offers two product lines of energy-efficient vinyl replacement windows
that are custom made to your specifications: the Tuscany series
and the Style Line series. The Tuscany series has a traditional
look with even sight lines. The Style Line series offers a narrower-profile
vinyl replacement window with a more modern look, featuring sleeker
lines and greater glass area. Both can be built to meet or exceed
Energy Star standards in all climate zones.
Milgard facilities manufacture virtually all
components of their vinyl replacement windows including the glass,
the vinyl and the frames. The company also tempers its own glass,
with two facilities devoted to this process. Milgard states it is
an advantage to have one manufacturer creating all of the elements
of the window, as it allows for greater oversight and control. Milgard
has been the recipient of Builder magazine’s "Best Quality
in the Nation" award six times.
Milgard offers a Full Lifetime Warranty for as
long as you own and reside in your home. Milgard claims their warranty
is preferable to a “Limited Warranty” by stating the
“Full warranties meet certain federal
minimum standards for written warranties on consumer products while
limited warranties do not. This means that, among other things,
under a full warranty, the warrantor must repair or replace the
products at no charge to the consumer, and may only refund the purchase
price in fulfillment of the warranty when that's what the consumer
requests. In contrast, under a limited warranty, the warrantor may
charge service costs and fees related to repair or replacement.
And even if parts and labor are provided at no charge under the
limited warranty, the limited warrantor may reserve the right to
refund the purchase price to the consumer in fulfillment of the
warranty rather than making the repairs or replacing the products
at no charge.”
Milgard’s window warranty commits to repair
or replace any defective window, free of cost to the original homeowner—parts
and labor included. If repair is not commercially practical or cannot
be made in a timely fashion, Milgard will replace the product at
no charge unless you request a refund of the purchase price instead.
In addition, if you sell your home, Milgard will automatically extend
full warranty coverage for 10 years from the effective date of the
original warranty to the successive owners, free of charge.
Weep Drainage System: Milgard vinyl replacement
windows have a specially designed “weep” drainage system
with vented slots on the exterior bottom of the frames. The weep
system allows water to drain to the outside as it builds up. Keeping
the sill or track clean, along with the weep holes, is important
for proper functioning of this system.
Energy Efficiency: Many Milgard vinyl
replacement windows are designed to meet Energy Star guidelines.
You also have the option of two additional energy packages that
Milgard claims to “offer superior levels of efficiency”:
3D and 3D MAX. These two packages address energy efficiency through
the three dimensions of a window: frame, product design and glazing.
Milgard states that components in a package could include technologies
such as low-e glass, argon glass, and special spacer technology.
Milgard will combine various elements of the vinyl replacement window
to come up with the best “recipe” based on several factors,
including your climate, the design of your home and how it is oriented.
Milgard can then work with the components of the vinyl replacement
window, such as glass coating, frame design, spacers and gas fill
to create the most energy efficient window. The company claims that
these enhanced, custom-made energy packages provide the following
benefits for vinyl replacement windows:
- Energy efficiency
- Protection of furniture from ultraviolet (UV)
- Year-round comfort
Milgard’s claims its SmartTouch window locks
are the “easiest, smartest way” to lock and unlock windows.
This lock has been awarded the IDEA award (International Design
Excellence) from the Industrial Designers Society of America. Milgard
was also awarded the Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation.
The SmartTouch hardware is available only on Milgard’s
Tuscany and Montecito vinyl replacement windows and doors. The mechanism
is incorporated into the window sash and operates with a single
motion to open or close the window.
Milgard Glass Company was founded in Tacoma, Washington
in 1958 by Maurice Milgard, Jr. and his son Gary. In 1962, Gary
started his own company called Milgard Manufacturing to make aluminum
windows. A few years later, Milgard Manufacturing began making sliding
glass doors. While aluminum was traditionally used only in warmer
climates, the company created a new type of aluminum frame that
worked will in cold weather regions. Milgard got into the vinyl
window business in 1989 and came out with a line of fiberglass windows
The company still operates out of Tacoma, but now has several locations throughout the country. They include Phoenix,
Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Chicago and Fredericksburg, Virginia. Masco Corporation purchased Milgard in 2001.
Masco owns other consumer manufacturing companies including Delta
Faucets and KraftMaid Cabinetry.