Your Guide to European Windows
By: Architectural Visions
European windows are popular all around the world, but the term “European windows” means different things to different people. For example, there are specific European styles of windows, such as ones with tilt and turn operation. There are also European-quality windows, meaning that the windows adhere to Europe-specific standards. And then there are European-made windows, which simply means that the windows were manufactured in Europe and perhaps even sourced from materials of European origin.
In this article, we take a closer look at European style windows and compare them so that you can decide if these windows will work well in your home.
Tilt and Turn European Style Windows
Tilt and turn windows are a European style of window that are functional, stylish, and unique. These European style windows swing like a door and tilt from the top with one handle that controls both operations. They’re great for letting the fresh air inside and also providing a convenient exit route in case of an emergency. In fact, this type of window can be used instead of a door to access a balcony off of a bedroom.
In terms of aesthetics, tilt and turn windows add classic elegance to a room and offer a unique touch with extra character. They also typically have a large window surface area, which means more natural light coming into your space.
Tilt and turn European windows come in a range of sizes, even up to a width of four feet and a height of six feet in some models. Just like the other windows we offer at AVI, tilt and turn windows are available in a range of options for colors, finishes, hardware, glass, screens, divided lites, and casing.
Windows That Adhere to European Standards
In the U.S., Europe, and other countries too, windows are tested for product quality and energy conservation. The standards that windows must pass vary by location, but the it is well–known in the homebuilding industry that European standards are consistently set very high.
For example, CE certification for windows and doors means that a product conforms with the requirements of the Construction Products Directive, which is a legal mandate of the European Commission. These standards provide a uniform set of technical requirements and a basis for evaluation regarding product performance.
When buying new windows, you may want to look for certification information on the packaging to determine if it has met European standards to give you peace of mind that you’re buying a well-designed, high-performance product. Both U.S.-made and European-made windows offer exceptional quality and design, but there may be certain aspects of one type or brand loyalty that drives your decision towards a specific product. Many Marvin-brand windows have European standard certifications, and we have a wide range of Marvin windows to choose from at AVI.
Various kinds of windows are also physically made in Europe or at least have the company headquarters based in a European city with additional operations in other parts of the world. A good example of this is Unilux Windows and Doors, which is one of the leading window and door manufacturers in Europe. This is a company that we are proud to offer products from at AVI because these expertly-designed windows look absolutely stunning and are put through rigorous testing to make sure they achieve the highest quality standards.
Unilux is the market leader for wood windows in Europe and also popular in the Southeastern U.S. where we are located. So, although Unilux is based in Salmtal, Germany, we as a premier Unilux dealer are able to sell and install these European-made windows onto your home anywhere in the U.S. Meanwhile, many other excellent European window brands are produced in Poland and Italy.
Where to Buy European Windows in the U.S.
Whether you’re interested in European windows because of their style, quality, or craftsmanship, AVI is the name to know for all things windows and doors. We can help you efficiently choose the best products for your remodeling project, home addition, or new construction job to ensure a perfect look and fit.
To learn more about how European style windows can add something special to your home, contact us online or by phone at 678-297-1111 (Georgia and North Carolina) or 615-712-6498 (Tennessee). We’d love to have you stop by one of our showrooms to see the various types of European windows we have to offer so that you can get started on your next house project!