-gauge stainless steel mesh which is attached to the aluminium frame by use of their patented “Extreme Grip Protection” (EGP) thus eliminating the effects usually caused by dissimilar metals being in contact with each other and at the same time “locking” the mesh to the frame enabling the security screen to withstand great force.

Doctor Glass can supply and install a large range of Invisi-Gard© security screens including:

  • Hinged Doors
  • Sliding Windows
  • Sliding Doors &
  • Security Screens

We can supply and Install these security screens for both domestic and commercial use and to both existing and new builds.

Increase your security with these attractive security screens and protect yourself and your family. Invisi-Gard© comes with a “15-year warranty” so quality is assured! 

Security Screens aren’t all that we do

Here’s an article that tells everyone a little more about us here at Doctor Glass.

Doctor Glass just who we are

For more information or just to ask about any of the details. Please contact Peter at Doctor Glass.

Read more about us, here is one of our articles about just who we are.

Doctor Glass, a family business here on the Sunshine Coast.

Phone: – 0400 003 139 or email: – doctorglass@live.com.au. Maybe visit our Contact Us page to send us a message

Visit Invisi-Gard© to read more…