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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builders-choice-2017_600px_fiberglass.pngWood 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.

*Powder coat color options vary for radius windows.


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 solid wood 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 solid 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

Customer Reviews for Essence Series® Wood Windows

Essence Series® Wood Windows is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 103.
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 3 out of 5 by from Get ready to wait The windows are beautiful once stained, and so is the hardware. However, both the double hung and slider windows are drafty, and they don't all open and close with the same effort. Some are stiff, some are smooth. But this has turned out to be the same with their other levels of windows (which we have in the bathrooms). And pray that the windows arrive in pristine condition because its a 4-5 month wait before someone will come to look at them let alone another wait of possible months for replacement parts. That is the same if it comes broken or if a part fails under warranty or if you break a part and are looking to pay for replacement pieces. Beautiful, not cheap, drafty, and with a wait time that the DMV is aspiring too. Not worth it in my opinion. Try a different brand for better service times...
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slider Doors A+, Slider Screens D+... First let me say the quality and features of the doors we ordered are just what we were looking for. They not only meet but exceed our expectations in terms of quality, appearance and features (wood inside and vinyl outside). The screens that came with doors however, are another matter. They do not function nearly as well as the doors. In fact, they do not function well at all.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Window My dad installed this new window in my room and I absolutely love it. It's large, allows a lot of light to shine in, and the slider glides like butter.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lots of problems with Essence windows To start with the positive, we really like the appearance of the outside of our 17 new Essence windows. And now, everything else. The way the windows were packaged for shipment was a problem. The plastic wrap was directly on the glass and caused streaking that was nearly impossible to remove. The amount of damage to the wood interior of the windows when they arrived was very disappointing. There were areas that were gouged, cracks in the wood, and even places that had been filled by Milgard before shipment which says Milgard knew there was a problem and shipped it anyway. One of the windows was improperly manufactured. The low-e coating was on the outside surface of the window. When that coating gets wet, it is destroyed and turns pink and spotty. Doesn't that get checked before it leaves your factory? We paid our painted $300 extra to patch, fill, and sand to repair the damaged wood surfaces. We should be reimbursed for having to accept damaged product and then having to do the work to make it right. The covers that slide over the lever locks are not attached and come off easily from time to time. One window was delivered missing a lever cover. I am still waiting for this part to arrive. The screens fit well on the sliding windows but my biggest disappointment is that the fit of the screens on the casement windows is completely unacceptable. There is a 3/16" gap above the entire top edge of every screen frame. Just about any bug can easily crawl through that and into the house. The screens cannot be made taller to fill the gap because there is already so much interference when you try to remove the screen. You have to lift and drag the screen over the crank handle. No doubt there will be damage over time to the rubber gasket on the bottom edge of the screen and/or to the crank handle. The depth of the frame around the screen is insufficient to fill the slot in the wood. When you touch the screen, it rattles around and moves front to back in the slot. More than one tech has been out and they agree that the screens do not fit. We have paid many thousands of dollars for one of Milgard's top line products and we have screens that won't keep bugs out. How can Milgard think it is acceptable to sell a product that doesn't satisfy one of its most basic functions. Isn't that what screens are for, to keep bugs out?? I have spent so many hours trying to get these quality issues addressed but I'm not sure Milgard cares about customer satisfaction. I am still hopeful that Milgard will help me find a solution so that our screens will keep bugs out. I have photos showing the type and extent of damage to the wood interior of the windows but posting those with a review would be very damning. No one would want to buy windows that look the way ours did when they arrived.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cracked Door Frame and Non functioning latch We had two initial problems with our Essence Sliding Glass door. First the weather strip between the two sliding doors was over torqued with the screws that split the door frame from top to bottom, see picture. We only discovered this when our painter removed the weather strip to paint the doors. I would say this could be a one time mistake, but don't think so due to the other manufacturing errors that were made on the installation of latches on all of our 4 casement windows, see casement window review. Second, the latch mechanism hooks to do not hook in the the latch on the door frame. The hooks reach out to deep into the latch for proper clearance of the latch. The Milgard technician had to jury rig the latch with wooden shims to allow the hooks the clearance to latch on properly. The picture below shows the wooden shims that were installed that allowed the hooks to latch on properly.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Casement Window Latch Alignment I ordered four Essence casement windows. Every one of the window's latches did not line up with the latch hardware on the window's frame to allow the window to close properly with the hand crank It was not a coincidence since all the windows were misaligned. There is something wrong in the manufacturing process that does not verify the latches are properly aligned. The picture below shows how the Milgard service technician had to move each latch.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great window this series has great visual appeal both inside and out the furniture grade douglas fur is unmatched in its grain pattern. unlike solid v.g. d.f. which shows flat grain on adjacent sides. operation system is easy to operate and has good color options
Date published: 2017-07-04
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