WoodCladâ„¢ Series Fiberglass Windows
more time has to pass before i can speak of performance.
December 4, 2013
Product is easy to maintain and the warranty is excellent.
We have had Milgard windows for approximately 10 years and they look as good today as the day they were installed. We recently experienced a seal problem in one window and Milgard replaced the glass under its warranty without question or cost to us. Thank you Milgard.
November 14, 2013
Excellent windows. They are attractive, durable and well constructed.
I purchased Milgard windows for a new home in 2007 and was extremely pleased. Upon recently selling this home, I purchased a home that needed all new windows. I made a mistake in initially going with an inferior manufacturer and subsequently all 37 windows had to be removed and replaced. There was not a second thought as to purchasing Milgard for the replacement. I should have trusted my instincts the first time as I an extremely pleased with the outcome. I have no doubt I will enjoy years of satisfaction.
September 10, 2013
Windows and doors do not measure up in harsh environment
We purchased a total of 20 Woodclad windows and doors in 2004 for a major renovation of a beachfront house in Waimanalo, Hawaii ,,,, a location where the Pacific trade winds continually deposit salt mist over entire structure. Construction materials were selected to withstand this corrosive environment. The main reason for selecting the Milgard Woodclad series was because of the anticipated durability of the fiberglass construction, the beauty of the wood veneer interior, and the stainless steel hardware.
Here is the result after 10 years:
1) the stainless steel hardware has held up exceptionally well, exhibiting essentially no tarnishing. The operating arms on the awning windows had to be replaced (parts provided by Milgard) because of corrosion and failure of the tiny "ball" connector (apparently not stainless steel) that snaps into the plastic track slide attached to the bottom of the window.
2) although the interior fir veneer was stained and then coated with two coats of a marine-grand polyurethane varnish prior to installation, in the most severe locations (the windward side of the house), water has wicked through each joint where the side stiles are joined to the top and bottom stiles. This in effect has allowed water (and salt) to diffuse up the wood grain several inches and deteriorate the varnish coating. As I mentioned this is an extremely harsh environment that has proven to be a problem with almost any wooden window or door. I am in the process of refinishing each of the affected windows and doors ..... taking precautions to prevent salt/water intrusion into these joints. The refinished interiors look great.
3) the frames of each window and door are pultruded fiberglass that is subsequently coated with a white epoxy finish on the exterior. Over the 10 year period, the white epoxy finish has deteriorated to the extent that it is very friable and in the extreme cases is flaking off the fiberglass substructure .... or in painter's terms, it is "chalking". The phenomenon appears to be slightly worse in windows exposed to direct sunlight. Obviously, the epoxy coating has degraded. I am in the process of sanding the exterior of all of the windows and doors, and re-coating them with a 2-part marine polyurethane coating.
To be fair to Milgard, we live in a very corrosive and oxidizing environment. For windows and doors that are more sheltered, the problems are not nearly as severe. For comparison, conventional alkyd paints and varnishes and some latex paints (even those with a 25-year guarantee) begin to deteriorate after a few years, and colors fade rather quickly.
I raise these issues only to make the consumer aware that extraordinary measures need to be taken when building a house in a harsh and corrosive environment. In these cases, the beauty of a varnished wood finish might have to be compromised for the durability of an all plastic (vinyl) or anodized aluminum product..... or be prepared for periodic maintenance and/or complete refinishing.
September 18, 2013
Amazing Customer Service!
After having my windows in service for more than 10 years one of the double pane glasses seal broke and moisture entered the void between the panes. I was ready to call my local glass repairman when I remembered about the lifetime warranty offered by Milgard. To my amazement it was easy to setup an appointment on-line, then a technician came to my house to evaluate the damage and to take measures and in about a week I had the window repaired at absolutely no cost and without hassle. This happened at the same time as we were planning to replace our aging patio sliding door. Of course we bought another Milgard product.
September 3, 2013
Beautiful wood interior
We bought both fixed and double hung windows, but there's really not much to say about a fixed window, except it's really nice you can order just about any size you want. The windows are exceptionally pretty, with a very nice fine-grained Douglas Fir on the inside. The grids tend to be a little coarser grain wood, but not a problem - still pretty. The exterior are white fiberglass, which matches the white vinyl on the older part of the house. We had custom grids on some of the windows, and after a couple back and forth communications with our lumber yard representative to assure the measurements were correct, the windows were built to our specifications, and look great. The only caveat with the fancy grids is that all that wood needs to be finished, which is tedious. The windows seem to operate fine, although we are still under construction, so haven't been using them much yet. I assume with a vinyl construction and wood veneer, these windows will withstand our typically cool foggy conditions better than 100% wood.
March 21, 2013
Milgard has the best warranty
I had to replace several of my windows and I choose Milgard because of their great warranty. My other windows were very expensive but when it came to warranty issues, they did nothing. The most important thing to me is how a company deals with warranty problems. Milgard exceeds above all others.
August 28, 2012
Single hung windows are problematic
I paid a contractor to replace the 1935 vintage (true divided lite) windows on two single family homes. I choose the Milgard Wood Clad Series because they were appealing and closely matched the look of the original windows. The problem is the operation of the single hung windows. If you're not extremely careful in opening and closing the windows, the rope in the balance adjusters will break and jam or disable your window. The rope is extremely thin and obviously weak. I've had this occur on four of my windows and will need to order replacement parts and have the windows repaired.
August 1, 2012