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Read 88 Milgard windows reviews and see what homeowners and contractors think of the Style Line, Tuscany, Ultra, Quietline, Essence, Hermosa, Montecito, and aluminum window series.

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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

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 Styleline vs. Pella 250

Dane, we are getting quotes for a whole house replacement project (~22 windows) of 25 year old aluminum windows. Our home is at altitude in the southwest. We are planning to redo our stucco as well, so we are going with new construction replacements. Our contractor has quoted us Pella 250 and Milgard Styleline for almost the same price. We don’t yet have Pella 350 or Milgard Tuscany quotes, but we’ve been told to expect about 20% more for either one. Do you have any comments on these choices? Based on other reviews I’m guessing you’d recommend the Tuscany, or perhaps a different manufacturer entirely. Any advice would be great.

Jesse - Homeowner - from 2019

Milgard Style Line vs Tuscany

My wife and I are looking to replace some large picture windows in our house: 41"x76", 41"x31", and 95"x31." The windows are all southern exposure, but are protected from direct sunlight by a covered deck (see picture below). We would like to preserve the view as much as possible, but also want quality windows that will last a long time and provide us with energy efficiency.

We live in the far northeastern part of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, so it routinely gets into the 90s during the summer, and will go over 100 for a few weeks a year. It's not quite Phoenix, but it also isn't the beach.

We have a quote we are happy with, but wanted your opinion on Milgard Style Line vs Tuscany for these windows. You clearly favor Tuscany over Style Line in the other reviews, but I wanted to be sure that this was still the case with picture windows, as there are no moving parts to consider. Is the Tuscany still an appreciable step up from Style Line in this instance? This isn't a question of price for us, but one of aesthetics.

Or, is there another manufacturer we should consider that makes a good window with a thin frame, akin to the Style Line?

Thank you for your time and your helpful website.

- Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Eric. I do like Milgard products, they are a very solid mid range vinyl window and door manufacturer that makes sense for home in Southern California. In terms of patio sliders, I think the Styleline is just fine, especially if you want the slimmer frame. You will sacrifice a bit on the energy efficiency, but that shouldn't be too big a deal with the patio slider.

The other brand you could look at would be Anlin, but they will definitely be more expensive than the Styleline or Tuscany models from Milgard. Anlin makes a better window for sure, but not as big a deal with the patio slider in my opinion. I'd get a bid from a local rep just to see what you think of their sliders and to get another price.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Style Line vs. Simonton Daylight Max

3 quotes for 25 windows, plus a sliding patio door and a french door. The Milgard Style Line bid is $16,980, the Simonton Daylight Max bid is $18,410, and the AMI 80 Series bid is $16,650.

Mari - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mari, I like the Simonton Daylight Max bid over the Milgard or the AMI.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Styleline Concerns

Hi Dane! I was reading all the comments on the pricing page about Milgard. You guys repeatedly suggest people upgrade to the Tuscany line, but I wanted Styleline because of the narrower sills/frame. I get little direct light through the few windows I have, so I want the most window that I can.

But now you have made me nervous about this choice. I’m doing the patio door first - then later will do the windows. I’ve found no other brand that can do a narrow look on both patio and windows. (Jeld-Wen can only do the door). What do you think? Also, on pricing: I’ve gotten two bids for the patio door, which is very slightly oversized and about 8x9 feet. One company bid $2600 for the door, another bid $1,039. Only difference I can see is that one includes SunCoatMax vs plain SunCoat. That is a big difference.

Alternative, the “do it all” company shows just $450 for installation. The other gave me an installer name, and he wants $1200 to install. I have NO idea what is normal. I’m waiting on a third bid to compare. I’ve waited 25 years to update this terrible patio door - want to get a good one that will last.

Karen - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Karen, the Styleline is a more narrower version of the Tuscany (there are more differences, but this is the main one), so you sacrifice on energy efficiency and the overall sturdiness of the window. I try to recommend windows that are nice and sturdy for consumers for the long term cost. The Styleline is fine for small to medium openings, but I'd be wary about big sliders with a long span. There is always a sacrifice when you choose narrow windows, but the Styleline is generally a decent vinyl window.

I'd go with the less expensive door.

Big difference in installation costs. If the $450 do it all company has a good reputation, than this is what I would do.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Replacing Milgard Style Line Series

Hi Tim, I am just starting the process of getting bids on replacement windows for my home in Southern California. We currently have Milgard Style Line series but want to upgrade to a brand that allows for exterior color, has better energy efficiency and style options. So far, I have met with two companies and felt with both like I was dealing with a car salesman. Both vendors went through the window styles etc. but were adamant that I tell them what grid lines I want, exactly what style window I wanted in each of the 44 windows etc. So they could make their bid.

I know that eventually I will need to be very specific about these items but wanted to know how important it was that I have these details available at this part of the bidding process? Will I be able to change my preferences once I decide what vendor to go with or will it affect the price so significantly that I need to have these elements thought out before I meet with the next salesman? Also, what format is a typical estimate given in?

My Anlin dealer simply sent me one number in an email with no detail broken out? When I pushed him for the breakdown of labor, parts, tax he then gave me three numbers. Is that what I should expect from a quote? Shouldn’t they have a window breakdown with sizes, quantities etc? Lastly, when it comes to sliding glass doors do you feel all of the companies you recommend (Milgard, Anlin etc) have the same quality as they do with their windows?

Thank you for your time. This site is really fantastic and I appreciate your honesty and straightforward explanations. I never knew buying windows could be such a process with so many options and details to consider!

With much appreciation,

Christy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Christy, they should be able to give you a bid with or without grids. Often, they will simply give you a per window cost to add them in. So it's important to review the final work order before it goes out to the factory if you are making changes/upgrades etc. to your order.

The format of estimates is all over the board. Many companies have slick computer programs where they put in the measurements and particulars for each and every window and send that out for the customer to sign off on. That gives them recourse if the customer comes back and complains that they didn't get what they ordered. Other companies are much more slip shod in their work orders. It really is all over the place, depending on who you go with.

I would probably rank the Anlin patio door over the Milgard, but not by much. Both of these over the Simonton, but again not by much.

Feel free to send me the bids and I'll give you my three cents!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Styleline vs. Ply Gem 200

We're building a small home in southern Oregon, sort of a chalet style in that it has a big double row of mostly stationary windows in the great room/kitchen area, but then most of the other windows are fairly small, nothing over 40"x40" in the other rooms. 22 windows total, and we're going to definitely use vinyl. Looking for good "middle of the road" windows, will probably use a color on the exterior and white inside.

In our area (Grants Pass) PG sells a couple of light colors that would work, but the Milgard makes quite a few more color options, and brag about their high tech color system they've developed with Behr which supposedly resists fading well, which if true would be good as we are also considering darker colors, though we haven't made up our minds.

Contractor likes Ply Gem and Milgard, no real preference but points out Milgard "usually more expensive", and price is a factor for us. I am looking at Ply Gem's 200 Pro Series, and also at Milgard's Styleline series. Like the Styleline not so much for the slimmer profile (though I do like that) but because the price point looks to be less than their Montecito or Tuscany lines. I'm guessing the Styleline's slimness contributes to the lower price, but also wonder about durability vs the others.

In terms of quality, durability, and price, which do you think would be the best choice? Also would love your opinions on whether darker exterior colors in Milgard's vinyl really will stand up?

Thank you!

Terry - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Terry, I don’t think there’s a big difference between the Ply Gem 200 Pro and the Milgard Styleline. I’d probably give the nod to the Ply Gem in terms of overall quality.

The Styleline series isn’t going to be quite as durable as the Tuscany. Personally, I think the increase in price point is well worth it long term, but I understand that it stings at the get go. I think if your builder has used the Ply Gem 200 Pro and feels comfortable with them, then I would differ to him.

In terms of color and fading, I haven’t seen evidence that the Milgard holds up any better than other manufacturers. Of course, they might be right, I just haven’t seen it.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Style Line vs. Brothers Home Improvement

I just signed a contract (in the Sacramento area) with Chriswell Home Improvements to install 30 Milgard Style Line (mainly to preserve the views, but also pricing) windows of various sizes (including a couple large trapezoids) and four large sliding doors for $30,000, supposedly 35% off retail. The deal was only valid if I signed right then, but I have three days to cancel if I wish.

I also had an earlier quote from Brothers Home Improvement using their own proprietary line (I think) for about $24,000. I went with the Milgard because I had been under the impression they were higher end...but after doing some research and finding your site, I’m not so sure I took the right deal.

So I’m wondering if you have experience with Brothers and their product, and how they would compare with Chriswell’s Milgard offering. Any insights or suggestions would be highly appreciated.

If it helps, winters here only occasionally dip below freezing, but summers often get over 100 degrees.

Derek - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Derek, I don't have any experience with either one of those local companies. Brothers Home Improvement has lots of good yelp reviews. Chriswell Home Improvements has good reviews, but way less of them.

My big concern here is the price per window. I have no idea of the quality of window of Brothers Home Improvement. The Styleline is Milgard's entry window and not the window I would have in my home. I would at least have the Tuscany model with an upgraded glass.

I think you need a couple more bids -- I'm not saying the bids you have are unfair because sliding doors can easily run $2K to $3K each. I would try and get the performance data on the Brothers Home Improvement windows and see how they compare to the Styleline and Tuscany. Then I would read all of their reviews...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Styleline vs. Hermosa

Just spoke with a local dealer, Designer Door and Window in Plano, Texas. He was recommending the Milgard Stlyeline over the Hermosa ( texas). The sun comes directly in the back of the house. What window will be more energy efficient ? I want a higher end vinyl window. Enough of the builder specials that is currently on our house. Need this to last and lower our a/c bill. Thanks.

Karen - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Karen, that's surprising that he would recommend the Styleline, considering it's their more entry level vinyl window. I would recommend calling up a Milgard dealer in another Texas city and simply getting a second opinion. I would say at the very least go with the Milgard Tuscany over the Styleline. The Tuscany is a better window and shouldn't cost more than 15% more than the Styleline. I would recommend upgrading to the sash reinforcement on whatever window you do go with.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Style Line vs. Ply Gem Builder Grade

Ply Gem Builder Grade vs. Milgard Style Line

I've been on your site and found it very helpful in terms of trying to figure out which manufacturer and line of windows is better than another. We are building a new house; the builder usually uses builder grade Ply Gem vinyl windows.

From your site, we were able to determine that the Ply Gem Pro would be a better option. When we discussed upgrading to the Ply Gem Pro with the builder, we were told that only the Ply Gem builder grade windows were manufactured locally in the DFW area, and they would rather recommend other local manufacturers than ship windows in from out-of-state (to minimize potential delays in case of window breakage during construction).

We were told Milgard windows would be an upgrade from the Ply Gem builder grade windows. We believe either the Milgard Style Line series or the Milgard Hermosa are made locally whereas the Milgard Tuscany line would have to be shipped perhaps from Colorado. When we asked our builder which Milgard line they were recommending, we were told that the installer would be pricing the Burris TectView EX window instead, which they felt would be a better quality product.

We want to purchase windows that will provide energy efficiency and not give us problems, from a company that truly stands behind its products. We previously lived in Pennsylvania and had Andersen casement window (wood interior with metal exterior cladding) that were 35 years old and never had any of those windows fog up or give us problems. We did have one lock break, but were able to order an exact replacement (part and bronze color) with no problem or great expense.

Since you don't seem to have much information about Burris on your site, I'm emailing to see if you could provide some insight on what you would recommend for this area of Texas. Everything I read seems to indicate vinyl is a better choice for Texas over the wood windows we had in Pennsylvania. We would like to find a window company here that provides a comparable level of product quality and customer service.

We are looking to install approx.. 400 sq. ft. of windows [(15) 3'x6' single-hung, (4) 3'x5' single-hung, (1) 2'x4' single-hung, (2) 6'x1'-6' transoms, (1) 1'x4' transom, (1) 3'x6'-6' picture window, and (1) 4'x5' picture window]. The quote included Low-E double-pane Argon-filled glass, and for the Ply Gem builder grade windows was $4,400. A Milgard distributor/installer quoted Style Line @ $6700, Hermosa @$7300, and Tuscany @ $8500. We haven't had a chance to look at and don't have pricing on the Burris TectView EX line yet. Any comments or recommendations'

Sherry - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Response]

Sherry, I understand about not wanting to ship from out of state, but I personally wouldn't go with Burris for my house. The Milgard Tuscany is a good window, worth the price in the upgrade from the Styleline.

I know that Sunrise has a dealer or two in Texas that may service your area -- give them a call and see if they do. Okna also should have a dealer or two in Texas and the same thing applies to them. Both of these brands are much better than Burris or Ply Gem.

Also look at NT Presidential or Energy Master series. Don Young also makes adecent vinyl window and they are avaiable throughout the state.

Any of the four brands I mentioned would be a good option. The Milgard Tuscany is probably on par with the Ply Gem Pro or the mid range Don Young vinyl window.

Let me know wht you find!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Style Line Quote vs. Anlin Catalina

Hi, I live near Santa Cruz, CA and have two quotes from highly reviewed installation companies that vary considerably-- $8,000 between the two quotes. I'm trying to figure out if the window type is significantly different or what could be making that much of a quote difference. We have a lot of windows—28. Both were quotes for the entire house.

First, Angie's list didn't have anything listed that I saw on the freely available portion for any installation companies in this area. I'll be looking into buying a month of reviews to see what I can find. Yelp reviews average out to be essentially the same between the two companies.

The Milgard quote was $15,000 and was listed as Low E. Beyond that, I don't have any specifics on the type of Milgrad window. We would have to remove and reinstall all of our blinds (the house came with three different style of blinds throughout the house).

The Anlin quote was for the Catalina Infinit windows and came in at $22,000. Removal and re-installation of the blinds is included in this quote.

From the research I've done I have a couple of questions/clarifications. In terms of the difference in quotes, my assumption (that I will clarify) is that the Milgrad quote was for a more basic window than the Catalina Anlin windows. Is this a correct assumption?

It seems, again from CA research that there seems to be more buyers regret with Milgrad's customer service compared to Anlin.

I know it's a personal decision, but it just seems like the two quotes are significantly different and I'm trying to understand what may be causing that. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.


Jenny - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Jenny, you've done your research, which is great. I would say that Anlin makes the better window of the two companies, but I'm not quite sure its 8 grand better. Of course, it depends on which window from Milgard. I would recommend the Tuscany over the Style Line, which should run about 15% more. So let's say that puts the Milgard quote to $17,500 and a difference of $4,500. Now this makes for a tougher decision.

I would take both quotes and use this article to see how much lower you can get on both of them.

Negotiate A Window Bid

See what each one comes back at. I would put the difference maker at the $4,000 mark myself. However, I would also take a look at who is doing the installation and try to figure out what your gut tells you about which company you feel will do the better job. It does sound like both of the companies you have contacted offer good installation reviews though. (Awesome...)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

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 Styleline 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 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 vs Trinsic

Hi, I live in Palm Desert Ca. where it can hit 125 during the summer and low 90 at night. What brand of window would be best to retro-fit.

Everybody out here calls L&L or California Windows and all I see is the Milguard Tuscany being used and the prices are through the roof. Some of the houses I have seen done that are similar to mine with about 10 different windows of which half are just small fixed transom windows are costing close to 20K.

The other one out here is Window World which is a lot less cost but I did read on your site they are just low grade builder windows. I plan on being in this retirement house for at least anther 25 years so something that can last and help with the heat and dust would be great.

I also considered Lowe's but all I can find there are Pella and have always been told they are very pricey and not any better than the Milguard brand.

With the exception of the larger windows I can install the smaller ones myself if that is an option someone offers.

Thank you.

Frank - Homeowner - from 2021

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Frank, the four brands I would recommend in the desert are Anlin, Amerimax, Milgard, and Simonton, in that order. You are correct, prices are through the roof right now. It's crazy in certain places, with long lead times.

I would stay away from WW myself. They sell MI and AMI windows.

If you are considering doing the installation, I would search for a Simonton dealer who carries the Reflections 5500 series. A good vinyl window. They would be the most likely to see to you directly. But try the others dealers just to find out.

Pella's vinyl windows are just okay, sort of on par with Milgard. Actually, they are probably a bit better, but often quite a bit more expensive.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2021

Milgard Vinyl Window Tuscany Series

Hello Dane, I live in Portland Oregon, and plan to replace my 30+ year old metal windows with Milgard vinyl windows, “Tuscany” line. There will be 10 windows, some quite large: 3’ x 7’. I respect your opinion and welcome your input and recommendations.

Helen - Homeowner - from 2021

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Helen, the Milgard Tuscany is a very solid mid range vinyl window. Assuming the company you are using has good to great online reviews, then I would say you should absolutely consider this option.

I struggle to provide many recommendations in the Pacific Northwest. You cold find a Simonton dealer, although I would stick with their following series: Simonton 9800 and Simonton Reflections 5500. Amerimax may have a dealer in your area.

A google search for "Amerimax windows in Portland, Oregon” should bring up local companies who carry the brand.

In these cases, I usually recommend going to Angie’s list and to Yelp in order to locate a solid local window dealer with top of the line reviews. Call them up, get the bid, and compare. Feel free to shoot your bids over to me and I'm more than happy to provide you with my take on what you have.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2021

Milgard Tuscany In Idaho

Hi Dane. I see lots of good comments on Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Zen, Simonton, etc., but I can't find any distributors West of the Rockies. Do they not sell in the west? My house to be built is in Orofino, Idaho (83544) - not that far from Lewiston or even Spokane, Wa. Any ideas? Thanks and take care,

Kelly - Homeowner - from 2020

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Kelly, yes you are correct that none of those windows are available in the west. The options in Idaho are a bit limited. Simonton is available everywhere though, as well as Ply Gem (which owns them). The Simonton Reflections 5500 window is a good option and the Ply Gem Pro and Premium models are good-ish replacement windows.

Other brands that may be available include Anlin, Amerimax, Milgard, and possibly Zen (although I don't think they have made it there yet.)

Not all will have dealers in your zip code, but a google search for "Anlin windows in [your city, state]" (as an example) should bring up local companies who carry the brand. Do this for each brand you are interested in searching. Call them up, get the bid, and compare. Feel free to shoot your bids over to me and I'm more than happy to provide you with my take on what you have.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

[Kelly's Reply]

Hi Dane, Anlin responded to me that they do mainly replacement, not new window installations. Also, they have no presence in Idaho. :(

I did find a store that carries the Milgard. I'll probably go with the Tuscany series. Do you know if these come prepped for new construction?

Lastly, a couple of questions on efficiency of windows. It appears that casement windows are the best sealed, with single hung being next in line? Being in Northern Idaho, it's hard to know what coatings to buy. Thoughts?

Thanks and take care.

Kelly - Homeowner - from 2020

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Kelly, the Tuscany comes as either a replacement or in new construction. The only real difference is that new construction has a nailing fin along the top and sides for secrue installation.

The most energy efficient windows are fixed frame or non-operable windows. Casements and awning windows are typically the most efficient of the operable windows. Double hungs are often more energy efficient than single hungs, but not always. Some single hung windows can have very good numbers.

In the past, single hung were often built cheaply and therefore had very poor numbers. Not always the case anymore. My advise is to get the u-value, air infiltration, visible transmittance, and condensation resistance of any window you are thinking of purchasing. The first two numbers are especially important. You want a u-value of .30 or less and and AI of .10 or less.

Migard Tuscany Quotes

Thank you ahead of time for your time and expertise. I am having adifficult time making a final selection between a few vendors/lines of windows. I have a house in the Los Angeles area with 12 windows and one slider. I have narrowed it down to Anlin (which I prefer)–Catalina or Del Mar and Milgard Tuscany. I have spoken to six different companies and received various quotes covering the gamut. I have received several quotes for the Anlin Catalina line.

Unfortunately, I only have one quote for the Anlin Del Mar line because there is only one reseller in my area. I am trying to decide if the additional cost for the Del Mar is worth the extra money.

The Migard Tuscany quotes include 1/8” over 1/8” glass with SunCoatMax. Includes slider with SmartTouch handle and deadbolt. All quotes include Style Line bathroom windows because Tuscany cannot be made that small due to thickness and size.


The Anlin Catalina quotes include 1/8” over 3/16” (free sound package upgrade) with Infinte Plus and pull tight cam locks. Includes Malibu slider and extra deadbolt.


The Anlin Del Mar quotes includes 1/8” over 3/16” with Infinte Plus and pull tight cam locks. Includes Malibu slider and extra deadbolt.

Here are my random thoughts:

I like the Del Mar extras with including the fiberglass inserts, more weather-stripping, foam frame fills and better screens…..but is it worth it????

One of the sticking points has been with the Catalina rollers. I have heard that the Catalina rollers will flat spot over time because they can not withstand the extra weight of the sound package glass which we have been quoted on the Catalina windows (supposedly a free upgrade). Have you heard of any issues with the Catalina line of windows with the heavier sound package glass?

I have heard Milgard is going out of business. That they have been bought out and they are going to phase out their windows. That their customer service is terrible. Blah, Blah, Blah....thoughts?

I have not tried to wheel and deal with any of these vendors. They all supposedly gave me their best price. The Del Mar reseller started way up in the 18K range in the beginning. I am sure there is some room in there from all of them.

To make matters worse….I like the reseller of the Del Mar windows the best.

Any thoughts? Thank you for your time!

John - Homeowner - from 2020

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Hi John, so I do like the upgrades of the Del Mar but are they worth $2K? Tough to say actually, it’s sort of a personal opinion. They are both good windows and the best on the west coast, much better than the Milgard.

My advise is this: if you are planning to stay in this house long term, go with the Del Mar. If you are unsure where you will be in 8 to 10 years, I’d save yourself the money and go with the Catalina or the Tuscany.

I had heard that Milgard was closing down two plants, one in Colorado and one in Pennsylvania. I would really doubt they are going to close shop — if they do, the

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

[John's Reply]

Thank you Dane for your response. I think you typed what I was already thinking. We don't plan on moving anytime soon and I am leaning towards the Del Mar windows.

Do you think the price quotes look fair based on the Milgard, Catalina and Del Mar quotes listed below. I expected Milgard to be less then Anlin which it was.

FYI - I reached out Anlin directly about the so-called roller problem with Catalina windows with the Sun Package glass installed on them. The gentlemen that I spoke to has worked at Anlin for over 20 years and said that the Catalina windows are almost 20 years old and he has been installing the sun package on them for a lot longer then the Del Mar window have been out. He has not experienced any issues with the Catalana rollers. He did say that the rollers on the Del Mar are better but the Catalina rollers are perfectly fine.

Thank you again.

John - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

I would say the prices look pretty fair to me. The price difference between the Anlin and the Milgard sounds about right, so I’m assuming that the prices are fair quotes.

I’ve not heard about issues with the slider rollers, but hopefully the sales person’s assurances are enough for you.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Milgard Tuscany vs. Anlin Del Mar Series

Hello TIm, I am hoping you can help me determine whether the quote I received today for replacing 3 old Milgard Tuscany windows with new Anlin Del Mar windows is reasonable. I can see from previous reviews the Anlin Del Mar is a very good product. I live in Tucson Arizona and currently there seems to be only one window installation company here that carries the Anlin window brand. So, unfortunately I have only one quote for the Del Mar.

1 qty -Half vent XO slider 72”x 60” dual pane glass with Quadra Therm Low E 340 / price $1,350

2 qty – Single Hung -Sash Height One Half 36”x 60”/ price $1,050 each ( Also, gave me a quote for Double Hung at $1,078 each)

The total quote for the Anlin Del Mar XO slider and 2 single hung was $3,450 I did get a quote from another installation company for the Milgard Tuscany XO slider ($930) and 2 single hung ($760 each) for a total quote of $2,450, but prefer the Anlin Del Mar windows.

The total quote for the Anlin Del Mar XO slider and 2 double hung was $3,506 ( Milgard Tuscany total quote was $2,570)

I appreciate any help you can give me .

Thank you!

Tom - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Based on the Milgard quote, the Anlin quote sounds pretty reasonable. Not cheap by any means, but the Anlin is the much different product over the Milgard. You might want to try a Simonton quote for the Impressions 9800 or the Reflections 5500 series. A very good window and one more quote might tell you if the Anlin and Milgard quote is fair or not.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Milguard vs. Anlin Del Mar Take II

I'm buying 13 replacement windows and live in Los Angeles (the valley). Have met with five companies and one more to go this Saturday (a referal from friend who flips houses). Been looking at Anlin and Milguard.

Below are quotes:

American Deluxe Windows $7,900 for Anlin/Catalina

American Vision Windows $8,277.28 Anlin/Del Mar

Frontier Windows $7,900 for Milgard

Sivan Windows $7,218 for Premium Windows (sales person liked over Milgard)

I am looking for single hung but with tilt down for easy cleaning and I don't think Milgard has that.

Oh and the kicker I'm saving for last that you will laugh at was a quote from California Deluxe Windows....they wanted $15,125 for their own brand of windows.

I keep leaning toward Anlin but would love to get a lower price.

Tracy - Homeowner - from 2018

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Tracy, I agree with you that the Anlin is the better product for the Milgard. (The California Deluxe price is crazy...) You could certainly see if you could get a lower price on the Anlin. Here's a link to an article that suggests an approach to finding a window companies floor price.

I was confused what product Sivan windows was selling. I've never heard of them, but checked their yelp and google reviews. Very good reviews! Lowest price and fantastic reviews is a tough recipe not to explore further. I'm assuming they sell their own window? If so, see if you can get the performance data from them on the specific window: double hung, casement, etc. Casements have the best numbers by the way and they are relatively easy to clean and maintain. Get the air infiltration number (0.10 or lower), U-value (0.30 or lower), CR (55 or higher), and design pressure (35 or higher).

Love to hear what you find out!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Tuscany vs. Simonton Daylight Max

Tim, I live in Seattle, WA area and need to replace 8 windows and a big bay window, which are basically falling out of their holes in my house. I read your site and you seem to like the Milgard Tuscany. You also recommend Anlin, but they aren't available in Washington. We plan to stay in this house for many years to come so I want to make sure I do this right.

Our bid on the Milgard Tuscany was $12,800, while the Simonton Daylight Max was $13,200. One more bid on the Pella 250 for $13,500. These all included the rot repair on the siding, the work on the window seat around the bay window, and the work on the interior wood casing.

The contractor who would be doing the work comes highly recommended.

Are these reasonable bids or not?

Matty - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Matty, since the three bids are all very close to one another, I would imagine that that's the going rate for the windows and considerable installation work. I would probably rank the windows with the Milgard Tuscany on top, then the Simonton Daylight Max, and then the Pella 250. The Tuscany and Daylight Max are close though and the Daylight Max in a casement has an impressive air infiltration rate. The thing I don't love about the Tuscany though is the capture still design, but it's a solid mid range vinyl window. Either of these would be my picks, I would probably pass on the Pella 250 model.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Tuscany Series vs. Anlin Monte Verde Bay View

Hello Tim, I hope you are having a good week. I wanted to follow up on my email from last week. I got a quote from Newman and couple other vendors for Milgard. Newman was better priced compared to others.

Newman Quote:
22 Windows: $9643
1 French Door: $1862
Total Material: $11,505 (Material cost is similar to Dixieline)
Labor: $150/ window and $550/Door = $3850.
Total: $15,355

So now pretty much it boils down to:

Anlin Monte Verde Bay View series @ $14.3k

Milgard Tuscany series @15.3k

Now that both are at almost similar price point, what do you think is a better option?

Since, as you mentioned in the previous email, both windows are in the mid-range category and not that different from each other, I am inclining towards Anlin Bay view series, unless you advice otherwise.

Thank you for your time and advice.

Kinza - Homeowner - from 2018

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Kinza, I think either bid is pretty solid. I must say that, in my experience, Newman is a very good local company that will provide the quality of installation and long term assistance that most consumers would be very fortunate to have.

Having said that, I think if the same could be said about the Anlin installer and you feel more comfortable with them, then certainly go with them. Just make sure to do your due diligence in vetting the anilin installer.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Tuscany vs. Andersen Renewal

My husband and I own a home in the Seattle area and need to replace 10 windows, 6 of which are quite large and the other 4 I suppose normal size. The windows are double paned, with low-e glass and argon fills—I think pretty standard features, no crazy upgrades. I have been collecting quotes and this is what I have.

Andersen Renewal: $29K
Milgard Tuscany: $12K

Ruth - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ruth, these are such wildly different quotes it's tough to compare them. Renewal spends lots of money on advertising etc and this is often seen in their bids. $29,000 for 10 windows (even for very large windows) is an incredibly steep price. They do have a nice product, but I think the Sunrise Restorations for example is the far superior product to their composite fiber frame. Unfortunately, Sunrise Restorations is not available in your area.

The Milgard Tuscany is a decent mid range vinyl window, although it does use a pocket sill, which funnels water through the window frame and then out weep holes. This is a poor window design feature that is not ideal for rainy climates like the Pacific Northwest. I often recommend this window in drier climates as a solid mid range product, but not so much in rainy ones.

I think you need a couple more quotes to round out your offerings. Feel free to send them my way and as always I will throw in my two cents -- hopefully worth more than two cents.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Tuscany vs. Anlin Monte Verde Bay View

Hello Tim, I live in San Diego and bought a house in 2016. House is built in 1984 with original single pane windows. I am planning to replace 22 windows and a patio door in my house. House is in the fire zone and hence need a tempered glass as well. I got below quotes to replace 22 windows and 1 french patio door.

Anlin Monte Verde Bay View series (from a well reviewed contractor) (got 2 quotes as well – both are similar)
White vinyl, low-e, argon filled, tempered glass
Total $14k. 11k for material and 3k for labor ($125 per window and $300 for patio door).

Milgard Tuscany from Dixieline (I am planning to get couple more quotes).
White vinyl, SuncoatMax (low-e), gray EdgeGard spacer with argon, tempered glass, smart touch lock.
Total $17k. 11k for material and 6k for labor ($250 per window and $700 for patio door).

Anlin Delmar series (another well reviewed contractor):
White vinyl, low-e, argon filled, tempered glass
Total $21K. Contractor didn’t give the breakdown but I got couple of quotes for this series and both were around $21k. The only breakdown I have is for French door: $4200, Sliding patio door: $2800, material + labor inclusive. (Note: $21k above includes 22 windows and 1 french door)

Why is the price for material same for both manufacturers (Bayview and Milgard) even when Milgard Tuscany is a better window? Is Dixieline selling a watered down version of the Milgard that I would find with a private contractor? Or am I being up charged for the bayview series?

Also, labor is pretty high for Dixieline. Based on my research, $125-$175 is the normal price for retro fit window replacement. $250 seems excessive. I guess I can probably negotiate on this further.

I thought Bayview series quote was fantastic until I got the Milgard Tuscany quote which has essentially same price for the materials. What should I do? Just go with Bayview series or cough up little more an get Milgard Tuscany windows?

Sorry for the long winded question but I would definitely appreciate your insight.

Kinza - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kinza, I honestly think the Anlin Monte Verde Bay View is a decent enough vinyl window for most places in San Diego. It's a mild climate that doesn't get tons of rain. The Monte Verde isn't the best window out there, but it's pretty solid and the price quote you have sounds very reasonable to me.

I'm not convinced the Tuscany is that much better than the Monte Verde. I would say they are both in the spectrum of mid range vinyl windows.

I think the big issue for me would be the quality of the contractor/installer. It sounds like you have done your homework and found all solid companies with good reviews.

You might want to get a bid from Newman Windows, which also sells the Tuscany. I'd be curious to see how their pricing compares with Dixieline.

The quote on the Del Mar sounds pretty steep to me.

I like the Monte Verde bid so far to be honest.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Tuscany vs. Window World 6500

Dane, wanted your opinion on replacement sliders. I have 2 sets of French doors that we want to replace (61”x80”). We do want to have the integrated blind option (we understand the risks there). I live in Boise Idaho and contacted a few of the local places.

Window World 6500 series - $3k/door (I know you aren’t big on their products). Their warranty sounds pretty good but warranties are nothing without good customer service.

Milgard Tuscany - $2100/door. Price might creep up a bit since this was a budgetary quote. You generally like these guys.

Local company selling Amerimax 2200 at $3k/door. Also recommended by you guys for us out in the West.

I checked renewal by Andersen but they weren’t very helpful so pulled them from the list. Right now the Milgard looks pretty attractive given the cost even with a modest increase in cost/door. Looking for another opinion on my choices.

James - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

James, I agree with you on the Milgard Tuscany based on the price. Of course, if the price starts going way up, then the Amerimax becomes a possibility. But the Tuscany is so much less that it’s tough to get away from it. Good slider, good company.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Thanks Dane. As a side note. I learned today that Amerimax is likely to discontinue its 2200 series door (only one with blinds). Seems I’m really only left one option anyways.

The final cost for two Tuscany doors installed is $4700. Still seems like a pretty solid price

James - Homeowner - from 2018

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


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. ( 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 Trinsic Window Reviews

The Milgard Trinsic is the company's newest vinyl window, introduced in 2018. It incorporates a sleeker and more contemporary design. From an energy efficiency standpoint, the Trinsic should be rather close to the Tuscany. I haven't actually seen the numbers yet, so I'm not going to give out any details until I see some.

If you live on the west coast and want a more modern looking window with even sightlines, this would be one of the windows I'd advise consumers to take a look at. The Milgard Trinsic is not a world beater, but it is a nice mid range window that should come in at a mid range price.

Tim - Site Editor

Milgard Trinsic Inserts Quality Control Issues

Hi Gents, I was about to pull the trigger on 25 Milgard Trinsic inserts on my home, which included Bronze premium color. Project is in the SF Bay Area. The pricing is good when I compared 4 quotes, but then I started hearing very concerning stories about Milgard quality control (scratched up frames and exterior color) from dealer/installer outfits I was speaking with. Is this something you're hearing? I'm thinking of pivoting to Simonton Premium or Madeira, unless this is a problem across all brands due to manufacturing strains. I don't like the uneven sight line of Daylight max.

Oh, one more thing... on your site you mention higher quality vinyl windows, which I'm curious about. No one I've spoken with in the SF Bay Area seems to know Sunrise, HiMark, or Okna. Who is better than Milgard and Simonton out here, especially if I wanted to upgrade to better vinyl?

P.S. I didn't like the beveled exterior frame look of Anlin products (even though it seems like a quality product).

Thanks, again.

Matt - Homeowner - from 2021

[Site Editor's Answer]

Matt, I have heard some negative stories about the long term integrity of Milgard's exterior colors. Mostly, these are anecdotal so I don't have any numbers to back anything up. Because Milgard is one of the better brands available in the Bay Area though, I wouldn't discount them completely because of this. I would, instead, talk to the Milgard dealer and find out about the warranty on their exterior colors in terms of fading and chipping and suss out whether I felt he was a reliable source of information.

The Daylight Max is an okay window. I haven't heard any negatives on their exterior frame colors.

The Anlin Catalina offers even sightlines, and this is still quite a solid performer. This would be my go to from what I'm hearing about your situation.

Anlin, Kolbe, Simonton, and Milgard are probably the options I would look at in the Bay Area.

Brands like Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Okna, and HiMark are unavailable west of Colorado. It's a bummer, I have to admit.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2021

Milgard Trinsic Window Option

Hi Dane, thank you for your wonderful website. I am using a contractor to do several things at my house and will use him for my windows. I am located in Phoenix, AZ and want good quality window that will stand up to the heat here, energy efficient, energy rating, and hope to get a rebate. Looking at vinyl but open to other types if you think they are better. Prefer a thin outside frame for aesthetics but I can sacrifice that for quality and better price.

My contractor offered me 3 choices of brand: Alside, Simonton or Milgard. Based on reading your site, maybe the mid-level or high-level Simonton? You mention Reflections 5500 as good. This doesn't seem to be available where I am, in the West. Which windows would you recommend? Then I can review and tell my contractor what to order.

Thank you.

Sue - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sue, the other Simonton I would recommend is the Impression 9800 series. The Milgard Trinsic uses a thin frame. This window is their latest model and is quite sleek and should compare in energy efficiency numbers to their Tuscany series. The other option in Arizona is an Anlin window. This is a better brand than the other options, but can be expensive. This is where I would start. Arizona has pretty limited options, which is frustrating.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Milgard Trinsic vs. Insignia from Apex Energy Solutions

Great site, I have found it very helpful in educating myself on windows and the replacement process. Would you mind looking into the two quotes I have received thus far and let me know your thoughts?

1) Insignia from Apex Energy Solutions. Yes, I am not a fan of their sales practices, but I can get past that for a good price and install. They quoted us $10,409 for 11 windows with outside trim included. We have some large windows, so here are the sizes:

(2) 14" x 60" Single Hung
(2) 14" x 24" Picture Window
(1) 48" x 60" Picture Window
(1) 48" x 24" Picture Window
(2) 11"x 72" Picture Window
(1) 66" x 60" Picture Window
(2) 54" x 60" Half Slider

2) We also got a quote from a local contractor for Milgard Trinsic, and the cost for those was $8,705. Same window configuration and trim as above.

For reference we are near Seattle WA, so extreme heat or cold is not a common issue for us. What are your thoughts?


Tony - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Tony, the Milgard Trinsic is an equal window to the Apex Insignia. I think the Trinsic is priced out fairly, but the Insignia is simply overpriced. Apex is often overpriced at first, so you can always go back and find out their floor price. I would doubt that it’s going to go as low as the Trinsic window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Milguard Trinsic vs. Style line

Dear Tim, I have a question about how replacement windows are being installed and also would like to get your opinion on price difference among the three Milguard series. A few months ago I had contracted This well reviewed installer through Lowes with several Milguard style line windows. During replacement, I noticed they did not use ladder to perform any sealing from outside -most of the windows were on 3rd floor of the house. They mentioned that they pre-seal around the edge and this is sufficient.

Almost everything was installed from inside the house. They did seal one window from outside since that one did not require any ladder to access. I am planning to get more windows replaced but worried about going back to the same contractor due to this practice.

Also on the quote, I got $9200 for 16 style line series windows. Trinsic series is $100 more per window and Tuscany series is another $50 more. I was not totally satisfied with the style line single hung window design as some water can be trapped inside the frame and not totally drained out from the weeping hole. Not sure if the other two series are better on that regard. From pricing point of view, which series offers more value in your mind? I appreciate your feedback

Ting - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ting, most installs are done from the inside, unless there are intricate moulding patterns that require an exterior install. How are the windows that they installed? Have you noticed any problems or issues with the previous install? Properly sealing a window can be done either from the inside or outside and ought to be an simple process for anyone worth their salt. I would base your judgement on how the first install went.

The Milgard Tuscany also uses weep holes. I believe the Trinsic does not use weep holes, but I need to double check this. I like the Trinsic and think they are probably worth the extra $100, but that's mostly because I like the sleek, modern look of them.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Milgard Trinsic vs. Ply gem Pro

Hello guys, I have a window project to replace 12 windows (1 is a garden), and 2 sliding doors. I've gotten bids from several companies, but have come down to 2 options. I'm having trouble deciding between the two. The NFRC numbers are pretty close as well. I'm in the Seattle area.

Option 1: Ply gem Pro - $11,386.71
This company also sells Milgard, but the salesman said he doesn't recommend them. He said they have had a lot of issues with Milgard getting orders right, and have been fighting them on warranty issues. In one case, he said he had to threaten to cancel their Milgard dealership in order to get some warranty work done. He also said that most of the windows they have replaced due to failure have been Milgard. He recommended Ply Gem and said he just put them in his own house.

Option 2: Milgard Trinsic - $14,294.48
The garden window would be from the Montecito line, and there is one double hung that would be from the Tuscany line, but the rest would be Trinisic.

I asked him his thoughts on what the Ply Gem guy said, and he said that he feels that Milgard has a better window and that he's probably blowing a few issue out of proportion. He said he probably has a better margin on the Ply Gem windows and that's why he's recommending them over Milgard.

I'm hoping to hear what your thoughts are, and which Window you recommend. I know the Trinsic line is very new, and that also worries me a little.

Jon - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jon, I'd say the Tuscany and Ply Gem Pro are pretty darn equal. I'd probably give the edge to the Milgard though. However, that Ply Gem Pro quote is pretty darn good. If you like the company/installer who works with the Ply Gem Pro, you may want to go this route and do a nice upgrade on the glass package.

I don't know much about the Trinsic, except for what the Milgard site has to say. I'd like to see the energy efficiency numbers on them before I say too much. Visually, the window is quite nice.

I think I'd base my decision on how well I thought the installation was going to go over the windows. Both are mid range vinyl windows so the install will probably matter more than the windows itself.

Let me know what you end up going with and how the project goes!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

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Milgard Montecito Window Reviews

The Milgard Montecito is the company's new construction vinyl window. It is on par in quality and craftsmanship with the Milgard Tuscany vinyl window.

Dane - Site Editor

Milgard Montecito Series

Hi Dane, We are in the process of finding a builder for a new home in Prescott, Arizona. One of the builders uses the Milgard Montecito series. I could not find anything on your reviews about this builder line and wondered if you are familiar with it and whether or not you recommend them.

Thanks for your assistance.

Renee - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Renee, the Milgard Montecito vinyl window is simply the company's new construction series. It is on par with the Milgard Tuscany, which is quite a solid mid range vinyl window. I like Milgard, they are well made windows that hold up nicely over time. They aren't the best window on the market, but out here in the west, they are one of the brands I recommend.

The new construction window has a fin along the top and sides that allows that window to be be installed very securely into the frame. This insures that water and moisture can't get trapped behind the window and cause damage to the house.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

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Milgard Hermosa Windows Reviews

The Milgard Hermosa series is the company's vinyl window made exclusively for the hot Texas climate.

Hey Dane. Found your site and it’s been super helpful while I shop for windows. I’m curious what your thoughts are on the Milgard Hermosa series and the Tuscany? I’ve got bids for both (with only a 400 dollar difference) and they seem to be a toss up. Both will be single hung and both are from the same company so install will be the same. I’m in Fort Worth Texas. Thank you!

Garrett - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Garrett, those two models are very close to one another. I was under the impression that the glass package in the Hermosa was better suited to the hotter conditions in Texas. I'd ask the rep to clarify whether this is true. I think I would favor the Hermosa, but they are both a nice mid range vinyl window. With professional installation, they should serve you well.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Milgard Hermosa Vinyl Windows

Hello Dane, we are looking to replace 28 windows and have what I believe are two good quotes. The first is the Don Young 7100 for $16,081. The second is the Milgard Hermosa series for $16,923.

I wasn't able to find much information on the Don Young 7100 series and was curious what you knew about it. How important is air leakage to a window?

Reesa - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Reesa, you are correct that the 7100 isn't on their website. I don't know anything about it. I'm going to assume it's one of their specialty vinyl windows available through select dealers -- but I could be wrong.

In general, Milgard and Don Young make good mid range vinyl windows so let's call these two even. It sounds like the bids are even as well. I would say its a coin flip in terms of window quality. I would therefore turn to quality of the company doing the install as the deciding factor.

Air leakage is one of the most important factors in judging a window. In connection to the quality of construction and craftsmanship, AI is integral to a good window. I recommend going with something at .08 and under.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Hermosa Window Quality

First: THANK YOU!!! I by chance found your site and am thrilled!! I need to replace two large front 107 inches tall and 72 wide windows. Currently have in each a large arch top and two single hung side by side underneath. These two windows are at the front of house that faces sunrise.

These are aluminum and on the latch for window says GA. I am considering the Milgard Hermosa vinyl with suncoatLowE, tinted glass, privacy P516 , tempered glass with argon.Can you please let me know if this is the best choice? I'm in Texas.

Again thank you! I am way better educated thanks to you site!!

Lucy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Lucy, the Milgard Hermosa is a good mid range option. If it were me, I'd get a couple more bids to compare the bid to. I would get quotes from NT, Don Young, Simonton, and PGT.

I would get a bid on each company's mid range or premium vinyl window. See how they compare and what kind of pricing you receive. Once you do this, I think it will put that Milgard bid into perspective. As a stand alone though, Milgard makes a very decent vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

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 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 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 Ultra vs. Marvin Integrity

Hi there!

Trying to decide between Marvin Integrity and Milgard Ultra, have been doing a lot of Googling and still undecided!

My contractor prefers one and my architect prefers the other, not helpful either :(

We're in Sonoma County in California with mild weather, doing a major remodel on our 1964 2,475 sq/ft home and replacing all the windows. Looking for fiberglass casement windows. Black exterior and black interior. Looking for a modern clean look inside and out without additional framing.

I prefer the slightly smaller framing of the Milgard and the finer mesh screen option for better visibility. But there seem to be a lot of bad customer service issues out there. Is that why the life time warranty' Because the product isn’t awesome long term'

The Marvin Integrity seems to have a plastic-y frame on the interior and a bit more bulky in general which I don’t love. But are they perhaps a better product long term'' Am I being anal about the tiny details'

There’s Marvin Infinity as well but I don’t believe they have a black interior and exterior combo option..

I’m getting mixed reviews for both!

Would love your thoughts!

Thanks so much for your time,

Alina - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Response]

Alina, I would probably put the Marvin Integrity and Milgard Ultra on par with one another -- I might give the nod to the Integrity but not by much. That's why you are getting the mixed reviews from the architect/contractor.

The Infinity is the preferred Marvin product imo, but it's typically more for the retrofit market, while the Integrity is more geared for new construction, which sounds like what you are looking for.

A better warranty usually means that a company is confident in their product. It's why wood windows are usually only warranted for 20 years, while vinyl is usually warranted for life.

Both Milgard and Marvin have good reputations in the industry, but they do high volume so you are always going to have bad reviews on certain products.

I would suggest calling up Inline and see if they ship to California. I would also do the same with Enerlux and Alpen windows. All of them make high quality fiberglass windows. You would have to ask about the color options available.

The Enerlux windows is one of the most interesting, with an .01 air infiltration on the casement and a 70 DP, both really impressive. I have heard good things, but it's all anectdoctal.

I'd love to hear what you decide to do!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

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 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 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

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Milgard Sliding Patio Door Reviews

Milgard Tuscany Doors vs. Anlin Malibu

We are looking to replace a wall of doors/ windows in our 40+yr old sunroom addition, which has a pool view facing south in Roseville, CA. The current frames are black aluminum with dual pane glass: 2 (79 × 78) double sliding patio doors on either end , 2 single hung windows (75 ×33) on either side of a (75×59) picture window. We have wood framing on all doors and windows on the interior and white painted cement hardiboard framing on the exterior. Even though the room is vented for heat and a/c, the room is warm on winter days, but too cold at night; way too hot during Sacramento summers.

We're not the original owners, so we're not sure of the current manufacturer; the locks on the single hung windows say Western Products, the picture window glass has a Milgard Logo etched in the corner, and the Patio doors have a Guardian logo on the glass. We have replaced some of the glass over the years due to fogging in between the panes, but not on the doors; definitely on the single hung, possibly on the picture, but we can't remember.

We received 5 estimates and learned a lot in the process. We honed it down to two bids:

1. Milgard - 2 white vinyl Tuscany sliding patio doors, with Styleline (to maximize sunroom view) on the 2 single hungs and 1 picture window, Comfort package with low E3 glass plus argon, all tempered. Windows will be retrofit, doors will be full frame. $6000.

2. Anlin - 2 White vinyl Malibu sliding patio doors, with either: Panoramic single hungs (2) and picture (1) $5700 OR Malibu door w/ Delmar windows $6500. Infinit-e glass w argon, all tempered. Window and doors to be retrofit (only track removed on patio door. ) I questioned why not full frame on doors, but the assured me not necessary for our installation. They are also throwing in auto locks on single hugs and deadbolts on Patio doors.

Have read your other comments about thinner frame on Styleline and Panoramic, but it is a sunroom and we are worried about the bigger framing on the Delmar.

What you you think about price and products/styles offered.

Christine - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Christine, the pricing sounds about right to me, although it doesn't mean you can't go back and see if they will come down on price.

I think the Anlin is the better window and sliding door over the Milgard, especially at the price quotes you have. In terms of the Panoramic or Delmar windows, I think the Panoramic is probably the way to go, considering you want the extra glass area because it is a sunroom. The Panoramic is not going to be quite as energy efficient as the Del Mar -- that's the trade off you make with a thinner framed window. However the low-e tempered glass ought to help counter balance this fact.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

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General Milgard Window Reviews

Milgard Windows In Texas

Dane and Tim, I saw your website and appreciate your knowledge and advice. I'm trying to select a good quality window for my house that offers a good bang for the buck without frills that we don't need or won't use. Attached are pictures of all the windows that will be replaced. I live in Ft Worth Texas and appreciate your recommendation.

Bill - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bill, I would take a look at Don Young windows; they make an excellent aluminum window and also a good vinyl window. Milgard manufactures a line of vinyl windows in Texas so do a search for Milgard dealers that cover Ft. Worth. Finally, I would consider one of the top line vinyl windows from Simonton, either the Impressions 9800 series or the Reflections 5500 series (sometimes called the Platinum Prism series). All of these recommendations should provide a quality vinyl window at a fair price.

Google "ft. worth simonton windows" for instance and see what local companies carry them, then call up and start collecting your bids! Feel free to send them my way and I can make a recommendation on what is a good option.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Milgard Millennium Windows

Hello Tim, my mom is having some window put in her house in Colorado. The company told her that the milgard milinium windows are the top if the line window. He said they will decrease her heat bill and blocks the cold out. She is having her living room and dining room done. I believe it is approximately 8 windows total. The company has great reviews and is on Angie's list here in Colorado. Is he being truthful about these being the best windows you can buy? She is paying 7k for the windows and that is supposed to be half of what the original price was. I just don't want to see her get the shaft in the long run or them not to be as good as he says. Please let me know. Thank you

Belinda - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Belinda, I’ve never heard of the Milgard Milinium window. I googled it, thinking maybe it was a new window, but I found nothing. If you have any literature on it, I would LOVE to see it.

In general, Milgard does make a good window, especially the Tuscany and Essence series. I’m not quite sure I would say they are a top tier window, but they are a solid manufacturer for sure.

Amerimax is in Colorado and they make a good window. I would definitely get a bid from them. Also check if there is a Sunrise Window dealer in your area, as well as a Zen window dealer. Zen often carries Soft-Lite (although they relabel them under their own name). Soft-Lite makes quite a good vinyl window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

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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