Casement Windows vs Tilt and Turn
Are you renovating, a self-builder or just looking to give your home a fresh new look with a glazing upgrade? You might be considering what style of window is best for your home or project, and with many decisions to make, it can feel a little overwhelming.
Firstly, there’s the material to consider – will it be aluminium, timber, or perhaps the best of both worlds with alu-clad? We have a handy guide that might take care of that. Then there’s the style of the window itself. Casement windows and tilt and turn windows are two very popular options that our customers love!
But which one will suit you best?
Not sure whether to go for casement or tilt and turn windows? Let’s take a closer look…
What is a casement window?
A casement window can either be hinged at the side to open outward, either to the left or right or can be hinged at the top to open out from the bottom. This contemporary style of window is popular thanks to its versatility and variety of configurations available.
Pros of casement windows
- They’re extremely versatile, casement windows can be designed to fit and suit virtually any style of property, whether it’s a Victorian terrace or contemporary self-build.
- They’re one of the most energy-efficient window designs available, just behind fixed glazing. Better for the planet, and your heating bill!
- Kick back and enjoy the peaceful view of your garden. Casement windows provide unobstructed views of the outside whether they’re open or closed.
- They offer the best ventilation thanks to their outward opening, allowing the fresh air to breeze in.
- They’re also easy to clean, which is why you often find them in those hard to reach places such as above the kitchen sink.
- Our casement windows are available in ANY RAL colour, or choose from a number of stains.
Cons of casement windows
- Due to the outward opening of casement windows, they aren’t an ideal option if positioned next to an exterior walkway. In this case, an inward opening tilt and turn window would be a better design for you.
- You can be fairly limited as to the size of a casement window, due to the outward opening design, the frame needs to support the weight of the glass. If you’re looking for a larger ‘ceiling to floor’ style of window, fixed glazing will work better.
What is a tilt and turn window?
Tilt and turn windows feature a hinge mechanism which essentially means the window can be opened in two ways. You can either open the window fully inwards or you can tilt the window from the bottom so that it’s open at an angle, allowing air to flow through at the top.
Pros of tilt and turn windows
- They’re ideal for balconies and terraced houses due to the inward opening. You don’t have to worry about obstructing a pathway, and you can make better use of your balcony and outdoor space too.
- They allow for plenty of ventilation! You can open the window fully for maximum breeze, or just at the top if you want to enjoy some fresh air coming in whilst you’re in other areas of the home.
- They’re ideal for families with children and pets, you won’t have to worry about any little ones crawling out of the window or trapping any fingers…or paws.
- They’re easy to clean due to the inward opening, meaning you won’t have to nip outside every time you want to give your windows a wipe over.
- Thanks to a multi-point locking system and 3-point opening mechanism, tilt and turn windows are highly secure, with the added benefit of enjoying a partially open window.
- Our tilt and turn windows are available in ANY RAL colour, or choose from a number of stains.
Cons of tilt and turn windows
- Due to the inward opening of tilt and turn windows, you will need to give some thought as to whether these would be suitable for your current home layout, or whether you will have to adapt and have a move around of your furniture. For example, you wouldn’t want a tilt and turn window behind your sofa or any taps.
So, casement or tilt and turn windows?
Both window options offer fantastic benefits, and the choice largely comes down to logistics. If you have young children in the home, a tilt and turn window may be the best option for you if you’re concerned about having a fully opening casement style of window.
If you’re looking for a window design that’s versatile and features an outward opening to enable maximum ventilation, then a casement window would be the ideal choice.
Of course, if you’re still a little unsure, why not speak to a member of our team. We’d be happy to help you choose the perfect windows for your home, renovation or self-build.