Essence Series wood 4-panel sliding patio door

Essence Series® Patio Doors

Beautiful, natural wood interior finish with strong fiberglass exterior.

Essence Series®

Sophisticated look. Solid and durable.

Essence Series 2-panel in-swing patio door in Evening Sky
Essence Series 4-panel sliding door
Beauty Combined with Exceptional Durability.

The Essence Series patio door can bring a high level of sophistication to your home. Featuring a durable fiberglass exterior and a natural wood interior, the frame has been engineered to have no visible fasteners for lasting beauty and exceptional performance. 

Benefits of Essence Series

  • Natural Wood Interior
  • Exterior Frame Colors
  • Durability and Energy Efficiency
  • Hardware
  • Frame Accessories
  • Full Lifetime Warranty
Solid Wood

Natural Wood Interior
Essence Series patio doors combine the beauty of a natural wood interior with the durability of a fiberglass exterior. The interior can be painted, or stained and sealed to show off the wood grain. Choose from Douglas fir, natural pine or primed pine for a stunning wooden patio door that is perfect for replacement or new home construction.

16 Exterior Frame Colors

Exterior Frame Colors
Milgard offers 16 powder coated colors for its Essence Series patio doors. This method of applying paint is more durable than conventional finishes, resulting in a lasting color that is less likely to chip, fade or scrape. 

Essence Series 2-panel in-swing door with sidelites

Durability and Energy Efficiency

The fiberglass exterior is low-maintenance and offers long-lasting performance that will not crack, peel, bend, warp or stick due to expansion and contraction. It is also resistant to cold, heat, water, insects, salt air and ultraviolet rays.

Enjoy superior energy performance with our SunCoat® Low-e glass coating that comes standard.

Essence Series 4-panel sliding patio door handle

Essence Series patio door hardware is available in oil rubbed bronze, white, clay, slate black or tan painted finish colors. Plated finishes are brushed chrome, or satin nickel.
Add the optional SmartTouch® Bolt for additional points of security, or, if you prefer to hold the door open in a vented position.

Frame Accessories 
Essence Series patio doors offer frame trim kits that are specifically made for the Essence Series. Available in all 16 exterior colors, options include Flush or Mitered joints in Flat Casing or Brickmould.

Full Lifetime Warranty

Full Lifetime Warranty

Backed by the Milgard Full Lifetime Warranty, we will repair or replace any defect in materials or workmanship and will pay the costs of all parts and labor for as long as the purchaser owns their home. Glass Breakage Coverage is included. If the home is sold, the warranty extends 10 years from the install date.

Essence Series Operating Styles

  • French-style Sliding
  • In-Swing French
  • Out-Swing French
Essence Series wood french-style sliding patio door

French-style Sliding
Essence Series French-style sliding patio doors come in 2, 3 and 4 panel configurations all custom made to your specifications.  They are engineered with a weather-strip system and top quality rollers that provide an impressively smooth and quiet operation.

Essence Series wood in-swing patio door

In-Swing French
Choose the Essence Series French-style in-swing patio door to accent a spacious room.  The door swings inward, creating an elegant entrance. Choose from 1, 2, 3 and 4 panel configurations. 

Essence Series wood out-swing patio door in Cinnamon

Out-Swing French
Our Essence Series French-style out-swing patio door can provide a grand entrance onto your patio. This high performing door is beautiful and makes an elegant statement. 

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Essence Series® Patio Doors is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 232.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Good I have replaced all the windows in our house with Milgard product and all went well and have been holding up very well. Then about 2 yrs ago we wanted our sliding glass patio door replaced and went with the top of the line Milgard wood sliding door. Not cheap but the door itself is very good and works well. BUT, the screen door they installed is terrible! It jams and will not work well. We had some of their folks come out and "adjust it a while ago" but it still is not working well. We were over at our neighbors house, who we recommended Milgard product to and looked at their Milgard sliding patio door. They have a vinyl sliding door and we have the wood door. What I found was that their sliding screen door works very well. Why? Because the sliding door designs are completely different. The one on the wooden door stinks and the one on the vinyl door is great! We went to the local Milgard showroom and showed people there the same problems we are seeing on their wooden display door in their showroom. And then also showed them the much better vinyl door screen slider. They told me maybe it just needs adjustment, although I think it is a bad design on the wooden door screen and this screen should not be used. The the final blow when I called the Customer Help phone line and was told that the company that advertises that they guarantee their products forever, do not make the screen doors they sell, and this the screen door only has a 2 yr warranty! So now what I have a screen door that does not work on my $5000 patio door! I would not recommend anyone buy the sliding screen doors for the wooden patio doors.
Date published: 2019-07-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor Quality Control We just had 16 Vertical Grain Douglas Fir windows and a sliding door installed in our vacation home in Truckee, CA. These replaced similar units (primarily Double Hung) that were approximately 30 years old and were showing signs of their age – fogging, the inability of the upper windows to stay in place without support from pieces of dowel, and difficulty locking. Upon installation of the new units, it was noted that three windows had been delivered with the incorrect spacers (Foam versus the ordered EdgeGardMAX) and as these specific units are parts of two sets of Bay Windows, the difference is very noticeable and will require replacement. With the prep work already underway for the clear lacquer spray finish for the windows/trim, our painter will now have to disregard these two sets of Bay Windows until such time we can obtain a confirmation from Milgard Customer Service (Case #04966919) as to their proposed remedy. If that remedy cannot be completed while the painter is on site, we will have to attempt to schedule him for a later date and once he is available, live through the issues related to once again having to spray lacquer in our home. Additionally, it was determined that on approximately half of the windows the SmartTouch Lock would not engage when you closed the bottom window. As a remedy, we resorted to our old ways of pushing up the top window while simultaneously, pushing down on the lower one to ensure the unit was locked. While Milgard states “The SmartTouch window lock mechanism operates effortlessly. One smooth, single motion opens or closes the window, and locks it. No pinching, squeezing or twisting,” it appears that’s not always the case. This issue has also been included in a second service request (Case #04969071).
Date published: 2019-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cannot open door keys are stuck in the French door Color beautiful blue black French doors but keys are stuck in door the weather stripping is missing on the door. A screw on top is stripped all manufactured malfunction along with tear in screen. I won’t a new door !!!!!!! Very unsatisfying for 8000 dollars sorry you could of done better
Date published: 2019-07-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Windows that were delivered were inoperable We ordered Milgard Essence windows. The product that was delivered was not good. The SmartTouch locks would not lock. The liners were warped. Now (in the fifth week of installation) we learned that nearly all sashes will need to be replaced and it will take another 2-3 weeks. The windows look good - but that doesn't help if they won't work.
Date published: 2019-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great service and features Great product, quality construction, the selected patio doors provides a new and fresh look to our Mid Century home.
Date published: 2019-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome techs Best company to deal with. 1. Appointment times— GREAT 2. On time— GREAT 3. Technicians knowledge—- GREAT 4. Time to complete— GREAT Hassle free experience
Date published: 2019-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great features The windows and doors seem to be of good quality and workmanship. The professional installers were excellent.
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Customer Service Lousy, very lousy customer service. "That's not our responsibility, you'll have to call the certified dealer who sold you the windows." The dealer is no longer in business. Milgard says "sorry."
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Problems We have had nothing but problems with the vinyl French door that was installed in 2007. We have had it adjusted repeatedly and since the company that sold the Milgard doors and windows has gone out of business we have not been able to even get a phone call back to have this door addressed. Apparently they do not stand by their product.
Date published: 2019-05-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very disappointed The SunCoat Max completely ruins an otherwise quality product (Essence with Douglas fur interior sashes). Not recommended for residential use. The dark green glazing has a modern industrial look. Looks awful on our Victorian home. Deceiving Milgard photo gallery that fails to depict how dark the glazing is.
Date published: 2019-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Be very, very patient The first order was returned because it was broken; delay #1. The next delivery was OK but the wrong pane was tempered so the new one is on its way and will be installed...later. Delay #2. I'm sure it will be done, eventually but delay, delay. The other slider barely closes - it has to be slammed. Hard. "It will ease up" they tell us. Sigh.
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional product ! We have been thrilled with the function and beauty of these windows and doors ! They glide beautifully and look amazing
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful French door! I bought Millard French sliding door early this year, it has been installed in April. It looks beautiful in my home. I am very happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2019-05-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ISSUES WITH PRODUCT AND SUPPORT Purchased two sets of in-swing doors among other products. One set was fine. The second had a problem opening the active door and shutting it. It was scraping on the bottom to the point that the inside wood was being pulled away when the door was being closed. On 5/6/19 I called support. I was told that Milgard was not responsible for adjusting the door. I said I thought it was a defect because the installer had adjusted the door but she refused to dispatch a technician. I was asked for a picture of the part. I told them I did not know how to take a picture of the underside of the door without taking the door off the hinges and again requested she dispatch a technician. They again said no that the best they could do was ask for pictures and then review them. I asked to speak with a supervisor and was told thatvthe supervisor was on vacation. She said she would send me an email address to which to send the pictures.
Date published: 2019-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average Quality Control Just finished framing and installing the French Slider for my personal home but have to say the quality is high, but also low. The advertised quality control is false marketing, too many issues missed to dismiss as a one off or an oddity in manufacturing. The door rollers have an adjustment Phillips screw but adhesive overflowed into the access hole on both and it was crazy hard to clean it without damaging the clear fir wood. The screws holding the frame/case were backing out and I had to use new/larger stainless screws to secure before I installed. One glass wood trim is milled so poorly you can see the mis fit from 6 feet away. The screen door was missing the lock mechanism. Just know that you need to be aware, and Milgard.... you need to hold up your end if you say your QC is top priority
Date published: 2019-05-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not impressed! We have been in our home about 7 years now and we noticed that our great room windows were looking filmy and then realized that the seals were gone. When we had a window company to come out and give us a quote for replacing the windows, we were shocked that the dates on the current window were from 2006 and 2011 (talked to the previous owner and found out the windows were installed in 2006, but they had to have some of the window windows replaced in 2011 due to broken seals). I contacted Milgard in Colorado and was transferred to a Customer Service Department. The first call was pleasant, the representative asked me to email the serial numbers and dates of installation from the windows. We provided this information the same day and did not hear anything back. We emailed the Service Department about three days later, still no response. We called back about two weeks after the initial call and was told that the window industry is "scratching their heads" trying to figure out how to stop seals from breaking and that they would research our address and get back to us. We did receive an email back, stating that because we are second homeowners, the warranty expired in 10 years, so we are out of warranty and gave us a number to a service repairman that we could use. We understand how this all works, but as a company, I would not be proud that our product did not last 13 years (8 years for the windows that were installed in 2011). We did ask to have a manager call us, but not surprisingly, we have not heard anything back.
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good quality Ont thing I do not understand is that the looks like it should open 4 inches wider but there is a block that prevent it and the handle is also in the way the last 2 inches. For the total width of the door the opening seem narrow. Not ag good feature.
Date published: 2019-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great choice. Just had my windows installed. Even though the handles are a simple design I am very glad had them installed; it certainly adds to the ease of properly closing the window.
Date published: 2019-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Trouble latching We purchased several windows. Most operate without a problem but with the wider windows, I cannot get them to latch properly without a great deal of difficulty. I tend not to even open them anymore and am waiting for a Milgard representative to come out and inspect them
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice Patio Door, AverageQuality Control Purchased and had installed an Essence Series french door-style patio door to replace an old vinyl slider. Fiberglass exterior with clear fir wood interior. Door is very solid and looks good, particularly the warm wood interior finish. Unfortunately, there are quality control issues on this door that prevent me from giving this 5-stars. First, the weather stripping on the hing-side of the door was damaged upon arrival allowing light and air to move between the door and frame. I am currently working with warranty services to get this item replaced. Second, center mullion between the two door halves, was cut about 1/4 too short leaving a big gap between the top of the mullion and the door frame. The repair tech's solution was to fill the gap with sealant which will probably just fine but would have been avoidable with better quality control. Third, the finish on the hinges and the door handles don't match. They are suppose to both be finished as brushed nickle but they are two different colors.Though this is a cosmetic issue, I would have preferred they match 100% but they don't It looks like handles and hinges were sourced from two different vendors. Nice door overall, but I can't rate them any higher than 3-stars due to average quality control.
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT WINDOWS Installed 30 windows in our Apartment building.. the tenants LOVE them!
Date published: 2019-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful windows, chunky frame These windows are very nice, feel solid and meet the stringent CA energy efficiency standards. Glad I got them, but wish I'd realized how chunky the frame is. It's basically almost four inches on each side, so you lose a lot of light. Exterior is contemporary looking and very nice. I'll order the same for the rest of our remodel, but will go with the larger size.
Date published: 2019-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from French Double Door for Patio Everything about this door is WONDERFUL; lets in just the right amount of sun, seems fairly sturdy and perfect for looking out into the Bay.
Date published: 2019-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Millard windows I love my windows. They are beautiful and do everything they are suppose to do.
Date published: 2019-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the mini blinds was installed a month ago. The door is excellent for keeping the room temperature in my room. So easy to wash the door windows and now blinds to worry about! Love this product. I'm going to change my whole house to this type of product.
Date published: 2019-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from especially the doors # My windows and doors just got installed in my brand new house. I lost my house and everything else in a forest wild fire 3 years ago. I am excited to actually move in.
Date published: 2019-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from smooth operation, attractive style I'm replacing windows and doors in my 54 year old house. Milgard windows are perfect replacements. Glasswork by Design is the company that installed them. Installation is as important as the quality of the product--couldn't be happier!
Date published: 2019-03-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not purchase Do not stay in track. Close improperly.. worst windows I have ever had.
Date published: 2019-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Beautiful but doesn’t close They look great but they came with wrong hardware and were hard to close. When someone came to replace the hardware and fix the shutting issue they made the closing worse and the door won’t lock at all. Still waiting on the 3rd trip to our home to be scheduled and sincerely hope they can fix the doors so they open close and lock smoothly. Otherwise what did I spend all this money on?
Date published: 2019-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Waiting on warranty issue The window in the door rattles when it is closed and we are concerned water will get in and damage the frame.
Date published: 2019-02-07
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