5 Interesting Facts about Glass

5 Interesting Facts about Glass


5 Interesting Facts about GlassFrom shower doors to food jars, glass plays a vital role in our daily lives. It also has numerous important applications in products where it isn't as visible, such as electronics, building insulation, and medical diagnostic equipment. But even though glass is all around us, most people don't know a whole lot about it. At Dependable Glass, we not only provide expert glass installation in Phoenix, we're also industry enthusiasts who love learning more about our field. Here are five fascinating facts about glass.

Glass Was Probably First Made by Ancient Egyptians

Evidence suggests that glassmaking was first done by the Egyptians about 5,000 years ago. Much later, around the time of Christ, the Babylonians invented glassblowing. In the ensuing decades, as the glass-making process was refined, costs came down enough that average people were able to afford glass products.

Made from More than Just Sand

While sand is indeed a crucial component in glass production, it is not the only one. Calcium carbonate (the active ingredient in agricultural lime) and soda ash (sodium carbonate) are mixed with sand and recycled glass and heated in a furnace, where they become liquefied at around 3,000 degrees. Then this mixture can be poured into molds where it will cool into the desired shape of glass.

Naturally Occurring

Obsidian, which is a natural type of glass, forms when lava erupts from a volcano and then rapidly cools down.

Glass Cracks at an Extremely Fast Speed

When glass is impacted, its cracks form at a speed of up to 3,000 miles per hour, which is about four times the speed of sound.

Lightning Can Create Glass

When lightning strikes, it can immediately heat the surrounding area to 50,000 degrees. So when sand is struck by lightning, it can potentially result in glass being formed.

Glass Installation in Phoenix, AZ

When you need glass installation in Phoenix and the surrounding area, contact Dependable Glass at (623) 244-5612. We provide both residential and commercial glass in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Feel free to give us a call today to request a glass installation quote in Phoenix!


Dependable Glass Blog
Posted: May 2022

Written and Published By MORBiZ