Introducing Milgard Essence™ Series Wood Windows & Doors

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Wood windows. Re-imagined.

SAN FRANCISCO (June 9, 2010) - Milgard Windows & Doors, the leading manufacturer of windows and patio doors in the West, today introduced an innovative line of windows and doors, setting a new industry standard for beauty, function and performance in wood windows. Milgard Essence™ Series wood windows are making their debut in the Milgard booth, S-1501, at the Pacific Coast Builders Show (PCBC®) in San Francisco, and will be available for order later this year.

Offering the warmth and style of a wood interior with the strength and durability of a fiberglass exterior, Essence Series leverages the best of the two materials to create a superior wood window. The window line is more energy efficient and offers innovative features like Milgard's nationally-recognized SmartTouch™ lock. It is coated with a new finishing process for fiberglass that is not only durable, but allows for 15 different finishes to be delivered in three to four weeks or less. The complete Essence Series is covered by Milgard's Industry-leading Full Lifetime Warranty, including Glass Breakage.

"Milgard's Essence Series offers everything the industry's been waiting for in a wood window," said Maureen Faccia, Milgard Director of Fiberglass Product Management. "Break-through engineering. Beauty. Performance. The Essence Series incorporates the best technologies available today and is purposefully designed to accommodate energy efficiency and performance options we can already see on the horizon. Essence Series windows meet the 0.30/0.30 federal tax stimulus standard and 2010 ENERGY STAR® requirements in all zones with no upcharges."

The Essence Series meets the expectations of the wood window purist, offering classic styling and traditional butt joinery on the interior and the exterior of the window. This is a detail not often accomplished by aluminum or vinyl-clad wood windows. The full line of windows and doors has even sight lines across all styles, resulting in visual symmetry and an architecturally accurate look.

Essence Series is available in Pine, Vertical-grain Douglas Fir or Primed wood ready for painting. Due to the unique joinery methods, there are no visible fasteners, nail holes or staple marks saving time and money for the installation and finishing contractors. The double hung and gliding windows offer a choice of Classic spoon lock or Milgard's patented SmartTouch lock, known for its sleek and forward-looking design and effortless operation.

The exterior frame features a hidden, integrated moisture weep system. An accessory groove provides for easy attachment of flat trim, brick mold, and j-channel accessories available in dozens of combinations to complement the architectural style of your project. Four exterior colors are available with standard lead times of two weeks, with an additional 11 color options with slightly extended lead times.

Milgard's Essence Series takes advantage of the newest advances in coatings technologies with a powder-coated exterior finish that provides better color stability and a harder, more scratch and gouge-resistant surface, to survive the stresses of the construction process and will weather beautifully, year after year. Milgard's powder-coating process uses no solvents to eliminate VOCs, and unlike paint systems, it also effectively recovers as much as 95% of any wasted powder-coating material for re-use.

Milgard realizes that larger window sizes continue to be a design requirement, and the Essence casement windows have been designed to perform up to 3' 0" x 7' 0". New heavy-duty hinges easily handle the weight of triple-glazing styles making Essence Series the most durable and easiest to operate window line available. Hardware is available in White, Clay, Oil-rubbed Bronze (non-living finish), Satin Nickel and Brushed Chrome.

To find out when Milgard's new Essence Series Windows & Doors will be available in your area and to explore more product details, visit pro.milgard.com or call 1.800.MILGARD.

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About Milgard Windows & Doors

Milgard Windows & Doors, a Masco company based in Tacoma, Wash., offers a full line of aluminum, vinyl and fiberglass windows and patio doors for builders, dealers and homeowners. The company has been recognized for manufacturing the nation's highest quality vinyl windows six times in a yearly survey sponsored by Hanley-Wood Inc., publishers of Builder magazine. Milgard employs approximately 3,500 people nationwide. For more information, visit www.milgard.com or call 1-800-MILGARD.

About Masco Corporation

Headquartered in Taylor, Mich., Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS) is one of the world's largest manufacturers of brand-name consumer products for the home and family. Masco is also a leading provider of services that include the installation of insulation and other building products. For more information, visit www.masco.com or call 313-274-7400.

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