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January 25, 2016
Windows may be the most under-appreciated element of any modern home: they need to withstand the elements (from rain to noise) and potential intruders while easily opening to admit light and air. Their complex internal engineering demands equally vigorous aesthetic attention: a high-performance design that skimps on careful detailing and quality finishes can blight any facade. Milgard's Essence Series® doesn't ask you to compromise: with clean, colorful exteriors and warm wood interior construction, you can treat yourself to the best of both worlds.
Milgard Essence Series® Windows

First and foremost, Milgard windows are solidly engineered: their powder-coated fiberglass exterior resist everything nature can throw at it, from salt air to ultraviolet rays. It will never need repainting, meaning these systems are incredibly easy to maintain. For as long as you own your home, the windows—which come in 16 colors—are covered with a full lifetime warranty that includes parts and labor. 

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Milgard Essence Series® Windows

Hidden behind the window's cozy wood interior surfaces—which have been carefully designed to avoid unsightly fasteners—is a water management system unique to the Essence Series® windows. While unlikely, water that makes its way into the window frame is quickly channeled away from the wood to avoid water damage. This leaves the window's clean, modern lines unwarped and the perfect backdrop for any interior. 

 

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Milgard Essence Series® window

Large horizontal slider windows like the one seen here can be opened and secured with little effort thanks to the Milgard® SmartTouch® lock; its operation is so easy the design was awarded the Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation. In addition to the window model seen here, Milgard Essence Series® windows come in a wide range of operating styles (such as double-hung, casement, and awning) and three wood finishes (Primed Pine, Natural Pine, and Clear Vertical Grain Douglas fir).

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Milgard Essence Series® window

Milgard Essence Series® windows are available in a wide variety of obscure glass patterns, and for spaces that demand serenity, laminated glass is especially proficient at noise attenuation.

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Milgard Essence Series® sliding door

For all the pleasures of indoor-outdoor living, Milgard offers its Essence Series® Sliding Doors. These models don't skimp on customization: in addition to all the aforementioned interior wood finishes, exterior colors, glass options, and decorative grids, their handles come in 7 hardware finishes that range from slate black to brushed chome. 

For additional security, these doors can include a SmartTouch Bolt® which can lock the door in a venting position to promote fresh air circulation. Seen here are the Essence Series® French-Style Sliding Doors; the Essence Series® In-Swing French Doors and Essence Series® Out-Swing French Doors offer a hinged option.

 

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Milgard Essence Series® sliding door

Lastly, all of Milgard's Essence Series® products meet ENERGY STAR® v6 standards for U-Factor (how well the window insulates heat) and SHGC (how much solar radiations passes through the window). All the Essence Series® products feature argon gas insulation that helps guard against heat loss. Also standard are SunCoat® Low-e glass coatings that act as an insulator for certain non-visible wavelengths of light, keeping in warmth and preventing extra heat from escaping. 

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Milgard Essence Series® Windows

First and foremost, Milgard windows are solidly engineered: their powder-coated fiberglass exterior resist everything nature can throw at it, from salt air to ultraviolet rays. It will never need repainting, meaning these systems are incredibly easy to maintain. For as long as you own your home, the windows—which come in 16 colors—are covered with a full lifetime warranty that includes parts and labor. 

To see a full range of Milgard's Essence Series®, check out their website here.

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