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Comparative analysis of Canadian and European (Turn and Tilt) Windows Technology

Europe vs Canadian

Opening System

European Windows are also known as Turn and Tilt Windows. The structure of such windows is as follows: there can be just one stable sash or a combination of stationary and openable sashes. While looking for a new window, a certain customer can come across turn and tilt windows. The sashes of such windows can be turned to a 90-degree angle. This feature is acquired for easier clearance, but many customers misunderstand this feature and leave the turn and tilt windows in such position. Due to windows being so heavy it is not recommended to do that, as it can be harmful to your new windows’ operational function. This point is considered to be the only drawback of tilt and turn windows. The main advantage of such windows is that its sash or both sashes can be tilted inward into the room for easier clearance.

It is quite difficult to make clear what technology is referred to be the best. The leading position depends on profile structure, consisting of several components. The typical windows profile structure is made of vinyl components, reinforcing and sealing. The main parameters of any windows are energy saving, noise reduction, and drainage. Windows made using European technologies, or Turn and Tilt Windows, replaced the windows created by Canadian technologies with a number of measures.

Now let’s compare technical characteristics of Canadian and European Windows Technologies:

Both technologies are producing the same looking windows unit, but they differ in their outside profile casement, panes quantity, profile width and reinforcement technology.

The outer profile of the sheath determines resistance to the wear of the window. The outer profile should be at least 3 mm or more. Windows of European technologies meet this requirement, while Canadian technology supporters are completely skeptical of this requirement and produce 2.7 mm window profiles, instructing them to save money from their potential customers.

Sound and noise reduction depends on profile width. European windows have 50 mm profile width, while Canadian windows profile width is 44 mm. So we can see that according to this parameter European windows have more of an advantage to noise reduction.

The contents of the glass pane affect the energy-saving ability. What is a glass pane? The glass pane is the basis of vinyl windows. It may consist of one, two or more glass covers that are tightly connected and have airbags inside. These airbags provide energy-saving features. The more glass volume, the better the energy-saving ability it achieves. The maximum number of panels for European windows is 6 full panels while the Canadian windows have 5 panels. We now see that European windows are more energy-saving.

European windows apply closed reinforcement technology, while in Canadian windows this technology is not used. Using closed fittings allows you to increase hardness and wear resistance.

Main features of European and Canadian Windows:

Features European Windows (Turn and Tilt) Canadian Windows
Pane Amount 6 pieces 5 pieces
Outside Profile Casement 3 mm 2, 7 mm
Profile Width 50 mm 44 mm
Soundproofing 36 dB 30 dB
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