Wood

Advantages of Wood Frames

  • Warmth of solid wood grains
  • Paintable
  • Excellent insulating properties

For years, wood has been a readily available window substrate, and the most common choice for homes. It could be painted a solid color or stained and sealed to show off the wood grain. Wood is also strong and easy to work with, is a natural insulator and complements many forms of architecture.

Compared to vinyl and fiberglass, wood frames require more maintenance. Regular sealing, staining or painting is needed to prolong the beauty and performance of the window or door. Frequent touchups and the occasional refurbishing, sanding and applying new coats is almost always required.

Manufacturers often offer aluminum or fiberglass clad wood frames to improve the durability of the window and door while offering the beauty of wood. Milgard WoodClad™ Series offer the superior performance of fiberglass and the look of clear, vertical grain Douglas Fir in wood veneer.

Milgard Essence Series® takes wood windows one step further by combining a solid wood frame interior --- not a veneer --- and combining it with a long-lasting fiberglass exterior. Essence Series windows use a newly engineering mulling system that securely connects multiple units, creating a tight seal and protecting against air and water infiltration.

Essence Series® windows are equipped with the Milgard's HydroGard® water management system. HydroGard® protects the solid wood interior by draining water away through a hidden system of water channels and drainage holes. This allows the window to perform at a higher design pressure than most standard wood windows.

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More Materials

Fiberglass has steadily grown in popularity over the years as a low-maintenance alternative to traditional wood frames. Well-designed fiberglass windows and doors enhance curb appeal through its aesthetic flexibility to match the house’s architectural style. Every Milgard fiberglass frame is tested for color uniformity, gloss, film thickness and chemical resistance for quality and long-lasting performance.
Vinyl frames are especially energy efficient due to its ability to trap air. In addition to their insulating properties, vinyl frames are UV resistant, require little maintenance and are generally more affordable compared to its wood and fiberglass counterparts.
There is nothing quite like aluminum --- a recognized and established frame material that architects and builders have specified for years. The strength and distinct feel of aluminum has made it timeless. Aluminum frames are easy to maintain and are sometimes less expensive than other frame options.