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The pros and cons of turn tilt windows

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Once upon a time, a window was just a window – glass panes, a frame and a simple open-close mechanism. These days, there is a whole array of options to choose from when it comes to selecting windows for your home as design continues to evolve and functionality becomes more sophisticated.

In this blog post, we weigh up the pros and cons of turn tilt windows so that you can decide whether or not they’re the right choice for you. 

But first:


What is a turn tilt window?

The clue is in the name: turn tilt windows are windows that can be opened either on a tilted angle or by turning open completely.

When opening the window by tilting, it opens from the top, on an angle, staying sealed along the bottom. When opening by turning, the window opens up wide like a door. 

Either way, a turn tilt window always opens inwardly.


The benefits of turn tilt windows

Below are just some of the reasons why turn tilt windows are such a popular choice for our customers across Liverpool, Wirral and Chester: 

They’re renowned for their robust seals

Turn tilt windows are typically manufactured with better air seals than other types of window frames. This maximises insulation and reduces the risk of leaks, extending the lifespan of your windows and helping cut down your energy bills. 

They offer highly versatile ventilation

The ability to switch between tilt and turn opening gives you options around how much you want the window open (i.e. how much air you want in the space). This makes turn tilt windows a great option for all seasons.

Hassle-free maintenance

Being able to open turn tilt windows wide and inwards makes them super easy to clean and repair. 

They let in a lot of natural light

As turn tilt windows are typically a little wider than other options and with the ability to open the window wide, this design enables you to optimise the amount of natural light in your home. 

A safe and secure option for family homes

Tilt opening means it’s difficult for children or pets to fall out of the window but also means it would be much harder for intruders to get in. The full turn opening is a great safety benefit when considering fire exits from the home. 


Things to consider before installing turn tilt windows

When it comes to turn tilt windows, there are a few things you need to think about before going ahead and getting them installed, including:

Being practical when it comes to placement

Because turn tilt windows open inwards, it’s important not to place them near any internal obstructions such as taps, lamps, appliances or furniture. 

Be careful what you put on the window ledge in front of them too! 

Consulting your budget first

Turn tilt windows have a more sophisticated mechanism, which makes them one of the more costly options to both install and maintain. Be wary of how this aligns with your budget requirements. 

Remembering: safety over style

If you have young children or pets roaming around, you need to remain vigilant in remembering to close the windows if you have them fully open. 

We’d also recommend switching to the tilt opening during the night to maximise the security of your home.

Call us on 0151 638 0909 to chat to one of the team, or get an online quote to find out more about our turn tilt window installation service.