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A fantastic buying decision. We are also glad that we went with the Essence series since the self locking, one click lock response is very assuring and easy for windows to be open. - Phoenix, AZ

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Key benefits

Solid wood interior
15 Powder Coat Exterior Frame Colors
SmartTouch® Lock and Handle

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When Milgard set out to create a better wood window, we re-imagined just about everything. Essence Series windows are now the wood window of choice for homeowners, architects and builders; and a popular choice for new construction, renovation and remodel projects and historical restorations.

Featuring stunning wood interiors and durable fiberglass exteriors, these windows surpass wood, composite and clad windows in performance and beauty.

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The Benefits of Choosing Milgard

flw_badge_1.jpgHomeowners will benefit from the Full Lifetime Warranty standard on all Essence Series windows and doors. The Milgard Full Lifetime Warranty includes parts and labor for as long as the homeowner owns the home. It also includes Glass Breakage Coverage and if warranty service is ever needed, Milgard will send local, factory-trained Service Technicians for repairs. Compare this warranty to a typical fiberglass warranty of 20-years or a 10-year warranty on wood windows, and a 10-year warranty on the glass.

Building our windows and doors and servicing our customers locally means shorter lead times and no extra upcharges. With one of the nation’s largest window and door companies nearby means good service to your clients long after you complete the job.

Operating Styles

Essence windows come in these styles plus custom shapes. They can be used in virtually limitless combinations thanks to our innovative mulling system. Contact your Milgard Representative about our fi­eld mull system.

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*Picture windows are available in casement and double hung frames that create a clean, consistent look when used in combinations.

Essence Exterior Frame Options

essence_with-trim-kit_cross-section_0.jpgThese beautiful and durable aluminum frames feature snap-in installation and require no painting. There are no visible fasteners or holes to putty, giving the windows a clean look. Because they are made from aluminum, they will not rot, split, crack or warp. Essence Frame Accessories provide a quick and easy solution to expensive and labor-intensive wood trim and are virtually maintenance free.

Essence Frame Accessories are factory finished for a color match with the window frame and are available in all Essence exterior colors. Colors can be matched to the window or door, or a coordinating color can be used as an accent. With all the combinations available, Essence Frame Accessories will complement virtually any style of home.

With all the combinations available, Essence Frame Accessories will complement virtually any style of home. And your customer will enjoy years of virtually maintenance-free trim surrounding their Essence windows and doors.

Essence Exterior Trim - Profiles (.pdf, 460kb)

Essence Exterior Trim - Wall Deductions (.pdf, 3mb)

Essence Frame Accessories are available in these styles.

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Grid Styles and Patterns

Get creative with grids. Select from three grid styles in your choice of widths in standard or custom patterns, all designed to complement a full range of architectural styles.

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Grid Patterns - choose from our standard Valance, Colonial or Perimeter styles or create a custom pattern.

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Hardware

Don’t forget about the hardware. You have your choice of 5 different finishes that will fit any décor.

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Essence horizontal slider and double hung windows come with the patented SmartTouch® lock. This lock was awarded the Ease-of-Use Commendation by the Arthritis Foundation for its innovative and universal design. The SmartTouch lock engages when the window is closed and is unlocked with just a single motion. It’s the easiest, smartest way to lock and unlock a window, and also assures you that when your window is closed, it’s locked.

 

Durability — the Story behind Fiberglass

What is fiberglass? It’s a composite structural material consisting of fiber reinforcements, typically glass, bound together in a resin matrix. Used in many applications from household fixtures (tub surrounds) to car bodies and aircraft fuselages. By using fiberglass as a structural core and exterior, Essence Series windows are strong, durable and easy to maintain in any climate.

Milgard’s own fiberglass pultrusion process enables us to make the complex profiles required for the exterior look of painted wood windows. Because fiberglass is known for its strength, durability and performance, Essence exteriors:

  • Are scratch, dent and impact-resistant
  • Unaffected by time or temperature
  • Impervious to water, cold, & heat
  • Withstand the corrosive effectives of salt air and pollutants

Our proprietary powder-coat process uses a similar electrostatic technique as the auto industry to produce baked-on, sag-free, extremely durable exterior finishes that:

  • Resist scratches and gouges
  • Provide better color stability that withstands the construction process and weathers well
  • Takes paint easily with excellent adhesion

Essence Series windows and doors have an exterior coating so tough, an AAMA Gold Label Certification is expected upon completion of testing.

Watch a video about our Fiberglass Pultrusion and powder coating processes.

Superior Construction and Performance

essence_double-hung_sill-detail_0.jpgEssence Series windows and doors have the energy efficiency advantage with Milgard’s energy packages which maximize performance with innovative SunCoat®, SunCoatMAX®, Low-E coatings and EdgeGard™ or EdgeGardMAX™ spacers. There is also a wider glazing pocket for further energy efficient customization (such as triple glazing).

Taller sash stop on casement windows accommodates heavier hardware and enables windows to carry additional weight of triple glazing and other additions without additional bracing or exterior arms and limiters.

New integrated water drainage system ensures any moisture that might get into a window frame drains out and never touches wood components. Hidden weep system provides clean exterior appearance.

A patent-pending secure connecting system combines wood and fiberglass parts for an extremely weather-tight window that operates smoothly and easily, and simplifies repairs. This Low Thermal Transmittance is a natural insulator because it won’t conduct heat or cold, has minimal condensation and is promotes homeowner comfort. Because of this connecting system, there will be no unsightly nail holes or staples.

Sustainability

Essence Series windows and doors can play an important role in obtaining the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™ (LEED) certification. By optimizing energy performance, increasing ventilation and using low-emitting materials, paints, coatings and recycled content, Essence Series can contribute to your LEED rating.

  • Lowest embodied energy while providing the longest life expectancy.
  • Requires limited use of resources.
  • Low pollution levels emitted during the manufacturing process.
  • Made from silica sand, an abundant natural resource readily available almost everywhere.
  • Embodied energy to extract glass from sand and convert raw materials into finished fiberglass is relatively low.
  • Aluminum requires heating up to 1700°F while vinyl requires up to 425°F, and fiberglass, 200°F or less.
  • Sustainable painting process uses no solvents, sprays or drips, produces little or no VOCs, recycles overspray, and yields very little waste (disposable as solid waste).

SmartTouch® Lock

Essence horizontal sliders and double hung windows come with Milgard's patented SmartTouch® lock. This lock was awarded the Ease-of-Use Commendation by the Arthritis Foundation for its innovative and universal design. The SmartTouch® lock engages when the window is closed and is unlocked with just a single motion. It’s the easiest, smartest way to lock and unlock a window, and also assures you when the window is closed, it’s locked.

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We offer you the opportunity to earn CEU credits with our online courses:

Milgard offers six Continuing Eduation Courses online here.

If you would like to schedule an in-person CEU for your firm, click here.

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