EssenceTM Wood Windows and Doors

Essence Wood Windows and Doors – Wood re-imagined.
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Milgard has re-imagined the wood window. Starting from scratch, we created a window that delivers it all — beauty and strength, style and innovation, comfort and dependability. The result is Essence, a wood window with a beautiful interior and a durable fiberglass exterior. For new construction and remodels, our Essence Series windows are the best wood window choice for superior comfort, energy efficiency and durability. They even include something no ordinary wood window offers: Milgard's Full Lifetime Warranty with Glass Breakage Coverage.

New Secure Connecting System

New Secure Connecting System

Milgard developed a new secure connecting system to firmly join the wood and fiberglass together. That means what you see from inside your home is all wood with no nail holes or putty marks to spoil the view. Whether painted or stained, your Essence wood windows will look perfect.

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Water Management System

Milgard designs windows that are impervious to water. How? Instead of trying to beat Mother Nature with exterior cladding, Milgard designed the Essence Series with a water management system built in. Working with water's natural traits, any moisture that might enter the window's unique sash system is channeled down through the tough exterior fiberglass frame and exits inconspicuously from under the window's bottom rail. This keeps water isolated from the wood interior and maintains the windows' clean exterior appearance.

Coating Process

Coating Process

For our Essence Series wood windows, Milgard uses the latest advances in powder-coat finishing technology – the same technology used in aerospace and automotive applications – to provide our windows and doors with an unrivalled exterior finish.

Milgard Powder-coating advantages

Because of our advanced powder-coat system, Milgard is on target to have the only American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Gold Rating for a fiberglass window. Milgard is a registered member of Powder Coating Institute, which works to develop high-quality non-polluting finish technologies.

  • Excellent colors and finish quality
  • Harder surface than liquid paints or plastic finishes
  • Increased protection against fading, chipping and gouging
  • Sustainable process wastes almost no material
SmartTouch® Lock

SmartTouch® Lock

Milgard's exclusive, intuitive SmartTouch® lock is sleek and easy-to-use with a low profile. It's available on Essence Series double hung and glider windows. For a traditional look, we also offer a restoration spoon lock option.

Innovative Tilt Latches

Innovative Tilt Latches

Essence Series double hung and glider windows feature new innovative tilt latches with recessed release. They give our windows a sleek, clean look. Where traditional latches require you to pinch both latches simultaneously together to open, our tilt latches are almost as easy to operate as pushing buttons on a computer keyboard.

Frame Accessories

Frame Accessories

Milgard introduces Essence Series Frame Accessories - frame trim kits specifically made for Essence Series wood windows and doors. Essence Frame Accessories provide a quick and easy solution to expensive and labor-intensive wood trim and are virtually maintenance free.

  • Snap-in installation
  • Require no painting
  • 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
  • Factory finished for a color match or accent with the frame and are available in all Essence exterior colors
  • Covered by the Full Lifetime Warranty

Meets 2010 ENERGY STAR® Requirements in All Zones

Milgard Essence Series® windows and doors integrate the latest advances in design engineering and energy-efficiency technology for a more efficient and comfortable home.

  • The Essence Series meets the newest 2010 ENERGY STAR® qualifications in all zones with no costly energy upgrades
  • Essence meets the .30/.30 federal energy tax standards
  • Essence windows and doors are thoroughly tested for air and water infiltration
  • Optional energy packages with triple glazing are available offering up to 30% more efficiency than the base window package.
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