Some enlightening reactions to discovering the standard, everyday tilt window: "I'll take [US windows] over dying in Germany", "A nightmare of malfunctions", "Very dangerous (death traps)", "No advantage to normal US windows", "Would never pass American safety regulations", "[Very] over-engineered".

  1. I don’t understand this because I live in Washington state and I’ve lived in multiple apartments that have exactly this kind of window. Also, they have screens!

  2. It's funny how some Americans visit one or a few places in Europe and then make broad generalisation of the entire continent which is more than twice the size than the US and with much more diverse artchitecture.

  3. Also live in Washington. I've never seen this type of window (where the whole window tilts down) in north America (I've lived in Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and Seattle and traveled all over the west)

  4. I do not get the obsession with screens in the thread. Like, screens are great if you live in a swampy area with tons of mosquitos.

  5. Finland here, and I regularly open the kitchen window around the year and maybe get one fly, one mosquito and one honeybee inside once per year.

  6. The are typically difficult to push up and down so if not broken they shouldn't acted as guillotine. The one in my bedroom growing up was metal a broken so it would act like a dull guillotine.

  7. Also I habe never seen one of those windows Mailfunktionen. On the other hand American windows are broken so often that it has become a movie cliche

  8. I live in Southern Califoria where almost all windows just slide half open (no more) from right to left. They are basically impossible to clean and they don't really adequately ventilate your room. I miss German-style windows so much!

  9. I’ve never thought about that, but if those are the norm in the US, aren’t those very prone to malfuctions if you don’t clean their slide rails or whatever regularly?

  10. I don't get how any window design can be unsafe. Like unsafe how? Unsafe from what? What's it going to do to you...?

  11. Europe hasn't figured out how to have both hot and cold water run out of the same faucet? What is the last comment even talking about?

  12. In the UK a lot of sinks have a tap for hot water and a tap for cold. The reason is because water for hot water used to be stored in a tank in the attic, and cold water used to come from the mains. This requires two taps for safety, as if a tank in someone's house became contaminated (so a bat defecates in it or a rat drowns) then there is no way for that contaminated water to get into the mains water systems. Most modern buildings in the UK use mixer taps like the rest of the world.

  13. I think I saw a video once about that, some older houses in the UK have (or used to have) a cold water tap and a hot water one right next to it. The reason was that the cold water wasn't save to drink so for brushing Ur teeth u'd use the hot water tap. I don't remember y the cold water wasn't safe to drink tho

  14. Why the fuck so many Americans think we don't have bug screens? We do. Everyone in my city does. You would have to be insane mosquito lover to not have one.

  15. This is a typical "I've seen the UK so that's how Europe is" issue - many older faucets in the UK really do have a hot and a cold tap on opposite sides of the sink.

  16. I don't have one, but then again it's Paris so landlords don't give a crap about updating their rental appartments. I'm definitely buyinh better windows and bug screens the moment I own a place.

  17. Also the person making an issue about not being able to put something in front of your window... Why would you want to block your window? What are they for if not for letting light and air in?

  18. They can be saftey issues for cats, they can get themselves or limbs stuck in the crack, slide down and can't get out anymore, which is why we only tilt windows in out house when we are in the room or the cats are locked out of that room.

  19. An old german term for doing something stupid etc was "Visimatenten", coming from the butchering of the french phrase "visite ma tente", reportedly told to young german women by french soldiers during the napoleonic wars. Which the parents obviously wouldn't want.

  20. Wood swells when it’s humid and shrinks when it’s dry. Even if it’s painted, so the tolerances in the window will become smaller in the more wet and cold seasons.

  21. The weird assumption that sliding sash windows are 'American windows', when they're very much European too. Some of the oldest surviving sash windows are in England and are, coincidentally, pretty much exactly 100 years older than the USA.

  22. Personally I don't live in a swamp, I live in Northern Europe so we don't have that many bugs. Also our ac unit is not on the window it's on the wall. It's out of the way and looks better. My Windows are multi plane glass because we need that if we don't want to freeze to death in the winter. It also has a small venting window on the side next to it which does have a screen. Why we don't have screen doors is because they look stupid and the AC does a better job of cooling the house.

  23. Nobody ever likes to recognize the 20 million dead Russians. They just kept coming on the eastern front.

  24. Fellow Americans, how do you wash your ass when your shower head is fixed to the wall. Like do you only wash your hair ?

  25. There are some old ones in the UK with a hot and a cold marker. However, I never saw them in person so I don't know if they're still in use.

  26. Does America even have safety regulations, because most of the time they seem like they are more suggestions than regulations

  27. "Europeans in this thread are actually bragging about their country" Yup so they think Europe is one country. Basically confirmed

  28. “I visited Europe once so I’m an expert” also at least Europe (Switzerland) figured out if you don’t make life horrid you won’t have high gun crime

  29. My house in shitsville texas doesn't have this kind of window therefore it does not exist in the US and is absolutely fucking useless. Also my mom's second cousin's ex girlfriend's brother went to austria once and the hotel had no screens so Europe is clearly a shithole

  30. I do agree that our windows take a lot of space though. But i do wonder... do US windows have double glass for islolation? Or do they just use their AC instead?

  31. When I was a child watching American horror movies I was always glad I don’t have those American windows where you can just smash them with a stone and slide them up reaching in from the outside lol.

  32. How old were you when you learned that you can basically smash any regular window with a stone and reach in?

  33. The one dude is right about it being death traps for cats though. Guys, be careful if you have these windows and cats, you can even buy special nets that block that crack. If a cat jumps in he will slide down eventually breaking his ribs and bleeding internally or suffocating.

  34. Was about to comment this too! These windows really are dangerous for cats. I have plastic “jail bars” that block the sides and the top of the window; they’re pretty cheap and easy to come by :)

  35. Omg! We are going to install these windows and I did not know this! I’ll tell my family to keep the cat away from the windows

  36. Darwin Award it's not only for human beings.... if your cat jump of a balcony ITS NOT YOUR FAULT, don't have to child proof your home, you can still teach them "the first time tho"

  37. The only downfall of this type of window is when its on tilt and you own cats. They might try to jump to go outside and get stuck and basically hang themselfs... Luckily not speaking out of experience.

  38. A lot of Americans have never left America and it shows. I'll take my double glazed windows that open with "complex over engineered" hinges that simply baffle Americans over their wooden guillotines.

  39. The only American homes with "wooden guillotines" are older, though. Modern wooden windows cost thousands and are not flimsy.

  40. I had a window like this in the U.K. growing up. Thought the whole point was that you can open it outwards to use as an easy fire escape? A clear advantage over a normal window.

  41. I love them all complaining, they're houses are built so poorly but they'll fight to the death for it, another level of stupid, gotta love it

  42. I mean they're right about the screens (at least here in Norway), but a lot of people sleep on the second floor so it's not that bad.

  43. One of the best advantages of these windows is is really dificult in not impossible to open them from the outside, you would need to break them.

  44. No, they open inwards. They tilt inwards so that you can have them open even if it rains, and swing inwards so that you can clean the outside while standing comfortably in the room.

  45. I don't understand the point of the various tilt options on these window designs. I'm sure there is one though that I'm just not aware of.

  46. As someone who uses these sorts of windows, the different tilt options is for varying levels of ventilation as far as I'm aware.

  47. Leave them open while you away without worrying someone can enter your house... those have to be completely close to open the other way and can't do that from outside

  48. The Windows tilt inwards so that you can have them open even if it rains. It is also break-in safe because the crack is small and you can't reach the handles from the outside. They swing inwards so that you can clean the outside while standing comfortably in the room.

  49. A lot of older builds still have separate taps. Mostly because the owner hasn't bothered to change it. The older builds with mixers are usually because plumbing has been updated or a tap was replaced. You can even buy separate taps still at stores that do hardware/DIY stuff. Most people buy mixers. But if you want to be traditional you can.

  50. I think it mostly depends on the age of the boiler. I believe that there was a law that says that every cold tap in a home must provide potable water. Older boilers couldn’t guarantee that the hot water would be drinkable, so they had to keep them separate. They’re being replaced gradually, but still pretty common in older houses.

  51. That separate faucets thing is a UK and Ireland thing but that's probably the only places where it's true? And there are still homes in those places where it's not the case. Just shows how ignorant some can be just because they visited one place.

  52. As other pointed out already these types of windows do have bug screens, but they're not wrong about these being "a nightmare of malfunctions"

  53. In that situation it seems that the kids are breaking the windows. Which isn't really farfetched. I've had these in my home for 4 years now and barely have had issues with them.

  54. In the houses I lived in, we never had one malfunctioning. The house I grew up in as a teen were renovated around the time of my birth, so after over 17 years no problem. I live now in a flat that was the last time properly renovated (including the windows) somewhere in the 70's or 80's and still, the windows work. Around half of them were updated in the last years, but not because of malfunction, but because they had bad isolation and simply started to look ugly as fuck.

  55. I find both windows suck. Give me back multisectional oldschool windows, where you could open one small section completely and air your room instead of ineffective tilt or having to clear your windowsil to open the window.

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