Universal Design and Aging in Place

Functional design for any age. Making homes comfortable for years to come.

Universal Design and Aging in Place

As the number of Americans growing older and living longer continues to increase, it is important to design houses that allow people to age in place, comfortably. Architects and builders can help extend livability in a home by incorporating design solutions focused on quality of life and independence.

Milgard is one of the window and patio door manufacturers developing innovative products and solutions for this fast-growing demographic with doors and windows that are easy to open, close and lock. Milgard also designed two patio doors that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility guidelines and standards.

Universal Design for Aging in Place

SmartTouch® Window Locks and Door Handles

The patented Milgard SmartTouch® window lock operates in one single motion for opening or closing a window and locking it. No pinching, squeezing or twisting required. This lock is available on Tuscany® Series.

In our line of patio doors, the patented SmartTouch® door handle opens and closes the door in a simple one-touch motion. This handle is available on Tuscany® Series sliding patio doors. Learn more about SmartTouch innovation.

ADA-Compliant Patio Doors

Do you have a project that requires standard doors, as well as ADA patio doors? Milgard can help you achieve the same aesthetic appearance throughout the home with Ultra™ Series fiberglass in-swing and out-swing ADA-compliant patio doors.


A complete pre-hung patio door system that includes:

  • Low-profile sill (1/2” sill height) for universal access
  • 10” bottom rail with stainless steel kick plate
  • 32” clear opening
  • Available for both in-swing and out-swing doors
  • Available on 1 and 2 panel doors with 4-9/16” or 6-9/16” jambs
  • Door heights up to 8’
  • Transoms: Direct Set and Panel Set available
  • Multi-point lock system
  • Sidelites not available
  • Madrona® door handle, which is also ADA-compliant

    Milgard continues to explore new ways to create products and solutions that can help aging people stay in their homes longer. Get the great looks you want and the accessibility you need with Milgard fiberglass doors.