Essence Series® Wood Windows

Experience the revolutionary design of all natural wood paired with a fiberglass exterior frame.



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

Crystal Achievement Award recipient for Most Innovative Window
Solid Wood Interior
16 Powder Coat Exterior Frame Colors*

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Essence Series® Radius Casement

Milgard introduces the newest operating style to the Essence Series wood window line — the Radius Casement.  This new style offers elegance, beauty and functionality for any home.

  • Available in arched or round-top styles with matching picture windows. 
  • Your choice of three solid wood interiors to match all Essence Series windows & doors and your woodwork.
  • Concealed hinges and no visible fasteners ensure a clean look.
  • Durable phenolic exterior allows for shapes not available with fiberglass material, in 16 exterior colors.
  • Folding/nesting operating handle in five metal finishes.
  • Several grid options available.
  • Operable casements ranging in heights from 24” to 84”.
  • Frame accessories that match all Essence Series windows and patio doors.


Milgard Windows & Doors was recognized with the 2016 Crystal Achievement award for the Most Innovative Window, from Window & Door magazine, for its new Essence Series® radius casement.


Quality that will never go out of style.

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.

Essence Series Has It All

Make it your own with radius tops, shapes and grids.


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



Essence horizontal slider and double hung windows come with the patented SmartTouch® lock. 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.


Exceptional Quality

Essence windows are not merely a ‘fiberglass-clad’ wood product, but a true wood window enveloped by a tough, durable fiberglass frame. Milgard's secure connecting system firmly joins the wood interior frame to its fiberglass exterior frame for an aesthetically superior appearance with no unsightly nail holes or staples.

Essence Series fiberglass exteriors are resistant to water, cold, heat, insects, salt air and ultraviolet rays for long-lasting performance and low-maintenance. The powder-coated fiberglass exterior finish won’t crack, peel, bend, warp or stick due to expansion and contraction.

Every Essence Series window and patio door is designed and assembled in the U.S. and custom made to exact size and specifications.

Innovative Engineering


Essence Series windows use a newly engineered mulling system that more securely connects multiple units, creating a tight seal and protecting against air and water infiltration. The systems also allows for windows in combinations.

Water Management

Milgard developed a new, advanced water management system, exclusive to Essence Series windows. In the rare event that water enters the sash system, it is directed away from the beautiful wood interior. This allows the window to perform at a higher design pressure than most other wood windows, making Essence windows ideal for all conditions.


Essence Series windows exceed industry residential standards for air and water filtration and forced entry, protecting your home against the elements and helping keep your family safe.

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

Patio Doors Refined

Milgard Essence Series patio doors are the perfect companion to Essence Series windows. 

Available in French swinging, with or without operable sidelites, and French-style sliding door models. Essence Series doors are custom built to size and specifications. Choose from a palette of 16 designer exterior colors.

Milgard Essence In-Swing and Out-Swing patio doors feature designer hardware, a multi-point locking system and operable sidelites. The hardware is available in the same finishes as the windows so you can give your home a unified, consistent look.

For even larger glass options, open up your living spaces to the outside with Moving Glass Wall Systems. Our stacking and pocket glass wall systems are available with a rich, warm solid wood interior to complement Essence Series windows.


Essence Series Sliding Patio Door

Designed to perfectly complement the rich, warm wood interiors of Essence windows, the Essence Series sliding patio door is built with warm wood interior and a durable fiberglass exterior. Not only is it beautiful, but you will enjoy the smooth operation and superior performance for years to come. And like Essence windows, this new patio door is backed by the Milgard Full Lifetime Warranty including Glass Breakage Coverage. Explore more benefits of the new Essence Series Sliding Patio Door here.

  • Fiberglass exterior available in 16 powder-coated colors.  

  • Interior wood frame with no visible fasteners.

  • Engineered with quality rollers that provide an impressively smooth and quiet operation. 

  • Superior energy performance with SunCoat® Low-e glass coating.

  • Optional screen that is top-hung for smooth operation to minimize jams.

  • Make it your own with grids, decorative glass or expand your view with transoms.

  • The beautiful door handle comes in seven finishes and with an optional exterior keyed lock.

  • Add the optional SmartTouch® bolt for additional points of security on the door or to secure it in a vented position.


Essence Series® french sliding door

Essence Series® Picture Windows

Essence Series® Picture Windows is rated 2.4 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very dissatisfied Dear Milgard We purchased 11 new essence windows and a sliding Patio door from Mountain View Windows in Denver. We were assured that these were the top of the line windows and that although they were expensive, we would appreciate the quality and longevity of the windows. 6 of our windows failed within the first year. From the first time we contacted Mountain View about this problem to the time the windows were actually replaced took over 9 months. Milgard cancelled their appointment times with us twice with no notice. Our service rep, Guy, was unfriendly and unresponsive. He did not return calls and did not call at promised times. A seventh window failed approximately 2 years after purchase. We dealt with Milgard directly for repairs and are awaiting the replacement shortly. The time period for this replacement has been better. When we ordered our patio door, again through Mountain View, the first door never showed up, period. Mountain View informed us several months later that it had arrived broken and the had to refuse delivery. We ordered a second time and so far the door has been fine. We are doing a remodel and have just ordered two more large windows as we needed them to match the other windows that we ordered. We can not pin down a delivery or manufacture date which is problematic to our project. All in all, this windows look pretty but with 7 out of 11 failures and not so hot service I wouldn’t go this way again if I were starting over. The last two windows we just ordered came to over $1200. I would have been more satisfied if Milgard had offered us some sort of break on price as compensation for our time and hassle over the last two years but nothing was allowed or forthcoming. We can even get a delivery date or time frame for the new windows we purchased. If we didn’t need to match we would go with another company.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding quality Made in the USA, great workmanship. Will last for a very long time!!
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Quality Control Just had six large picture windows installed in my sunroom Three of the six have flaws in the glass, one is so bad it can be seen from across the room. It's about 12" X 8" of scratches right in center of the window. It's inside between the panes. Don't think they have any type of quality control or this window would have never left the factory. It's so obvious. The other two are more minor, but noticeable upon close inspection. The lower frame rail on all six widows are bowed up in center. Customer service departments attitude is very lackadaisical and unconcerned with problems. Overall I think it's a low end product, when I replace my house windows I'll try another brand.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor followup on warranty We purchased a whole house window package. The factory sent reps to mull windows together. They did a poor job, not done correctly, damaged windows. A factory rep responded. It's been a month. They do not return calls and the Dealer, Foxworth Galbraith Lumber has not been able to get a factory response.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Serious Quality Control Issues My new Milgard windows failed immediately after installation because of a manufacturing defect. After two months, the replacement windows arrived but couldn't be installed because they did not fit. I have since learned from a friend that he experienced the same issues with his Milgard replacement windows. He says a different window fails every few years and, although Milgard always honors its warranty, each successive replacement window brings new quality issues and headaches. Briefly put, it seems Milgard has serious and ongoing quality control issues that make it difficult to recommend their products.
Date published: 2016-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from bought 3 6x6 picture windows and 2 sliding glass doors to capture my view!WOW outstanding choice, these windows bring the outside in The essence wood clad looks so beautiful in my kitchen,I wanted the feel of bringing the outdoors in my 3 6x6 and 2 8ft sliders did just that.The double pane keeps heat and also noise.I am going to replace all my windows with Milgard.I want give a shout out to Bridget thank you for your excellent and fast customer service your the best!John and Rudy the 2 installers that installed my windows very professional well job done Thank You.
Date published: 2016-03-04
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