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Editor's Milgard Window Review

When it comes to quality vinyl windows on the west coast, Milgard is definitely part of the conversation. The Style Line is their economy window and more or less a thinner, stripped down version of the Tuscany (which has a better lock, vent stops, screen and spacer). It's going to be less energy efficient so most consumers should pay the 10% to 20% upgrade for the Tuscany, unless it's a small opening and then the Style Line is fine. The Tuscany is a good mid range vinyl window - nothing fancy, but it does everything you need it to (energy efficient, opens and closes well and a nice price point). The Ultra is their fiberglass and the Essence is their wood clad line of windows. Both are solid performers, although Milgard is not necessarily known for these two frame materials.

Milgard does manufacture a nice aluminum window line that includes both their standard series and an upgraded series. Aluminum is typically used on commercial buildings, but is nice for modern homes where style and strength are emphasized more than the energy efficiency of the window itself. Like many larger manufacturers, Milgard manufactures most of their lines in an array of styles, offers lots of grid and SDL configurations, and offers consumers various glass package options and upgrades.

Bottom Line: Milgard is a solid manufacturer that makes quality products at a decent price. They have a strong presence on the west coast and their Tuscany windows are one of the most popular vinyl windows sold in throughout the western states. Make sure to get competent installation and you should be good to go.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015


Milgard Styleline Windows Reviews

When it comes to quality vinyl windows on the west coast, Milgard is definitely part of the conversation. Their Styleline Series is their entry level offering and is essentially a stripped down version of their middle of the road Tuscany model. The Styleline uses a narrower frame for better viewing area, but at the cost of some energy efficiency and strength.

The Styleline lacks some of the nicer features of the Tuscany, including vent stops, an upgraded locking system and a better spacer. As I mentioned, this model will be less energy efficient, but will come in 15% to 20% less than the cost of the Tuscany model.

Bottom Line: The Milgard Styleline is a decent window for budget project or for smaller window frames where glass space is critical, but I would urge consumers to stretch into the Tuscany to get the better features, stronger frame and increased energy efficiency that this mid range vinyl window offers.

Dane - Site Editor


Milgard Style Line For Noise Control

Good morning. I am wanting to replace 4 bedroom windows that back up to a very noisy street. Milguard came out and has now given me a quote for $3500 which would give me 4 Style Line vinyl windows with 1/4 and 3/16 glass. Two windows are casement with a fixed picture window in between. The 4th window is a small window in my master bath and is a single hung.

My home is 8 yrs old and a small garden home so that might answer the question about why Tuscany might not fit with Style Line being a much thinner an lower profile window. Any opinion?

The STC/OITC ratings on these windows are 35 and 29. Will that decrease the traffic noise in your opinion? Noise is my biggest issue.

One last concern is the customer service issues I am reading about with Milguard. Seems like there are so many negative comments. Any comments you have about this is appreciated.

We are in Houston. Thank you!!

Sharon - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sharon, Milgard is a pretty good manufacturer and rather large, so it isn't surprising that they are going to have negative reviews out there. I tend to think they make a good vinyl window, so I usually am on the pro-Milgard side of things.

The Styleline is their lower end vinyl window and not the window I would recommend going with, especially if you are trying for sound control.

I think you need a few more bids to see what's out there. Unless you want to spend a lot of money, getting a good double pane window should go quite a ways to reducing down the street noise. However, only a true noise control window is going to drown out all that noise and they are expensive. So there's the rub.

Don Young is out of Texas and they make a very good aluminum window and a vinyl window that I would say is comparable to the Milgard Tuscany. NT Windows should also have dealers in your area. Check to see if PGT windows has local dealers, they make a very solid impact window that is well made and could double as a soundproof option. Finally, the Simonton Impressions 9800 is a window I like and someone ought to sell it in San Antonio.

I think you would want the additional bids also just to see how the different prices stack up to one another. At first glance, the $3500 doesn't seem like that great of a deal, but it's hard to say without seeing more bids.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Milgard Styleline vs. Simonton 6200 Windows

Hi, I've had several quotes and am not sure where to go. First, all quotes were for the lower end models without me asking except for Home Depot. All quotes were similar for lower end styles (Simonton 6200 slider was about $3k more for 13 windows so still similar respectively). Since Monte Verde glass thickness is measured in mm, my take is they save money in that respect to get slightly less than 1/8 and 3/16 in thick glass. Both of my quotes are for the "sound" limiting for street side of house.

From my understanding the Milgard Styleline is the better window of the two. However, I think I like the other installer better (just a feeling although I think both would be fine based on reviews and meeting personnel). The difference in price is only $600.

Mia - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mia, of the Simonton 6200, Anlin Monte Verde and Milgard Styleline, I would probably put them all on an equal footing with the nod going to the Monte Verde. I think you can toss the Simonton quote since it's so much more than the other two and its through HD, who's installation is unpredictable in my opinion. I think you are right to go with the installer/company who you feel most comfortable with. At the end of the day, the quality of the install is going to matter more than the subtle differences between the two windows.

As a side note, in terms of sound reduction, glass thickness has a small effect, while the space or gap between the double panes of glass is the biggest component. With these two windows, I would think they would have the same gap space, but it's worth an ask to both companies to see if there is a difference. In terms of glass, just make sure you are getting a double strength glass, and pay for the upgrade if it doesn't come standard.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Milgard Style line vs Cascade Window Pro

What is the difference and which one is better: Milgard style line or Cascade window pro. These will be replacement windows and glass door. I live on the Oregon coast. Thank you for your help.

Mary - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Mary, I have very little knowledge of Cascade windows. I would say that the Window Pro is probably on par with the Styleline, but that is only because the Styleline is Milgard's entry level window. Here is information on the Milgard window. How do the two windows compare price wise? Milgard's Styli ne is a thinner framed, more modern looking window with uneven sightlines and more glass than the Tuscany. It doesn't have a vent lock or weep hole covers, and features an elevated locking mechanism. It is less expensive than the Tuscany (about 10%), largely because the increased glass makes it less energy efficient. It's a great choice for smaller windows openings or if you just can't afford the Tuscany.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard Styleline vs Ply Gem Pro

Which window is better, Ply Gem Pro Series or the Milgard Styline? How does the Ply Gem Pro compare with the Milgard Tuscany?

Mike - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Mike, the Ply Gem Pro and Milgard Styleline are pretty close in terms of quality. The Styleline should have a slightly narrower frame than the Pro. I would imagine the performance data to be pretty similar as well, although the glass package and options that you select with each will have a significant effect on numbers. In terms of overall quality and durability, I would rate these two windows very close.

The Tuscany model is going to be my choice of the three. Comparing the Tuscany with the Styleline, the Tuscany will have a more traditional look, even site lines, a better lock, two vent stops, spacer, a higher quality screen, and a slightly thicker frame. You can expect to pay about 15% to 20% more for the Tuscany.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

[Consumer Response]

Thank you very much for the information. I was leaning towards the Tuscany too but the quote came in at 40% more than the Styleline. Do you have any suggestions for a good place to purchase the Tuscany? I live on the Big Island in Hawaii and my options here are very limited.

Mike - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Mike I would call Milgard and ask them what dealers are available in your area. One other option you may want to look at is the Anlin Ali'i Extreme by Anlin. They have a good reputation for their vinyl windows and should be pretty close in terms of price and quality to the Tuscany…I think. I haven't actually seen it. Check out our sister site that has some information on it.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard Styleline vs Anlin Del Mar

I just found your website and have been reading avidly. I've currently received quotes from 5 different I'm picking between Anlin Del Mar windows and Milgard Stylelines.

It seems like the Anlin Del Mars is a higher quality window and perhaps I should ask the Milgard people to revise their quotes for the Tuscany?

I'm in San Francisco and both Anlin and Milgard seem to be local - is that true? The one thing that really worries me is I wonder how the Anlin warranty affects resale price of a building or perceived quality? For example, limited warranty once you transfer owners.

Also, the Anlin rep made it seem like Anlin is a much higher quality window because their vinyl is made of a composite that doesn't turn yellow, better bearings for the track, etc. Do you have any idea as to the amount of truth in these claims?

Overall, I'm leaning towards the Anlin but wonder if that's just because the guy did a great job selling me on it. He was the only person who actually showed me windows and explained anything to me. All the other people did was take measurements, leave and email me a quote.

Any advice you have would be welcome! Thank you so much for your website! And feel free to publish this question on there if you need more content. Warm regards,

LJ - Consumer - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

LJ, you were correct that the Anlin Delmar is perhaps a touch better in quality than the Milgard Styleline window. I would say that the Milgard Tuscany is probably a touch better than the Anlin Delmar and should run 10 to 15% more than the cost of the Styleline. Definitely get a quote for both and see how they compare.

My understanding is that the Anlin warranty would probably be very similar to the Milgard warranty. As far as resell value, I've really never heard of anyone factoring in a window warranty when they go to make an offer on a house, however you are correct that when you transfer owners, typically the warranty only last for 20 years from the original date of purchase.

The claim that the Anlin rep made that their vinyl is a higher quality is dubious in my opinion. Milgard uses much the same vinyl as the Anlin and only poor quality vinyl extrusions are going to yellow overtime. Vinyl holds up well to the effects of sun and the elements overtime.

Anlin is a California-based company, while Milgard has factories up and down the West Coast, including four factories within California. Both the Anlin and the Milgard windows are good quality vinyl windows and you should be well served by either - I prefer the Tuscany to the Styleline.

My advice would be to focus less on the windows, since you have two solid choices, and now turn to really looking at the local companies who are giving you the bids. Installation accounts for about half of the job in terms of how well the windows going to perform, how much air is going to get through, and how durable the windows are in the rough opening. You really want to make sure that whoever you use is going to do a thorough and proper installation and is going to back up their work with the labor warranty.

Let me know what you end up deciding and how it works out!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Milgard Styleline Review

Looking to replace 26, 24 year old aluminum windows with Milgard Styleline with the Comfort package upgrade which Milgard is offering for no additional cost in Texas until Sept 30. I've done my homework and this looks like a great deal. I think this is a good very energy efficient window with the frame size being very close to my current window. Would you agree? Thanks for the input!

Jack - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Jack, I like the Styleline window, although I like the Tuscany model more - it includes a better spacer, locking mechanism, weep holes, exterior screen and vent stops. The Styleline uses a thinner frame and won't have quite the same energy efficiency numbers. Have you had a quote on the Tuscany, it should run only 10% more than the Styleline. However, the larger glass area on the Styleline is nice and the window is aesthetically impressive - those clean sightlines are nice.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015


Best Replacement Windows In Utah

I live in the mountains in Utah where the temperatures can be as low as -20 and as high as 100 in the summer. I need to replace all of our windows in our 22 year old home. I've looked at Renewal (very expensive), Pella, and now am researching Andersen. I'm open to others but not sure what's best (vinyl or wood). Can you make a recommendation? Thank you

Lily - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Lily, yes Renewal By Andersen pricing tends to be at the very top of the cost spectrum. In terms of best windows, I would say that a high quality vinyl or fiberglass window would be your best bet. I believe Sunrise Windows are available in Utah, I believe yourwindowgurus.com sells Sunrise - I know nothing about this company, you may want to call Sunrise and ask them specifically about their install quality (their website leaves alot to be desired, but who knows what this means). I know that Milgard has a manufacturing plant in Salt Lake so they will certain cover the state. Soft-Lite would be the last recommendation.

As far as fiberglass goes, the Marvin Infinity window is a nice (they also have the Integrity, but I like the Infinity more) and Marvin should have a rep that services your area - you should be able to go on their website and find a local dealer relatively easy. Good luck!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

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Milgard Tuscany Windows Reviews

The Milgard Tuscany is a good mid range vinyl window - it's not the fanciest of window models, but it offers lots of nice features, provides good energy efficiency, operates quite nicely and looks good (not great, but good.) Plus, it usually comes in at a good price point, in fact, it's one of the windows that I often recommend to friends and family on the west coast that are looking for a mid range vinyl window.

The Tuscany Series offers several nice upgrades from the Styleline, including an upgraded lock, vent stops, a wider spacer and higher quality screen. Expect to pay around 20% more per window for the Tuscany over the Styleline.

Dane - Site Editor


Milgard Tuscany Series vs. Anlin Catalina

First of all let me say thank you for such a wonderful and comprehensive website. My mother and I have been talking with so many different sales people with regards to new windows for our home and it's been quite a journey as we've received all kinds of quotes.

I've done a lot of research on not only manufacturers but also installers for our Southern California home and I think I've narrowed the choices down to two manufacturers, Milgard (Tuscany Series) vs Anlin (Catalina/Malibu Series). I wanted to take a moment to gather your thoughts on the quote. We were also pitched the Milgard Style Line series but we preferred the Tuscany for its features. Is the Catalina/Malibu series a good mid range quality comparable to the Tuscany series? Anlin also offered us the Bay View series but we were looking for something a bit greater quality of window. We are also trying to be conservative with how much we are spending as we are undergoing a huge home renovation. I'm just worried that by cost we might be sacrificing a lot in longevity quality.

We have a lot of windows in our home and some are large picture windows that cover the entire wall of our living room. The Milgard quote we received seems quite high to me, and doesn't even include two smaller windows that would still need to be added to the quote.

What are you thoughts on these two quotes and also on the quality of each series. Personally I'm learning towards Anlin's Catalina/Malibu series.

Milgard Tuscany Series = 13 windows and 2 sliding glass doors for $18,795

Verses

Anilin Catalina / Malibu Series = 15 windows and 2 sliding glass doors for $13,380

I failed to also mention that both quotes included all taxes, parts, labor, haul-away, clean up, etc. However the Catalina series windows by Anlin also included screens for the windows which the Milgard company that quoted us did not include screens in their quote for the bedroom windows.

Jeremy - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Jeremy, the Anlin Catalina/Malibu series is quite good and certainly a window I would have in my own home. I would say the Catalina is generally very close in quality and craftsmanship with the Tuscany series. I would also agree that the Tuscany quote is too high given the Anlin quote, which looks very fair to me. I think you are exactly right that the Anlin is the way to go.

I might go back to the Anlin dealer and throw out a number and see if he'll come down off his price a bit. I'm not sure he will, but it never hurts to ask. Here is an article with my take on the best approach to this process.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Anderson 100 vs. Milgard Tuscany

Hi Tim, We are building our first custom home. We are looking at bids for 39 windows, one sliding glass door, and three 7 foot fixed tempered glass windows.

I'm awaiting bids from 3 dealers in town.

I'd love to have bronze windows if we can afford it. If the difference in price is $5k or more between bronze and white, we will settle for white windows.

We live in the High Desert in California where we get alot of wind. During the hottest 2 months, temperatures are as high as 110. During the coldest 2 months, we get into the mid to low 20s.

One dealer is pushing Anderson 100 and claims it is far superior to Milgard Tuscany bronze in durability and appearance particularly bc Milgard bronze windows are painted (Does that mean they will fade and Andersen wont?).

Another dealer favors Plygem bc he says Milgard customer service is not what it used to be and assures me Plygem sells a good product and has a good warranty.

The third dealer is a fan of Milgard.

I'm worried that the Andersen bronze window, though the color may last longer, may not be as durable as Milgard. I can't seem to find much information about the durability of this composite material anywhere. I'm also concerned that a Milgard bronze color will fade quickly under the strong sun in our area bc it's painted, and lastly I've read that Plygem falls under the "budget window" category. Is it a vastly inferior brand to these other two?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Carol - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Carol, congratulations on the custom home project. Yes, Milgard does paint their vinyl windows, although they do offer a lifetime warranty on the exterior vinyl finishes, which would give me some sense of relief as to the quality. (https://www.milgard.com/premium-vinyl-finishes-clay) I wouldn't be shocked if it was more than $5K, premium finishes can add 30% to the total price of the window. Milgard makes a durable product, in fact they make a special desert line in Texas (you may want to ask your dealer if it's worth looking at the specifics of these windows).

Andersen 100 is a good window -- I think it might be a little bit better than the Milgard Tuscany, but I wouldn't think the performance would be any better.

Ply Gem is also a good window, particularly their Premium series. Remember, most window companies make a number of models, so their entry level vinyl windows are below what you would want and their mid range windows are good. Honestly, all of these window companies are right in that mid to high end for their mid range vinyl window.

As far as the Milgard, I think the lifetime warranty would be enough to make me feel confident in the decision. I would also feel comfortable with the Andersen 100 window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Milgard Tuscany vs Anlin Colorado

Hi Tim. We're looking at windows now for our home in Palm Springs (HOT!). We got a quote already for the Anlin Coronado windows and the Milgard Tuscany. It seems the Coronado is Anlin's high end line, but the Tuscany is the middle quality windows for Milgard. So I'm not really sure we're comparing apples to apples here. Milgard's quote was 1/2 the price of the Anlin. I'd really like to get a quote for Milgard's top of the line vinyl windows so I can get a better comparison with the Coronado windows. Do you know what line that would be?

Our quote for Anlin was about $16,000 for 7 windows (1 really big one) and 2 oversized sliders (taller than normal).

Let me know what you think. Thank you!

Mike - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mike, the Milgard Tuscany is the higher end vinyl window from Milgard, but they do carry better (and pricier) windows, including the Ultra fiberglass, Essence (wood clad) and two aluminum window options. You may want to get a quote on the aluminum options, which will sacrifice on some of the energy efficiency, but are often used in hot climates such as Palm Springs due to their incredible strength that really stands up to hot climates.

Anlin's Coronado is quite a good window, but not worth 2x the cost of the Tuscany. I would think more like 20% to 25% for the Coronado, but remember that glass options and the various upgrades can have a significant effect on the per window cost of these bids.

I happen to like the Milgard Tuscany and I assume it would be fine for Palm Springs. You may want to discuss other pricing/windows with the Milgard rep and see if he thinks you are fine with the Tuscany or whether he thinks another line is more appropriate for your climate.

You may also want to consider another bid or two to see how these stack up against the Anlin and Milgard. Amerimax should be available in your area and their higher end vinyl model, the Aristocrat or the Craftsman Portrait would be the models to look at.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Millgard Tuscany vs Amsco Artisan Windows

What year did you do your evaluations of window companies? Are your 2016 opinions the same? I'm debating Amsco Artisan or Millgard Tuscany. I want lots of light, but energy efficiency as well. What do you suggest?

Barbara - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Barbara, we have evaluations from a number of years, but most windows don’t change (if they do, we certainly let consumers know about the changes). In terms of Amsco or Milgard, the Milgard is a higher quality window for sure. I like the Milgard Tuscany, it is a solid performer at an affordable price.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard Tuscany vs. Simonton

Hi Dane. I cannot thank you enough!!! I have been going round and round because I wouldn't know a good quality window if it jumped in my lap, and I've had so many in house sales pitches I can't remember one from the other.

I had Milgard in my last house and I thought they were good windows, but the customer satisfaction with the Milgard products on the JD Powers report is only so-so, below Window World, which made me rethink my preference. Also, I only plan on being in this house about 10 years, so don't want to spend a huge amount of money.

I didn't include a quote from Home Depot for Simonton windows, it came in at $10.7k. What do you think of Simonton?

Robyn - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Robyn, I can't remember if I got back to you on this or not. I think the Simonton are a bit lower in quality than the Milgard. If it were me, I would stick with the Milgard Tuscany and demand/make sure that the installers do a great job with the install.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard Tuscany vs Alside Preservation

I am a single woman who just bought a 1977 split level home with the original alum windows. Some have fogging, some are just fine. I want to replace them and I've had many quotes over the past 2 months and I'm still at a loss. I have 12 sliders, 1 PW, and 1 sliding glass door. RBA came in at $38k and DaBella came in at $19k, so they are both ruled out. I'm down to Window World at $7.5k, Alside Fairfield 80 series $9,5k (triple pane which I think is overkill for Portland OR), and Milgard (through Lowes and with my own installer) both Styleline $10,5k and Tuscany $11,3k.

Based on your calculator, these are all over priced. I just want a mid range quality window and I don't know what to pick. Lowe's also suggested Cascade Empire Series, said these use the same glass as Milgard. Please help me with your opinion on what to do. Robyn

Robyn - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Robyn, that Renewal quote is crazy high. It looks like DaBella sells Preservation windows, which are a private label Alside window that are typically pretty overpriced as well (at least in my opinion). I'm not a huge fan of Window World or Alside so I can't in good conscious recommend going with either of these.

I do like Milgard though and think that the extra $800 for the Tuscany is definitely worth it. You can't really base those prices though on the calculator on our site though because sliding glass doors and patio windows can run $1000K plus easily. Based on the price you were quoted out on the Alside Fairfield 80 series, I would say the Tuscany quote sounds reasonable.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Simonton Madeira vs Milgard Tuscany Doors

Hello Tim and Dane, I was googling window/door brands that were quoted to me and found your site. There was a Q&A I read about several brands, but I did not see a discussion on the Simonton Madeira vs Milgard Tuscany. Two contractors quoted me closely on these two, and I just want to know which one you would recommend. The Simonton Madeira quote was about $100 more than the Milgard Tuscany quote, so it really just boils down to door quality etc, and not price anymore.

My house faces the west and gets a lot of sun. We also had a problem with a leak with our current french doors which is why I thought about changing to sliding doors since I had to address the problem anyway. I hope you can help. Thank you, Maica.

Maica - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Maica, the Madeira and the Tuscany are close in quality, I might give the nudge to the Milgard Tuscany, more out of Milgard's reputation than anything else. Typically, Milgard is going to be more expensive than a comparable Simonton so that one more reason to go Milgard. Sliding doors are quite energy efficient and I know a number of people who have switched from the French Doors to a slider (especially if French Door design is just not your thing.)

I like Milgard products, I tend to recommend them quite a bit. Good luck and let me know how it all works out!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Maica's Response

Thank you so much, Tim! It was hard to decide at first because both installers were responsive. Simonton installer had more positive reviews on Yelp but the Milgard installer is diamond certified (not sure how much weight that carries though). With your advice, the price, and the brand all aligning, I will go with Milgard.

Really appreciate your quick response and advice!

Maica - Homeowner - from 2016


Milgard Tuscany Series and Anlin Del Mar Series

I live at the beach in Southern CA. I am planning on replacing Ply-Gem 12 year old casement windows due to continuing significant hardware rust/repair with vinyl sliding windows. I am looking at both Milgard Tuscany Series and Anlin Del Mar Series. In your opinion, which of these manufacturer products will be most durable in the beach and related salt air environment?

Paul - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Paul, both of these windows are nice mid range vinyl windows that should serve you well at the beach. I think they are so similar in quality and features that it's a coin toss. Instead I would focus my attention on the companies who will be doing the work and installation. This would be the bigger factor for me. If I had to choose between these two windows, I might give the small nod to Anlin.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard vs California Deluxe

Is California Deluxe Windows a good manufacturer like Milgard?

Diana - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Diana, I have no direct knowledge of California Deluxe, only what other consumers and industry insiders have said. To sum up, it seems that many consumers feel they make a decent vinyl window, but that they employ some heavy handed sales tactics. This may or may not be true, but if you don't have this experience, then I'd say their products are pretty solid.

Personally, I typically recommend going with a more established brand like Milgard because you know they are going be around in the future if issues arise etc. You will have to go through the installer or company that sold you the windows (if something does come up) so make sure that the company you use is a quality operation and has worked with Milgard for at least a few years.

Bottom line for me is to go with Milgard over California Deluxe unless the latter can provide significant savings and assurances that their installation team is somehow superior to the Milgard rep./installers.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard vs Simonton CV500

We are considering replacing all our windows and sliding glass doors. We have the original windows in our home that is about 28 years old. We have spoken to two private window contractors and a representative for Home Depot. The private contractors seem to be leading us toward Milgard, one toward the Tuscany and the other toward the Style Line Series. The Home Depot representative is encouraging us to go with the Simonton CV500. Which brand and series would you recommend? Thank you for your help.

Sally - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

I would go with the private contractor and the Milgard. You will pay more for it, but it's a better window and hopefully better installation. The Tuscany should add 10% to the price over the Styleline and is worth it in my opinion. I like the Tuscany, it's well made and while not flashy, it's a decent performer, and has some good features.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard Tuscany vs Ply Gem Windows

Thanks Dane. How low are the air filtration numbers and how does that impact me? If I get triple pane glass through will that help combat that? My project is 26 windows so the price difference is $10500 for Ply Gem vs $16,000 for Milgard. I am getting triple pane glass in the bedrooms and I know this upgrade is more costly with Milgard. Since its such a large difference that is the issue. Thanks again for sharing your expertise.

Katrina - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Katrina,I don't know the AI numbers for both of these windows off hand, but I would think that the Pro would be something like .13 and the Tuscany would be .10, some difference, but not a world of difference. I agree that the price difference is enough to warrant a very close look at the Ply Gem. I would say this, if the installer of the Ply Gem Pro is someone that you feel very confident is going to do an excellent install and be very thorough during the process, I think the extra money you save is probably worth it.

Ask them how many jobs they have done with the Ply Gem Pro and if there were any issues (including ordering), how responsive was the company? If the installer has a good reputation and a good relationship with the company then that would provide the piece of mind for me to move forward.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard Tuscany vs Alside Mezzo Windows

Looking at the Alside Mezzo vs Milgard Tuscany. Cost about the same. What do you think?

Jim - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jim, I think you're right that these two windows are about the same in terms of quality and performance. I think that Milgard enjoys the better reputation in the industry though in terms of consistency and batch quality. If it were me, I'd go with the Milgard Tuscany window, all things being equal.

However, since they are so close, I would suggest looking at the quality of installer or installation team, as the real basis of comparison. Who do you feel more comfortable with? Who has the better reputation? Ask the company how many windows of that brand they install per year, how many issues arise, how well do they work with the company to resolve the issue, how quickly does the company respond, etc. These are some great questions to help you narrow down the answer to the installation question.

Good luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard Tuscany vs Ply Gem Pro Series

Hi Dane, I am replacing 26 windows in my home in California, in the Valley where summers reach over 100 degrees. Most contractors are selling me on the Ply Gem Pro windows since they are the best value. I am comparing that to the Millard Tuscany (which most say is overpriced to the Ply Gem) and a quote from Bell Brothers for their new window line. I like the Bell Brothers windows since it seems like their window has everything, but their quote is high and I cannot find reviews for their windows online. I can't tell if it's truly a great window or just a good sales presentation. Can you share what window is the best, long term value between these three.

Katrina - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Katrina, the Ply Gem Pro window is a decent mid range window, I don't love the air infiltration numbers on the Pro to be honest. I do feel like the Tuscany is a better window, but that's not to say that it isn't overpriced, depending on the bid prices you are getting. In recommending window brands and companies I look at past performance, performance numbers and overall consumer satisfaction to make my determinations – this doesn't mean that it's right in every project or every instance. That being said, depending on the price quote, I would put a Milgard Tuscany in my house over a Ply Gem Pro – I like the fact that Milgard has factories in California.

I don't know anything about Bell Brothers. They look to be an HVAC company in Sacramento and they look to have good overall reviews (although the Google reviews are SO good, they seem a touch suspect to me – the yelp reviews I think speak for themselves since they are hard to fake.) Ask the Bell Brother sales rep for the U-value, DP and AI numbers on the window they quote you out at. You want a window with a U-value of .30 or lower (.25 and lower is good), an AI of .10 or lower (.05 or lower is excellent) and a DP of 30 or greater.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard Tuscany vs Simonton 5500

I have quotes on both the Milgard Tuscany and the Simonton 5500 with the Milgard coming in at $80 more per window. Really looking for efficiency in reducing heating and cooling bills in Missouri. Any preference?

Jesse - Consumer - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Jesse, I would say that the Milgard Tuscany window is perhaps a shade better than the Simonton 5500 Reflections, although I like the components and features of the 5500 window just fine. The comparison is close enough that I would say it's a non factor - better to compare the installers and how well the companies who are doing the installation compare with one another.

If you want better energy efficiency, you may want to get a bid from Sunrise or Soft-Lite on their mid range window models - I believe these two are available through local dealers in certain parts of Missouri. These companies are going to offer a better overall window than either Milgard or Simonton, although they will also be more expensive. It never hurts to get the full comparison and every once in a while you will find a company that offers these lines at pretty darn competitive pricing.

However, if you are fine with the performance numbers of the Simonton 5500 series and trust the company who gave you this bid, you should be good with this vinyl window in your home. It's quite a solid mid range vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015


Milgard Tuscany Windows vs Simonton

I live in the desert near Phoenix, and I'm replacing sliders with either the Milgard Tuscany or the Simonton 7300. The cost is similar, and both look good and have good warranties. The Milgard has a smoother glide and the Simontons a narrower frame and larger panes that lets in a little more light. Any input to help us decide?

Tim - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

I think Milgard and Simonton are both good companies that make a solid product. You'd probably be happy either way, so I'd look at the installers and decide which you want to work with.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2011

[2nd Response]

Comparing Milgards and Simontons, I like the Simontons better. The Milgard sliding window seems a little loose in the frame, and I think they look a little dull. The Simonton windows are a little more expensive, but they just have more personality.

Todd - Homeowner - from 2010


Milgard Tuscany Review

It seems like I looked at every window out there, Hurds, Milgards, Soft-Lite, Alside, CertainTeed, etc. Looking at the numbers and features, I finally think I've decided to go with Milgard Tuscany. It has a good AI and they offer a package called "extended performance" or something like that that can lower it even more to .08. I also like their color, I think their beige is a little darker and less green than a lot of companies.

Matt - Homeowner in Ohio - from 2009


Milgard Tuscany vs Great Lakes Bayshore

I'm looking at Great Lakes Bayshore and the Milgard Tuscany. The Bayshore is alright but nothing special. I think it's overpriced. The Milgards are always good, they rarely have problems and last a long time. I think the Tuscany is a better choice between the two.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2008






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Milgard Ultra Windows Reviews

The Milgard Ultra is the comapny's fiberglass window frame, is decent but often rated behind Marvin's Integrity and Infinity when looking at fiberglass. It doesn't have the curb appeal of some competitors, but it does have a great option for a real wood interior. The warranty is very good and it's a great choice if you really want fiberglass but can't quite afford the Marvins.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015


Milgard Ultras vs Marvin Infinity

We're replacing many of our 30-year-old Anderson windows in our coastal Northern California home. We're considering Milgard Ultra and Marvin Infinity. Exposure to storm winds and sea salt are considerations. Which would you recommend?

Judy - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Judy, I would say you have the two windows I would have recommended. Marvin has the stronger name in the industry, but I consider Milgard to be a very good manufacturer and they are definitely the stronger presence in California - the company operates 4 manufacturing plants throughout the state. So which one? I think it comes down to who is doing the install, price point, and personal preference - in that order. Let me know what you decide - I would love to see how these two compare on price!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015


Milgard vs Amerimax Windows

I'm getting two windows replaced and every quote I get seems to confuse me more. I can't afford to do all of the windows at once so I am only doing the two worst "leakers." I have quotes for 3 Milgards or an Amerimax with 2 MI windows. But when I went to look at the Milgards again to try and decide, I saw the Andersen Series 100 and loved them. One installer said they are really good for the weather here in Arizona.

Al - Homeowner in Arizona - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

I'm in Los Angeles, not exactly the same weather but not too far off. The Milgards and Amerimax are both good choices. The Andersen 100 Series, I'm not so sure about. They have a new "silver" line that might be worth it and might not.

Del - Installer - from 2012


Milgard Ultra Review

Milgard makes fiberglass windows in two series, Ultra and Woodclad. Ultra has a white fiberglass interior and Woodclad, obviously, has an interior wood veneer. Both are pretty high as far as price goes, probably on par with a Marvin Integrity and Andersen 100 are both fairly similar, but cost less, and they are just as good as far as construction and customer service. Milgard fiberglass windows are nice, but I'm not sure they are worth the extra cost.

Howard - Installer - from 2011


Milgard Ultra vs Marvin Infinity

I've done a lot of jobs with the Milgard Ultra and the Marvin Infinity. They are both really good, but they have their strengths and weaknesses. They both make a good casement, but the Infinity is a better double hung. Milgard has a better warranty, but I think that a lot of times companies that have a good warranty do it because they need it. You don't need a good warranty if the window doesn't have problems. I think warranties are there to protect the company, not their customers. They keep people from being too upset when there's a problem. Both of them are well made and look good. I think most people would be happy with either option.

Jonathan - Installer - 2009






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Milgard Essence Window Reviews

While Milgard isn't known for making wood clad windows, they do make one series, the Essence. It's a nice looking wood window, not quite as flashy as others on the market, but a good looking window nonetheless. It carries a decent warranty and is offered in quite a number of nice frame color and upgrade options. I consider the Milgard Essence window a good option for homeowners looking for a wood clad window that won't break the bank.

Dane - Site Editor


Milgard Essence vs Anderson 400 Series

I am trying to decide between Anderson 400 series and Milgard Essence wood windows.

BrandonI live in Northern California (Silicon Valley) and we are doing a remodel/addition. Our contractor is a Milgard dealer and recommends Milgard, but he is not pushing them on us, just offering it as an option. Consumer Reports shows Anderson as the top rated window, but to be fair, they don't rate Milgard.

Do you have an opinion on the two - most of them will be double hung and they will all be wood. I'm having a hard time finding good info comparing the two options and was hoping you could help.

Doug - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Doug, both the Andersen 400 Series and the Milgard Essence Series are good options. Consumer Reports only tests windows that area available for retail sales -- which is a small portion of the entire industry. I would feel completely comfortable having Milgard Essence windows in my home -- if I were going with a wood window. I would think most industry experts would rank the Andersen slightly higher than the Milgard, but I would also imagine that the Andersen would be more expensive. I think at the end of the day, either window will serve you well.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Milgard Essence vs Sunrise Vanguard

We are looking to replace an old wood patio door (3 panel swing-in door, about 108 inches wide) with a slider, but we'd like to keep the wood look. We're considering a Sunrise Vanguard sliding door with wood-grain look vinyl or a Milgard Essence sliding door (fiberglass exterior and real wood clad interior.) The price is about the same either way. Any recommendations about which option is best, or is there another brand we should consider? We live in the Denver metro area in a mid-1970's house. Thanks for your help!

Alison - Consumer - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Alison, you have two very good choices here. If you are fine with (or like) the look of the wood grain laminate on the Sunrise Vanguard, I would say this is the clear winner, for a number of reasons. Real wood is beautiful, this is pretty undeniable, but it requires staining to protect the wood. It does not provide the same performance numbers (this will become more pronounced over time as the organic material begins to break down through the natural expansion/contraction that occurs at the corners and seams). The wood window also carries a less attractive warranty, typically 10 to 20 years as opposed to a limited lifetime warranty on the vinyl frame and components.

If you have to have the real wood and are willing to do the maintenance that it requires and fine with the lower energy efficiency that you can expect over time, the Milgard Essence series is a very nice window/patio door. I like the Milgard products, they might not be the fanciest wood windows on the market, but I think they make a quality product that looks quite nice and holds up over time.

The Sunrise Vanguard is a great window/patio door, with a good overall look to it, solid construction and excellent performance numbers. I would put it in my house without a second thought.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015






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Milgard Aluminum Window Reviews


Milgard Aluminum Windows

Hi, I’ve read a lot of online reviews about Milgard windows and of course, there are enough negative ones to make me nervous….but they may be the minority.

I have an adobe brick home in the Southwest that needs new windows. I’m looking at Milgard aluminum. My home currently has 36 year old builders’ stock aluminum windows that have lasted this long, so I think aluminum is still a good choice.

Thoughts on Milgard aluminum vs. other options for the very hot (and sometimes monsoon-rain-wet) desert southwest? Thanks.

Susan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Susan, Milgard aluminum windows are a good choice for such a hot climate. The problem I have with aluminum windows on the west coast is the lack of affordable quality options. There is Fleetwood, but they are expensive. You could go with an Anderson aluminum clad window. I personally think Milgard makes a good window.

The company is big enough that they are going to have negative reviews out there, but typically 80% of the bad is probably the fault of slip shod installation, as opposed to the windows themselves. In 20% of cases, the company should honor their warranty and replace any defective windows. Go with the Milgard, but make sure you have properly vetted the installer and don't be afraid to take an active role in the project to make sure that everything goes as well as it can. The squeaky wheel get the grease as they say...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Milgard vs IWC Windows

I live in Phoenix and have 4 quotes on replacing our 6 arched aluminum windows. I want to stay with aluminum because the frames match our sliders, inside and out. All quotes have been for Milgard and all the prices are within $100.00 or so. Are there other manufacturers I should be looking at? One installing company represents IWC and Paramount/Cascade as well as Milgard. Your thoughts?

James - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

James, I like the Milgard over the IWC and Facade for sure. Gerkin makes a nice aluminum window, but I'm not sure it would be in your area. Held Wen makes some decent aluminum windows - I never recommend their vinyl windows, but I have heard solid reviews on their aluminum windows, although they offer several options and I would be wary about their lower end ones. Don Young also makes an excellent aluminum window, they are out of Houston, but you may be able to custom order through them, have them shipped out to you and then have your contractor install them.

There aren't nearly as many options when it comes to aluminum windows as opposed to vinyl. Please let me know what you find in Arizona so I can help other consumers down the road find the best options!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard vs Gerkin

I've had some customers here in Arizona asking me if aluminum windows do well here. I think that thermally broken frames are a good option. Gerkin and Milgard both make them, and they have good products that they really stand behind. Either company would be a good choice.

Randall - Window Contractor - from 2010






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Milgard Hermosa Windows Reviews


Milgard Hermosa vs. Simonton Asure Double Hungs

Replacing all windows in home, 13, enlarging 5. The contractor I am working with uses the Asure D-H windows. Consumer reports only rates the Simonton Pro-Finish Contractor window. We do not want to spend about $10,000 to replace our 1983 windows with cheap or cheap looking windows. Suggestions?

How do these compare? We live in Austin, TX. Also, which do you think is a better looking window, less bulky? Which would you recommend?

Arcelia - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

I can't speak to the overall price he is quoting you out at, only because enlarging openings can be a costly business. The Simonton Asure double hung is an entry level vinyl window that you should insist your contractor NOT use. I would have him price out Don Young aluminum or vinyl windows, the Milgard Hermosa (a vinyl window made specifically for Texas), and the NT Presidential window.

If he insists on Simonton windows, I would suggest the Impressions 9800 series or the Reflections 5500 series. All of these window models should provide a good solid product at a price that shouldn't break the bank.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017


Milgard Hermosa Series

Needing to replace 15 year old builders grade windows in North Texas that are fogging up and have looked at several companies and products. Why is Milguard so much less expensive than the leading brands like Anderson and Pella? Is that indicative of the quality or just lower marketing costs or both? The price difference is quite staggering. I am leaning toward Milguard but in reading quite a few reviews online about Milguard I am concerned over the quantity of negative reviews however the product appears to be good quality to a novice such as myself. What am I missing? The product I have seen is supposedly new and being made in the Dallas area specifically for the Texas market. It is called Milguard Hermosa. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.

Kent - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Kent, sorry to hear about your windows fogging, that is nothing if not frustrating. In terms of pricing, Andersen and Pella are some of the most expensive windows on the market, particularly their wood clad windows. Neither of these companies is particularly good at manufacturing vinyl windows, perhaps this is changing a bit for Pella, but there are much better options than these two in terms of vinyl windows. Milgard is a quality vinyl window manufacturer (they do make aluminum and wood clad windows as well) that is indeed priced much lower than these "high end" and higher visibility companies.

Personally, I think the Milgard Tuscany is a great middle of the road vinyl window that is often well priced. I think the window offers great long term value, assuming thorough and professional installation.

In terms of the Milgard Hermosa window, I don't know anything about it. I looked it up and from what I can tell, it is comparable to the Tuscany. If it were me, I would ask the salesperson specifically how it compares the the Tuscany or whether it's closer to their entry level Styleline series.

I like the idea of buying "local" because the window is manufactured in your state and as long as you keep the contact information for the company that installs your windows, you can always go back to them and get your problems handled.

I'd love to hear how the Hermosa window works out for you so we can share this information with our users!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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Milgard Quietline Windows Reviews

The Quiet Line is a specialty soundproofing window made by Milgard and generally considered to be the Rolls Royce of soundproofing windows. The price is much higher than their other windows, but they are specially designed to eliminate noise pollution. With an STC rating of 46, it is similar in noise reduction quality to glass used in recording studios, which are usually around 50-55 STC. The frame is thick and bulky to support the thicker glass. It's too expensive for a lot of homeowners, but if you have noise problems and can afford them, they can really make a difference.

Dane - Site Editor


Milgard Quietline vs Simonton And Amerimax

What are your thoughts on these three brands/Windows:

Amerimax Craftsman Portrait Series
Milgard Quiet-Line
Simonton Reflections 5500

I'm looking to drastically improve the comfort level in the upstairs portion of my house. 3 fairly large south east facing Windows and one large north facing window. The rest are in shady portions. I'm going to remove the siding around the Windows in order to add trim and to install new construction type Windows.

Thanks for the advice--I really found your site helpful.

David - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

David, I like each of the windows you mentioned. The Quietline is the outlier of the bunch and will be much more expensive that the others (if for some reason it isn't, you should jump on it!). I might give the advantage to the Reflections 5500 series of the three, but not by much.

I would say that with such close window selections, it might be best to now shift your attention to the installers. This component is obviously very important. Good installation will insure that they don't have to come back out and fix issue and charge you for their "service." If it were me, I would select the company that seems to offer the best installers with lots of experience installing their specific window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016



General Milgard Window Reviews


Milgard vs MI

Hi Dane & Tim, I am having a room addition done on my house. The GC stated in the contract that Miguard Tuscany window and sliding door would be installed. He brought out and installed Mi window and slider, when I asked what was up, he said they are comparable. As I have started researching online, I do not see a lot of favorable reviews of Mi, and a class action suit. I am unable to find a head to head comparison. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Tom - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tom, I don't know that many people who would consider MI windows to be comparable to Milgard. MI is typically thought of as selling mostly builder grade windows, i.e. poor quality windows. I think the only exception I might put here is their Energy Core series. So what MI window did he put in? If the contract says Milgard and suddenly you have MI windows in your house, that's a serious red flag.

One of two things, assuming you have this in writing. One you tell him to take them out and put in the window that you specified in the contract. Two (and much more plausible), you get a significant break on the price he quoted you on the windows themselves. That is bait and switch, plain and simple.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Milgard vs Anlin Del Mar

I just got a quote for Anlin Del Mar Luxury Series. My 22 year old home is in Phoenix and some seals are broken with condensation. I am not replacing all windows but the windows which the seals are broken and others with direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the height of my windows which have direct sun is 77" tall and about 90" wide. So therefore, I was told the manufacturers do not make such large slides anymore in my price range. I also needed to replace a double door to a walkout balcony. Here is the quote I received. Vinyl with argon installed . Del Mar Luxury Series.

(4) X 35" X 77" double hung

(1) X 85 X 60 X0X

(2) X 23" X 77" double hung

(1) 48 X 77" Picture Window

(1) 28" X 85" Transom

(4) 48 X 56" double hung

(1) 61 X 80 French doors

The total including parts and labor is 11,800.00

Is this about right in price?

Thank you for your consideration.

Joyce - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joyce, that price quote doesn’t look outrageous by any means for the sizes and dimensions. However, when it comes to some of the bigger openings and French doors, you will tend to see some big differences in bids from one company to the other. I would definitely recommend a couple more bids to see what else is out there.

I would get a bid from a well-reviewed Milgard dealer and also a local company who sells Amerimax. Perhaps even a local company who sells higher end Simonton Series such as the Impressions.

Assuming you get two more bids, I think only then will you know how that Anlin bid stacks up in terms of market price. There may be some real differences in door prices that could save you some money, while still maintaining a high level of quality.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017


Milgard In Southern California

I have 2 60x80, 1 72x 80 and 1 96x 80 vinyl sliders I need to replace. House is near the ocean in Southern California and gets south and west exposure so energy efficiency is important. Also security is important.

Can you recommend manufacturers and series I should consider. Per your site currently considering Amerimax, Anlin and Simonton.

Rick - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rick, if you're looking for vinyl windows and are in Southern California, then yes these are the brands I would consider — add Milgard in there.

I also happen to like the Andersen vinyl sliders, but they are going to be more expensive. You can get order them through Home Depot though and they may not be too cost prohibitive. Then you just need to find a local installer to do the work...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Triangle Windows In California

We are looking to replace existing true triangle (as opposed to trapezoid) windows (7' 10" x 1" to 36"). We would prefer narrow sight lines to complement the mid-century architecture of the home. We are looking for cost effective options that meet prescriptive energy efficiency requirements (southern CA). Are there any recommended manufacturers for picture/fixed triangle windows?

Teri - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Teri, I think my recommendations are not going to be specific for triangle windows -- you will have to ask the local dealers if they custom make these windows, most of the larger manufacturers will. The three vinyl window companies I usually recommend for California include Milgard, Anlin and Amerimax. I usually throw in Simonton as a fourth option. Let me know the bids for your project when you get them and I'd be more than happy to give you my take on the prices etc.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard Windows vs Vinylmax

Hi Dane, I'm replacing old wood windows vinyl windows in a 1910 brick bungalow which is a rental property. So far I've had bids for Milgard and Vinylmax Windows with a combination of double hung, sliders and fixed units, depending on the room. Are they comparable products? Are they reasonably good quality or do you have brands you prefer? Both carry good warranties. Prices are fairly close, with Milgard being slightly more expensive

Andrea - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Andrea, I would say that Milgard would be considered a bit better, but only just. Of course, each company offers a number of different window series or models and these will offer better or worse energy efficiency, quality, overall construction, etc. Having said that, all of what you wrote looks correct -- generally similar products and prices. I would probably go with the Milgard Tuscany over everything that Vinylmax sells except for their Newton model.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard Or Simonton Windows

Thank you for your timely reply. As I have spoken to vendors/installers in this area, it seems that they lean toward Millgard or Simonoton. What do you think of Simonton? I have read some real horror stories about Millgard on the web, but who knows?!

Jeff - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jeff, if you are looking for the strongest windows that can hold up to harsh conditions, you may want to look at an aluminum clad window. The problem is they aren't very energy efficient. Milgard makes a good aluminum window, Don Young out of Houston might be available in your area and they make a good aluminum window as well.

You can also go with a good quality vinyl window. In Arizona, I would recommend Milgard, Amerimax and Anlin. All three of these brands will have companies in your area that carry and install these windows and they are my west coast go to vinyl window companies.

I would suggest getting 4 or 5 bids and trying to get a consensus as to what the local companies think is the best window option for your climate and environment. The desert is a tough place so finding the best fit is key - the local companies should have a better idea of the right fit.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard vs Andersen

I'm having a hard time finding window options for a home in Oregon. I'm looking to replace 10 large slider windows with new vinyl slider windows. We get lots of rain, occasional wind storms with rain, hot summers, and cool winters. The readily available windows are Pella, Andersen, and Milgard. The first two window companies have not been recommended, while Milgard has been so-so on the recommendations. Your thoughts? Other recommendations for window manufacturers? Thank You!

David - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

David, I agree with you on Pella, their vinyl windows are not the best in the business. Andersen doesn't make vinyl windows, although they do own American Craftsman and Silverline, which are generally considered very low end vinyl window options. The Andersen 100 composite window is a possibility, but I do think there are some better options out there. (Although I must say that Home Depot sells the Andersen 100 window at a very reasonable cost. I would find my own installer though outside of HD if you do decide to go this route.)

In your state, you should be able to find Amerimax Windows, Milgard and Simonton. All of these manufacturers make a good vinyl window, although I would not recommend their entry level vinyl option. In terms of Simonton, I would say go for their Impressions Series or their premium Reflections options.

In terms of Milgard, I think their windows are good, not the best in the business, but very solid. Remember, you can buy a good mid grade vinyl window and be fine for the next 20 years easy. The big issue is the installation, if this gets screwed up, it doesn't matter how good the window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Milgard Windows Warranty

We went with Milgards for a few reasons, mainly the warranty and their reputation for a good product. I've been happy with them, no drafts or anything else, but the dealer we went through has been awful. Several different things were ordered wrong, grids and wrong sized windows and several other issues. The windows are still good, though, I would get Milgards again, just with a different dealer.

Gary- Homeowner - from 2011


Milgard vs Anlin Windows

Anlin has a great reputation on the West coast. I would get a quote from someone like Milgard to compare your current quote to. Some will argue that Milgard products are better and other people like Anlins, I think they're comparable and each make a good window. Either way you should be satisfied, they are sturdy and they look great.

Jeff - Installer - from 2012

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Milgard Windows Complaints

I know a lot of people like Milgards but we've had a lot of problems. I think it started with a bad install, we had all of our windows replaced and so far at least 18 of them have leaked. Milgard was great about it, sent someone out to fix them right away each time I called, but they left them looking awful. There's big chunks of caulk, it looks like someone stuck gum on my window frames, and it's starting to peel off in places so we'll need more fixes. I don't know why we've had so many problems, but I paid a lot of money for windows that now look horrible. I wouldn't recommend Milgards.

Deborah - Homeowner - from 2010


Milgard Classic vs Certainteed

I got two bids for replacement windows on my home here in SoCal. We have 60 windows, so I knew it would be high, but the Milgard Classic quote was for $32,000. The CertainTeed New Castle was under $23,000. Is there really that much difference in quality? The person I've talked to at CertainTeed is great, always answers the phone and is very helpful. The other salesman is awful, never returns calls. Customer service is important but I also want good windows.

Dale - Homeowner - from 2005

[Contractor Response]

Milgard is better, hands down. If you don't like the dealer you can find another one, they are everywhere. I've had tons of trouble with CertainTeeds and they don't stand behind their product.

Brett - Installer from 2005


Milgard vs Amsco Windows

I think Amsco makes pretty good windows. I'd go with Milgard as my first choice, but Amsco is better than Simonton. You'll definitely get a better price if you're doing at least one side of the house, one window at a time gets steep.

Mike - Homeowner in Colorado - from 2005






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