Tilt & Turn Windows [Buyers Guide]

tilt & turn windows

Having been around on the continent for many years, it’s no surprise that tilt and turn windows are often referred to as ‘Continental’ windows.  

The weather-proofing and security features of tilt and turn windows have earned them a good reputation and are now gaining popularity in the UK. 

Designers and architects are recognising their flexible benefits; in particular their niche value when it comes to spaces that don’t allow for outward opening windows.

Whilst Tilt and Turn windows can – as with casement windows – open fully, their clever design means that they can be also be opened partially.

Bottom hinges mean they have a second option whereby they open from the top. This allows the window to be angled into the room letting in a smaller amount of ventilation.

Great Safety & Security

Naturally, this window type is favourable in family homes where there are children, as the small tilted opening invites fresh air in whilst keeping toddlers safe. 

As well as keeping toddlers in, the Tilt and Turn design also keeps burglars out, rendering it high on the list of the safety-conscious homeowner.  

The more complicated operating systems needed for the Tilt and Turn window means tougher security too.

The magic all happens with the handle and clever hinge mechanism of the Tilt and Turn window. 

With the handle locked downwards the unit is securely fixed. 

With a simple 90 degree turn the window will swing inwards allowing a full aperture opening. Turning the handle 180 degrees provides the tilt function where the widest opening is mainly at the top.  

As well as the safety and ventilation aspects of this type of window, the advantage of having them partially open but not allowing rain in, is something many people may never have considered.

Consider those intoxicating summer showers… you can enjoy the freshness of summer rain without the window sills getting drenched.

Additionally, tilt and turn windows actually look pretty appealing without a sash protruding outward, giving a smooth linear look from the outside of your home.

Tilt and Turn windows are great for bathrooms where ventilation is of the utmost importance. The glazing options available ensure natural light can flood in whilst the importance of privacy is not compromised.

Because Tilt and Turn windows tend to have better seals that sliding, single or double hung windows, they are far less prone to leakage and draughts.

What materials can Tilt and Turn be manufactured in?

As with other windows, Tilt and Turn can be manufactured in uPVC, aluminium or timber.  

Timber will of course require a higher level of maintenance but those who wish to maintain a certain style to their home, perhaps replacing existing wooden windows will be pleased to know the smart system of Tilt and Turn can be of their choosing.

Aluminium is the more expensive of the three but with the price tag comes strength and durability.  For those who consider sustainability and are conscious of environmental issues, aluminium is also recyclable.

As with aluminium, uPVC is available in an impressive range of colours or even wood grain, yet markably cheaper.  That said, it is advisable to ensure of a good quality uPVC as poor grades of this material are prone to warping and discolouring.

Whether you’ve done your research and love the genius technology that Tilt and Turn windows offer or if you are only now discovering this slick system, rest assured that the Tilt and Turn window is here to stay. 

Once tried, this canny method of ventilating your home whilst staying mindful of security and efficiency is hard to leave behind.

Looking to compare options? Check out our round up of the different types of windows here.

Matt James

Matt James

Hi, Matt here! I started out almost 20 years ago as a teenager working in the family business fitting doors, windows and conservatories. I now run this website to share the best tips and advice for anyone looking to get a good deal on double glazing.

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