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by Theo Stephens February 21, 2022
You are knee-deep into planning the redesign of your basement and have reached the stage of deciding what basement window to pick. Selecting an egress window is your best choice if you want to make the most out of your remodel. These windows have to fulfill specific opening requirements to meet building code. Which is the best egress window type for your basement? Here are some options.
Tilt and turn windows were originally invented in Germany in 1954 (“Dreh-Kipp Fenster” in German) and have been around in many European countries such as Germany, Austria, France, and the U.K ever since. Tilt and turn windows are primarily different from other casement windows as they open towards the inside of the room and can also be tilted inwards at the top, similar to how a hopper window opens inward. You might think of it as having three window styles combined in one.
1. A fixed window
2. A casement window that opens inward
3. A hopper window that opens at the top
Hot air rises, so the option to open your window only at the top by tilting it provides excellent ventilation allowing the hot air to exit swiftly. Another benefit is that you can air out your room regardless of how cold it is outside, as the tilting enables fresh air to come in without inviting chilly drafts. A tilt and turn window offers more options for efficient ventilation than other window styles, depending on your desire.
European tilt and turn windows have a stylish, modern, yet unintrusive design. Their clean lines and number of handle options give you the customization you want and make it a beautiful addition to your home.
The big glass area allows for plenty of light and unobstructed views in formerly dark rooms. Whether you add your tilt and turn window to a basement bedroom or laundry room, you will enjoy the brightness and utility of these German windows.
There is no need to step into your window well or balance your heavy water bucket on a wobbly ladder while trying to clean your window. Tilt and turn windows can be cleaned from within the comfort of your room since the inside and outside of your window are both accessible. All hardware components are easy to reach and maintain if needed.
The premium ergonomic German hardware allows you to open your window easily and swiftly compared to the cranking function that opens traditional casement windows. No more worries about a stuck window because your crank is not working.
Tilt and turn windows are well insulated, less prone to air leakage, and the sash closes tight. They will help with keeping your heating or cooling cost at bay.
The benefits certainly outweigh the disadvantages, yet there are a couple of points to consider.
Casement windows are large windows with wide side hinges. They open either via a crank, a handle, or a cam handle which is installed at the bottom of the window. Casement windows have a more traditional appearance, and they are ubiquitous throughout the US.
Glider windows are also known as sliding windows. These windows are widely used across the US, less so for egress windows for the following reasons.
Which window should you choose? The final decision depends on your requirements, budget, space availability, and design style. If you want to add the most value to your home regarding safety, energy efficiency, and design, then our patented Egress Window Kit with ExoFrame™ and Window Well is your best choice.
Don’t hesitate and give one of our courteous and experienced team members at Bright Idea Egress a call at 303-761-3730 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help with all your egress window needs.
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