Sliding Tilt Windows


Sliding tilt windows are a convenient variation on the hung windows found in many homes today. The design combines the ease of use for sliding the window open or closed with the convenience of inward tilting for cleaning purposes.

Nuts and Bolts

The common design of a sliding tilt window features a frame with two sashes (window panes) and they slide up and down on a track to allow ventilation. The sashes also tilt inward. On single-hung windows, the top sash is fixed in place, and the bottom sash slides up and down and tilts. With double-hung windows, both sashes slide and tilt.

Tilt windows can also slide side-to-side on a track inside the frame. With this type of sliding tilt window, the sash swings inside the room, like a door. As with the vertical variety, sliding tilt windows can come with a fixed panel and one that slides and tilts or have both panels slide and tilt.

Pros and Cons

Sliding tilt windows are a popular choice in homes today, but there are factors to consider when selecting this type of window.

Aesthetically, sliding tilt windows fit in almost any home. The design makes them easy to access, and they open, close, and tilt easily. They provide plenty of ventilation, the sliding sashes don’t take up space inside or outside the home when they are open, and cleaning is easy with the inward tilt.

Unfortunately, sliding tilt windows have a tendency to leak more air into the home, which is not the most energy efficient. Cleaning these windows is easy, depending on the type. While double-hung windows allow both sashes to tilt inside, single-hung only offers the tilt on one sash, so the homeowner will either have to reach to clean the outer upper window or wash it from the outside.

Bottom Line

Sliding tilt windows are a solid choice for any home. They are durable and easy to use.