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Brighten Your View: Exploring Milgard Window Replacement Options

by Marketgit Team

1. Introduction

Throughout the years, Mr. and Mrs. Crisafi have made plenty of adjustments to their home. They recently realized that their next task was to replace their windows. “My husband and I have recently talked about how we should start replacing our old windows with newer ones. We’ve noticed that our current windows are just very inefficient and letting in a lot of drafts and they’re not very easy to clean either.” After doing some research and attending a Milgard hosted seminar, the Crisafis have made their decision and are now considering what type of Milgard windows they should get for their home.

It is said that windows provide a passage for heat energy to move through, the style or type of window usually has no ill effects on energy gain or loss. But the area of the window compared to the area of wall has a massive effect on a home’s energy efficiency. The location of the window also has an effect on its performance. New windows are a smart investment. New windows will also bring forth a more healthy and invigorating atmosphere to your home. Brightness and warmth are natural benefits of clean and energy efficient windows. Superior durability, convenient operation and low maintenance are also found with new windows.

When considering window replacement, it’s vital to find a high-quality product that is built to last. Though wood, fiberglass and vinyl are all good quality window frame materials, Jim and Debra here have decided to go with vinyl. With the many useful qualities that vinyl frames have, the Crisafis found this to be the material that best suits them. A feature that really caught their attention was that Milgard’s Tuscany Series and Style Line Series vinyl windows are recommended by the American Arthritis Foundation for their ease of use due to features like the SmartTouch window lock that is both simple to operate and extremely secure. “This is the type of low maintenance window we’re looking for,” says Mrs. Crisafi.

1.1 Benefits of Milgard Window Replacement

New windows can dramatically affect the look and feel of your home. On top of that, they can also improve security and lower energy costs. Currently, the process of buying windows is just a bit overwhelming. Milgard is really a highly regarded manufacturer for this purpose, and they make a range of windows to accommodate pretty much any budget. Once you’ve decided to look over the benefits of buying Milgard windows, it’s time to figure out the total advantages of replacing the windows in your home. Windows are the best way of allowing natural light to penetrate into the house and most people will agree that the lighter in the home, the better.

Windows clean too easily so a hassle-free design is a good feature. Security is a big factor as well. New windows generally come with multiple locking systems and the type of windows that are constructed with a solid core are almost unbreakable. These types of windows provide the best defense against home invasions. Old windows are not very energy efficient and over the years they can let in drafts, causing your heater or air conditioner to run more frequently. Heating and cooling costs can be astronomical.

1.2 Factors to Consider Before Replacing Windows

When considering whether or not to move ahead with a window replacement and what the motivation behind it may be, it’s a good idea to be sure that you are hoping to do something that can benefit your home in a significant way. If the main impetus behind replacing your windows is to increase your home’s resale value, it is worth taking the time to look into and thoroughly understand the specifications involving Energy Star. Energy Star windows can protect your home from the sun’s damaging rays, and will keep your home much cooler in the hot summer months.

This not only greatly increases the level of comfort for those residing in the home but will save on costs of air conditioning. Typically, Energy Star windows have a U-factor of .35 or lower. A U-Factor being a measure of heat loss. This in turn means that such windows will also keep the heat in during the winter months. Usually, a quality replacement window will more than pay for itself in due time, and given the potential rise in home value from installing high-quality, energy-efficient windows, this is a great investment for those looking to spruce up their home for sale.

1.3 Types of Milgard Windows

Fiberglass windows are a top-of-the-line product, a step up from vinyl windows and an alternative to wood and wood-clad windows. They are generally known for their overall balance in features and long-lasting quality, though at a greater cost than vinyl windows. Fiberglass windows are essentially maintenance-free, paintable, and can be purchased with high-end energy-efficient window specifications. Milgard currently offers one series of fiberglass windows, the Ultra™ Series.

Vinyl windows have been popular among homeowners who are in need of window replacement due to their durability and low cost. It appears that more recently, there has been a trend in which consumers are looking to purchase more expensive and higher quality vinyl windows. As a result, they exhibit many of the same qualities found in wood windows, though typically still lower in price. Because the benefits and features of vinyl windows can greatly vary due to the material’s flexibility in design, it is best to consider vinyl windows on a series basis. Milgard’s four series of vinyl windows are Quiet Line™, Style Line™, Montecito®, and Tuscany®.

There are four major types of windows manufactured by Milgard: vinyl, fiberglass, wood, and aluminum. Below, each of these types of window materials will be discussed in terms of the unique benefits each presents, followed by specific information regarding the various series of Milgard windows available.

2. Choosing the Right Style

The double-hung window is very similar to the single-hung window, but actually allows both the top and bottom sashes to move, offering more air circulation and making cleaning easier since the window can be tilted. This style is a nice blend of versatility, style, and convenience and can complement most home aesthetics.

Lowering the top sash of a single-hung window will effectively increase the air circulation in a room. They are a great choice for porches or an area where the space outside the window will be limited since they don’t take any interior or exterior space when opening. The design of the window will also offer a classic look to your home.

When deciding on a style, consider function and aesthetic. For easy operation, it’s hard to beat a sliding window. Double hung windows can also be a good choice if you have limited space outside. If you are looking to keep the interior and exterior looking consistent, the picture window can be ideal. If more air flow is desired, the casement window can be great since it often has a bigger opening than other styles. Now let’s go into further detail on each style.

2.1 Single-Hung Windows

This style of window has been the standard in the construction industry for many years. The bottom sash moves up and down to allow ventilation. The top sash is fixed (pinned in place), and its movement is restricted to avoid structural unsoundness. In recent years, the single-hung has been overshadowed by the double-hung which offers better ventilation options and easier cleaning, as the single-hung tilts towards the interior to allow cleaning. Build a better looking home in the style of a single-hung window. This type of window offers a unique, symmetrical look for any traditional home and the grids can be configured to match the original windows or add a different look to a home with new vinyl windows. Single-hung windows can also be very versatile and fit into any room whether it’s a simple one over one grid pattern or a beautiful geometric window in a hard-to-reach area. These windows are still a very energy efficient choice for any home with dual glaze or Low-E glass options.

2.2 Double-Hung Windows

When you want to bring the traditional look of a wood double hung window into the 21st century, this is the way to go. We provide the traditional look with all the modern features, making window cleaning a breeze. Both sashes tilt inward, and the lower sash slides up and the upper sash slides down, providing two levels of ventilation. Our double hung window is also available in a custom size and custom configuration. Milgard’s award-winning vinyl formula is custom designed for long-term performance in our harsh and demanding climate. This proprietary formula also uses primary, never recycled vinyl to prevent the surface from chalking or fading. Research and planning are key factors when selecting windows for your new home. Double hung windows have been the preferred style of window in many American homes and work well in various architectural styles from traditional to contemporary. This easy-to-use window is great for high traffic areas where furniture or patios prevent access to the window. The upper and lower sash both move and provide increased ventilation. The clean lines of our double hung window offer a warm and traditional look.

2.3 Casement Windows

The casement window is built for those who value the sun’s natural spring-like light and effect on the interior of their home. With easy turning of our operator handle, the window opens outward, maximizing the flow of fresh air. Choose a casement window if you appreciate an unobstructed view because this style allows maximum visibility from inside your home. Casements also provide top-to-bottom ventilation, which is missing in many other window styles. This feature makes them an excellent choice, especially in rooms where an abundance of fresh air is preferred such as the kitchen or bathroom. Casement windows open to the exterior of the home with left or right hinge options, useful for unobstructed cleaning and egress in case of fire. With compression seal technology providing an airtight seal, you can rest assured that your casement window will be energy efficient and provide an unobstructed view for years to come.

2.4 Sliding Windows

Window replacement can be a grueling task because there are many factors to consider. There are various types of window frames to settle upon, as well as varying styles of windows. Some of the different types of windows include sash, sliding, awning, hopper, and tilt and turn. The sash window tends to be the most prevalent form of window in North America. In the UK and other parts of Europe, windows usually have a turn and turn design, and these are becoming increasingly popular in North America, due to their very high energy efficiency compared with other windows, and their high level of security.

After deciding which type of frame and window is best for you, it is time to install them. If you are unsure, it could be a good idea to hire a professional to install your windows. This way, you can assuage concerns on installation energy, and you will not have to worry about doing a botched job. Some of the best window manufacturers are Pella, Marvin, and Armstrong. These companies have long histories of building quality products using quality materials. Once you have found the appropriate window and frame, it will be a simple decision as to what type of window you choose.

Sliding windows are a space saving design which originated from the influence of Japanese architecture. These windows are particularly good if they are made from UPVC. They are also usually cheaper than other windows. The best form of frame for a sliding window is aluminum or wood because it’s easier to position in just these materials. Normally when a sliding window is replaced, the following type of frame used is called a retrofit frame, which is ripping out an existing frame leaving windows and sills intact. UPVC frames are rarely used with retrofit frames because they expand so much and that makes them less efficient.

Window replacement can be an excellent way to improve your home. One of the best times to make the change is when you determine to upgrade your rooms. Whether it’s for a remodeling mission or if it’s due to damage, window replacement could be trickier than it seems. There are various kinds of window frames available. Aluminum windows usually have a wooden core and they’re coated with an aluminum skin. It can be a tough choice between vinyl and wood windows. One solution to simply shop around for window options to consider is to use your computer and the internet remaining undisturbed by pushy salesmen.

2.5 Picture Windows

There are several distinct types of picture windows that vary from their complexity to build and purchase. Milgard offers a standard picture window with finer detailing in their Tuscany and Ultra product lines and a simpler picture window in their Standard product line, also known as Style Line in their dealer showrooms. As would be expected, the better product lines will have nicer looking picture windows and the lesser product lines will have picture windows that are better represented in their price.

In comparison to an artist’s canvas, a dual or single hung window has more structure to framing as it is a more detailed piece of art. In contrast, the artist’s canvas can be represented by a large picture window. A picture window or fixed window is a window that does not open but instead offers an unobstructed view of the home’s surroundings. It is typically a large window and the focal point of a room. Picture windows are designed to make the room brighter, bigger, and highlight the stunning views of the home. They are great for living rooms and dining rooms or any room where you want to ‘set the scene’. Picture windows can be combined with other windows that open to offer the best of both worlds.

3. Selecting the Best Frame Material

Wooden frames, perfect for anyone looking to add a touch of natural elegance to their home. Wood has been used for centuries and really is an all-time classic, however, all material has its own life cycle and wood’s life cycle is just not what it used to be. Low-quality wood frames are not durable and can warp, crack, or shrink due to age or changes in the weather; this is obviously not the best way to spend your money. High-quality wood frames are a different story, pre-treated and painted to face the worst of the environment, these frames will last a long time and their timeless charm will never fade. Wood frames have great insulation but are not so great for the wallet.

Aluminum linear progression has led to an epoch, a revolution that will change the way we look at aluminum forever. Okay so that was a little over exaggerated, but aluminum frames have changed for the better. Milgard is able to produce high-quality aluminum frames with their own thermal barriers and insulation to vastly improve energy efficiency, something that was lacking in the older frames. But enough about the past, let’s talk about durability. Aluminum is a very stable material which offers excellent dimensional stability and will not get brittle or warp with age. It is also very strong, about the same strength as Glastra’s fiberglass (stronger than steel) but with only a fraction of the volume weight. The strength of aluminum will allow it to hold larger panes of glass, offering a more open view to the world. Unfortunately, the lightweight of aluminum does work against it in an area of high wind or heavy rain, so it is not the best option for storm resistance.

Fiberglass is another option. Not just any fiberglass, fiberglass that is composed from Glastra, known for their quality, they use a process called pultrusion, Milgard can get really technical with it, but we’ll stick with easy to understand for now, just for you! Essentially, it’s a manufacturing process that pulls raw material through a heated steel die, this produces a frame material that is stronger than steel, aluminum, or vinyl. Glastra’s fiberglass window frames are 100% sealed, we are all used to the old creaky wood frames, these are virtually the opposite. Glastra’s frames expand and contract at the same rate as the insulated glass they hold; this works to eliminate the seal failures and energy loss common to conventional window frames. Fiberglass provides all the benefits of wood or aluminum without the drawbacks. Fiberglass is essentially the best all-around frame material.

Vinyl frames are largely comprised of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). PVC is a proven performer; a 20-year history in construction from window frames to pipes to flooring is a strong indication of the material’s durability. Milgard has engineered a vinyl formula that is both durable and energy efficient. It is designed to withstand the harsh heat and rigors of the environment and it will do so for many years to come. The added ingredients for color and ultraviolet light protection are mixed throughout the vinyl to provide consistent color quality, and reliable, they will not peel, crack, or warp. Vinyl is virtually maintenance free, it does not need painting or staining, and it cleans up with soap and water. All good things must come to an end though, and the same can be said for vinyl, though it takes a long time. This material is not as strong as some of the other options.

At the end of the day, a window is only as good as its frame. So, choosing the best frame for your window is essential. Milgard offers 4 different materials to choose from. Each has their own benefits and potential drawbacks.

3.1 Vinyl Frames

Vinyl windows are made from rigid, impact-resistant polyvinyl chloride (PVC), with hollow chambers inside to help resist condensation and heat loss. It is an extremely popular choice for window replacements for many reasons. Milgard windows even have a separate tab on their website to view all of their vinyl window options. Out of all the frame choices, vinyl conducts the least amount of heat making it very energy efficient. The hollow chambers inside the vinyl frames act as insulation which makes the window have the highest energy and cost efficiency. The material is also a good sound barrier; if insulation and sound protection are concerns for you, then vinyl windows will definitely address these needs. They are also easy to maintain and inexpensive compared to wood or fiberglass windows. Since the color is blended with the material, the frame holds up very well over time and the color won’t fade. Milgard also gives consumers a Full Lifetime Warranty for their vinyl windows which must mean they are pretty confident that their product will last a lifetime. Vinyl windows are probably the best bang for your buck window replacement option.

3.2 Fiberglass Frames

This essay seeks to compare and contrast the various window replacement options available from Milgard. The above information is intended to provide an overview of these different options and explain the strengths and benefits provided. During the writing of this essay, consultation was made with a Milgard Sales Rep and all relevant information was provided by this individual. This essay seeks to help homeowners gain an understanding of what is available prior to setting appointments for in-home consultations with the various window vendors.

Milgard provides the option to add wood cladding to a fiberglass frame during production to provide an aesthetic match to existing wood windows. Due to the durable nature of fiberglass, these windows are low maintenance and can be purchased with a warranty lasting up to 20 years. This warranty combined with the energy savings and possible financial incentives for energy efficient window upgrades make fiberglass windows a long-term sound investment for those looking to increase the quality of their home.

Fiberglass frames come in a wide variety of styles and colors and can be purchased pre-painted. This material is virtually maintenance-free, extremely durable, and energy efficient. In addition to these benefits, fiberglass frames provide an increased level of protection in severe climates as compared to typical vinyl windows. Fiberglass is a premium choice and is often priced above premium vinyl, but the long-term strength and energy savings may be worth this investment.

3.3 Aluminum Frames

Milgard has the perfect window replacement option for your home and delivers the best aluminum frame windows on the market. With numerous frame and glass options, you can design the perfect window combination for your home – Double Hung, Single Hung, Horizontal Slider, Casement, or Awning; any window type can be configured to meet your specific needs. Milgard’s aluminum window series is available in White, Clear Anodized, and Bronze anodized color offering you a window custom fit to your home. When quality and value are of the utmost importance, Milgard aluminum windows are the perfect choice.

Fast turnaround. Bye Bye aluminum sliders and single-pane windows! Aluminum windows are now available with a number of energy-efficient options. Although aluminum windows and doors are a minority in the market compared to vinyl or wood, there are new developments in window technology which make them a competitive choice. Double-pane aluminum windows are now available, and the energy efficiency of a double-pane aluminum window is about the same as a single-pane wood window. If you are looking for the strength and clean look of an aluminum window, then double pane would be the way to go. New aluminum windows are also available with the same energy-efficient options offered on vinyl windows such as Low E glass and a fiberglass frame option to increase the R Value of the window.

Durability. Aluminum windows are incredibly durable. They are highly resistant to rust, corrosion, cracking, and are not affected by moisture. They are also very efficient at keeping the cool air in and the hot air out. These factors combined make aluminum windows a very low maintenance and long-lasting window solution.

Multiplied strength. Aluminum windows are very strong. This is a great option if you are looking to design custom windows because aluminum is easily manipulated. It is a very pliable material that allows the frame to be manufactured with very narrow profiles.

Attractive and resilient, aluminum windows prove to be a sound investment for your home. Clean lines and narrow frames come together to offer a window with a large and unobstructed view. Milgard utilizes aluminum windows to provide a quality replacement option for those living in older homes. The style and longevity of aluminum windows make it a very attractive option for any home, up to and including contemporary and modern style homes.

3.4 Wood Frames

Considering that all window frames and glass contribute to the success of the four factors, wood frames are energy efficient with much room for improvement through upgrades with Milgard. Dual-glazed low-e glass is standard and with the addition of edge spacers, heat resistant film and upgrading to a higher quality glass, the plethora of options can produce energy efficient windows that are the best for your specific climate zone. WoodClad windows exceed EnergyStar requirements and offer a solution to those who desire the durability of a fiberglass or vinyl window yet still the look of wood. WoodClad Ultra series integrates the fiberglass and wood windows, offering a fiberglass exterior and an interior with traditional wood window joinery. With innovative solutions and top quality products, WoodClad windows are an investment for those who haven’t eliminated wood windows as a top option.

For a classic look with minimal maintenance required, Milgard wood frames are the perfect option. Constructed with a solid wood interior and clad bronze or fir on the exterior, the frame is about 1/8 inch narrower on all sides than a fiberglass or vinyl-clad window and can be easily installed with very little alteration to the window opening. This is also one of the few options that qualify for historic rehabilitation projects. Wood frames offer more design flexibility and with bare wood interiors, they can be stained to match your trim and other wood accents. Wood frames are custom made to exact specifications and with the essence of a wood product, you should expect them to need yearly maintenance to protect them from the climate. If they are not properly maintained, they can experience moisture penetration on the cladding which can result in decay of the wood.

4. Understanding Energy Efficiency

The technology used in low-E coating is very impressive. The coating of a microscopically thin metal layer of silver oxide or metal is spread on the window glass. Different types of metal or the combination of different metal oxides can give a different color to the glass surface. However, the final layer is usually coated with ceramic to protect it from external damage and to provide a smooth surface. The low-E coating process is usually done when the glass is still in a molten state. At room temperature, the metal oxide layer on the glass will not cause any shimmer effect and it gives a clear view like a usual window glass. So, the price difference between low-E glass window and a regular window is not too high.

Low-E coating works another way to prevent heating inside the house. It also blocks the UV rays entering from the windows, which are harmful to the skin and cause fading on home objects by acting as a strong oxidizer. So, it prevents damage to home furnishings and improves energy efficiency, in addition to providing a high degree of protection for your family from harmful UV rays.

Low-E glass stands for low emissivity. As the name suggests, this type of glass is used for windows that can reduce the emission of heat from the house to the outside environment. Due to its unique feature, low-E coating reduces the U-factor of the window. U-factor defines the amount of heat transferred through the window. This is generally measured in winter. But experiments prove that low-E coating on the window can decrease discomfort and save energy in every type of climate condition. It can be useful to save energy in cold climates by reflecting the indoor heat back inside, and it is also useful in hot climates to keep the heat emanating from hot outdoor air outside.

4.1 Low-E Glass

Reflective Low-E is a Low-E coating applied to tinted glass. It has the same energy-saving benefits of regular Low-E, but with added solar control. Tinted glass reflects and absorbs the sun’s rays before they pass through your window, thus further preventing heat gain inside your home. This glass can be beneficial for those who live in warmer climates. The final option would be to buy storm windows glazed with Low-E. This is a cost-efficient method as Low-E storm windows provide around 90% of the performance of Low-E replacement windows at only a fraction of the cost.

There are different types of Low-E coatings available. Hard coat Low-E is a pyrolytic process applied when the glass is still in its molten state during production. This makes it very durable and can be used in single glazed windows, but its energy efficiency is low. Soft coat Low-E is a sputter coat application that is done in a vacuum chamber after the glass has fully cooled down. This process is more delicate and usually needs to be glazed with another surface or used in IG units. Soft coat Low-E is more energy efficient and usually comes in double glazing, IG units, or triple glazing. High-performance Low-E is a newer technology where the soft coat Low-E is applied on a double glazed IG unit, but instead of just one layer, it is applied to both surfaces of the inner panes. This makes it tremendously more energy efficient.

Low-E glass windows are designed to prevent heat loss in the home during cooler climates and to prevent heat gain during warmer climates. They use a special coating to reflect the infrared energy given off by your home back into the inside. In summer, the sun’s rays enter the home, but with Low-E coating, the infrared portion of the light beam is reflected back outside, thus keeping it cooler inside. In winter, the effect is reversed, keeping inside heat from getting out. This all adds up to energy savings and the system’s ability to reduce the effects of both global warming and the greenhouse effect.

4.2 Argon Gas Filled Windows

This type of window can come under much consideration for people living in extreme climates. In a very hot or very cold environment, the cost of windows with argon gas insulation could be outweighed by the energy costs saved. Quite a lot of energy is spent on heating and cooling over time due to temperature loss through windows in inadequately insulated homes.

The principle behind the concept is the fact that this type of gas is heavier and denser than air. As a result, there isn’t as much convection between the cold outdoor air and the warm air inside the home. Thus, the temperature on the inside and outside of the window will be more consistent. This is different from a traditional double pane window in that the spacer around the glass panes is the only insulation from outside temperatures. Windows using argon gas for insulation achieve this effect in several different ways. Many double pane windows using argon gas are not that much more expensive than those with ordinary air between the panes. This means that the higher energy efficiency is cost-effective. Furthermore, over the lifetime of the window, the effect of insulation with argon gas will not deteriorate significantly.

In argon-filled windows, the space between the glass in a double pane window is filled with argon gas to increase its insulation efficiency. Windows manufactured with argon gas are more effective at insulating the home from the effects of outside temperature than ordinary double pane windows.

4.3 Window Insulation

Windows from Milgard encourage the use of clear plastic film for your window insulation, as it adds an extra level of glazing to your windows. This means there will be an extra layer of air between the outside air and your home. This serves to greatly reduce the amount of heat lost or gained through your windows, as air is a poor conductor of heat. This film insulation is easy to install and is held in place on the window frame with double-sided tape. A heat gun or hairdryer can be used to shrink the film to fit the exact dimensions of your window. This method is also very affordable, about $3-4 dollars per window. Although other materials like solid paneling or foam may add a higher R-value to your windows, these are generally not as suitable for the consumer who does not want to cover their windows with anything bulky or obstruct the views from the window.

Windows with poor insulation are the major source of unwanted heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. This usually accounts for half of the energy bill for the household. By installing insulation in your windows, you can greatly reduce the energy lost through windows, adding to the energy efficiency of your home. Insulating your windows can be done with plastic or various types of paneling. Increasing the insulating value of your windows makes Milgard window installation a surefire way to add energy-efficient windows to your home.

5. Enhancing Security Features

Milgard not only focused on security for you, but Milgard created technologies to take security to the next level! With our SecurityMAX package, Milgard can offer you impeccable pieces to add to your window that can give you peace of mind while in the comfort of your home. Our SecurityMAX package is optional and includes a lifetime warranty. You get to choose between 3 types of options that work great alone or added together. These SecurityMAX packages are ideal for those who are always on the go or for those who just want to secure their home. The first option that is available is our 3D, the next level in security for those who want peace of mind when they are away from home. This is a patented high-performance water intrusion resistant design for windows and doors. With this package, your home security will be greatly increased with the highest level of water tightness and enhanced forced entry protection for the windows. This is a perfect option for those who live in an extreme weather climate or just an extra barrier of security to protect your home. This package comes with a safeguard, assuring that the windows will keep functioning as intended for years to come.

5.1 Reinforced Locking Mechanisms

Milgard’s standard window locking hardware is the Positive Action Lock. It is handle activated with a secure locking mechanism located in the meeting rails. For an optional upgrade, a High Profile Lock is available. This is also handle activated and has a solid metal construction with a forced entry rating. For those who are looking to maximize the security of their window, the Autolock is the best option. This lock automatically engages when the window is closed and is installed at a convenient height along the meeting rail. The Autolock has a locking indicator and a forced entry rating. All Milgard windows are available with the Suncoat®max low E insulating glass option for increased energy efficiency, as well as an optional window opening control device.

Milgard windows are made from only the highest quality materials, which are designed to last a lifetime. Out of the possible window materials including wood, vinyl, or fiberglass, fiberglass is the best option in terms of strength, durability, and low maintenance. Milgard’s Ultra, Woodclad, Essence, Tuscany, and Montecito window series are all available in the safety and strength of fiberglass. Fiberglass is 8 times stronger than vinyl and has a low rate of thermal expansion, making it an ideal material for long-lasting window performance. The window corners are secured with fusion-welded Tuscany Vinyl corners and a Solid Core frame. This reinforces the corner strength and provides secure and durable window.

5.2 Impact-Resistant Glass

The biggest benefit to impact-resistant windows and doors for most homeowners is the around-the-clock, passive protection it provides against home invasions and “snatch and grab” crimes. Hurricane protection is the most important aspect for those who live in hurricane, typhoon, and cyclone-prone areas. Following a hurricane, when broken windows can leave a house exposed to further damage from rain and high winds, as well as looting, impact glass helps maintain the envelope of the building and protect the interior from further damage. This can be an especially critical issue for homeowners who have special needs family members or the elderly who are unable to easily relocate to a shelter during the stressful days that precede a storm. An occupied house is always the best place, where impact glass helps keep families in their homes, rather than seeking shelter to avoid the inherent potential problems at public shelters.

Milgard windows can be customized with impact-resistant glass. This glass comes with a tough interlayer that holds the glass panes if they’re broken. This can reduce the risk of injury from broken glass by minimizing the glass particles. It is designed to withstand repeated impacts from objects such as hurricanes and windborne debris. Impact-resistant glass also provides an effective barrier against intruders. If the glass does break, it remains in the frame, keeping the elements and intruders out until the glass is replaced. Available for Style Line, Tuscany, Montecito, and Essence Series windows.

6. Customizing Your Windows

Select a pattern that adds style to the architecture of your home. Grids are available in only select series. Consult your Milgard sales representative to see which grids are available in your area. At a nominal charge, you can select from two beautiful grid patterns for your windows and doors. Any grid configuration can be further customized in the number of lite options.

Milgard understands that every home, and every homeowner, is different. With so many options for window customization, you are sure to find the perfect match for your personal style. From grid design to hardware finish, Milgard gives you the chance to fully personalize your windows. Milgard offers a variety of grid types which can change the look of your window drastically. Add a stylish and timeless look to your windows with the standard grid. This type provides an equal glass space configuration throughout the window, making it look like one large piece of glass even though it is separated by the grid. Interior grids are a popular choice as they are conveniently placed in between the glass and never need to be cleaned!

6.1 Decorative Grids

This type of grid imparts the visual effect of a windowpane divided into smaller panes of glass, called lites, assembled with uniform sized smaller panes of glass. Traditional grids can consist of either vertical, horizontal or both vertical and horizontal grid lines. Traditional grid pattern options range from 5/8″ up to 1-1/4″ cut glass or applied grids. Applied grids are installed on the exterior and interior glass surfaces. A cut grid is finger jointed or mitered into the glass unit, and is typically more expensive than an applied grid of the same pattern.

Location of grid options vary based on window series and glass type. Exterior grids are available on Tuscany and Standard Series windows. Accessory packages are available on Style Line windows. Both are great alternate options to traditional grids. Interior grids between the glass are available on Tuscany and Standard Series windows. High quality simulated divided lite with or without spacer is available on WoodClad windows. Note: Simulated Divided Lite with spacer is only available for Tuscany and Classic Series Picture Windows. Ask your Milgard Certified Dealer for more information about grid location and if it is available on your Milgard series window.

Decorative grids add style to your windows. They can be used to create the appearance of a classic window design or add an accent to a more modern style. Grids are placed between the glass for easy cleaning, giving you the beauty of divided lites without the hassle of cleaning individual panes of glass. Milgard offers numerous grid patterns to compliment your home.

6.2 Window Tinting Options

The main purpose of window tinting options mentioned in the book is that it explains the solar heat gain that affects the temperature inside your home. Here, customers can effectively balance the need to minimize home cooling costs with having just enough tint to provide minimal protection against UV radiation. At safety and security building, window tinting is a safety measure for the prevention of glass breakage. Window tinting provides a clear yet powerful barrier for the prevention of glass breakage from accidents, natural disasters, and illegal break-ins. In the event of glass breakage, the tint film will act as it holds broken shards of glass in place, thus minimizing the risk of injury due to the glass fragments.

At certain times, customers require increased privacy without compromising the light entering a room. An example would be a bathroom, ground level, or facing the neighbor’s house. In such cases, window tinting offers a reflective film that creates a one-way mirror effect. This enables the people inside to see out, yet prevents outsiders from seeing in. Window tinting is also available with varying grades of frosted and decorative film that effectively blocks the view from both inside and outside. Another important factor when considering the application of tinting is the expected life of your windows. Tinting film significantly reduces the UV radiation that enters a home. As Milgard windows offer a feature of Suncoat Low-E which acts to repel UV radiation, most customers who have this feature will generally opt for a clear film application.

6.3 Hardware Finishes

There are so many possibilities when it comes to customizing your new windows. You have so many choices with Milgard’s hardware; it’s helpful to filter down the look you are going for. Is it modern, traditional, French country, etc.? You want the hardware finish to compliment the interior and exterior of your home. Milgard has brushed chrome, antique brass and bronze, and bright brass, satin nickel, and tan. These options are available in their Tuscany and Essence series, with an additional option for the Tuscany to have a white finish hardware.

If you’ve decided on Essence series wood windows, you also have the option of paint or stain the hardware to better match the interior wood. This is your chance to personalize the windows to perfectly match your dream home. Whichever option you decide to go with, you can count on Milgard’s hardware to be of high quality. High durability finishes provide the ultimate toughness and resistance against all elements. Milgard has complete confidence in the quality of its hardware, offering a full lifetime warranty on the finish.

7. Installation Process

With a full frame replacement, it is best to have the interior and exterior painting done around the window after the new window has been installed. This will help to avoid any incidental damage to the new window during the painting process. A professional Milgard dealer will be able to refer you to professional painters who can assist with this.

To prepare for a full frame replacement, it will be necessary to: – Remove curtains, blinds and/or any window treatments. – Clear objects from the window sills both inside and out. – Create a pathway to the window both inside and out by moving any furniture, items or outdoor obstacles that would obstruct access to the windows. – Cover the area with dust cloths to help contain debris and make for easier clean up.

The key to a successful window replacement in your home is choosing the right installation method for your specific type of window. Different methods are used depending on whether your existing window has a sloped sill or a level sill. A professional Milgard dealer can help you determine the best method for your home. With full frame window replacement, the existing window trim and frame is removed, leaving only the rough opening where the new window is installed.

7.1 Preparing for Window Replacement

Next, take note of the interior and exterior conditions of the areas surrounding the windows. In preparation for the install, furniture will need to be moved away from the windows. If the window has heavy window coverings (such as drapes or curtains), these will need to be taken down. Outdoors, bushes may need to be trimmed away from the exterior of the windows to allow installers access to the windows. If access to a window is blocked and there is an extra fee for the installer to return, this can be costly to the homeowner. It is specifically for this reason why it is important for the homeowner to confirm the date and time of the installation with the installation coordinator. This can save both the homeowner and the installer time and money.

First, evaluate what type of project you are about to undergo. Is this a simple pocket replacement, or a full frame replacement? A pocket replacement is when just the sash of the window is replaced. The frame and stops remain intact. This method is quick and more cost-effective than a full frame replacement, although over time, a full frame replacement can save you money in energy efficiency. If the window to be replaced is on the first floor or higher and the exterior is stucco or hardcoat, a full frame replacement may be the only option as it would be very difficult to match the existing window’s installation.

To ensure that your window replacement process is smooth and simple, this section of the essay is devoted to the planning and preparation of the window installation process. Good preparation is vital in achieving a clean, trouble-free installation.

7.2 Hiring a Professional Installer

Deciding whether or not to hire a professional window installer? You may want to tackle the project yourself, but the real work is just beginning. Preparing the window opening and getting the actual window ready for installation can present its own set of hurdles. A professional can get the job done in a timely manner, and most times much less than what it would cost for you to hire someone to finish a project you started because you didn’t know the best way to do it. Be wary of contractors who say the opening is the only habitat they leave. This may be a sign of sloppy work to come. Most reputable installers can get the opening part of the job done in a day. When getting the new window ready for installation, it’s important to read the manufacturer’s instructions specific to the window you are installing. These instructions may vary from window to window and not all windows install the same way. A basic understanding of construction is helpful. Improper installation can void the warranty and cause long-term damage to the window. If you are unsure about the installation process, hire a professional!

8. Maintaining Your Milgard Windows

Regular cleaning will extend the life of your windows. You can use most common household cleaners to maintain your Milgard windows. In dusty or desert environments, or where airborne pollutants are high, more frequent cleaning may be necessary. For these environments, Milgard suggests regular rinsing with clean water. Dry the window with a clean, lint-free cloth. Never use any abrasive, ammonia-based, acid, or alkaline cleaning compounds.

These may cause permanent damage to the glass or insulating unit. Do not use a razor blade to clean the glass. When cleaning the window frame, it is recommended that you clean with a mild detergent and water solution. Cleaning the weep system once a year to ensure it is free of debris is recommended. A silicone spray may also be used to lubricate the weep hole cover. Do not paint over the weep holes. Painting the weep holes can result in water intrusion and/or damage to the window. Use of a high pressure spray nozzle is not recommended, as it may cause water to leak through the weep holes or around the window.

Always try cleaning stains with water and a mild detergent first. If you must use a stronger cleaning solution, test it on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it does not damage the window. Promptly remove any foreign substance such as paint, caulk, or construction debris from the glass, as any of these may require the use of a razor blade. Make sure the glass is wet before using a razor blade. Failure to do so may cause permanent damage to the glass. A final rinse of the glass is recommended to remove any leftover cleaning solution. Step back periodically during cleaning to view the overall window and inspect your work. Failure to remove harmful pollutants from the glass or frame may require more aggressive cleaning to restore the window to its original condition. If you have decorative window products such as Low-E glass coating, window tint, or grid patterns, make sure to ask your dealer for any special cleaning and maintenance instructions. Failure to thoroughly clean your windows may result in corrosive damage to the glass or frame.

8.1 Cleaning and Care Tips

We do not recommend using a high-pressure spray nozzle to clean glass as it can cause seal failure on insulating glass units, resulting in permanent fogging between the glass. If fogging occurs, the insulating glass unit will need to be replaced. A cloudy film can form on the inside surface of the glass in the sash track area. This film is usually associated with an insulated glass seal failure from intense heat being generated in the airspace of the insulating unit. The seal failure and resultant film can be caused by cooking, some sort of smoke, or kerosene heaters. Unfortunately, no practical method of cleaning the inside surface of this type of seal failure of the insulating glass exists. If the trapped condensation and/or film is in the insulating glass unit, it will need to be replaced.

The easiest way to keep your windows clean is to wash them when you wash your house. Rinse with clear water and dry with a soft cloth. Keep the weep system drain holes clear to prevent moisture from accumulating in the sill or track. Clean the frame with a solution of mild detergent and water. Rinse thoroughly with clear water and wipe dry. To clean full screen, simply remove it and wash with a soft brush and mild detergent and water. Rinse with clear water and wipe dry.

8.2 Troubleshooting Common Issues

Solution: Milgard windows and doors are made to precise specifications. Notify the Customer Service Department of your local Milgard dealer for further assistance on any issues concerning the operation of your windows and doors.

Difficult Operation: Newly installed windows or doors may be difficult to open or close. The most common reason is that the window was installed plumb, level, and square, but not square. This is an easy problem to fix. Open the window or door and look for the lock keeper. If it is not in line with the lock, adjust the position as necessary. Another reason may be that the weep system is clogged. If the above solutions do not work, contact your installer.

Solution: Wipe off all wet surfaces and try to reduce the humidity in your home to prevent condensation.

Exterior Condensation The material of the window frame may be at a lower temperature than the surrounding air or the dew point of the air inside your home is higher than the temperature of the window. This type of condensation may indicate excessive humidity inside your home. When outdoor conditions change, the condensation should disappear unless the same conditions exist inside.

9. Conclusion

You and your home have been through a lot together. Chances are, your home has done a lot for you in the way of protection, providing a beautiful place to live and in seeing you and your family grow up. And in the spirit of reciprocation, it is important to give back to the home that has given to you. Likely the most single action that any homeowner can do for home is to its windows. Windows mean a lot to home, they provide character, definition and presence.

Windows are also responsible for the homes access to natural light and ventilation. So when your home is feeling down and outdated, giving the gift of new windows can be the pace to turn it around. But just like any gift and careful consideration and cost/benefit analysis of various window replacement options are very important. This detailed examination of Milgard windows for replacement has investigated the various options in cost, material, technical features and architectural makeup. Throughout this process careful attention has been given to the consideration of what is most suitable for different situations. As a sort of overview buildup from the collected evidence this will serve to summarize the what, how and why of various Milgard window replacement options and offer some general best choices for given situations. By putting it all together in one place, the intention is to offer a solid guide towards making the best decision for your home. One of the most affordable options in this deep recession is to repair rather than install new windows.

Benefits of this are that it can be done bit by bit, it is relatively low cost and it is possible to replace as single pocket rather than to spend the additional money of doing a new construction installation. This is best suitable for someone who needs to put some life back into a house that they don’t intend on owning for more than 10 years. It is also a good option for static windows or windows that have a similitude of damage in comparison to their surrounding and do not have structural damage. An example of this would be an obvious single or dual pane wood window with bright water damage only on the window itself. The repair for this would be a sash or sash and frame kit of the same design in vinyl or fiberglass.

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