Tilt and Turn windows are a stylish solution that is modern and easy to use. You can view this type of window in many homes across the UK, yet they are lesser known than other window frames. Other windows that our customers love are casement windows, which are really popular because they are widely recognised. However, Tilt and Turn windows are extremely popular amongst homeowners. Read more about why they are popular in our blog HERE.
A Brief History
Tilt and Turn windows originated in Germany in the 1950s. Manufacturers typically installed two single-glazed windows, one behind the other. These were originally opened one at a time and offered more insulation than just one single-glazed pane of glass. As technology advanced, manufacturers quickly advanced to one double-glazed window. This offered homeowners much greater insulation and security.
This is the time that Tilt and Turn windows came into existence, making it much easier to open a window the way that homeowners preferred. Initially very expensive, this unique window frame was eventually constructed using vinyl, which made them much more affordable and widely accessible.
This window allowed German manufacturers to produce energy-efficient windows at a low cost that could keep out the cold, whilst allowing for maximum ventilation during the summer.
What Is a Tilt and Turn Window?
Tilt and Turn windows are unique. With just a simple turn of the handle, you can open the window in the way at a tilted angle, or all the way at 90 degrees for maximum air flow. Compared to other more traditional windows, like sliding sash windows, that require you to lift or slide them with only one function, Tilt and Turn windows offer incredible convenience and versatility, meaning that you can suit your own comfort with an easy manoeuvre that gives you the best of both worlds.
You can read more about windows styles and their benefits on the Which.co.uk website for more inspiration about Tilt and Turn windows, as well as other installations.
How Do Tilt and Turn Windows Work?
Knowing how your Tilt and Turn windows work, makes all the difference to your comfort. The design of the mechanism of the window will give you several options that suit your needs. Firstly, when the handle is turned down, the window is locked and completely secure. This is ‘position 1’.
In ‘position 2’, (which is when the handle turns 90 degrees), the window will tilt inwards. Hinges or the ‘gearing mechanism’ at the bottom of the window will hold it in place, as will pins that allow the window to slide gently and safely inwards. This is something that we, at Brackenwood, call ‘Top Vented’. This ensures that your home is completely secure, whilst opening a window for ventilation.
‘Position 3’ is when the handle faces vertically upright. This will allow you to open the window fully. In order to use this feature, you will need to close the window before you turn the handle. This movement is very simple and easy, allowing anyone to be able to move the window. Two hinges will then hold up the window. A sliding pin will also hold the window in place until you are ready to open the window fully.
To close your window again, you just need to push the window closed and turn the handle downwards.
The Benefits of Tilt and Turn Windows
Tilt and Turn windows have multiple benefits that can suit all homeowners in all homes. These are:
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Enhanced safety and security
- Enhanced energy efficiency
Brackenwood’s Tilt and Turn windows are very versatile. You can open them two ways - by opening the top inwards (it just gently and safely leans inwards towards you), which allows a small breeze to flow through your home; or entirely opening 90 degrees, which allows for maximum air flow.
This versatility is great for homeowners of all ages, who may need to easily ventilate their home. The ‘Turn’ function allows homeowners to open the window incredibly wide. This (as we will discover), allows the homeowner to complete multiple tasks.
‘Position 3’ allows you to open your home to the outdoors, which is great for both ground level and first floor windows.
Easy to Use
Tilt and Turn windows are incredibly easy to use. With super-strong hinges, the frame itself holds the weight of the window. This means that you do not have to do any of the hard work (other than to turn the handle or push it closed!). This means that this type of double glazing is simple, lightweight, and easy-to-use.
Easy to Clean
Thanks to the full opening of this type of window, it is much easier for homeowners to open the window inwards and clean the outside of the glass. All things considered, this saves a lot of hassle. It even saves you the extra cost of hiring a window cleaner, as you will be able to clean this unique window by yourself. This means that you can give it extra TLC and stay on top of your window maintenance all year round.
With sleek and modern design, the Tilt and Turn window brings a touch of class to your home. The type of frame you choose will help the window fit seamlessly with the rest of your home’s aesthetic, but its contemporary look makes it especially suitable for modern homes. However, at Brackenwood, you can choose from Timber, Aluminium, and uPVC windows.
Made with the highest quality materials and advanced window technology, Brackenwood’s Tilt and Turn windows are built to withstand any type of weather - which is great news for homeowners all over England. The durability is impressive, but wait - there's more! Internally, the gearing systems and multi-point locking mechanisms will provide robust and secure support, giving you peace of mind that your home will be safe and secure for many years to come.
Enhanced Safety and Security
The ‘Tilt’ function of the window provides an extremely safe option. This is especially good when you have small children and pets. Brackenwood’s Tilt and Turn windows come with an advanced, multi-locking system for maximum security and peace of mind.
Enhanced Energy Efficiency
One advantage of Tilt and Turn windows is their energy efficiency. Brackenwood’s Tilt and Turn windows are designed with advanced insulation and double glazing that helps to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In addition to this, you'll save money and cut the cost of your energy bills and enjoy a more comfortable home, without needing to switch up the heat.
Need some tips on how to maintain your new Tilt and Turn windows? Head to our website to read our advice on looking after your new installation.
Tilt and Turn Windows by Brackenwood
Tilt and Turn double-glazed windows installed by Brackenwood can be opened inwards, offering versatility and functionality to homeowners who require something easy to use. Rooms that require only one, large opening really benefit from this type of window. Moreover, it works exceptionally well in all seasons, as you can either ‘tilt’ the window for a small amount of airflow, or open it all the way for maximum flow.
Brackenwood’s Tilt and Turn window system can be fitted with locking handles and child restrictors, to further enhance the standard of safety. Providing effective double-glazed window security is our utmost priority for homeowners. You deserve absolute peace of mind when it comes to purchasing new windows for their home.
A dual opening window means that Brackenwood’s Tilt and Turn window solutions offer a unique and wide range of options to homeowners. This type of double-glazed window is versatile, easy to use, easy to clean, durable, safe and secure, and energy efficient. However, it is important to note that at Brackenwood, we would never advocate for any homeowner leaving their windows open whilst they are absent from their property. It’s always good to be safe - even when you’re not at home.
Brackenwood supplies double- glazed Tilt and Turn windows, Casement and Flush Casement windows, Sliding Sash windows, and Bay and Bow windows to homes across Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Surrey, West Sussex, and Dorset.