Shopping for new windows, be it for a new property or an existing one, can seem like a stressful task. After all, the market is flooded with options! However, one window option offers the ideal mix of aesthetics and functionality – uPVC tilt-and-turn windows. uPVC stands for unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride and is a popular choice for homeowners worldwide. Before understanding the benefits of uPVC tilt-and-turn windows, let us wrap our heads around how they work.
What Are Tilt and Turn Windows?
Tilt-and-turn windows feature a hinge mechanism that allows them to open in two ways. This type of window opens inwards same as a casement window, and can also be tilted from the bottom so that the top part of the pane is pulled open at a particular angle for ventilation. Tilt-and-turn windows are great as they can be opened slightly from the top without giving enough space for an intruder to slide in because the space on top is minimal.
How do They Work?
Tilt-and-turn windows are affixed securely in position when the handle is facing downwards. The handle of this structure works in two different ways. If you turn the handle at an angle of 180°, the top part will tilt open inwards providing a small opening. Whereas, when the handle is moved at a 90° angle, the entire pane swings open inwards.
Advantages of uPVC Tilt-and-Turn Windows
These windows have a host of unsung benefits that you must know if you are considering replacing your old windows or installing new ones.
uPVC is a bad conductor of heat, therefore, tilt-and-turn windows with uPVC frames award great thermal comfort to your homes throughout the year. These frames are tight and well-sealed. This ensures that the cool conditioned air stays indoors during the summer season, and the hot outside air is unable to seep inside your home. During winters, the cold air is not able to make its way inside, whereas the already warm air trapped inside is unable to leak outside. This makes your home more energy-efficient by reducing your electricity bills. If air continuously keeps leaking in and out due to sloppily fabricated frames, it will put a lot of unnecessary load on your heating and cooling devices.
In addition to being energy-efficient, uPVC tilt-and-turn windows offer great flexibility when it comes to ventilation. You don’t need to fully open the window whenever you need just a bit of fresh air. Instead, you can simply tilt it open slightly. This feature is especially helpful during the in-between months when it is neither too hot nor too cold. Additionally, tilt-and-turn windows do not allow raindrops to fall inside your home when tilted open for ventilation during the rainy months.
Weather and Rot-Resistant
uPVC tilt-and-turn windows look young for years on end and are resistant to corrosion, and extreme weather temperatures. This is an especially useful quality if you live in hot and humid conditions. Not only do these windows have longevity, but they also maintain their colour and finish for a long time. uPVC as a material is very durable and when coupled with the right kind of glass can serve you without any hiccups for decades.
Fenestration aesthetics may seem insignificant, but they are an important part of home décor. UPVC tilt-and-turn windows can fit into any dimension and size, and uPVC frames are available in a host of colours and finishes. You can even choose to have them painted in two different colours – one for the outside frame and one for the inside if that suits your home décor better. Furthermore, tilt and-turn-windows can be made with sleeker uPVC frames for a larger view of the outside. These windows often come with hidden hinges, which means no hardware eyesores anywhere. Also, if you don’t want the casement feature of a tilt-and-turn window, you can customise it to just open from the top for ventilation, and not for swinging open at all.
Easy to Maintain
uPVC as a framing material requires zero to no maintenance. If you live next to a particularly dusty street, you can wipe your frames once every three months with a damp cloth and some soapy water, or a mild detergent solution. UPVC tilt-and-turn windows are a fit-and-forget solution that looks new for years. Simply open the top of this window before cleaning and wipe it from both sides to maintain its sheen month after month.
uPVC frames can be recycled over and over before disposing off. This makes them very eco-friendly. If you get bored with your windows, say after 30 or 40 years, they can be put back into new products. Ask your contractor about their recycling practices to be extra sure of this material’s sustainability.
The Bottom Line
To take advantage of uPVC tilt-and-turn windows, get in touch with AIS Windows. We offer high-quality and variety of tilt-and-turn window options for your home as well as office. Get a free consultation by logging on to www.aiswindows.com or by walking into any one of our stores today!