What is a Tilt and Turn Window?
A tilt and turn window is a double action fast opening window. It can tilt inwards by pivoting on the bottom hinges or fully swing-in like a door via the side hinges. Tilt & Turn Windows’ tilt position provides healthy weatherproof ventilation while the turn position provides easy cleaning access.
On the outside of the window, there is a single large handle and no other protruding parts like lock levers. The window opens, closes, and locks all with the use of this one and only handle. Furthermore, the tilt turn window has multiple opening options for ventilation, cleaning, and fire escape purposes. Most notably, the tilting feature is quite unique as it allows for a different type of air exchange pattern. Since the window opens at just the very top in this mode, fresh air can enter inside the building at a more upwards angle. With this kind of air flow, cold breezes from an open window don’t blow directly at someone inside the house. Instead, fresh air blows up towards to ceiling from which it bounces off and enters the room at a more controlled pace. However, unlike hopper windows which also tilt inwards, the angle on a tilt and turn window in the tilt position is smaller and thus more ideal for ventilation. Nevertheless, if rapid venting is needed, a tilt & turn window can fully open like a door. This feature is also great for cleaning and fire escape.
A tilt turn window is a big jump from the standard casement window. One such aspect lies in its hardware and opening mechanism. Tilt & Tilt windows operate using a rotating hinge system and utilize a single handle for all opening and closing functions. Nevertheless, is important to make sure the quality, design options, and glazing is to your liking.
Premium Tilt and Turn Windows For The US And Canada
Every aspect is custom made and can be fine turned to perfection. The glazing and hardware on our tilt and turn windows is all precisely optimized to every individual project. While the frames are reinforced with steel core tubing for maximum strength. Along with the high performance, our tilt turn window opening system for the sashes is also very comfortable and quick to use.
As for the style, we offer custom shapes, sizes, and over 60 colors for the vinyl foil covered frames. These frames never fade like painted or aluminum gel coated frames and remain looking new for many years. The modern design of the tilt turn windows makes them optimal for modern projects. However, they will suit almost any type of build and style.
To submit your tilt and turn windows online quote and get cost information, you can simply click on “request a quote” on the top right. Information will then be provides in 1 – 2 business days via online.
What Makes Us Unique
Steel core UPVC (Vinyl) framing with wide 6-chamber profiles.
We use extra-wide steel tubing inside of our vinyl frames to greatly strengthen the windows. It also allows for the windows to be made in very large sizes. Meanwhile, the 6-chamber design ensures an elevated level of thermal insulation.
Thick glazing of 1-3/4” to 2” with a deep glass unit insertion into the frame of 26 mm instead of the regular 18 mm.
We use thick glazing to improve the energy efficiency and increase the windows’ lifespan. In addition to this, the deep glass unit insertion design improves the window’s resistance to condensation.
Special vinyl profiles for hot climates.
These are made with a unique technology that allows the profiles to withstand higher temperatures. It is a critical option for those living in the southern US.
Customizable and individually optimized soundproofing options with special perks.
We offer many degrees of glass unit soundproofing and optimize it for every project depending on what kinds of sounds need to be silenced. All for a more comfortable living experience.
Customizable sun protection options with optional passive house technology integration.
Sun protection glazing is needed to keep the house from overheating in hot temperatures. Depending on your specific climate region we offer many options to customize the sun protection level.
Highly insulated glazing with high heat transmission for solar passive houses.
This is a special option ideal for solar passive houses that demand the latest technology.
European standard burglary proofing protection.
Our windows come with the option for burglary protection that prevents thieves from easily entering broken windows. It uses a similar technology to that used on car windshields.
European Windows Open Two Ways
Windows that open two ways are tilt and turn windows. They have one handle, which when turned 90 degrees allows the sash to fully swing inwards. However, if the handle is turned 180 degrees, the sash can tilt inwards, pivoting at the bottom. As such, tilt and turn windows open both ways.
Unlike most standard window types in America, the European window type opens two ways. These windows are called tilt and turn. For ventilation purposes, it is very convenient to have the tilt mode. This mode can be activated by turning the handle 180 degrees upwards. The window will then tilt inwards and create a gap at the top for healthy air exchange. However, since the windows open two ways, there is more then just a ventilation feature. If the handle is turned 90 degrees, you can pull the whole sash inwards. Such mode is great for cleaning purposes and can be used for quickly venting out smoke and foul smells.
Since the windows open both ways, you have more possibilities and freedom with the window. In addition to this, either of the two ways to open a window can be achieved very quickly with minimal effort.
With the handle turned 90 degrees so that the tip of the handle faces up, the sash is able to swing inwards. Tilt and turn windows opening inwards is the great advantage. This it great for high performance rapid air exchange in tilted position. It also provides the advantage of access to both sides of the sash. This is great for easy cleaning and other tilt and turn windows window keep-up work. It is also great for vent out smoke or bad smells.
With the handle turned another 90 degrees (so that the tip of the handle is facing up), you can tilt inwards. This is a great feature as it allows you to passively ventilate your home without any stress of closing a wide open in time. Opening the window on routine is greatly beneficial as it improves the indoor air quality. This is important as a high level of indoor air quality can notably improve your comfort.
Finally, with the handle turned 135 degrees from the lock position, you can tilt the sash inwards about ¼”. This is the micro-ventilation mode. It is very useful for slow and consistent air exchange throughout the day and or night. This is great because with it you can slowly but effectively change air in the house. When it is open like this, you can forget about it and leave it open until late evening or even the next day.
Our Tilt Turn Window Advantages
A stylish and ultra-modern design.
To improve the appearance of any building and add real value to the project.
Budget-friendly pricing while maintaining a high level of quality.
Over 60 color options and over 200 glazing combinations available
3 opening modes
To provide next level flexibility, superior indoor air quality, and easy access for cleaning.
Highly thermally efficient performance with R values up to 11
One handle, one hand motion, and the window opens in less than 2 seconds.
Multi-point locking system technology
To provide secure and automatic locking all around the frame.
Highly durable construction for long term satisfaction
Individually customized to order
Our tilt and turn windows are made to order with every factor being customizable to what ever extent desired.
3 gaskets are used instead of the regular 2
To provide maximum air tightness and insulation
Reliable rotating hinge hardware
Tilt and Turn Windows Price
The tilt and turn windows price is from $250 – $3000 per window. For the whole house package, the tilt and turn windows price would be from $6000 – $150,000. However, this price widely varies depending on the window size and other factors like glazing properties and frame color.
There are many aspects that effect the price of tilt and turn windows. The main ones are the window size, its frame color and material, and the selected glazing options. In general, given a standard completion of white frames and triple pane glazing, the tilt and turn window price would be roughly from $400 – $1200 per window. If the window is large, the price may go up to $3000 per window. If the window has colored frames like black ones, as well as specialized glazing, the price would be 12 – 20% higher than regular. In any case, for more precise pricing information on your exact window needs, it is always best to see a quote or get an estimate. Since there are many individual factors that effect the cost on a more detailed level, rough price ranges and percentages might not always be enough information to make decisions based on price alone.
What Is The Steel Core In Tilt Turn Windows?
Steel core is a steel tube that goes inside the frame of a tilt and turn window. This frame reinforcement is crucial for tilt and turn uPVC (vinyl) windows. The steel core acts as the structural support or reinforcement for the frame. A frame with steel core is called a hybrid or composite.
Aluminum profiles are made from a special aluminum that allows for a cold forged. This kind of aluminum is not thermally treated and has relative low strength when compared to thermal treated aluminum alloys. These steel tubes are 3 times more rigid than aluminum. Aluminum ones can also get quite hot and as such, aluminum is not our choice.
Wide steel core in vinyl frames is needed for maximum endurance and high-end structural strength.
Unlike for ordinary vinyl windows, we permanently bond the steel tubing to the UPVC from the inside before the assembly. This helps the products be very durable and long lasting.
To achieve optimal results, we use:
6-chamber trusted German UPVC profiles with heavy duty 1-3/4 Galvanized steel tubing. This makes our window frames roughly 3.5 times less flexible and 2 times stronger than regular steel core framing. We also permanently weld the UPVC corners together. As well as use a unique triple pane layer weather tight seal (gaskets) system. All to ensure maximum endurance and performance. If your tilt and turn windows are broken, it is time to get new ones with thick steel core tubing and your windows will not break ever again and you will achieve a lot more durable, long lasting results.
Windows That Open Inward
There are only 4 types of windows that open inwards. They are the tilt, turn, hopper, and tilt and turn. The most popular and quality option are the double action tilt and turn windows while the hopper ones are a good budget choice for basements. Tilt and turn windows also have some more advantages.
Windows that open inwards have several advantages. Firstly, they are much quicker to open than their outward opening counterparts. Such fact is especially prevalent in tilt and turn windows. Another plus is the fact that they can still open even if there is something outside, behind the window. Normally, in the latter situation, if it were an outward opening window, it would be blocked off. Yet, that’s not so with windows that open inwards. Also, these types of windows are easier to clean if they are not placed above the head level. Since it is more comfortable to clean windows when indoors, the fact that the sash can open inwards, providing access to the outside part of the window, is quite an advantage. In addition to this, windows with a rotating hinge technology are much more resistant to dust which normally can clog the hardware. Since, the hardware is not exposed to the elements in the European design, the window can still function smoothly years after its purchase. The latter two features are also why inward opening windows are easier to maintain in like-new condition.
Although turn, hopper, and tilt windows are nice, the clear winner are tilt and turn windows because of their double action functionality. They provide both an option for a wide opening and one with a small one at the top for healthy weatherproof ventilation.
Are Tilt and Turn Windows Better Than Casement?
Tilt and turn windows are better than casement in terms of ease of operation, seal tightness, hardware reliability, safety, and modern aesthetics. Most of these advantages exist because of the double action opening system present in tilt and turn windows that does not exist in casement windows.
Most of the differences between tilt and turn windows and casement ones are the same factors that make tilt and turn windows better. The main difference between these two types is the hinge mechanism for the opening function. Crank style casement windows have a sliding hinge mechanism. On the other hand, the European style only has rotating hinges in its mechanism. Although these two types are fundamentally different, the sliding hinge mechanism wears out much quicker and requires more maintenance to keep the window operation smooth. Meanwhile, the rotating hinge mechanism is inherently much smoother and is more reliable in the long term. After a test of over 40, 000 openings, tilt and turn window hinges tested with a 100% grade. Meanwhile, casement windows would be loose by the 10, 000th opening. However, even if the tilt and turn hardware breaks, it can be replaced in 5 – 10 minutes with minimal tools.
The hinge placement is also an important parameter. In casement windows, the mechanism is located underneath the sash and is exposed to the elements when the window is open. This leaves it more vulnerable to wear and tear resulting in a more difficult time using the window. In tilt and turn windows, is the hinge mechanism is hidden in the middle of the sash profile and inside the window frame. This design keeps the hardware better hidden from the elements allowing for it to remain in better shape over time.
The locking and sealing mechanisms are different between the two types too. The system used in casement windows has 1 – 2 manually operated locking points. These points sit in one or two sides of the frame and keep the window shut. On the other hand, the tilt and turn window has the locking feature implemented in the main closing action of the window. When the window is closed and the handle is returned to the resting position facing down, the multi-point locking system automatically engages. This system instantly locks the window in 4 – 12 spots located all around the frame. Such technology not only ensures better safety, but it also keeps the window seal tighter. This way, there is no room for air leakages. At the same time, it also helps prevent condensation build up. Finally, the extra locking points allow for very large window sizes. Sizes, that can not be found with American windows.
In terms of appearance and design possibilities, tilt and turn windows win. Although casement windows do not look bad, the multiple handles attached to each window lowers its compatibility for the minimalistic design trends of today. Although they do not bother everyone, the fact remains that multiple handles around a single window crowd the general look. In this case, tilt and turn windows are better because they have only one handle. Though the handle is bigger, it is more stylish as it emphasizes the simplicity of the tilt and turn window opening system. Its shape also remains in uniform throughout adding geometric appeal. Nonetheless, the European style opens inwards rather than outwards. So, not much furniture can be placed against a tilt and turn window versus a casement one, since the casement style opens outwards. However, the fact that tilt and turn windows open inwards has its benefits. For instance, they are easier to clean and can provide healthier ventilation.
What Is the Difference Between Tilt and Turn Windows and Casement Ones?
The difference between tilt and turn windows vs casement ones is that tilt and turn windows open inwards while casement windows only open outwards. Tilt and turn windows can also open 3 ways as opposed to just opening out like a door.
Another difference is that tilt and turn windows can have steel core tubing in their vinyl frames while casement windows do not have that feature.
The tilt and turn window type is revolutionary. There are 2 main differences between these tilt turn windows and regular American ones. One is that tilt turn windows have a different opening mechanism with the sashes. Another is that tilt and turn windows use steel core framing while casement windows rely on only the vinyl framing for durability.
Tilt and Turn windows are named after the way they work. The opening mechanism used in tilt and turn windows is very secure, but it is also designed in a way that allows for fast and easy operation. The opening system is also different from casement windows. The easy and functional operation of tilt & turn windows is one of the leading reasons why they are the most developed window system. One hand motion allows you to swing the sash or tilt the sash inwards.
The large modern handles used in these kinds of windows control which mode the windows are in. There are 4 of these modes. The tilt, turn, lock, and the micro-ventilation. The whole process of opening the window, in either configuration, takes less than 2 seconds and provides amazing benefits. Benefits such as increased comfort, better functionality, healthy ventilation, and an increase in house value. These types of windows have been in widespread use in Europe and are dominating the market there. However, now, they are being spread throughout north America. The next step in window framing is steel core reinforced UPVC framing, like in tilt and turn windows. This is a key difference and advantage tilt and turn windows have over casement ones. Steel core with vinyl frames provide advantages in durability and service life while also allowing for larger sizes. Our tilt and turn windows are 4 – 8 times stronger than casement windows and come in large sizes where the operable sash can reach up to 48 x 96”.
Can Tilt and Turn Windows Open Outwards?
In the US, most windows open outwards, but tilt turn windows do not. However, there is a variety of custom options with French style tilt turn windows where they open outwards. Regular tilt turn windows open inwards because of the many advantages. Mainly being healthy ventilation and easier cleaning access.
Tilt and turn windows can not open outwards. Opening out windows are usually tilt out, regular casement, or French style as made by some manufactures. However, European tilt and turn are different. They open inwards and are made under the European building standards which require windows to open in this way. This is for a reason. The main one being that they are easier to clean and faster to operate. As well as generally provide more convenience and healthy ventilation.
The air exchange system on these windows is favored by many. This is because it allows for fresh air to be easily abundant inside. But, inward opening windows do require more room inside. This is to account for the opening of the windows. The tilt mode requires room inside because the whole sash swings in. Although, this mode is primarily used just for cleaning access. Thus, not often. More commonly used is the tilt mode. The tilt mode is the most useful as it does not require additional space inside and works efficiently.
How Far Do Tilt and Turn Windows Open?
House windows that open from the top or tilt and turn windows, as they are called, open in 3 modes. In different modes, the size of the openings vary. In the tilt position, it is about 6” at the top. This mode is very useful to achieve healthy, passive ventilation. In the turn position, the window swings open from 0 to about 90% of the sash width. Very useful for rapid ventilation. In the micro- mode, the opening on the top is about 3/8 of an inch. This mode is useful for smooth and slow .
Tilt and Turn Windows as The Next Step of Windows Technology
When looking to elevate your modern home, high tech windows are a great next step to take. For this purpose, tilt turn windows are the best. They are at the height of windows technology. Along with excellent comfort and user-experience, they provide optimal performance. To be suitable as high tech equipment, computer simulations are conducted for thermal optimization. Afterwards, field tests are done to ensure they pass in the required criteria under European standards. For the windows made for the US and Canada, another set of field tests is done to meet North American standards. This way, you can be sure that your windows will serve you right.
Are Tilt and Turn Windows a Good Idea?
If you value function, comfort, and style, tilt and turn windows are a good idea as they offer just that. They are the ideal choice for almost any home, providing healthy ventilation, unobstructed views, great natural lighting, and a stylish interior appearance.
No matter what you are building, be it a family home, an office, or your dream house, windows will always be noticed. Be it by those who will live in these places or just by visitors. As such, it is comfort to have windows that look and feel amazing. It is also important for them to be able to satisfy you in the long-term. Moreover, windows are used every day in one way or another. So, it is a good idea to choose the quality option. In this case, its tilt and turn windows.
Tilt and turn windows are also a great choice for those looking for smart home compatibility. Their high tech design allows for more efficient operation with no inconveniences. Furthermore, these European windows are also available with a variety of automation functions. These include remote activated sash opening and closing mechanisms, smartphone activated blinds, and more.
Tilt and Open Windows
Tilt and open windows are European style windows with double action operation. They are opened with one handle that allows the sash to either tilt in, using the bottom hinges, or fully open inwards using the side hinges. For ventilation, they tilt; for cleaning access and fire escape, they open.
Tilt and open windows are great for their functionality and efficiency. The tilt mode of tilt and open windows is activated when the handle is turned to be facing up. Once this action is complete, the window will tilt in pivoting at the bottom and opening at the top. Such feature is a great way to achieve healthy ventilation as the gap at the top provides vertical air exchange.
The open part of tilt and open windows refers to the second mode of opening. For this second mode, handle needs to be turned so that it is parallel to the floor. Once done, the sash can be pulled in which opens the window as though it were door. This open mode is great for cleaning convenience, venting out smells, and fire escape.
Sometimes, tilt and open windows are referred to as tilt and turn windows as the two are interchangeable. However, there are sometimes models called tilt and open that function slightly differently than tilt and turn windows. These open the same way but use different handle positions. For example, on a tilt and turn window model, the handle at a 90˚ angle would be used to fully swing the sash inwards, whereas on a “tilt and open” window, this handle placement would be used to tilt the window instead. The same pattern applies for the handle at the vertical or 180˚ position. Nevertheless, the two types are really the same and usually don’t share any differences.
Quality Standards for The Tilt and Turn Windows
Tilt and turn windows UPVC should be manufactured according to European requirements. Currently, some supplies and manufactures are making tilt turn windows in America for an American audience. However, these “European” designed products do not fully meet European standards. Not to mention passive house standards ordained by Passive House Institute. In most cases, low budget manufactures use Chinese no name profiles, and may use low quality glass as well. When shopping for European windows, it important to find products which would meet quality European standards ISO9001 and ISO14001 and North American standards, NFRC.
Products made under these standards will ensure that you are getting quality products that will last you for many decades and remain durable, stylish, energy efficient, and noise resilient. All our products are made under European and NFRC building standards. We provide products that have a functional, high soundproofing and energy efficient system, with aesthetically appealing design for any style of home. Our products will last you many years to come. They are budget-friendly and a purchase with us will guarantee great customer support and customer-prioritized assistance. The will help to optimize energy consumption, decreasing heating and cooling costs.
Are Tilt and Turn Windows More Secure?
The tilt and turn casement window type is the most secure. It features a multi-point locking system that securely locks the window sash in place. Tilt and turn windows have European standard RC2 intruder proofing which makes them more secure than any American style window. The glazing can also be ordered as safety glazing which adds extra security.
Tilt turn casement windows are very secure and durable. Their unique burglary-proof design ensures protection from the environment and most robbers/intruders. They use steel reinforced frames and a multi locking system. This makes them miles superior to North American standard windows. Our tilt turn have an RC value of 2-3. This is the European standard for protection and security against burglars, thieves, and other mischief workers. They can also be used as a great fire escape exit in case of emergency.
Our tilt turn casement windows have secure laminated glazing. It has similar properties to those of windshields used in cars. If the window is damaged by a strong impact, the glass may crack but it will not shatter. This is due to the use of a thin film imbedded in the glass unit. It would support the many many small broken glass pieces and not let the whole window to be broken completely. This clever technology is not well known to be used in many windows American and Canadian. However, it is required in some places.
In most cases criminals would run away if they can’t get in, in the first minute, rather than keep trying. This is because in order to enter through the “broken” window, they would need to cut the film. Thereby cutting themselves in the process. This is due to the broken glass that would be left behind. It would leave blood on the scene that can be used by the authorities as evidence. It could also be used to track down the criminal(s). In the time that the criminal(s) would be running away or trying another way to enter, you can call the police and take action. If regular safety glazing is not enough, you can order 2 or 3 layers of laminated glazing. This would protect against any intruder.
Are Tilt and Turn Windows More Expensive?
Depending on the seller, vinyl tilt and turn windows can be from 5 – 60% more expensive than other window types. Tilt and turn windows in the US and Canada are more expensive because of their complicated hardware design, steel core reinforcement in the UPVC frames, and 1.5 times thicker profile wall thickness. However, not all tilt and turn windows are more expensive.
Most UPVC European windows are more expensive than other window types because of several reasons. These are the 1.5 times thicker profile walls, steel core vinyl framing, triple pane glazing, and the complicated hardware.
For durability and structural strength, European windows use thicker profile walls and steel core tubing as reinforcement inside the windows’ vinyl (UPVC) frames. As the result, you are getting 5 – 10 times stronger frames. With the steel core specifically, you are also getting options for operable windows that are up to double the regular maximum size.
For better results, European windows use triple rather than double pane glazing. By choosing the triple pane route, you get 1.5 to 2 times higher energy efficiency, more resistance to condensation, and noticeably better soundproofing.
For a better user experience, higher satisfaction, higher security, and longer lifespan, European windows use a more complicated hardware system. This system also allows your to open the window in 2 ways, achieving 2 open modes plus a bonus one. With this system, you get better ventilation, more control, and a much better experience in general.
However, at the end of the day, you can get both the benefits of European windows and premium quality at customer friendly costs. Instead of picking up midrange house windows, why not consider high class European windows for a very similar price. We offer 100% custom made European windows with premium quality and a verity of options in soundproofing, sun protection, and frame colors (56+). However, these are not like normal options in that they can all be optimized according to your location and climate to best suit your project, all starting at a great price.
How To Adjust Tilt and Turn Windows
For adjust the sash up and or side to side, you would need to use a 4mm Allen wench. To adjust the vertical tilt slope, you would need to swing the window inwards 90 degrees and use a Torx T15 on the back of the open window by the top hinge. Everything can be done by 1 person in less than 5 min.
Tilt and turn windows adjustment is not hard and can be done by anyone quite quickly. To adjust house windows (tilt turn style) it does not take many tools. For example, for adjusting the sash up and or side to side, you would need to use a 4mm Allen wench. The wrench needs to be used to offset a pin in the tilt and turn window lower hinge. This can be done by using the bottom of the Allen wrench to press down at the top of the lower hinge. Once the pin is down, you can freely adjust. To adjust the vertical tilt slope, you would need to swing the window inwards 90 degrees and use a Torx T15 on the back of the open window by the top hinge. You can see more details in the installation manual.
Usually adjustment would need to be done after instillation. However, not all windows need to be adjusted. Ones that do, can be quickly adjusted in less than 5 minutes. Usually 2-3 minutes as average. If your house shifts slightly, you can easily compensate for it by adjusting the windows. It will only take you 15 – 20 minutes twice a year to adjust all the windows that need to be. This is a unique feature of tilt turn windows that allows them to be compatible in almost any scenario.
Do Tilt and Turn Windows Break Easily?
The durability of windows depends on the glazing, frame, and hardware. Tilt and turn windows have 50% thicker chamber walls and steel core tubing. This makes tilt and turn frames 5 times stronger than regular vinyl frames. Tilt and turn windows also use triple pane glazing with 30% thicker glass panes, argon gas filling, and potential for safety glazing.
The frame quality as well as the frame strength greatly impact the performance in durability. Generally, the 2 main factors that determine the strength of window frames. They are the thickness of the frame chamber walls and the inclusion or exclusion of steel core inside the frames.
Why is the width of an UPVC window profile important? It is important because this thickness greatly impacts the structural strength of UPVC window. As well as thickness of steel core in the frames.
In North America, there are no class divisions in the thickness of the chamber walls in Vinyl window profiles. As such, vendors may end up selling windows without informing about the thickness of the wall in the Vinyl profile. Most commonly North American windows with Vinyl windows with chamber walls 1/16” – 5/64” (1.6 mm – 2 mm). In the US and Canada, window profiles are thinner. By European standards, they are Class C or B profiles. This means that they have thinner chamber walls. Not horrible but a flaw that can be fixed.
Thicker Frame Chamber Walls
In Europe, Vinyl (UPVC) grade A windows have thicker frame chamber walls. This provides better performance, durability, and longer service life. There, there are three classes of Vinyl (UPVC) profiles. They all classify a select range in chamber wall thickness. They are the Class A 3 mm (1/8″), Class B 2.5 – 2.7 mm (3/32″), and Class C 2.0 – 2.3 mm (5/64″). All offer better performance than North American windows. But, to make sure our customers get the best, we only use premium quality vinyl with European Class A thick chambers.
Steel core in windows is flat steel tubing used all around the inside of the frames. It is a crucial aspect in structural performance of vinyl windows. However, it is not something used in American nor Canadian windows. This is a big flaw. Profiles without a use of steel tubing support in the frames are over 5 times weaker. This is a huge difference and may end up saving you money on replacing the windows.
However, in European tilt and turn windows, steel core is a standard and a must. The thicker the steel core tubing, the stronger and tougher the windows are going to be. We, as GL Advanced windows, use extra wide and thick steel core reinforced in our window frames. All for best results. In Europe, they have attempted to use aluminum for reinforcement in the frames, but it is too high in thermal conductivity. Also, aluminum has 3 times lower score on Young’s modulus, it increase deflection aluminum profiles .
The glazing in windows is another very important durability aspect. The main factors that influence the strength of the glass units and the number of glass panes as well as the width of the glass panes used. Common North American windows use dual pane glazing with 1/8” panes. However, there are 3 grades of pane thicknesses in America. The common third class of 1/8”, the second 5/32, and first of 3/16”. 1/8” is seen as standard among windows in the US and Canada. However, they can break easily if not customized with endurance in mind.
European tilt and turn windows have triple pane glazing with 2 classes of glass pane thickness. They are the second of 5/32” and first of 1/4”. Safety glazing is another feature these kinds of windows can have. Safety glazing is a special laminate glazing where the window uses a thin film. This is to prevent shattering if damaged. If damaged, the glass would preform similarly to a car windshield. It is especially useful for burglary proofing and in windows on the second floor or above.
How to Clean Tilt In Windows
To clean tilt windows you would need to turn the handle so that it would be parallel to the ground. Then the window is able to swing inwards which gives easy access to both sides of the sash for cleaning. This will only take less than 2 seconds to open.
Tilt in windows provide healthy ventilation. But its main complication is the difficulty to clean and maintain. Thankfully though, most of tilt in windows are tilt and turn windows which are great for cleaning. As of the past 30 years. This is because the turn functionality is so useful for cleaning. To clean the, you simple swing the sash in and use a cleaning solution on a cloth to wipe away the dirt and dust. It is a good idea to line the floor below the window with a cloth or plastic tarp before cleaning. This is so that any drips that would happen would not wet the floor directly. As for other maintenance chores, you would need to lightly grease the hinges one a year.
How to Tilt Windows
To tilt windows, you will need to turn the handle 90˚ or 180˚, depending on the kind of tilt and turn window you have. Most times, it is a 180˚ turn for the tilt mode. After the handle is turned, the window tilts in by itself. However, slight assistance may be required for smaller windows.
If the windows are able to tilt, you can simply turn the handle so that it is facing upwards. Then the window is freely able to tilt inwards. However, if you want very slow ventilation, our windows have the micro ventilation mode. For this mode, you can turn the handle 135˚ and pull in slightly. Now the window will let in small amounts of fresh air throughout the day through a very small opening at the top.
Opening the window more often is a great way to improve the indoor air quality, your comfort, and your health. With tilt and turn windows, this is very easy to do. One quick turn, and you can forget about it since they can be left open for hours. Meanwhile, they ventilate your house in a very healthy way that does not blow air at leg or chest level. Instead, it directs the current up and forward, creating a healthy air flow cycle in your house. With windows that can only tilt, the procedure is the same.
Windows That Swing Open
Windows that swing open are turn or tilt and turn windows. They swing open inwards like a door, functioning on rotating hinges at the side, or side and top. They have the most reliable and dust tolerant opening hardware of all window types and can be made in sizes larger than 36” x 72”.
Unlike windows which utilize sliding hinges, like casement or slider types, tilt and turn windows use rotating hinges which allow them to swing open. The swinging type of operation is considered the most reliable and stable. Since the window hardware in such models is not exposed to dust or dirt from the outside or inside, the mechanical pieces stay in pretty much, brand new condition for many years. There is also less inherent friction in the swinging design which limits possible issues and speeds up the working speed of the window. In addition to this, the fact that the hinges are contained on the side of the window facing the house interior, protects them from wind or harsh weather conditions outside. Such feature helps prolong the life of windows that swing open.
In addition to windows that swing open in just one direction, there are ones which can swing open in multiple directions. If the hinges are at the side, the window can swing open like a door. If the hinges are at the bottom, the window can tilt inwards. Tilt and turn windows have the latter two features. However, if the hinges are at the top, it is most likely a hopper window that swings open from the bottom.
How to Tilt Sash Windows
To tilt sash windows you would need to turn the handle so that the tip of the handle is facing up. Now it is able to tilt inwards and with barely any force can be gently pulled in so that it clicks into position. The whole posses will take you less than two seconds.
These windows are easy to use and have high performance. They are also energy efficient and are spreading in popularity across North America due to their superior properties and design.
These windows are easy to use and have high performance. They are also energy efficient and are spreading in popularity across north America due to their superior properties and design.
What is a Tilted Window Called
In America, local vendors mainly call them tilt turn, they are premium European windows. They are also sometimes called German windows, especially if they are made with symmetric window pane technology.
How Do You Replace Tilt and Turn Window Handles
Replacing handles on our tilt turn windows can not be easier. The handle has a thin plate right behind the gripping handle portion of the whole handle. This piece is attached only at one point, this means that it can pivot on that one point to tilted position. So, to remove the handle, you need to turn these piece 90 degrees. Now, there are going to be two screw heads visible, those need to be screwed out. Once this is done, you can remove the whole handle. It is now open for a new handle to be installed. The instillation presses is basically the opposite of removing the handle. Not much harder then that, just and 2 screws in tilted position of handle.
Can You Still Get Tilt and Turn Windows?
Yes, tilt and turn windows are still available in the US and Canada. They are a popular choice for modern homeowners. Moreover, the market has been around for dozens of years and has no plan to downsize. As such, there are many options as for what to get specifically.
For those who are more accustomed to traditional windows used in the US and Canada, tilt and turn windows could seem like something new and uncommon. As such, opinions on them may be a bit unclear. Nonetheless, this is natural because tilt and turn windows are of a new generation for North America. Initially, they were only used in higher end projects of the wealthy. However, they are becoming more popular for all types of builds. More and more are being used for newer residential sectors and many are ordered as replacement windows for renovations. This surge in popularity is mostly because tilt and turn windows are objectively better than most standard window types. As such, they are gaining great reputation which further boosts their quick market growth. With this, comes a change in the trend of what people build with. So, it is expected that tilt and turn windows will remain a staple and grow in demand for years to come.
Why We Place Window Downward and Ventilation Upward
We do this because it provides healthy ventilation. Air flow can be higher this way and no strong airflow at chest level through the window is present. This way the air flow spreads on top of the window and close to the wall. Also, this way you can use the micro- mode. In this mode the window tilts inwards 3/8 of an inch inwards. It allows for slow but smooth air exchange without any thought. You can closer observe this on tilt and turn windows drawings where it shows air patterns.
What are The Best Windows for Cold Climates
The best windows for cold climates have high heat gain coefficient (no less than 0.44) and a high ER (Energy Rating) of at least 34, by Canadian requirements. However, 40 – 45 is much more beneficial. It is also important that the window hardware is able to work even in icy conditions. As well as close with an airtight seal.
For a cold climate, such as in Canada and northern regions of the US, the best choice of window would be tilt turn. Ideally, one a triple pane glass unit that has argon gas and 2 low e glass panes. These high-performance products increase energy savings, comfort, and user experience. Vinyl or wood are the 2 best window options, in terms of material, for cold climates. Vinyl is a universal window material. It is very suitable for almost any climate, with great performance. Wood windows can be used in cold climates, but they need a clad layer in either vinyl or aluminum. Otherwise, the wood paint or top finish would crack to quickly.
If a more efficient option is wanted, a quad pane glazed unit with krypton gas, would be a better option. But, this is a rather pricey option. It also has issues with return on investment being very long.
Are Casement Windows Better?
In market of American windows, casement windows are better. There are 2 types of casement windows, inswing (European) and outswing (standard). The main advantage of these windows is ventilation. But other factors such as usability, influence the performance. As such, these windows are better than other window types.
Casement windows are better than picture or hopper windows. The best of these being tilt turn windows. They are much better than fixed picture windows because you can open the window. Amounts that, they also have many more advantages in versatility. Inward opening windows are also easier for cleaning and maintenance.
Another common window type in north America is the hopper. Casement windows are better than slider or hopper windows in several ways. They are don’t require a lot of force to open, are not limited in size due to operation weight restrain and offer a much tighter locking seal. This helps create a better overall user experience. As well as provide you with better performance and design possibilities.
Are Triple Pane Windows Worth It?
Yes. Triple pane windows with argon gas can provide double the energy efficiency (R-value) of double pane with argon gas. They also provide a large advantage in soundproofing of up to 8dB – 12dB more sound protection. The price difference between a double pane and a triple pane may be less than 10%.
Our simple triple pane glass units with argon gas have double the thermal properties of even the best dual pane products. They have a high R value of 8.1 – 8.7 as compared to the 3.5 – 4 on double pane glazing. The 3 panes of glass also provide a very good level of soundproofing. Our economical windows have an essential 33db to as compared to 26db difference in sound proofing. Very good for blocking out a high percentage of city and traffic noise. The triple panes of glass allow for sun protection to be done without tinting the glass. It also disperses the coating across 3 panes as opposed to 2. This allows for high sun protection to be invisible on triple pane windows. Without heavy heat-loaded glass panes.
Tilt Turn Window Glazing and The Color Rendering Index
All our glazing is handpicked to order by our window specialists to ensure only the most excellent results. In addition to optimizing basic glass properties, we also consider the Color Rendering Index. Following this, we can custom engineer the windows to have the highest grade possible. All this based on specific details relating to your project. Although to some a small detail, we take all window properties very seriously. As such, the Color Rendering Index is important to us.
The Color Rendering Index (CRI), looks at the percentage of distortion in color quality. Ever notice the difference between how things look outside and how things look through a window? That difference in color quality can be seen when comparing CRI % in glass units. Most windows in the USA and Canada use glass with a 94% rating. This is generally considered a standard in North America. However, we want you to have only what is best. As such, we custom-make all our products to have a CRI rating of 97%. This means that you will enjoy the comfort of having the closest replication of the outdoor scenery from inside your home. It also means that the light passing through your window will be the most authentic to natural light outside.
Moreover, by achieving these high CRI numbers, we make no compromise to other window properties. We also ensure that this boosted comfort quality doesn’t cost you extra.
Are Window Prices Going Up?
Window prices are going up since 2020 given the rising energy, labor, and material costs, as well as the increasing interest rates. In short, since all aspects in the supply chain of black windows have become more costly, window prices have increased. Sadly, these prices are not expected to fall.
Likely the biggest reason why window prices are going up has to do with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, interest rates have grown and energy costs for gas, electricity, and more have increased. Thereby, making the process of constructing windows more expensive. Likewise, labor costs have gone up and materials like vinyl, metal, and wood have become more expensive. All three of these diving factors raise the cost of production. As such, prices for windows, especially black windows, have increased. Additionally, the increase of demand for home renovations that was present during the pandemic time, contributed to a raise in window prices at the time. That raise in demand in the past helped influence the current picture.
Another aspect of these rising prices is the ratio between salary and product cost. Although the prices for many things have grown, so did the salaries of many. However, this ratio between rising prices everywhere and the increased individual income is slightly unbalanced.
Despite all the aforementioned, however, window prices have actually more or less stabilized recently.
Tilt and Turn Window Sizes
Tilt and turn window sizes range from 20×20” – 48×96”. These windows can come in both standard and custom sizes for the US and Canada. Standard tilt and turn window sizes might be available at a cheaper price but custom sizes are more versatile.
Many times, other window types limit the opening width of a window to a maximum of 36”. However, tilt and turn window sizes can go up to 60” in width for the whole sash to open. As such, more custom shapes can be achieved. This adds many possibilities for increasing comfort and house aesthetics. Nevertheless, a wrong size can be chosen. As such, when going about the process of choosing the correct size, it is important to know how the windows you examine are measured. Sometimes, measurements are given of the rough opening needed to house the corresponding windows. Other times, the numbers given are the exact dimensions of the windows themselves. In the latter case, the gap between the windows and the rough opening needs to be figured out separately.
Often, the process of creating your home can be very empowering. It allows one to exercise their creative freedom and show for it. As such, custom tilt and turn window sizes are a great option. Although a project can be easily constructed with standard sizes in mind, custom sizes provide that extra bit of freedom and comfort.
Tilt And Turn Windows for the Passive House
The integration of Passive house standards to the new buildings is becoming a new mainstream in upper-middle class real estate projects. However, very few developers start passive house certification. Through this certification possess, you can be officially approved to build certified passive house buildings. Many don’t apply for the passive house certification. This process is expensive and time-consuming. Those who do go through this process raise their prices. So, not many consumers choose builders with this passive house certification.
A passive house is not only built with high insulation. Efficient heating is also a must. This can be done with heat pumps. Passive house projects also try to eliminate thermal bridges.
The easiest way to increase overall performance is to lower thermal bridging. Lowering thermal bridging is key for general quality assurance. This is done, now mainly with the use of improved framing technology.
To save energy storage for cloudy days on which solar energy can not be collected builders use high performance passive house components. These high performance passive house components such as Air-to-Air and Ground-to-Air heat pumps have a high efficiency SEER rating of around 20-22. Even higher for ground-to-air heat pumps. High performance passive house components are even more important in solar passive houses. This is because there energy is only collected from photovoltaic solar panels. This is important as the limitation of energy storage demands an efficient heating system. Our windows have great heat recovery and are a great choice for certified passive houses.
Tilt Turn Windows Provide You With Great Energy Savings
Tilt and turn windows provide you with great energy savings. Up to 3 times less energy loses than traditional American windows. A large portion of energy loses comes from, about 25% in Canada. As such, it is important to make sure that you limit this. You can do so by using energy efficient windows like the tilt and turn.
The R value of shelf windows at Home depot have an R value of about 2. Windows act as a thermal bridge in a house. This is because of the difference between the R values of the windows and walls. The walls having an R value of about 15 – 20. This means that through them heat or cold from the outside enters inside. Similar can be said about the indoor warmth leaking outdoors. To minimize these energy losses, it is important to get windows with a high R value. As close as you can get to the wall R value. Tilt and turn windows provide you with great energy savings. Our tilt and turn windows will provide you with about 3 times less energy loses than standard north American windows. Tilt and turn windows also have better glazing. It reduces energy losses from the inside to the outside through cooling and air conditioning. The better glazing also drastically reduces overheating from the sun. All of these energy saving properties help save you a lot of money on energy bills.
Another advantage of tilt and turn windows is that in combo with great energy savings, you get great aesthetics. Tilt and turn windows are available in many colors and material chooses. They can be used in a large variety of styles and can be ordered in special shapes and custom specifications. They are free to customize down to almost every aspect, if the right supplier is picked.
How To Operate Tilt and Turn Windows
To operate tilt and turn windows, you need to turn the handle into one of 4 positions. They are the lock (starting position), tilt (180˚ turn), turn (90˚ turn), and micro-mode (135˚ turn). For the turn mode, turn the handle and pull it to open the window. For the tilt mode, you just turn the handle.
Operation of the Tilt and Turn fenestration system couldn’t be simpler. All it takes is a turn of the handle to select between different modes. Unlike fixed windows, tilt and turn ones are double action. You can select the ‘tilt’ position for passive ventilation, or choose the ‘turn’ mode for maximum ventilation. You can also select the micro- mode mode by turning the handle 135˚. So, technically these windows are triple action. In it, the window lets in fresh air while at the same time prevents rain and dust from entering.
All while providing a healthy air flow route without a direct breeze in your face. The turn position allows you to fully open the window in. This wide opening enables maximum air change. It also allows for easy access to both sides of the sash. This is very useful for cleaning and maintenance purposes. In an emergency situation, it is also great as a tilt and turn windows fire escape, meeting egress window requirements, and fire regulations for these cases. It is one of the many reasons why people choose tilt and turn windows in bedrooms and basements.
How Do You Fit a Tilt And Turn Window
To fit a tilt and turn window in, you need to first, make sure your measurements line up. Second, line the footer and bottom corners of the rough opening with the right membrane. Third, attach the tilt and turn brackets to the sides of the window. Fourth, fit the window in and screw the brackets to the four sides of the rough opening.
To fit a tilt and turn window in right, it is best that you choose the right size window to begin with. As the biggest concern when buying windows is for them to fit properly. Many make standard sizes only. As such, there can be a chance that the windows won’t fit into the rough cut out in the wall. For some houses, a window about 30” wide needs a rough opening of 30-31″ wide. This depends on whether nominal or actual measurements are used. If the window is nominally 30” wide, the rough opening needs to be 30” wide in actual. On the other hand, if the window is actually 30” wide, the rough opening needs to be actual of 31”. In other homes, for the same window size, an opening of 30″, 30 7/8″, or 31″ is needed by the window company’s standards.
Thus, the rough opening cut out may not be of exact dimensions required to house a set size of windows. Different supplies, different requirements and different measurement types. So, it is always better to custom order. If the rough opening has been accurately measured and that data has been used to dictate the window’s size. You can fit a tilt and turn window in perfectly. We only sell custom sized products to fit your project. However, this will not cost you even $1 more. Our windows are suitable for a 1” range in the opening width and provide successful results. So, if you are not sure about the size of the rough opening, this can compensate for small measurement mistakes. If you are not able to precisely measure the rough openings, it is best to order slightly smaller windows. Why? So that there are bigger gaps rather than smaller ones as this adds to be performance of the windows rather than add problems.
Big Variety of Sizing Options
Smallest sash size we offer is 18×18”. Maximum sash size if 4×8’ or 5×5’.
The main size limiting factor is the weight of the sash. If they are to be bigger, the hinges would simply not be able to support the heavy sash in operation consistently with good performance. However, the options we can already supply are heavy as it is. The largest windows we can offer weight upwards of 100-130 kg (220-300 lbs) per sash not including the weight of the frame or fixed portion (if it is an operable window).
But this is not the biggest a whole window unit can be.
In a single frame, there can be multiple sashes. This increases the size potential of the whole window unit (including the frame and multiple sashes) to be up to 65-70 square feet (wall size). This system allows for large operable windows to be built for any sized house and for glass wall/storefront option possibilities.
How Much do Tilt and Turn Windows Cost?
The cost of a tilt and turn window would start at around $170. The final tilt turn windows cost depends on factors such as size, frame color, glazing, quality, and hardware. A standard tilt and turn window with a size of 36” x 48”, in white, would start at $300. If the cost of 2 windows is the same, compare their quality, size, and glazing. The same can be said about the prices. If the quality and size of two windows is the same, compare their cost.
Tilt and turn windows grey, black, white, and brown windows are the most common tilt-turn colored windows. Glazing upgrades such as soundproofing and sun heat gain control would cost an additional 2 – 20% more. Color frame options would increase the cost by 10-15%. Choosing acryl-color frames instead of vinyl ones would cost 21 – 22% more. We control overhead costs which allows us to offer lower prices to our customers. As such we can provide windows with a budget friendly cost. However, this does not compensate for the quality, we use only the highest grade upvc, hardware, glazing, and wide steel core tubing. In addition, everything is custom made to order and customers get a large verity of advanced options in the design and properties of the windows.
What is The Average Cost for Triple Pane Windows
Triple pane windows cost 10 – 15% more than double pane windows. However, triple pane windows are 2 – 4 times better in performance. A triple pane fixed window would with a size of 36” x 48” would have an average cost of $230 – $270. The same window but operable would have an average cost of about $400.
The only downside of triple pane windows is the 25 – 30% heavier weight. But this is easily compensated for by the 2 – 4 times better performance. Our triple pane tilt and turn windows have the best performance of triple pane windows. However, instead of charging lots of money for them, we sell them at a budget friendly price. They, in a size of 36” by 48”, would start at $US 319.00 ($388 CAD). For the same sized picture window with triple pane glazing and hardware, the price starts at $220 ($285 CAD). But the final price will depend on the quantity, properties, colors chosen, the season, the delivery cost, and finalized quote.
In comparison with tilt and turn windows double glazed, triple pane ones are twice as more efficient and a lot more reliable. They also provide much greater soundproofing and can increase your house value. This also comes at a bargain as for all of the benefits triple pane you would only be paying 12 – 15% more than you would for double glazed windows.
Tilt and Turn Windows USA Price
The tilt and turn windows USA Price is from $250 – $3000 USD per window. For the whole house package, the tilt and turn windows USA price would be from $6000 – $150,000. However, this price widely varies depending on the window size and other factors.
There are many aspects that effect the price of tilt and turn windows. The main ones are the window size, its frame color and material, and the selected glazing options. In general, given a standard completion of white frames and triple pane glazing, the tilt and turn window price in the USA would be from $400 – $1200 per window. If the window is large, the price may go up to $3000 per window. If the window has colored frames like black ones, and specialized glazing, the price would be 12 – 20% higher than regular. In any case, for more precise pricing information on your exact window needs, it is always best to see a quote or get an estimate. Since there are many individual factors that effect the cost on a more detailed level, rough price ranges and percentages might not always be enough information to make decisions based on price alone.
Are Casement Windows More Expensive Than Sliders?
Casement windows are more expensive than slider or hopper windows. This is by about 10 – 15% if the sliders are good quality. If they or hoppers are shelf quality, mid range casement windows would be double the price. This is because they use more hardware and typically better-quality materials, glazing, and hardware.
The best price to performance ratio is important to find. Between casement windows, hoppers and sliders, the best ratio goes to shelf sliders or hopper and high-quality casement windows. Sliders or hopper are best for the price if they are sold as shelf windows or self replacement windows. They can be good for garages, barns, and budget rental units. They are also good for transport vehicles like buses and RVs, as well as for boats. High quality casements like tilt turn however, are much better in performance. Although the price is higher, for the performance and quality, they are worth it.
If you are looking for something that will preform well and serve you for more than 5 years, casement windows are best for the price. They come in great quality and in 2 variation. They are the out swing (usually crank style), and in swing (usually tilt and turn style). The best quality will obviously be the best, however they are more expensive right? Normally yes. However, we sell premium quality in swing tilt and turn windows at a budget friendly price. These have the best price to performance and quality ratio. So, you get the best of the best for a great price.
With our tilt and turn in swing windows, you get all the power. You can customize the shape, size, color, and special properties. Properties like sound-proofing and sun heat protection. No standard sizes and a large variety of frame colors to choose from (over 60).
What is The Main Drawback to The Use of a Casement Window?
The main drawback to the use of a casement window for a new project is the limiting size. After a certain size, they because hard to operate. In already installed windows, the main drawback is the quality. Older casements and hopper windows and their replacement variants use outdates crank style or similar opening mechanism.
The main drawback of a casement window is the limiting size. The maximum size of it may be is 36×72”. However, it is not recommended ordering them larger than 32” in width and 72” in height. This is because casement windows larger than the 32”x72” size, start to lose the smooth operation. On the other hand, tilt and turn windows can be up to 60” in width and a 42-48” wide window sash may be up to 8 feet (2.44 m) in height. Large inward opening tilt and turn are also easy to clean.
In the past, the main drawback was considered the in-ability to install window air conditioners in them. However, this is an outdated concept by 20 – 40 years. Currently, central air conditioners are used. They are more energy efficient and useful. So, now, window air conditions are not a drawback of these windows, replacement or not. Hopper windows had a similar problem but not anymore.
Hopper is another option. Hopper windows are good as emergency escape routs. Hopper windows are also common in kitchens but these open outwards and called Awning windows. Hopper is can be a good choice for its cost but other options are available.
Tilt and Turn Windows for Balconies
Instead of using a door, you can use door-sized operable windows, or tilt and turn windows doors. These windows have very similar capabilities to that of a door but also have the tilt function. This dual opening design allows for quick access to the balcony as well as be used to bring in fresh air. They also don’t have high resistance locking point levers. Instead, they have a multi point locking system that locks the window from all 4 sides with an effortless twist of the large handle. These windows are great for a Juliet style balconies, French style balconies, and Deck style balconies.
Access Control System For Tilt Turn Windows and Doors
Our Tilt and Turn windows and doors are available with a set up for an access control system. We provide for it the necessary smart home lock gadget accessory. With this access control system lock, you get multiple options of activation. This achieves the option of a remote or keyless opening and closing of windows and doors.
The electromechanical lock we can provide, would be inserted inside the frame. It would then be open for control from almost any electronic input you desire. Such input may be in the form of a number pad, fingerprint sensor, button on a wall or any other electronic configuration you find with your smart home supplier. Furthermore, the wiring can be set up through the frame. This handy feature makes all the system components invisible. Most commonly, such systems are used for extra security. However, smart home technology is becoming increasingly common. With this comes an increase of variety in ways that one could use the set up for an access control system. One option may include voice operated ventilating cues. Another, automatic door and window opening when the fire alarm goes off. Such systems could also be used to keep children from crawling out of windows.
Tilt and Turn Windows Problems
Although there are no inherent turn windows problems, there may be some after poor installation. For example, there could be problems with smooth operation, air/water leakages, and hardware. However, all these problems can be fixed with sash adjustment and by following proper opening procedures.
With tilt and turn windows, there are specific window problems that may occur if the installation is done poorly. For example, the sash might have become crooked or knocked off its proper opening path. Even if the sash is just slightly off-angle, it could already cause some problems. Firstly, you may notice that the window opens and closes stiffly and requires more effort than it should. It may also be apparent that the window leaks through a little bit of air if it is windy outside. The same kind of leakages may happen if it is rainy or stormy outside.
Although the problems listed above are nothing to enjoy, they can be easily fixed. Since all of them are a result of sash dis-alignment, they can be all fixed if the sash is adjusted back into its proper place. These adjustments are easy to do and requires no past experience nor professional tools. All you will need is a few minuets per window and an Allen wrench. However, air and water leakages can also be caused by poor sealing procedures when getting the windows installed. Such leakages then would not be particularly a tilt and turn windows problem but rather an installation issue.
In addition to possibly needing adjustments after installation, one problem that may occur is the window getting suck open. If such problem occurs, it can also be fixed easily and effortlessly prevented.
Along side specific problems of tilt and turn windows, there are also some general ones that can apply both to tilt and turn windows as well as to many other types of windows. One such problem has to do with the hardware. If the windows opened and closed recklessly or too forcefully, the hardware may become damaged and the windows will become less comfortable to use. Another such problem is with condensation. If the glass unit is of a lower quality or the weather outside is particularly extreme, tilt and turn windows are not immune to condensation building up on the glass. However, such problems are standard with most windows and actions can be taken to minimize these effects.
There is another general tilt and turn window problem that some may face. That is, tilt and turn windows open inwards unlike casement windows which open outwards. They can even open fully with the whole sash swinging inside like a door. As such, you need to make sure that there is enough space inside the house behind the windows for them to open. If the home is small, this may be an issue as space is limited. However, there are many ways to work around this issue. For example, alternative placing for specific furniture can be planned ahead of time to provide enough room for the windows to open. That is, strategic planning is all that’s needed.
How to Open Tilt and Turn Windows?
To open tilt and turn window, you need to turn the large handle. It controls the multi point locking system around the inside of the frame. Turn the handle 90° for cleaning access or turn the handle 180° for healthy ventilation. If you need slow one, turn the handle 135°. All the operations are easy to do.
The opening mechanism used in European tilt and turn windows is very secure. But, it is also designed in a way that allows for fast and easy operation. These windows have a large modern handle that is used to regulate between 4 different modes. The modes are the tilt, turn, lock, and the micro-ventilation. The tilt and turn windows operating instructions are quite simple and can be done by almost anyone.
With the handle in a vertical position in which the end of the handle is pointing down towards the floor, the window is securely locked in multiple points all around the inside of the frame, this is the tilt and turn window lock system that is very difficult to break. This ensures a tight seal and worry-free protection from any forceful or even aggressive tugs from the outside.
Windows That Open Upwards
Windows that open upwards are usually vertical sliders or awing windows, not tilt and turn ones. Given that tilt and turn windows are very heavy, they can’t be used with vertical slider opening systems. However, they are a good alternative to awing windows that open upwards.
Many times, when upward opening windows are planned in a project, there are Awing windows used for the kitchen(s). Although these windows can be used in other areas around the house, lack of fire escape possibilities rids them of the opportunity to be used alone inside bedrooms or bathrooms. As such, tilt and turn windows are a great alternative as they provide both ventilation and fire escape in case of emergency.
Vertical sliders are another type of window that open upwards. They are a very traditional north American type. In the past, they were very common and easy to use because thin single or double glass panes where used. However, since now thicker glass units are used, the slider technology is becoming outdated. Instead of upward opening windows, there is now more of a trend for windows that swing open or tilt.
Grill Option For Tilt And Turn Windows, Choose From Many Colors And Layouts
We use an AKO grill system with thicknesses of 18mm (11/16”), 26mm (1”), or 46mm (1 ¾”), as you specify. Th They are available in 30 colors (painted) and in 20 laminated color options. They can be painted in 2 different colors. One on one side (the exterior) one color and the other side (interior) another. This allows for many more design choices and creates room for advanced customization. However if you choose wide black or dark grills, the windows you order with them should have tempered glass panes surrounding the grills. This is to account for the increased air pressure caused by the grills when they get hot. This is especially important if you live in a warmer climate with more sunny days.
As for the patters, we are very flexible. We do not have fixed grill pattern options but instead construct windows with your custom grill patterns in the layouts you want.
We do not offer wood grills because the premium UPVC frames are not suitable for them. Wood grills inside vinyl windows create many obstacles in the way of comfortable and care-free use. However, wood grills do work well with old wooden framed windows.
What is Privacy Glazing?
Privacy glazing is special glazing that is used to make it difficult to see through the window. Depending on the type of privacy glazing, the properties of the glass change. There are 3 main types of privacy glazing. They are the mirror like, obscure, and smooth mat. They all use a laminated coating for their faded glass look.
The mirror like privacy glazing is a great option that will work on both fixed (picture) and tilt turn windows. This type of glazing allows users to see through without obstructions from the inside. But at the same time it greatly distorts the appearance of the inside from the outside. However, if it is dark outside and inside the lights are on, their effect disappears.<br>
Variants in obscure glazing are common but effective at providing a good level of privacy. Unlike mirror-like glazing, obscure glazing is not dependent on whether it is dark or light outside. However, it creates a blur in the viewing experience from both outside and in. The intensity of the blur varies from option to option. This might be a good choice for you if you are looking for a very privacy forward tilt turn or fixed window. If a large see-through window (or glass unit) can not be used due to a lack of privacy it would provide these are great. They can be used for bathrooms, walk-in closets, entrance doors, and side lights. Another big benefit of these windows is that they have high visual transmittance. Making them almost like regular see-though windows as it relates to how much light enters inside though them.
Smooth mat privacy glazing is another option. It used uses an even and smooth mat film that provides a tinted look without the drawbacks of actual tinted glass. The most common color for this is a white cream color but a large variety of other colors can be requested. Its effect is the same from both inside and out. It also has lower visual transmittance. But the intensity of the effect can be adjusted in order to allow in more light. It is a very private orientated option.
As an honorable mention, there are also exotic privacy glazing options. These include light up glass panes and ones where the window blurs a picture on the glass. Tinted glass is also sometimes considered a privacy glazing option.
We offer all the 3 privacy glass options. The, mirror like, obscure, and smooth mat for picture and tilt turn windows as well as for doors and sidelights. These are the same for installation as regular windows.
House Window Won’t Close All the Way
Sharp or fast movements of the tilt and turn window handle can cause the safety mechanism to activate. This locks the handle and prevents the house window from closing all the way. To fix this, you need to align the leaver with the rest of the metal track down the side of the profile.
In some rare cases, tilt and turn windows can get stuck in the open position. This usually happens because the handle is turned too fast which forces the safety mechanism to activate and the handle to lock. To fix this issue, you will need to find a flat metal leaver on the side of the window profile, underneath the handle, and turn it so that the tip of the leaver aligns vertically parallel to the side of the profile. Now, you can turn the handle and close the window carefully. Unless you turn the handle fast again, you will have no issues with the same kind of problem again. However, even if it happens again, you do not need to worry as it has no harmful effects on the hardware and mechanism.
Other types of house windows can also get issues where they won’t close all the way. For those, it is best to check with your supplier for directions on how to fix the problem.
Disadvantages of Tilt and Turn Windows
Disadvantages of tilt and turn windows are that they have slightly wider frames, cost more, and are heavier than other window types. Some models might also not come with nail flanges or mosquito screens, and some have difficult to install blinds. As such, a balanced solution is required.
Firstly, given that the tilt and turn window system is more complicated than other styles, the frames need to be wide enough to house all the technology. When compared to crank style casement windows, tilt and turn ones are from 1 – 2” wider in total frame length. Some may see this difference as a small disadvantage.
Also, because the frames are wider, when an operable tilt and turn window unit is placed along side a fixed window, there is more of a visual distinction between the two types. Although the same can be said about other operable window types, with tilt and turn windows, there is more of that effect. However, we have several ways to solve this problem.
The second disadvantage lies in the price. Tilt and turn windows are more expensive than other window types like casement or double hung. Such is the case given that the window technology is more complicated. On average, they cost about 5 – 20% more than other types. However, for this price difference you would be receiving a better user experience. In the long run, the satisfaction tilt and turn windows bring is hard to beat.
Thirdly, there is the issue of weight. Since these windows have steel reinforcement in the frames and have thicker glass panes, they are 20 – 30% heavier than casement windows. This aspect makes them more difficult to move around and install. So, it could take longer and thus cost more to install tilt and turn windows vs other types.
Fourthly, there are cons that come along with the windows being inswing. Since wind blows from the outside in, windows that open inside, like tilt and turn, need to have a high quality multi-point locking system. If this system is not of good quality, the windows may leak air under windy or stormy conditions. As such, we made sure that our windows are always able to securely close with a tight seal.
Another notable point is to consider is whether your tilt and turn windows have nail flanges. If they do not, there may be issues with the installation. Particularly, getting a tight seal may be difficult without nail flanges. However, if nail flanges are present, then there are typically no issues. With our products, nail flanges are a no brainer, of course they have them.
Finally, it is important to make sure that your tilt and turn windows come with mosquito screens. Some offer them for an additional charge. However, no need to worry about them with us, mosquitos are a must and are automatically included for no extra charge.
Additionally, it is good to keep in mind that some blinds that come with tilt and turn windows might be more difficult to install since they go right up against the glass.
Tilt and Turn European Windows
Tilt and turn European windows can be bought in the USA and Canada. In fact, more and more builders in north America are switching to tilt and turn European windows. Such windows come in many options and with various price points.
The new direction people are moving in is using high quality reliable products. Part of this movement is switching from north American style windows to tilt and turn European ones. The latter are more user friendly and higher tech which compliments the desires of modern home owners today. However, not all the options are equal. Some yield better product satisfaction for the short and long term than others. As such, it is critical to check that your tilt and turn European windows have the correct properties. That is, the windows need to have optimized glazing and use reliable frame technology like UPVC frames with steel reinforcement. However, there nuances within these requirements. Factors like project location and frame color alone have a huge impact. The budget also needs to be considered and everything else worked around it. So, it is not an easy process. However, all the work is not for nothing as it is essential for ensuring stable performance and longevity.
Can You Put AC In Fire Escape Window
You can put AC in a fire escape window if you do so according to the building code. The most important thing is that after the AC unit is installed, the window remains usable as a fire escape for emergency cases and follows the minimum requirements. It needs to be no more than 44” from the floor and have a clear span opening of 5.7 sq. ft.
Yes, this can be done but it is important to meet the requirements of your local business building code. The operable sash needs to be over the ac unit and have unobstructed access for fire escape. When the window is open there should also be about a 5.7 square feet opening with at least one of the sides at least 16”. More accurate measurements are stated in your local building code. Also, it is stated that the bottom of the sash needs to be less than 40” off the ground. If it is higher than that, you would need to have a stepping stool near it. The stool needs to be no less than 12” in width and be able to support your body weight.
Currently, window air conditioning units are not commonly used. Instead, split air conditioners are used that are installed above the window. So, with them you would have no problems as it relates to fire escape windows.
Tilt turn windows work great as a fire escape window. They are fast to open and easy to climb out of. Making them a safe and efficient fire escape window choice.
Tilt And Turn Windows Safety And Comfort Benefits
• Senior and child friendly – no noticeable efforts to open because of the big handles. No Cranking, no efforts. Which may be to heavy or even painful for seniors. they also feature tilt and turn locking window handles, this is great for preventing accidents.
• Degrees of ventilation. Different angles of the window in the tilt position allow smooth air exchange.
• Fire escape – it is quick to open. Perfect fire escape route in these cases. Not required time for cranking, no risks of fail in critical situation.
These elegant yet functional tilt turn windows are smooth and easy to operate and energy efficient. They allow subtle and secure air exchange at the turn of a handle. Select another setting and the rate of air flow will increase while keeping the building safe. They can lock into several selected positions, providing options. The tilt and turn sash system is easy to use even for small children and work well with sills. These sills can be a great way to add function.
We combine all the above with great customer friendly prices. To meet most budgets.
Limited-life time of up to 25 year Warranty
Our warranty coverage is available on all our products for up to 25 years (or limited life for a max of 25 years). All of it’s properties and details are according to standard conditions as it relates to tilt turn windows as well as other types of windows and doors.
NAFS & NFRS
All good windows should be built according to building regulations and certified by NAFS and NFRS. We are certified by NAFS (North American Fenestration Standard) and NFRS (National Fenestration Rating Council) and have good results from the tests.
The quality management system of production of our windows has been certified by ISO standards 9001 and 14001.
Triple or Quadruple Pane Glazing is the Best for Tilt and Turn Windows
For the premium windows, homeowners can opt for triple pane glazing, and even quad glazing. This is for the superior energy efficiency. It saves 70-80% of household energy losses from windows compare with traditional single glazed windows.
Triple pane glazing has significant advantages, including:
• Long term lower energy costs
• A reduced carbon footprint
• Reduction of heat loss in cold weather
• Reduction of sun heat gain in hot weather
• Withstand severe weather events including heavy rain, snow, storms
• Reduced external noise
• Little work require to keep it in good shape
Multi-glazed glass units are produced with a gap in between the panes of glass. The gaps are filled with neutral gas like argon. To confer superior thermal and acoustic protection. Though its score rating is better, it is not smart to use quadruple pane windows. They are much heavier than triple pane ones and cost more. In many cases, it is just not worth it to increase the thermal resistance of windows to such a high level. Triple pane products are less expensive and more durable. They have 50% less seems than quadruple. Has an optimal ratio of cost.
Purchasing quadruple pane windows is a serious decision. We provide free consultation for our customers. To ensure that we find a perfect solution for your case. Our goal is to find an optimal energy savings for our customer. While maximizing thier comfort level.
Many passive house certified projects use quadruple windows. But it is not suitable for every situation. Please consult people at Passive House Institute prior to getting quad glazed products.
Passive House Certification
The Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) is the real think tank. They are helping Passive house developers. People in the US and Canada are interested in such projects.
They have started a ‘Verified Window Performance Data Program’ VWPDP. It is voluntary but suitable. It provides verified performance data for building materials. To support designers and certified passive houses builders. This system enables vendors to have their products verified by Passive House Institute. To increase their exposure to that sector of the building industry. They spread the of the passive house technology in USA and Canada. Via PHIUS the industry has access to reliable information. To specify these high-performance products in their construction projects.
With help from PHIUS, tilt and turn windows suppliers have success, by positioned themselves at the forefront of the market. Tilt turn windows are optimal to achieve PHIUS standards.
Most passive house windows meet the strict guidelines demanded by passive house standards. To meet these standards a dramatic reduction in energy loss is necessary. It provides a constant and comfortable living environment. It also decreases energy consumption for a long term.
The Best Choice for Every Scenario
There is no denying the good sense in investing in tilt and turn technology. It is useful for any building. For renovation, new-builds, life-long cost-savings and increasing market value.
Homeowners are opting for this innovative technologies to maximize the market value. They want to increase their comfort level at the same time. It is important for North American residents.
At the same time they try to minimize their carbon footprint. They show excellent insulation results in harsh climates and serve for a long time. To add comfort by installing tilt turn windows and doors. We provide premium products at a customer friendly price around Canada and the US.
Perfect for Kitchens
Tilt turn windows are perfect for kitchens because of their superior air exchange capability and their unique advantages. Not all kitchens need to have windows but if they can, 1-2 larger tilt and turn kitchen windows are great to have.
Convenience of Use
Tilt turn windows are very continent because of their easy and fast to use operation system. One single turn of the handle can provide you with healthy passive or rapid air exchange in under 2 seconds. No turning, no unlocking, and no waiting. More information is available in the video.
Completely Customizable, Just Pick and Match
Our products are available in over 60 colors including unique woodgrain finishes that are sure to make your house stand out among the rest. Handle and hinge colors are also up to your choice. Customizing with colors, sizes, and shapes is a great way you can create a unique and completely custom home.
Wooden Tilt Turn Window Frames, Unpredictable Results and General Cons and Risks
Currently there are tilt turn options that allow for wooden frames and sashes.
In the past, this was only possible with painted wood. This timber also had to be special European lumber that came in three pieces that got glued together (glue-lam). They were layer out in long sections and later cut to be assembled as a window frame. The profile detentions were: 78x78mm (3×3”). In the 70s and 80s, this was considered normal but as the years progressed, windows demanded frames thicker and wider than this. Currently, the thickness and width of the frames increased to 87x87mm (3 ½x3 ½ “). Glue-lam is still used today with the lumber of choice being usually pine, with all its pros and cons. Glue-lam is currently manufactured in Russia and China but shipped to Europe where it is used to make the windows. This makes it hard to control the quality of the glue-lam.
- Pine (most commonly used in tilt and turn windows timber window frames) may become a potential food source for termites
- Wood tilt and turn windows keeps requires high maintenance
- The glass bed is glued to the glass unit.
This creates problems if you ever want to replace the glass unit because in the proses of removing the old glass unit, the glass bed would break requiring replacement. The replaced glass bed would also be slightly off color from the rest of the frame due to the prosses of how they are made. This would partially ruin the look of the window.
- The quality of the frames is unpredictable due to them being manufactured in Russia or China but sold to you from Europe. The defects these types of frames might have may also not be visible and noticeable in the start but in several years, they may grow becoming noticeable and annoying.
Advantages of Tilt Turn Windows for Canada:
Usually in Canada the temperature difference between the inside and outside is quite high. This inclines people to ventilate the building. This is quite easy to do but, most windows that open, have unhealthy air flow system. These windows open in a way that allows airflow to occur parallel to the floor. This can be quite uncomfortable, especially in the winter and potentially lead to an unwanted sickness. This is because, in the winter, cold air from the outside can quickly enter inside and because of the flaw in design, the air exchange happens at human-height level. In the summer, or in hot climates, the same can be said. But the cooler air would then be inside the building and, hot air, outside the building.
Tilt and turn windows offer a healthy air flow cycle. Because of the unique and cleaver design, tilt turn windows can provide you with a healthy ventilation system. In the tilt position, the air exchange is directed upward allowing for a healthier air flow cycle. The windows tilt inward and pivot on the bottom making open room at the top. This also allows for healthier air flow as the cold or hot air does not blow directly at you but instead up.
The medium (average) age in Canada is 39+. As such, more middle aged people who are planning to build a house for themselves and their family is looking for windows that will survey them longer and be easy to use even in their senior years. Families with older dwellers in the household also benefit from easy to use fast operating windows. The European tilt and turn system we offer has simple and easy operation. Perfect for Canada and the US. A tilt and turn window has a large handle with which you can select between different modes of window opening. Turning the handle is also easy and requires very little resistance for opening. Unlike the cranking-style system used in many standardized North American windows, our tilt turn windows have a fast to use system with the huge benefit of not becoming harder to open as the years go by.
Even big windows can be opened quite easily
Large windows that use the crank style system are difficult to open. Because larger windows are also heavier, inefficient opening systems such as the cranking-style system become much harder to operate in large windows.
Large Tilt and Turn Windows, They can be Large
Large tilt turn windows don’t require nearly as much effort to open. The tilt position uses gravity as the main force to open the window, and in the turn position, the German technology allows for much smoother operation without demanding much work at all.
Tilt turn windows provide and unobstructed view even though they are inoperable. This means that they have the main advantage of picture windows that is provide an unobstructed view, while also providing the functionality of an operable window.
Operable windows may be limited to a certain size, usually smaller than you would like. This can discourage you from your custom design and force you to get smaller operable windows.
Our tilt turn windows can be ordered quite large, with the tilt and turn windows maximum size of 60” x 60” or 48” x 96” per sash. This allows developers to design building with a more advanced feel and contributes to faster sales. This also allows home owners more options for replacing windows and custom home builders to design more comfortable homes.
Well built Tilt Turn European Windows don’t Freeze in the Winter if Left Slightly Open
Cranking-style windows can freeze up and if left slightly open in the winter. This can cause the window to be inoperable and frozen in place until it is warmer outside, this is why it might not shut. If this does happen to your crank windows, we can suggest using hot water in the frozen area, if you need.
Our tilt turn windows use German technology that prevents the window from freezing up. So you do not have to worry that you forgot to close the windows. However if the windows ever slightly freeze up, you can simple open the window in turn-mode and swing the it in. This would then allow you to quickly clean the window of any frozen bits. This can be done under 20 seconds.
Mosquito nets are possible to install allowing for mosquito-free interiors. We can provide mosquito nets that match the color of your frame by order if you need.
Tilt turn windows increase the value of your house.
Many think European advanced windows are much more expensive. This is definitely possible but we supply premium quality European windows for about the same price as vendors in North America charge for Canadian or US standard windows. The lower prices allow you to invest in more comfortable products without spending extra. They can make your property look and feel more expensive and premium without you paying a premium.
Tilt and Turn Window Installation
Usually tilt turn windows are harder to install than North American windows. This is because they are originally meant to be installed in brick or stone walls. But, our built-in simple instillation system makes them easy if not easier to install than American windows.
We use a nail flange system with load bearing steel brackets for installation. This allows for secure tilt and turn window instillation without problems. The steel brackets are inserted every 24 – 28” in small or medium-sized windows. In larger or extra large windows they are inserted every 12 – 18”. This creates a durable and secure results that pass all building code requirements. Also, it doubles the requirements needed for them to be considered hurricane proof. Our nail flange system provides a water tight seal. Even under maximum test pressure.
If installing in a hot climate, you might have to deal with hot temperature which can be a reason why labor would cost more.
Window instillation may seem difficult and even daunting for some. But, it is quite simple. Especially with our tilt turn window installation system. Most who install windows themselves are happy with the results. So, no need to hire a high end pro to do this job for you. One with descent experience and an affordable price will probably do the job just fine. If you do the installation according to our manual (tilt and turn window guide), tilt and turn windows leaking and jamming will not be a problem what so ever.
Window instillation may seem difficult and even daunting for some. But, it is quite simple. Especially with our tilt turn window installation system. Most who install windows themselves are happy with the results. So, no need to hire a high end pro to do this job for you. One with descent experience and an affordable price will probably do the job just fine. If you do the installation according to our installation manual (tilt and turn window guide), tilt and turn windows leaking and jamming will not be a problem what so ever. We only supply tilt and turn windows, so, we trust our customers to handle our premium products and be able to successfully install them. Our tilt turn windows are heavier than standard picture or hopper windows. This is because of the wide steel core frame. This makes them heavier, but the added structural strength makes them worth it tenfold. However, with an additional helper, it will not be so difficult. Plus, because of the high quality, your windows will not need to be replaced. So, this leaves you with just one install to do, after it, you can enjoy for windows for decades to come.
Tilt and Turn Windows Repair
Our tilt turn windows are easy to repair. The glass unit replacement can all be done within 5 minutes and the hinges and rubber seals can be replaced under 12 minutes with just a Philips head and flat heard screwdriver.
Repair is very easy to do with these types of windows. Our tilt turn windows are assembled in such a way that allows for easy and fast repair with minimal tools and experience. They have no complicated slide-rotation hinges. Their inswing functionality is another huge advantage because it allows for safe repair procedures as it does not put the window and people under the window at risk. This would other wise be a problem with outswing windows if they are used on the second floor or above.
The inswing operation also allows for a more convenient work environment as you are not left sticking your body through the window trying to reach the screws and support the sash. We also designed our tilt turn window sashes to be capable of easily being taken out of the frame and placed on the floor or table. This allows for an easier operation on the workspace without having your tools hang out of the window. This all makes for an easy way to fix your windows if need be.
We Ship Nation Wide to all of USA and Canada
For the US, we deliver to all major cites and states.
In the West-coast:
- California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc.)
- Oregon (Portland, and more)
- Washington (Seattle, and more)
In the East-coast:
- New York (NYC, Brooklyn, long island, etc.)
- Virginia (Bremerton, and more)
In the middle east:
- Illinois (Chicago, and more)
- Georgia (Atlanta, and more)
- Colorado (Denver, and more)
The only states that we do not ship to in the US are except Florida, Hawaii, and Alaska.
For Canada we deliver to all major cities and some more rural districts as well.
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In British Columbia:
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In addition to all of these, we can also deliver to cites in Montreal Quebec, and Atlantic provinces like Nova Scotia.
The lead time will range from 6-7 weeks, with a quantity minimum baseline. For more local information of how we can deliver to your specific region, please feel free to contact us. GL Advanced Windows tilt and turn windows are a “near me” destination as we are always close by online.
Due to the way our system works, we do not have any tilt and turn windows in stock. This is because all orders are custom, and thus not premade products are available as in-stock windows. We have both tilt and turn european windows as well as tilt and turn french windows.