Tilt-and-Turn French Doors – All You Need To Know

August 20, 2021

Tilt-and-Turn French Doors – All You Need To Know

Tilt-and-turn French Doors are usually used for patio and balcony entrances. They are designed to work as a connecting element between the indoors and outdoors. They are window frontages created to provide a central design element for detached premises.

They can be used as a door. However, when you don’t want to leave the door open but want some ventilation inside the house, you can tilt the door slightly to create an opening at the top to let fresh air in.

This blog details everything there is to know about tilt-and-turn french doors.

Fitting and Functionality

Tilt-and-turn french doors have been designed such that they allow single-handed operation. The doors have a level-like handle that can be turned, tilted, and locked. To open the door, you have to slide the handle to the left such that it is horizontal. In this setting, it will act like a normal door.

To lock the door, turn the lever down such that the handle is now vertical. In this setting the door will neither be open nor will it be tilted. Hence, if you have pets or children in the house, they will not be able to let themselves out.

To tilt the door and convert it into a slightly open window, you will have to turn the handle upwards. The tilt-and-turn balcony and patio doors are quite common in both commercial and residential setups.

Materials Used

The tilt-and-turn doors can be constructed with all types of window material qualities such as aluminum, wood, or uPVC. Manufacturers usually recommend a blend of materials. The two most common combinations of materials used for tilt-and-turn windows are:

  • Aluminum with wood
  • Wood and uPVC.

Most people opt for the latter since uPVC is easy to clean and is resistant to extreme weather conditions.

In addition to this, the materials used for manufacturing tilt-and-turn doors go through multiple glazing to produce ideal thermal insulation. In Edmonton, uPVC balcony or patio doors with tilt-and-turn fittings are becoming the standard model for modern residential buildings. They are not only extremely useful but are also very easy to maintain.


Balcony and patio doors designed with tilt-and-turn mechanisms are available in single, double and triple sash forms. Although their structure and outlook cannot be changed a lot, based on the interior of your house you can change the color combination, glass color, and texture, and size of the door.

Even if you opt for uPVC, with deco paint and similar technologies, you can give the door a wooden finish. Moreover, depending on the area you live in and the amount of light you want to enter via the door, you can opt for tinted glass, textured glass, or tempered glass.

Energy Efficient

Since the tilt-and-turn french doors are treated for thermal insulation, they are energy efficient. When shut, they don’t let the outdoor temperature affect the indoor environment. Most tilt-and-turn French doors offer effective thermal insulation values up to Uw = 0.71 W.


One of the main reasons for the ever growing fame of tilt-and-turn doors is their ease of use. They are extremely easy to use. Moreover, if you want tilt-and-turn windows, that can be easily managed as well. All you have to do is talk to your window and door manufacturer.

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At Walbert Windows, we provide professional services in custom-made, top-quality sliding patio doors and windows for Edmonton residents. We strive to make the tedious job of door and window installation and replacement easy through our experts. For more information regarding our services, contact us today.



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