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Last updated: 09 June 2021

Tilt and Turn Windows

Why Choose Tilt and Turn Windows?

For homeowners looking for a more novel way to operate their windows while simultaneously enhance the look of their home, tilt and turn windows are the way to go. The tilt and turn window is a uPVC window style that moves away from the traditional casement window model and combines versatility, energy efficiency, and outstanding ventilation with class and sophistication.

The main feature of tilt and turn windows that differentiates them from other types of windows, such as uPVC sash windows or uPVC bay windows, is their tilt and turn mechanism. This unique system enables the sash of tilt and turn windows to both tilt inward at the top as well as swing entirely from the side so as to provide a wider opening and facilitate maximum ventilation.

Moreover, for many households, having the right kind of windows installed is key to saving on utility bills. With their exceptional durability and energy efficiency, uPVC windows are a great option for homeowners looking to not only revamp their homes on a budget but also drive long-term cost-savings. One type of window that in recent times has become particularly popular among architects and designers across the world are tilt and turn windows.

For homeowners dabbling with the idea of replacing their current traditional windows with a more modern and versatile substitute, tilt and turn windows make an excellent choice.

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How Much Do Tilt and Turn Windows Cost?

If you are in the middle of refurbishing your home or have been considering installing tilt and turn windows, you have most likely at some point wondered how much they cost. Tilt and turn window prices, although higher than the traditional casement window, are considerably cheaper than many other types of uPVC windows.

Although the exact prices of uPVC tilt and turn windows typically vary depending on where you live and the uPVC windows manufacturer you decide to contract with, they also depend in large part upon your desired specifications, namely colour, size, profile, glass, material, etc., and other factors, such as whether the windows need to be installed at or above ground level.

As a general rule, tilt and turn windows in wood grain and other materials are typically more expensive (in terms of supply and installation) than standard white uPVC tilt and turn windows. Below is a table of tilt and turn window prices homeowners can expect to pay for standard tilt and turn windows to be supplied and installed on the ground level.

Overview of White Tilt and Turn Window Prices
Window Size Price Range
600mm x 900mm £400 – £550
800mm x 800mm £400 – £600
1000mm x 800mm £450 – £650
1000mm x 1000mm £475 – £700
900mm x 1200mm £500 – £750
1200mm x 1200mm £750 – £900
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Advantages of Tilt and Turn Windows

As with any type of decision, the benefits have to be weighed against the drawbacks. The pros of tilt and turn windows can be summarised in the following way:

Advantages of Tilt and Turn Windows
  • Stylish, Sleek, Sophisticated
  • Provide the Ultimate in Security
  • Environmentally-Friendly Solution
  • Inexpensive Stand-Alone Windows
  • Easy Cleaning and Maintenance

Stylish, Sleek, Sophisticated

In the past, one of the biggest deterrents of uPVC tilt and turn windows used to be their lack of aesthetic appeal. However, today the attitude towards this particular uPVC window style has completely shifted and an increasing number of UK homeowners are opting for tilt and turn windows to enrich the look of their homes.

Though the exact scope of design elements available to homeowners primarily does depend upon the manufacturer in question, tilt and turn windows today can easily be tailored to suit the needs and preferences of individual homeowners.

Provide the Ultimate in Security

The dual functionality of the tilt and turn window handle means that homeowners no longer have to open their windows entirely to allow air in. The sheer practicality of the tilt and turn windows mechanism, therefore, means that this design is very child- and pet-friendly, making it particularly suitable for family homes so they can enjoy fresh air without having to compromise the safety of their home.

In like manner, the same windows that prevent small children from climbing out also can simultaneously double as a convenient and unobtrusive escape route in emergency situations.

Environmentally-Friendly Solution

In addition to being aesthetically pleasing and safe, uPVC tilt and turn windows -- especially those that have double glazed windows -- also provide exceptional thermal efficiency, thereby helping environment-conscious homeowners reduce their carbon footprint.

Inexpensive Stand-Alone Windows

In the same vein, it is no secret that the degree of energy efficiency of a particular type of window greatly impacts how much a homeowner will pay in utility bills. Therefore tilt and turn windows also enable homeowners to substantially save on costs. Compared to other materials such as timber and wood, uPVC windows are typically the most cost-effective.

Easy Cleaning and Maintenance

In contrast to its counterparts, tilt and turn windows are especially suitable to multi-story homes and high-rise apartments, where cleaning windows from the outside might not always be practical. By opening inward, they can be easily cleaned on both sides of the window from the inside of the home.

What Are the Disadvantages of Tilt and Turn Windows?

As mentioned earlier, risk and reward go hand in hand. Like all investments, tilt and turn windows are also something of a double-edged sword and have their own set of unique challenges. The main disadvantages of tilt and turn windows can be summarised in the following way:

Disadvantages of Tilt and Turn Windows
  • Less Flexibility
  • Relatively High Installation Costs

Less Flexibility 

Tilt and turn windows do not allow as much flexibility for in-house furniture as other uPVC windows do. When opened horizontally, they require a certain "swing path" which oftentimes can lead to some intrusion in the room. Some better alternative to consider in cases where space is limited are uPVC sash windows or uPVC bay windows.

Relatively High Installation Costs

Because of their wider frames and complex mechanics, installing these windows can be tricky. Many manufacturers will often demand higher prices for installing tilt and turn windows than they would with sash windows or basic casement windows.

While exact fees will be contingent upon the popularity, quality, and demand of the installer you contract with, homeowners wanting to install 10 or more windows should request discounts on their entire installation.

How Do Tilt and Turn Windows Work?

If you are wondering how to adjust tilt and turn windows or how they work in general, the essence of the tilt and turn window mechanism is simple in that there are three modes of operation that are activated by hardware concealed inside of the window, specifically the sash.

How to Adjust Tilt and Turn Windows

In the locking position (when the tilt and turn window handle is in a neutral/downward position), the window is locked tight with an air seal because all locking bolts and plates are engaged. Here, the sash is securely nested inside the frame.

By turning the handle into different positions, the window will open in different ways. Most commonly, turning the handle all the way will make the sash come away from the frame as an inswing window, whereas if only turned halfway the window will tilt inward from the top of the frame.

Depending on where the hinges are located, the windows will either open inwards from the top (if the hinge is at the bottom), or open inwards from the bottom (if the hinge is at the top). As mentioned earlier, a big benefit of this hopper position is that it can serve as a safety precaution for small children and pets as well as prevent intruders from entering the home.

Can Tilt and Turn Windows Open Outwards?

It is unusual to find tilt and turn windows that open outwards. Broadly speaking, the primary opening direction for tilt and turn windows is inward. Where outward-opening windows more easily expose their edges and hardware to sun damage, rain, and other harsh weather, tilt and turn windows, on the other hand, are considerably less susceptible to weather-related wear and tear.

That being said, it is still possible to install outward-opening windows that operate with the same tilt and turn mechanism that inward-opening tilt and turn windows do, but these are rare to find.

Customisation Options for Tilt and Turn Windows

uPVC tilt and turn windows come in an array of modern designs that can be tailored to suit individual tastes and preferences. Curtains for tilt and turn windows can be found virtually anywhere in a range of fabrics, from block-out fabrics for the bedroom to moisture-resistant ones for the bathroom. Other popular options among homeowners with tilt and turn windows are blinds and shutters.

Most homeowners prefer to purchase blinds for their tilt and turn windows simply because traditional window coverings often get in the way or cause obstruction when opening and closing tilt and turn windows -- a problem that blinds easily eliminate. The most common and effective way of fitting blinds on tilt and turn windows is to clip them onto the frame or glass so as to prevent any dangling or collisions.

Find The Right Windows Manufacturer for You

All things considered, tilt and turn windows offer homeowners an array of amazing benefits for a relatively low price. For homeowners looking to improve the appearance of their homes while also do their part in saving the planet, uPVC tilt and turn windows can make all the difference.

When researching the right manufacturer to contract with, it is worth bearing in mind that the best ones have obtained relevant accreditations from leading UK bodies, including BSI (British Standards Institution), BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council), and BBA (British Board of Agreement).

To help make sure you get the best value for your money, simply fill in our form above and GreenMatch will offer up to four free quotes for high-quality tilt and turn windows suppliers in the UK. The service is free of charge and non-binding.

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Attila Tamas Vekony
Written by Attila Tamas Vekony, Former Writer

Attila is the UX Manager at GreenMatch. He holds a degree in international business with four years of coordination experience in marketing, user experience, and content creation. Attila likes to write about solar energy, heating technology, environmental protection, and sustainability. His and his team's articles appeared in well-known sites such as The Conversation, Earth911, EcoWatch, and Gizmodo.