What are the features, benefits and costs
of uPVC Tilt and Turn Windows?
This type of window design originated in Germany where it is the most popular type of window design. However, the design’s popularity has spread across Europe including the UK. uPVC Tilt and Turn windows are designed to either tilt inwards from the top or turn inwards from side hinges. This operation is achieved with only one handle to operate the window frame for all movements required during opening, closing and cleaning.
This reduces the complexity of the design, operation and maintenance requirements of the window’s basic levers. Giving room for more innovation on the frame and glass materials which has greatly enabled designers to create impressive designs and variations.
Easy to operate
- Energy efficient
- Available in different colours
- Reversible window options
- Tilt & slide door versions
How do uPVC Tilt and Turn Windows Work?
As the name suggests, tilt and turn windows can be classified into tilting-type designs and turning-type designs based on their mode of opening.
Tilting windows are opened by tilting inwards from the top and secured at an arc of no more than 200mm, wide enough to provide draft-free ventilation but compact enough to restrict access from the outside by intruders. The tilt position is widely considered to be good for air circulation, especially if the windows are long, as they enable the entry of cold air into the room from the bottom of the tilt and escape of warm air from the top of the tilt.
In the closed position, the windows provide a sturdy impenetrable blockade from outside air currents as well as an aesthetically pleasing look. The sturdy fixed position also enables tight-fit locking and the addition of as many locking mechanisms as possible.
The turning aspect of this type of window or door, on the other hand, typically open completely from one vertical side of the frame whilst the other side is fixed to hinges to enable a 180-degree movement arc. The hinges and frames can also be designed to restrict window movement to any angle desired by the owner and to either open inwardly or outwardly. Inward turning windows are very popular as they provide the best access for cleaning both sides of the window safely from the inside even in high rise buildings and multi-storey homes.
Where no further obstacles are incorporated on the window frames (like burglar bars), this type of window may also act as a fire escape on single storey buildings or ground floors of multi-storey buildings.
Variations on tilting windows
- Casement tilt & turn – look the same as a standard casement window, but open inwards.
- Sash tilt & turn – look the same as a standard sash window, but the moving sections can be rotated for ease of external access & cleaning.
- Tilt & Slide patio doors – similar to inline sliding patio doors, but the moving panel can be tilted inwards from the top for secure ventilation.
- Reversible casement windows – the whole moving section can be rotated by almost 180 degrees for external access and cleaning.
Turning windows can also be hinged in an alternate fashion with even more specialised hinges placed on the sides of the frame and fitted with a supporting handle. This effectively can convert the unit into a reversible window, and is popular for small bathroom windows where there is need to maintain a balance between adequate ventilation and privacy.
Tilting and turning windows typically take up the same amount of material whether the builder chooses the tilting-type design of the reversible-type design. This is because the basic difference between the two designs is usually the position of the hinges which determine the movement of the window.
In some cases, specialized hooks are utilized to hold tilting windows in position, however, the difference in cost between the two designs is usually too small to influence the decision over which design to choose.
How Much do Tilt & Turn Windows Cost?
Homeowners should typically expect to part ways with an average £600 for a standard 1200mm by 900mm tilt and turn window while and average of £6000 can be expected for a standard three-bedroom house installation.
The choice of tilt and turn windows is largely influenced by user preferences among which are draft-free ventilation, enhanced security, elegance and ability to tilt the windows outward during rain.
All of these come at a slightly higher cost than traditional casements but – at an average £600 per standard window – still achieve the elegance sought-after by homeowners without the high costs of double hung sash windows.
If you feel that you want to look at timber versions then a typical supply only price for a low-e, Argon filled, double glazed, engineered timber window, 900mm wide x 1200mm high single panel unit can be found at about £400 to £450.
|Window Size (mm)||Product Specification||Estimated Prices|
|800 x 800||White uPVC, Double Glazed, C-rated||£400 to £450|
|1200 x 1200||White uPVC, Double Glazed, C-rated||£550 to £650|
|1600 x 900||White uPVC, Double Glazed, C-rated||£550 to £650|
This makes uPVC tilt and turn windows perfect for the needs of many lifestyle-conscious clients.