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 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

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

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.

Picture

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

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

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Essence Series® Windows is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 208.
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 5 out of 5 by from Outside protection, beautiful inside We are happy to let you know that we are pleased with our new windows. The old windows were far past their prime, especially the outside wood. The fibreglass exterior looks great and the inside wood is beautiful. The new windows make the house more pleasant in terms of temperature and no worries about colour fading. Bert and Connie
Date published: 2013-02-04
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 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
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beautiful wood, poorly jointed, overpriced. We purchased the Milgard Essence windows, double hung, with the pine wood finish. They were installed in March 2018 and the installers did a good job, but once they were in and we really looked at them we are disappointed for what we paid. They have some nice modern features but none of that makes up for the below average workmanship on the wood portions of the windows - that's what we paid so much for, or so we thought. I planned to post pictures with the review but it doesn't look I am able to do that. These are very expensive windows so our expectations were high, but as many other reviewers pointed out, the joinery work is consistently poor and misaligned in spots on probably half of the windows we received. The pine is also very soft and a few of them came marred or lightly dented before installation. Additionally, some of the wood pieces are finned, not glued, but are not really meant to be removed or changed, which makes no sense (obviously it is to save cost on Milgard's end). We have had to pop certain wood paneling back into the various slots or glue them in ourselves to get them to stay put. We upgraded our home from its original early 1900s single pane windows, so the improvements in heat/cooling retention seem to be significant. They are not drafty either as far as we can tell. Popping the screens in and out is also simple, as is removing the windows themselves from the sashes when you need to clean them.The locking features are nice but one of them already needs to be replaced. Good luck if you need to schedule a warranty visit - we are in Denver and it took months to get someone out here to tell us that oh, those panels popping off? That's normal. Your bedroom window doesn't ratchet closed because a spring is wrong? Sorry, need to schedule another appointment. There are obviously more expensive options out there, but the Essence line is billed as a premium window and in reality, it is not.
Date published: 2018-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful Decreased external noise, keeps internal temperature consistent, easy open!!
Date published: 2018-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Door Company We purchased o ur first door 12 years ago. The door sustained water damage from a failed weather strip. Milgard sent a technician within a week and once the door was inspected they agreed to replace the door. The original door was no longer available and they upgraded to the Essence Series. What a beautiful and well built door.
Date published: 2018-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They look great They look great on the inside and out. They went in easily. The hardware for the casement looks solid and the slider comes out easily. The cost was a big deciding factor because it was much lower pella or anderson.
Date published: 2018-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Look beautiful! We had very old single pane windows that leaked horribly. I am so pleased with the crisp look and the quietness they afford us. I love them!
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Terrible Terrible and even more Terrible So the wrong size keeps getting sent and this project keeps getting delays. At first they put argon in the windows at sea level and then shipped them to Denver - and of course the seals broke! All had to be replaced. This was in February 2018. Its now November and we are still awaiting 1 window after the first installation 8 months ago (no that is not a typo). And this does not include the two garage windows that look like my 12 year old made them which will need to be replaced for the third time. Yes read that again. They keep messing up and will need to replace it again, again and again! We have spent hours and hours due to their mistakes. Maybe the worst quality control for a premium product I have encountered. I wish I could include a photo of the windows. No-one would EVER spend their money on these windows if I could.
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor finish quality We purchased the above windows (5 Total) to replace the single pane old windows at the front of our house. When the windows were delivered i was struck by the poor workmanship at each of the exterior fiberglass joints, none of the joints are even and once the windows were installed this flaw became very evident. The windows have be installed for approximately 3 months and the caulking / sealant of the exterior joints appears to be failing. For the cost of these windows this really should not be happening and definitely not after 3 months
Date published: 2018-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Would shop some more The windows are difficult to latch. The tabs on the screens are junk. We enclosed a porch. Builder recommended Milgard. Of the six windows only one latches with reasonable ease, four are a challenge and one is IMPOSSIBLE. Of the six window screens, one of the tabs broke within the first six months. Today, we were pulling the screens out for winter. Four more tabs broke! The windows are less than 2 years old. The rest of the house has stock windows from Home Depot. NONE of those windows have been any problem. Those windows are about 6 years old. Before you settle on Milgard be sure to look at other alternatives.
Date published: 2018-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an improvement! We have ordered six Essence windows this year. First, we ordered one awning style window for our kitchen remodel. We wanted to make sure it matched a similar style wood clad Milgard sliding door we installed several years ago. We were so pleased with the quality and appearance of this window that we decided to order five more Essence windows for our main living areas. We ordered one double-hung, three horizontal sliders and one picture window. All were made exactly to specification and fit our openings perfectly. Our contractor installed all five windows over two days with my help. I spent the next two months slowly and methodically cutting, staining, painting and finishing out the interior facings and trim of the windows. The end result is beautiful. We look forward to many years of great views, better thermal efficiency and added beauty to our home. A number of our neighbors have commented on the beauty of these new windows and the enhanced appeal of our home. (I wish we could post pictures to this review)
Date published: 2018-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded my expectations I've been a Pella fan for many years but my contractor suggested Migard instead ... we purchased the high grade series of windows by Midgard and I must say we're so pleasantly pleased.... I will not be buying Pella anymore... the install was a breeze ( unlike the other brand) and the finished product is very nice.
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essence Series Rooms are so much quieter. Looks beautiful inside and out. Like the toggle stops for child safety. Well made. Screens need tightening as a wave is evident on several windows.
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good quality sliding door The door is made very well and so glad that I finally had a new door installed after 33 years. The best part about the door is how quiet and easy it is to slide. I did not give a 5 star because within a month, the security lock is not working. It allows the door to be left open with a few inch gap and lock it. I used it maybe 4 times and now it is not working. I will put in a claim and see how well Milgard or Suburban, where I ordered the door, will handle my request. I would however, never use Suburban again since they did not put the proper sill guard side in and I was responsible to pay my contractor extra because he had to install the door twice.
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love our Essence patio door and windows As an architect, I’m very concerned with energy and sustainability so selecting a window system is tantamount to being good environmental stewards. The Milgard Essence series achieves all we required and looks great: our interior trim details compliment the window fir look. The operators are elegant and well made.
Date published: 2018-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Getting worse Was not pleased for many reasons from the start.... But that's old news ...One year in and the trim fell off a door, handle comes off a door, and noticed that a factory defect window was installed. They recently did a total no-show on a service appointment that was booked for two months! Close this web page immediately and go to the industry leader.
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 4 stars - only one complaint Great style snd quality but why don’t they make them easier to open by placing the lift bar on the bottom of the window? Every time I open the window I have to completely raise the blind all the way up just to get to the middle to raise it! Must have been designed by a man!
Date published: 2018-10-04
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