If your home needs sprucing up, choose uPVC Tilt-and-Turn windows. This efficient and versatile window system allows ventilation as well as increased security and safety in all weathers. They’re also easy to clean and look good too.
But how much do they cost?
In the UK, average single-opening Tilt-and-Turn window prices range from £250-£350 for 1.2mx1.2m frames, supply only. Alternatively, a double-opening window of the same size costs £320-£425, with larger sizes priced accordingly higher.
uPVC Tilt-and-Turn windows have many contemporary designs. Some manufacturers even custom-make them to complement your existing house décor. However, even though these various colours are available, many homeowners prefer standard white uPVC or one from the extensive range of woodgrain effect prints. But, modern windows don’t only look good. They also come equipped with high-end security locks as standard, with others available for more diverse security solutions. Moreover, you have a choice of triple or double glazed Tilt-and-Turn windows to help keep your energy costs down.
This guide helps you choose from the many uPVC Tilt-and-Turn window styles available. We’ll consider their various sizes, average prices, and the legal compliance that makes modern windows safe. Then, when you’re ready to buy, you’ll know what to look out for.
How Much Do Tilt & Turn Windows Cost?*
The table below shows a double opening Tilt-and-Turn window price comparison for the UK. Therefore, use the data to compare the sizes with your existing window openings for an approximate purchase and installation price.
|Size||Colour||Estimated Purchase Price||Average Installation Price||Total Price|
|0.8m x 0.8m||White uPVC||£300||£200||£500|
|1m x 0.8m||£325||£225||£550|
|1m x 1m||£400||£250||£650|
|1.2m x 1.2m||£425||£275||£700|
|0.8m x 0.8m||Woodgrain uPVC||£350||£200||£550|
|1m x 0.8m||£375||£225||£600|
|1m x 1m||£425||£250||£675|
|1.2m x 1.2m||£450||£275||£725|
*We compiled these typical prices for Tilt-and-Turn windows from various resources. Every home is unique, so use the values to assist your research and provide a benchmark. Installation prices change with your location within the UK. So, you’ll notice that London and the Southeast have higher labour rates than elsewhere, generally 20%. Furthermore, window purchase prices also depend on their hardware, the number of opening sashes, and whether you choose double or triple glazing. Always contact a FENSA registered Tilt-and-Turn window installer for accurate quotations, or use the form on this page.
uPVC in general
In the UK, all uPVC windows must conform to the Building Regulations’ energy rating. This requirement isn’t a problem as uPVC windows are efficient insulators with a low thermal conductivity because of the hollow uPVC frame and modern glazing.
All windows have a range of installation costs, but many wooden windows start cheaper than uPVC. However, it’s in the long term that uPVC wins out. Wooden windows need good quality weather protection before installation, regular inspection, and skilled maintenance throughout their lifetime. Furthermore, they need replacing every few years depending on the installation method, environmental conditions and quality of wood and paint. On the other hand, uPVC windows are resistant to acid rain and other atmospheric pollutants and can be manufactured to look like wood, steel, aluminium and other materials. Over their lifetime, uPVC windows can save the homeowner from 20% to 35% in costs. Moreover, energy saving costs also add up using uPVC’s advantages, with modern glazing technology and up-to-date loft and wall insulation.
With uPVC woodgrain finish windows, you can have the beauty of wooden windows without the hassle of maintenance. Natural wood windows need a covering of a weatherproof coating such as paint or varnish. But, if you don’t keep up the regular maintenance, this coating wears away or cracks as the wood expands and contracts from temperature changes. Eventually, the damaged covering allows water to enter, and the wood begins to rot. uPVC windows and doors don’t need this continual inspection and repair cycle, so you can get on with enjoying life.
You can easily mistake woodgrain Tilt-and-Turn windows for natural wood when you choose from the wide range of timber colours and grain patterns supplied by reputable Tilt-and-Turn window companies. Furthermore, uPVC woodgrain windows are a cheaper alternative to natural hardwood and are more durable, needing only an occasional wash to keep them in tip-top condition.
White uPVC windows have precisely the same benefits as woodgrain uPVC considered previously, with the added advantage that white windows complement just about anything. Furthermore, white uPVC always looks like it’s newly painted. They have the same energy efficiency and minimal maintenance requirements as woodgrain uPVC, but without the higher price you associate with hardwood patterns.
Finally, white uPVC Tilt-and-Turn windows are a great alternative to white painted softwood. Not every home looks good with hardwood windows, especially rustic cottages and standard townhouses, where traditionally, the windows would be white gloss painted softwood window frames.
Additional Tile & Turn Window Style
There are many Tilt-and-Turn styles to choose from, depending on your preference and the size of the window. And, of course, all opening sashes tilt inwards at the top or sides using side and bottom mounted hinges. However, there are restrictions placed on the window sizes because of the strength of the uPVC cross-section. Each manufacturer uses its own design uPVC profiles, which allow varying sizes. However, the dimensions described below show typical minimum and maximum dimensions for various window configurations:
- One opening sash – This window has only one sash. Overall, the window size must be between 310mm and 3000mm on each side.
- Two sashes with a horizontal transom – This window has two sashes, which can be opened or fixed. Generally, the width must be between 310mm and 2000mm, and the height between 500mm and 2800mm.
- Two sashes with one vertical mullion – This window has two fixed or opening sashes in any combination. Usually, the width must range from 620mm to 2700mm and height from 250mm to 2200mm.
- Three sashes with two vertical mullions – This window has three opening or fixed sashes in any combination. Typically, the width must be between 930mm to 4050mm. In comparison, the height must range from 250mm to 2200mm.
- Four sashes with three vertical mullions – This window has four fixed or opening sashes in any combination. Generally, the overall window width must range from 1240mm to 5400mm. At the same time, the overall height must be from 250mm to 2200mm.
Tilt & Turn Window Benefits and Features
uPVC Tilt-and-Turn windows have many benefits and features that make them stand out from conventional window styles and materials.
uPVC has high insulating properties and can reduce energy costs by up to 35%. Furthermore, the manufacturing process includes draughtproofing using double weather-stripping seals, ensuring no gaps along the openings.
uPVC Tilt-and-Turn windows are made from heavy-duty cross-sections to reduce damage from opening and closing impacts. The designs are also resistant to corrosion and warping, unlike timber. Moreover, it doesn’t matter whereabouts you live on Earth; from the arctic to equatorial regions, uPVC can withstand any climate.
uPVC is entirely weatherproof, so it’s unnecessary to paint or varnish. Therefore, the only maintenance uPVC Tilt-and-Turn windows need is an occasional wash with soapy water and lightly oiled hardware. Furthermore, if at any time the Tilt-and-Turn window sash becomes damaged, you don’t have to remove the entire frame. Simply exchange the broken sash for a new one, which only takes a matter of minutes.
You can open Tilt-and-Turn windows to reach the outside for easy cleaning without putting yourself at risk by balancing on a ladder.
Tilt-and-Turn handles have an ergonomic design, so it’s easy to hold and turn without requiring a lot of force.
Tilt-and-Turn windows come with a range of different glass designs and textures. Also, you can choose double or triple glazed insulated window panes.
Of course, you can buy white uPVC for your Tilt-and-Turn windows. But manufacturers can also tint uPVC frames in solid and patterned colours and the many new and old imitation hardwood grains and shades.
Recyclable and sustainable
uPVC window frames don’t rely on deforestation, unlike wood frames. Also, end-of-life uPVC window frames can be recycled into many new and different products.
Tilt-and-Turn windows have two ways to open, giving flexibility depending on your circumstances. You can fully internally open the window using the bottom hinge for maximum airflow without draughts. Then, lock the window with a small gap for security while you’re at work, with no chance of rain entering. Alternatively, use the side opening hinge for opening as usual. But, with the added advantage of access to inside and outside glass surfaces for easy cleaning.
You can lock the open window in position to prevent danger to your kids. And to increase security against unwanted visitors.
What are Tilt and Turn Windows?
Tilt-and-Turn windows are innovative with hinges along the side and bottom, allowing you to choose between side and top inward opening, using the widow handle as the selector.
The various properties and specifications of a Tilt-and-Turn uPVC window ensure compliance with many aspects of the UK Building Regulations. Such as:
- Tilt the window using the bottom hinges, allowing ventilation, a requirement under Part F of the Building Regulations, while also being childproof. You can adjust the opening size using four different locking positions so your home security isn’t compromised, as required under Part Q.
- The window opens inwards, allowing easy outside glass cleaning using the side hinge. Therefore, you can wash your windows without using a ladder. Furthermore, the open window also provides an emergency fire exit as required under Part B.
- The frames and glazing acoustic insulation properties ensure the windows provide soundproofing under Part E. Similarly, their energy conservation properties comply with Part L.
- The design and manufacture of the Tilt-and-Turn windows use appropriate materials and best industry practice as required under Part K and Part 7 of the Building Regulations.
Taking all these compliances together, uPVC Tilt-and-Turn windows, like all replacement windows, must be made by a FENSA approved manufacturer and installed by a FENSA approved installation company. After installation, you will receive a FENSA certificate as proof of compliance to store with your property documents.
Generally, FENSA approved manufacturers offer various guarantees against manufacturing and design faults. Typically, the warranties provide cover for :
- Condensation and fogging of double and triple glazing units, 10 to 20-years guarantee.
- Discolouration of white uPVC. Generally, 20-year guarantee.
- All window parts, including hinges, gearbox and handles. Typically, 10-year warranty.
uPVC windows in general and Tilt-and-Turn windows, in particular, are popular among house owners because compared to wooden windows:
- They have a long lifespan.
- They are generally cheaper over the long term.
- Need little or no maintenance except for an occasional soapy water wash.
- They allow ventilation while remaining secure from the outside, and safe for little ones in the room.
- Durability and material strength allow more oversized windows without increasing the frame profile dimensions.
Are Tilt-and-Turn windows more secure?
Tilt-and-Turn windows are one of the most secure window systems available. This is because the sashes must use robust hardware and multi-point locking systems to ensure the multi-functional opening sashes work correctly.
How big can Tilt-and-Turn windows be?
The overall dimensions of the window depend on a few different factors.
- The frame profile size.
- Thickness, height, width and weight of the glazing.
- How many mullions separate the opening and fixed sashes, therefore supporting the frame head.
- How many sashes open, and how many are fixed.
These factors determine the strength of the frame and how easily it can support the weight of the opening sashes. For your information, we talked about typical sizes for various Tilt-and-Turn window configurations earlier in this guide.
What is the purpose of Tilt windows?
All windows supply ventilation, so that isn’t the feature that stands out. However, providing ventilation during wet weather really puts these windows above the rest. Even if there is a storm outside, you can still safely have ventilation while preventing rain from blowing in onto the carpet or curtains.
Having Tilt-and-Turn windows installed in your home is something you’ll never regret, as long as you have them installed correctly by FENSA certified local window installers. One of the ways to do this is to search the database of qualified installers on the FENSA website. Alternatively, use the form on this page, and we can choose some installation companies for you.
Complete the form, and you’ll receive up to four Tilt-and-Turn window quotes so you can choose in the comfort of your home.