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The Benefits of Tilt and Turn windows

The Tilt and turn window has been a standard window system in Europe for decades. In countries like Germany where high thermal performance is necessary, tilt and turn windows dominated the market. They have gained popularity in America especially in the Passive house community where performance is crucial, however, these windows offer more benefits than just performance.

A tilt and turn window is essentially three different window types in one. It is a fixed window, inswing, as well as a hopper window. The window is operated with a handle that is located on either the left or right side of the window. Turning the handle 90 degrees will allow you to fully open your window inward. With the handle at 180 degrees, the window will tilt open from the top. This simple operating system allows this window to outperform many of its competitors here in the US.

  1. Superior Window ventilation

One question that is asked over and over again is how you ventilate your home with these windows. The tilt function allows for the top portion of the window to tilt in. With the top portion of the window tilt, hot air is able is easily escape out while cool air comes in through the sides. The tilt function allows for ventilating during unwanted weather. It will keep rain outside while still allowing fresh air to flow in. For extreme ventilation purposes, turn the handle 90 degrees and open the window fully. This allows more than 90% of the opening to allow air flow.


  1. Air seals and gasket system

U values are very important in how well the window performs. One aspect that many people forget about is how well the window seals. Our windows utilize anywhere from 2-4 gaskets that make this window air and watertight. The reason Ikon windows make a great window for Passive homes is the mix between low u values and virtually airtight seals. Combined with the standard multi-locking hardware, we are able to get an even and tight seal all the way around the window. Even if you are not building a Passive home


  1. Multi-locking hardware

European windows require a more robust hardware system that locks the sash into varies points in the frame. This has two main purposes. The first is to ensure a tight and even seal, and the second is to make the window more secure. By increasing the number of locking points we ensure that the window will be near impossible to open by force from the outside.


  1. Hidden components

Minimalism and sleek design are requested by many of our clients. The tilt and turn hardware we use allows us to hide the hinges between the frame and the sash. With hidden hinges, we are able to achieve a more aesthetic look from the inside of our windows.

In our aluminum frame, we offer a hidden sash version. The hidden sash will give the appearance that an operable window viewed from the exterior looks like a fixed window. Both fixed and operable windows will look exactly the same from the outside which allows for architectural lines to remain consistent regardless of window type. Another added benefit of the hidden sash is the ability to cover up most of the frame from the outside, giving the illusion of very thin sightlines.


  1. Expansive units

One of the “biggest” benefits of the tilt and turn window system is the ability to make large operable units. Thanks to our robust hardware, our operable units are available up to 32 square feet.


  1. Easy maintenance and cleaning

One of the easiest things to overlook is the maintenance and cleaning of windows. By opening the window fully you can clean the outside glass from the inside of your home. It will also allow for easy access to the hardware, which will allow for easy maintenance or adjusting if needed.


  1. Paul Fung on February 22, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Can a bug screen be incorporated onto the window?

    • Adrian on September 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      Yes of course! Contact us for more info.

  2. Angel Bogart on March 2, 2019 at 6:57 am

    I love that European windows are high-quality stuff equipped with state-of-the-art robust hardware. Grandma would love having her old glass windows replaced with European brands that ensure a perfectly secured seal. She’d value reliability and would be delighted to have windows that couldn’t be pried open from the outside to keep her privacy and treasures safe.

  3. Angel Bogart on March 8, 2019 at 4:25 am

    What I love most about tilt-and-turn windows is that it’s designed to let hot air escape from the top while cool air enters through the side. Grandma would love to have this type of windows installed for the upper rooms of the country house, especially during the summer, because the tilt function allows for maximum ventilation while keeping dust and leaves out. She’d be surprised that windows are no longer just fixed glass panels, but rather are also beautifully designed adjustable components of the wall. This is truly marvelous!

  4. Jay Lips on June 18, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Need information on your tilt & turn windows for High rise construction impact resistance

    • Adrian on September 12, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      PLease give us a call or email and we will send you all the required information.

  5. 3m n95 8511 on April 2, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a blog!
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    Thomassen Schneider

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