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®
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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

Hardware

Essence Series wood 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 wood windows come with integrated tilt latches.

Essence Series wood picture over casement windows

Frame Accessories
Essence Series wood 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
Essence Series Wooden Single Hung Windows

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 Series Wooden Horizonal Slider Windows

Horizontal Slider

Essence Series wooden 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 Series Wooden Casement Windows

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 Series Wooden Awning Window

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 Wooden Picture Window

Picture

Essence Series wooden 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. 

Essence Series Wooden Radius Window

Radius

Radius wooden 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.

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Essence Series® Windows

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Essence Series® Windows is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 248.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality product Very pleased with the quality and appearance of the sliding door and sliding window. They were easy to install but the door was heavy so it took 4 of us to set it in place. It was worth the effort. The interior douglas fir frame is clear and very well crafted. Both slide effortlessly.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from They look great We just had the new double slider installed. The "essence series" with the douglas fir trim. They are beautiful to look at and through. The only problem is one of the slider door does not seamlessly close with the other as one of them seems out of alignment. We are waiting for a Milgard rep to look at it and figure out what to do. I want to finish my exterior and interior walls but am nervous to do so until the experts come and figure this out.
Date published: 2019-11-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Quality Control on French Doors Personally own approximately 300 Milgard products. Spent $5500 for each French door without installation cost. The product came nicely packaged and doors looked great. There were so many issues some critical that would make me not recommend this product. 1. Lock on the door installed backwards. The keyed portion is on the inside. 2. The exterior screw hole in the fiberglass is too small for the provide plugs. 3. Screens do not fit in sidelights. 4. Sidelight latching mechanism does not work. 5. Wavy top of sidelight interior wood (not even) Trying to get a tech out to check on this...hopefully they have good warranty service.
Date published: 2019-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Solution for a Historic Home Purchased a historic property in Dallas Texas and needed a great window that was true to the original design. The fit and finish is great and the wood window helps return the home to its original grandeur. Great product and great solution
Date published: 2019-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from registration all three windows great not clear on how to register, hope it worked
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Look amazing! They look beautiful! Weatherized keep the heat in no sweat! Happy with purchase
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these windows This is the second home we’ve put these windows in. The ease of use and the smooth operation make for a great window.
Date published: 2019-09-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Issues with Essence horizontal sliders I purchased seven windows a couple months ago. Three of which are Essence horizontal sliders. Upon installation, the three sliders will not close and latch. The windows were installed plumb and square. We contacted a local service rep and he came out to inspect. Seems to be a manufacturing and/or shipping issue. They are supposed to replace sashes for two of the windows under warranty. Very disappointed, as these are expensive windows and the initial quality is poor.
Date published: 2019-09-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from poor repair time- 2 plus years It should not take 2 years and multiple e mails to get windows replaced that had "Writing" inside between the glass. The hardware is now not working. Very disappointed.
Date published: 2019-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far, so good. I've only had the windows a few weeks but am pleased with them so far. They seem very solidly made, installation was straightforward and so far operation is very good.
Date published: 2019-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good on the outside not so good on the inside I had custom windows made with fiberglass on the outside and wood on the inside. What I am noticing is that there are wood particles from cutting remaining in the edges the divided light pieces on the outside. There is no way to clean this out. Also the wood divided light pieces are cut short of some sides leaving a 1/16th inch gap. Further the other parts of the wood frame are put together without care. I would never spend the money for wood again. The other production materials have a better finish. I would have expected a much higher quality for a $600+ small window. I'm not so sure there is anything to do about it now that they are installed. Though I suppose I should look into it. It also took 6 weeks to get these windows in and there were only 2 of them. I'm not very thrilled.
Date published: 2019-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent service I bought this just last wk but once the windows were done we could feel the difference as far as the heat coming in! The guys were very professional and got the job done and cleaned up! Very satisfied with it all!
Date published: 2019-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essence Series Windows Can Be Disassembled Great casement Windows. The interior wood framing pieces can be removed by hand and finished separately outside of the window frame. Terrific! Ninety percent of finishing (stain, urethane, or paint) can be done on a flat table free of runs, drips, and transfer of finish from one piece to the next as is the case when all of the pieces are installed into the frame. When you are ready simply press or lightly tap the framing pieces back into the frame. I saved a thousand dollars doing my own finishing on three Essence windows. Sweet.
Date published: 2019-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New windows/patio doors For the most part, we are so excited with our Millard patio doors and windows. Love love love the fiberglass outside of large patio frenchdoors and the inside grids are fantastic! Our only surprise is that 3 of the 4 large bay picture windows are fogged every morning. We were told by our installer that this is common, due to inside vs outside temp. However, since this is why we replaced our old windows, we are surprised. So far, they do clear as outside temp rises, so maybe they are correct. Would just be nice to rise early to enjoy our view.
Date published: 2019-08-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Window looks good, Milgard is a joke May be Milgard doesn't sell that many essence series but I had a horrible experience with the company. They delayed my order by 3 months, missed deliveries multiple times and still made windows that are not fitting well. I reached out several times to the area sales manager, inside sales and the distributor and was bounced around without any information.
Date published: 2019-07-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Huge Disappointment I purchased my Milgard doors with the notion of excellent product, recognized name brand quality. I was so disappointed to receive three doors, all of which were flawed and damaged. It took Milgard over 6 months to try and fix the doors I had professionally installed and then to finally settle because I could not continue to take days off work to meet their service technicians who would come out and tell me "I don't know why they told you I could do that" and then arrive with wrong parts and information, not to mention that I went through Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with unfinished trimmed out doors because it dragged out so long.. Last month my daughter opened on of the French doors and the handle came off in her hand! I am so, so disappointed in the end result and it is unfortunate the experience our household had to go through and we still need to purchase a 4th door and new windows which will have to be from another manufacturer and most likely will not match, because I refuse to support Milgard. I know I am not alone as I have had conversation with many home builders in Kitsap County and they all have shared their frustration with Milgard, their products and lack of customer service to rectify the issues. To this moment every time I use one of the doors, I am reminded of the poor quality and how I wish I could just start over and have chosen another Product that was not Milgard!
Date published: 2019-07-27
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 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
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