Since 1986
Newcastle's No 1 Glass and Glazing Company
Maitland, Morisset, Nelson Bay, Lake Macquarie and Surrounds
Phone 24/7: (02) 4968 1450

FAQs

Check out our FAQs for the answers to the most common glass related questions.

What’s the cost of replacing my windshield?

The cost of replacing a windshield varies by car size, prices start from $180 – check out our article dedicated to replacing car windscreens.

Is safety glass worth getting for my home?

Safety glass is a type of glass that is tougher to break and does not shatter on impact. You must install safety glass in areas of your home that are prone to accidents such as pool areas.

What’s the best type of glass to use for a pool fence?

We recommend safety glass, as it is strong and durable and won’t shatter on impact. You can read more about safety glass here.

What do you recommend doing if my window breaks?

Call Koala Glass immediately on (02) 4968 1450 – we have a fleet of vehicles that operate 24/7 for emergencies, and service Newcastle and the Hunter.

What’s the best type of glass to use for windows?

The best type of glass to use for windows varies- you may want a tinted glass for privacy, safety glass in areas of high risk, or annealed glass.

How is glass made?

Glass is made from melting minerals together at a high temperature and then pouring the liquid on top of tin metal to create a flat glass sheet.

How much/little impact does it take to smash glass?

Depending on the type of glass, not much at all. Windows, doors and other industrial types of glass will be made from strong safety glass and will take a significant amount of effort to break.

Best method for cleaning glass?

White vinegar and water is the most cost-effective and chemical-free way of cleaning glass – just mix one part vinegar to four parts water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle, and spray directly onto the glass. Then wipe it off using a microfibre cloth or newspaper. Once the liquid has been wiped off- buff with a dry microfibre cloth or newspaper.

How can I tell if a chipped windscreen can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced?

A chipped or cracked windscreen needs to be repaired/replaced if:

  • It has a hairline crack is longer than 30mm long
  • It has a bull’s eye crack is over 16mm in diameter
  • The crack is from the edge of the screen and is over 75mm long

You can check out our dedicated article to the most common causes of window cracks.

Why do I need different types of glass in my home?

Building regulations determine the types of glass required in a home – Koala Glass adheres to the Australian Standards AS 1288:2006.

What is the average life expectancy of my window?

Most windows will last between 10-30 years. You can protect your windows and maximise the life expectancy by:

  • Protecting the window from the elements
  • Not using a pressure washer to clean the windows
  • Avoiding condensation on windows (especially if the window has a wooden frame)
  • Choosing a high quality glass (i.e. annealed or safety glass)

What’s the cost of replacing a broken window?

This is entirely dependent on the size of the window, and the level of damage. The average cost is between $200-$250

How long does it take to repair a door/window?

Depending on whether this is an emergency repair or not, anywhere from one hour

How much does windscreen chip repair cost?

From $95

Does having your windows tinted affect the time it takes to replace them?

No, having your windows tinted won’t affect the replacement time.

What happens if my back windscreen has been cracked? Can I still drive?

Depending on the size and damage, your car may be unfit to drive. We have a fleet of emergency vehicles which can come to your car and replace the damaged glass.

What happens if you can’t find the right replacement screen?

Koala Glass will always try and source the right size replacement screen for you. If your car is older, it may be harder to source the screen.

If you have any other glass-related questions you’d like answered, give us a call on (02) 4968 1450.

Koala glass proudly service Newcastle, Maitland, Nelson Bay and the Hunter region.

Smashed window or door?

Call 4968 1450 for a quick response. To ensure safety and security for your home, we offer quick-response emergency glass replacement - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Find our more about our 24/7 emergency glass service.