Essence Series wood awning windows
Essence Series wood awning windows

Essence Series® Windows

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

Essence Series®

Real wood interior, durable fiberglass exterior. Pure elegance.

Essence Series double hung wood windows interior
Essence Series wood casement window in primed pine
Wood Windows Re-Imagined

Wood has always been praised for its beauty and natural insulating properties inside the home, but presented real challenges in terms of durability on the exterior. With Essence Series, Milgard combines the best of both worlds. A durable fiberglass exterior stands strong to protect a solid wood interior against the elements for lasting beauty and exceptional performance.

Benefits of Essence Series

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

Solid Wood Interior
Essence Series custom windows are a true wood window enveloped by a tough, durable fiberglass frame. Interiors are available in clear Douglas fir, natural pine or primed pine. Seal or stain the natural pine or fir to complement the wood finishes in your home. Or go with primed wood and paint the color of your choice.

16 Exterior Frame Colors

Exterior Frame Colors

The fiberglass exterior is available in 16 designer colors. We apply the paint using the latest advances in powder coat finishing technology (also used in aerospace and automotive applications.) This makes it more durable than conventional finishes, providing increased protection against fading, chipping and scrapes.

Even Sight Lines

Even Sightlines
Picture windows are available in casement/awning and double hung/slider frames that create a clean, consistent look when used with the matching operating style. The design of each of these combinations will create even sightlines throughout your home and work well in new construction or replacement projects.

Durable and Energy Efficient

Durability and Energy Efficiency

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 will not crack, peel, bend, warp or stick. Choose from a variety of ENERGY STAR® energy package options.

Patented Milgard Hardware


Essence Series windows come with the option of our patented Milgard® SmartTouch® lock or a traditional spoon lock. Folding nesting operating handles and slim line sash locks are standard on casements and awnings. Double hung and slider windows come with integrated tilt latches.

Essence Series wood picture over casement windows

Frame Accessories
Essence Series windows and 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
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. We extend this warranty for 10 years from the install date in the event that you sell your home. Essence Series windows also come standard with Glass Breakage Coverage. 

Essence Series Operating Styles

  • Double Hung
  • Horizontal Slider
  • Casement
  • Awning
  • Picture
  • Radius
  • Radius Casement
Essence Double Hung

Double Hung

Double Hung wooden sash windows have beautiful details such as a 3 ¼” tall exterior bottom rail on the sash and 14-degree exterior sloped sill. The tilt latches and the SmartTouch® lock make the window very easy to open and create a streamlined look. A traditional spoon lock is also available.

Essence Horizontal Slider

Horizontal Slider

Essence Series horizontal sliding windows open almost effortlessly. Clean lines complement many home styles. Sliders feature latches for removal of vents. Choose from the SmartTouch® or traditional spoon lock for opening and closing.

Essence Casement


Essence Series wooden casement windows combine unobstructed views with great function. The fold down handle and slim-line sash lock give the interior a clean elegant look. Casement windows are hinged on the left or right side and swing out for maximum ventilation. Also available with a radius or arched top.

Essence Awning


Modern styling combined with the beauty of wood Essence Series awning windows a popular choice for contemporary or Craftsman homes. Awnings are hinged at the top to tilt outward, allowing for ventilation even in bad weather. Awning windows use a folding nesting operating handle.


Essence Series picture windows are available in double hung, casement, or standard picture window styles. With no obstructing rails, picture windows help you make the most of a great view. 


Radius windows have rounded tops which brings softness to any room. This window style can also include half circles, full circles and even arched shapes. Choose from fixed picture windows or windows that open for ventilation.

Essence Radius Casement

Radius Casement

Our newest operating style to the Essence Series, the Radius Casement is made with a durable, phenolic exterior that allows for shapes not available with fiberglass. Concealed hinges and no visible fasteners ensure a clean look. Available in arched or round-top styles with matching picture windows.

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Essence Series® Windows is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 224.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MILGARD WINDOWS The windows doors are great. The problem is, it takes a couple of months to receive service if they don`t loose your request. very disturbing, considering the price of them.
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Customer Service and Quality Control Ever!! Used Milgard replacement windows 10 years ago and liked them. Ordered two more double-hung windows in July 2018. Both arrived with the wrong springs so would not stay open (a problem that should have been recognized at the factory because tempered glass was used) and did not have a finger hook/sash lifter for the top window. Three weeks later a tech came to figure out what the problem was and ordered parts. Five weeks later the correct springs were installed but the sash lifters were the wrong color. Eight weeks after that the wrong lifters were sent (for slide-by windows), along with another set of springs that weren't needed. Now we're told we'll have to pay to have the lifters installed because they weren't part of the original order. Why does the upper moveable sash not automatically have a lifter included when the lower sash does? Our previous replacement windows had an upper lifter. Why aren't sales personnel warned of this issue (we weren't offered finger hooks/upper lifters as an add-on). The very narrow frame of the upper window at the lock makes the upper sash almost impossible to move down without a finger hook. It is now the end of January 2019 and the windows still aren't right! Note that it took at least 8 weeks each time to get new hardware and 10 weeks to get the custom windows in the first place. Does that make any sense? The only positive thing I can add is that the technicians who came to the house were pleasant. One star rating only because I couldn't rate 0 stars. We will never use Milgard again and recommend you don't either.
Date published: 2019-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features These windows are very functional and aesthetically pleasing. The quick release feature makes it very easy to clean the outside Glass on windows on the 2nd story. Excellent warranty and customer service.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The windows are very good We ordered one style and they shipped a differant style, . We re-ordered the correct style again, they shipped the wrong size. We re-ordered again , they shipped one that was still the wrong size. This experience started in June, to be completed in Aug 2018, this is Jan 2019 and we are still waiting for delivery of the final window. We ordered 23 windows and spent a lot of money and we have a barn full of the wrong size windows and still have not been able to contact "customer service"
Date published: 2019-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Door We replaced a sliding glass door with in-swing French doors. We found this Milgard door that allowed us to have natural stained wood inside and fiberglass outside. The door is now installed and is t truly beautiful. It is a big upgrade and a beautiful addition to our home.
Date published: 2018-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kitchen windows Our new window has a crack in it, not happy , we had to put it in because we had to cover the opening.
Date published: 2018-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kitchen Windows We bought three new windows and love the wood castings, but opening one of them it had a crack in it, we had to install it anyway because we needed to enclose the opening in the middle of Dec.
Date published: 2018-12-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Warning- Do Not Buy Swinging Doors From Milgard I had four Essence and one Tuscany swinging door installed September 2018. Total cost $10,000 before installation. The 3 - 0 doors actually have doors that are only 34" wide! When did a 3-0 door become 34" ? The doors were very difficult for the carpenters to install and once installed did not close or lock properly. They required strong slamming to latch properly, which caused the house walls to shake. The locking mechanisms were too tight and misaligned to twist properly into their locking slots. Milgard repair technicians came out and adjusted them and replaced some of the weather stripping and actually filed on the latch hardware in an attempt to make the doors close and lock. They were "OK" for a few days, however soon failed again to close or lock properly. Another Milgard technician came out and looked at the doors and agreed with me they are a faulty product. Apparently these swinging doors are a relatively new Milgard product that they sell very few of. He replaced the weather stripping on one door and said there was nothing he could do for the other four - so I am stuck apparently with faulty, poorly designed products for which this manufacturer is basically saying too bad for you!! For $2000 per door they should open and close and lock by themselves - but instead they do none of this even when Milgard's trained technicians are operating them.
Date published: 2018-12-22
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