Looking to upgrade your windows but not sure what’s out there on the market?
One type of window that is growing in popularity here in the UK is Tilt and Turn. You’ve probably seen it on the continent as it’s much more regularly used there due to the fact it provides flexible – yet secure – ventilation. In fact, the tilt and turn window first came to prominence in Germany where it was produced in the 1950s.
@MyHomebuilding: “Tilt and turn windows can either be opened to tilt inwards, usually from the top-down, for ventilation, or to open from side hinges inwards (a bit like a casement in reverse). Tilt and turn windows look best on modern designs.”
The window gets its name from the fact that it tilts inwards (whereas most windows open outwards from their frame). This makes them safer when there are young children around, and easier to wash. Many people also consider tilt and turn windows attractive to look at.
The windows have a hinge mechanism which means they can actually be opened in a couple of ways. They can be tilted with the top going inwards to the room or opened more fully with the bottom tiling into the room. But they can also be completely opened inwards when the handle is turned to an angle of 90 degrees.
The majority of tilt and turn windows tend to come in uPVC and aluminium forms. The former is the less expensive version. You will pay more for aluminium tilt and turn windows but they tend to be stronger and more durable in the long run. Regardless of whether you opt for uPVC, aluminium or even timber tilt and turn windows, you can choose from a variety of coloured frames and different types of glass. The direction of tilt can also be altered in most cases.
Flexible ventilation from all angles
The top tilting mechanism in the windows means that they can even be left open when it’s raining, without worrying about rainwater coming into your home. And, you can open it as wide or as little as you like, depending on how much air you want to flow into the room.
Tilt and turn windows mean it’s easier to ventilate a small room since you only need to tilt the window a little at the top. For larger rooms, it’s great to be able to turn the handle sideways and open the entire window into the room – offering you a similar amount of ventilation as if you were standing outdoors.
Windows that are easier to maintain
When we say tilt and turn windows are easier to maintain, what we mean is you can wash them far more easily than other types of window glass, thanks to the tilting mechanism. Just open them inwards and wash both sides – no need to test your head or heights on a ladder or pay a window cleaner.
Better insulation during winter months
The air-seals on tilt and turn windows tend to be tighter than those on other window types, such as sliding or double-hung etc versions. This means less water coming into your home and fewer cold draughts getting in. What this means, in effect, is a healthier home for you and your family, as well as lower utility bills.