From the outside, it is not always possible to tell the difference between casement and tilt and turn windows. However, the major difference between them is how they open; whilst casement windows always open outwardly, tilt and turn windows can either be tilted slightly inward or opened completely into the home. Therefore, you might not know which is best for you.

So, as we install both here at Droylsden Glass, we thought we would take a closer look at them to help you decide.


uPVC tilt and turn handlesBecause they can be fully opened inwardly, tilt and turn windows can be cleaned from the safety and comfort of your home. For this reason, tilt and turn windows are more popular in multi-storey residential buildings.

However, the outward-opening of casement windows does not allow for this. So, if you want to clean any casement windows higher than 1 storey, you will need to use a ladder, which is not without risk. Therefore, if you want to avoid such a risk, and not have to pay someone to clean your windows for you, tilt and turn windows might be better for you.

If opting for casement or tilt and turn windows from us here at Droylsden Glass, both of them are built from easy-to-clean uPVC for reduced maintenance times.

White casement window in uPVC

Interior decoration

One problem with inward-opening windows is that, if you have decorations on the interior windowsill, they will need removing whenever you wish to clean them. If you have any curtains or blinds, opening them fully might also prove difficult. With outward-opening windows, however, you can leave any decorations, curtains, or blinds in place throughout the year.

Safety & ventilation

Internal living room view of white casement windowsOutward opening windows can be opened as wide as you wish, to provide your desired level of ventilation. When doing this, it is possible for small children to climb out of them, unless the windows are fitted with night latches or opening restrictors. These are available from us here at Droylsden Glass.

This is also possible when unsupervised children are left with tilt and turn windows as they can be fully opened into the home. When tilted slightly inwards, however, the home can be ventilated without the risk of children climbing out or rain getting in.


uPVC Tilt & Turn windows close-upIn order to carry their complex opening mechanism, tilt and turn windows tend to have wider frames than casements. This is important as many find wider frames look clunkier and less pleasing on the eye than slimmer ones.

Casement windows can also be hung from either the top, side, or bottom, so you can tailor the outward opening to various special and visual requirements.

Casement vs tilt and turn windows: did you discover which is best for you?

We hope this helped you decide whether tilt and turn or casement windows are right for your home. Both types are available in a wide range of colour finishes from us a Droylsden Glass, so if you would like either fitted to your home, call us on 0161 292 1122 or contact us online.