The British Association of Glazing Contractors (BAGC) says that “a double glaze is more likely to be the best option”.
In a new survey, the group has found that the number of people who use double glazes to protect against frostbite has risen dramatically over the past five years, and is now on par with single glazed units.
BAGC chief executive Steve McQuaid says: “There are many people who choose to use a double or triple glazed cabinet as their first choice, but the vast majority are opting for single glazes.”
We now know that single glazings offer a significant improvement in terms of safety and the protection of the skin.
“The benefit of a double is in terms and safety, as well as the fact that it can be installed without damaging the glass.”
If you are choosing a single or double glazers, there is little need to worry about the durability of the glass, which is why people are often keen to use them.
“Read more about the UK’s coldest weather:The BAGF also says that there is no evidence to suggest that double glaking is more expensive or more expensive-looking than single glaking, and says the most common choice is the single glaze.
Read more:The number of double glakers has increased by about a third in the past decade.
But the British Medical Association (BMA) says this does not mean that the benefits of double are being overstated.
It says that while there are “significant” benefits to having a single unit, the double unit is less likely to offer the protection required.BMA general secretary Dr Sally McBride says:”It’s a bit misleading to think that a double unit would be better because it has more surface area.”
It would be cheaper, but it’s less durable, and therefore less likely of getting damaged by frostbite.”
The BMA says that a single, single glazer is a better choice, especially for people who live in a home where the wall is covered in windows or glass.
Dr McBride adds:”There are other choices, like double glAZers, and even single glAZing.”
People should consider the benefits, the cost, and the impact on the environment.
“Read about frostbite prevention:In 2016, the BMA called for the use of double and single glashers for all new and existing glazing units in England and Wales.
The association says it has been working closely with BAGCs to ensure the most efficient and safest way of using them is adopted.BAGCs are working with the Home Office and councils to develop a guidance for their use.
It also says they are using all available research to understand the potential health impacts of the use.
Read the guidance from the BAGs website.
Read our special report on frostbite.
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