Milgard Essence vs Trinsic Windows Review

Milgard Essence vs Trinsic Windows Review

Not all windows are the same even when they’re made by the same company. In this post, we’ll compare two Milgard series options and highlight their differences: Milgard Essence vs Trinsic Windows. 

How Do Essence Windows Compare to Trinsic Windows? 

You can use the links below to skip ahead to a particular section or visit each series’ product page to download a brochure (one brochure from each series will detail all the windows in the collection). 

Download brochures for each product series on our Milgard Windows pages:

Materials

The biggest difference between Essence and Trinsic windows is the material the frames are made of.  

Trinsic windows are made of a high-performance vinyl material designed to withstand harsh climate conditions. The vinyl frames are extruded and fabricated by Milgard. 

Essence windows are a beautiful wood frame window enveloped by a tough, durable fiberglass frame. Fiberglass exteriors are resistant to water, cold, heat, insects, and ultraviolet rays. 

Essence

Trinsic

Frame Construction:

Fiberglass exterior, wood interior

Frame Construction:

Milgard’s signature vinyl (interior & exterior)

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Color Options

Homeowners and builders have to consider many variables when deciding on the right windows for a home. In addition to material and cost, color is a big deciding factor. 

Essence windows have wood frame interiors available in douglas fir, natural pine, or a primed pine so you can paint them any color you’d like. As for the exterior of Essence windows, choose from 16 long-lasting color options. 

Trinsic windows are available in three standard interior colors and 8 premium exterior colors. Take a look at the sample colors below.  

Essence

Trinsic

Wood Interior:

  • Clear Douglas Fir
  • Natural Pine
  • Primed Pine

Exterior Frame Colors: 16 options

  • Frost
  • Ivory
  • Fog
  • Harmony
  • Sand
  • Tweed
  • Cinnamon
  • Pea Pod
  • Fern
  • Classic Brown
  • Evening Sky
  • Bark
  • Black Bean
  • Espresso
  • Bronze
  • Twilight

Standard Interior & Exterior Colors: 3 options

  • Tan
  • White
  • Clay (not available in all locations)

Premium Exterior Colors: 8 options

  • Bronze 
  • Espresso
  • Classic Brown
  • Tweed
  • Silver
  • Sand
  • Fog
  • Ivory 

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Milgard Essence Color Options

Milgard Trinsic Color Options

Operation Styles

Milgard offers a variety of window operation styles including active and fixed windows. See an example of Trinsic sliders in the photo above. Although each series offers 7 operating styles the Essence series offers a double hung and radius casement which aren’t available in the Trinsic series and the Trinsic series offers  double horizontal sliders not available in the Essence series. 

Essence

Trinsic

Operating Styles: 7 options

  • Double Hung
  • Horizontal Slider
  • Casement
  • Awning
  • Picture
  • Radius
  • Radius Casement

Operating Styles: 7 options

  • Single Hung
  • Horizontal Slider
  • Double Horizontal Slider
  • Casement
  • Awning
  • Picture
  • Radius 

Milgard Essence Window Styles

Milgard Trinsic Window Styles

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Hardware

Milgard Essence and Trinsic windows feature easy to use SmartTouch® locks. The lock engages when the window is closed and is unlocked with just a single motion. The Essence series offers 5 options for finishes on the locks while the Trinsic series lock will match the color of the sash. 

Essence

Trinsic

Hardware Type:

SmartTouch® Locks
Hardware available in 5 finishes

Hardware Type: 

SmartTouch® Locks
Hardware color matches sash

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Warranty

 

Milgard offers a Full Lifetime Warranty on all its products.

Full Lifetime Warranty Details:

  • Milgard will repair or replace any defect in materials or workmanship and will pay the costs of all parts and labor for as long as the purchaser owns his home.
  • Some exclusions apply.
  • Coverage extends 10 years from the install date of the original warranty to the successive owners, free of charge.

See more at Milgard.com↗

Essence

Trinsic

Manufacturer’s Warranty:

Full Lifetime Warranty↗

Manufacturer’s Warranty:

Full Lifetime Warranty↗ 

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What Do We Recommend?

We recommend finding a balance between your aesthetic preferences and your budget. Trinsic windows are made of vinyl so you can count on those being more affordable than Essence windows. Essence windows, however, are a great choice for homeowners interested in high-end wood windows for their home and Trinsic windows are a great choice for homeowners interested in windows with a sleek contemporary look.

Brennan Enterprises offers window sales and installation services to homeowners and businesses in North Texas, give us a call or fill out a form to schedule your free in-home or virtual consultation.

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