Essence Series® Double Hung Window

The window can be operated from the bottom or top sash, sliding up and down for ventilation.

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Essence Series wood double hung windows
Essence Series wood double hung windows
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Essence Series is an elegant window with a revolutionary design. The real wood interior is paired with a fiberglass exterior for a combination of beauty and performance. Essence Series offers:

  • A solid wood interior that can be painted or stained to match your existing décor
  • Our own innovative SmartTouch® Lock for easy opening and closing, available on double hung and horizontal sliding windows
  • Even sightlines for a cohesive, aesthetically pleasing look throughout your home
  • ENERGY STAR® packages that suit your region for an energy efficient home
  • The Milgard Full Lifetime Warranty, including Glass Breakage Coverage
Preview Interior Frame in Douglas Fir
Preview Interior Frame in Pine
Preview Interior Frame in Primed Pine
Preview Exterior Frame in Frost
Preview Exterior Frame in Sand
Preview Exterior Frame in Ivory
Preview Exterior Frame in Fog
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Preview Exterior Frame in Tweed
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Douglas Fir
Primed Pine
Pea Pod
Evening Sky
Classic Brown
Black Bean
Preview Hardware item in Satin Nickel
Preview Hardware item in Brushed Chrome
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Preview Hardware item in Lift Handle (optional upgrade)
Preview Hardware item in Finger Pull (optional upgrade)
Satin Nickel
Brushed Chrome
Oil Rubbed Bronze
Lift Handle (optional upgrade)
Finger Pull (optional upgrade)

Double hung windows come with SmartTouch® lock and matching tilt latches. 

Spoon lock, lift handle and finger pull are optional upgrades. All hardware in the same finish.

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1-1/16" Sculptured grid
5/8"" Flat grid
3/4" Simulated Divided Lite (SDL)
1-1/8" Simulated Divided Lite (SDL)
2-1/4" Check Rail
Preview obscure Glass in Aquatex
Preview obscure Glass in Clear 42
Preview obscure Glass in Cross Reed
Preview obscure Glass in Delta Frost
Preview obscure Glass in Frosted Glue Chip
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Preview obscure Glass in Matelux
Preview obscure Glass in Narrow Reed
Preview obscure Glass in P516
Preview obscure Glass in Rain
Preview tinted Glass in Azurelite
Preview tinted Glass in Cardinal Low-E
Preview tinted Glass in Evergreen
Preview tinted Glass in Solar Bronze
Preview tinted Glass in Solar Gray
Clear 42
Cross Reed
Delta Frost
Frosted Glue Chip
Glue Chip
Narrow Reed
Cardinal Low-E
Solar Bronze
Solar Gray
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Standard Mesh
PureView® Mesh

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Technical Resources

Essence Series® Double Hung Window Technical Resources

You can also search our full Technical Resource Library for more Product Series and Operating Styles.

AAMA 2400-10 Installation Instructions
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AAMA 2410-13 Installation Instructions
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Stucco Tape Guidelines
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Essence Series Performance Ratings
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Essence Series Patio Doors Performance Ratings
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Essence Series STC Ratings
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Essence Series Finishing Instructions
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Essence Series® Double Hung Window

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Essence Series® Double Hung Window is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 252.
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 1 out of 5 by from Failing Windows All of our windows are failing and our home is only 13 years old. I own a large construction firm and will never recommend Millard again. So disappointed.
Date published: 2019-12-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Well built I got two of your windows to replace the ones I got from Home Depot. It took two tries to get it close to what I wanted, but good enough to go ahead and install. They are so much better built then the old ones .I know these won't leak
Date published: 2019-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everlast Door & Windows Bought a Essence patio door and am very pleased with it. Louis kept in touch with me from start to end. The installers did a fantastic job
Date published: 2019-11-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Design I just installed a new Milgard patio door - French Style. I ordered it with the pre-primed interior. I don't know which Milgard genius designed this door, but there is no way to paint a significant portion of the primed wood. The door came completely assembled and the group that I purchased it from installed it, but now there is no way for me to paint areas that are cover by gaskets, the door overlap, under the frame. Additionally, the door lock is difficult to latch. The door does not slide well at all. The screen looks flimsy and unlikely to last. The only good things I have found is that it does appear to be a well made door and internal glass grids are done well. On top of the poor design, it was 8 weeks late being delivered.
Date published: 2019-11-20
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
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