In 1958, Maurice Milgard, Jr. and his son Gary launched Milgard Glass Company in Tacoma, Washington, to take advantage of what they correctly saw as an emerging boom in the aluminum window business. Another son, Jim, joined the company a few years later.
Within a few years Gary started Milgard Manufacturing to fabricate high-quality aluminum windows; later came Milgard Tempering, to manufacture tempered glass needed for the company’s windows, and Milgard Vinyl, with a state-of-the-art extrusion system for vinyl frames.
Now a part of publicly traded Masco Corporation, Milgard Windows is the largest window manufacturer in the Western U.S., employing over 4,500 people and serving customers around the country and the Pacific Rim. Milgard offers vinyl, aluminum and fiberglass windows and patio doors for both new and replacement applications.
From the beginning, Milgard saw its mission defined by the unique requirements of the West’s building industry. Sure, the windows had to be durable and energy efficient — but they also had to look great. They had to stand up to broiling sun, sand, salt air, rain, snow, wind, and more — all while meeting the needs of the most demanding architects. Milgard’s ability to anticipate customers’ needs, innovate and deliver have kept the company an industry leader for almost half a century.
For example: Milgard’s aluminum windows and sliding doors. Forget your preconceptions (based on lots of bad midcentury construction and worse retrofits) — there’s nothing cheesy about these windows. Available in a range of styles (single hung, slider, casement, awning, picture and radius) and colors (white, sand, clear anodized and bronze anodized) they’re designed from the beginning to be attractive elements of your architect’s design. They carry a lifetime guarantee, and they’re energy efficient.
Milgard’s vinyl windows and doors come in a variety of product lines, many with Energy Star™ certification. They offer style, color and energy-efficiency options to suit all areas of your home.
The company’s most notable innovation may be its fiberglass window technology, which offers the best of all worlds. The fiberglass window frames deliver the look and benefit of wood, including color choices: they come in five well-chosen standard finishes, and if those don’t work, custom colors are available. If you change your mind later, no worries — unlike vinyl and aluminum, fiberglass windows can be painted. But they’re also impervious to the elements, not to mention dry rot, gnawing insects, and other hazards that shorten the lives of lesser windows.
And, if you must have natural wood, Milgard’s Fiberglass WoodClad windows and doors feature fiberglass on the exterior and clear, vertical-grain Douglas fir on the interior. Stain, varnish or paint them — you don’t have to sacrifice style or flexibility for long life and energy efficiency.
Milgard’s company motto, “Clearly the best,” carries over into all aspects of its operations. Whether you’re remodeling or building a new home, their doors and windows offer a range of top-quality, lifetime-guaranteed choices for all budgets and styles. Learn more about installation of Milgard windows from a CalFinder certified window contractor.
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