Milgard Essence Sliding Doors

Milgard® Essence Series® French-Style Sliding Doors

Combine beauty with exceptional durability. Milgard's Essence Series French-style sliding patio doors are perfect for homeowners who don't want to sacrifice on beauty for performance. 

  • The Essence Series® fiberglass exterior is resistant to water, cold, heat, insects, salt air and ultraviolet rays
  • The powder-coated fiberglass exterior finish won’t crack, peel, bend, warp or stick due to expansion and contraction
  • All Essence Series windows meet ENERGY STAR® requirements
  • Seemingly endless design possibilities with options on exterior color, interior finish, glass, and traditional or contemporary grids
  • Essence Series® doors exceed industry residential standards for air and water infiltration and forced entry

Protected by Milgard's Full Lifetime Warranty which includes parts, labor, and glass breakage coverage.


Essence® Brochure

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  • Colors
  • Hardware
  • Grids
  • Glass
  • Configurations
  • Engineering


  • Douglas Fir
  • Pine
  • Primed Pine


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

Handle & Lockset

  • The new Essence Series® French-style sliding glass door features a newly designed handle and lockset for superior performance and beauty.  The handles are available in your choice of these finishes and can be mixed or matched for interior and exterior.

Hardware Finishes

  • White
  • Tan
  • Clay
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze
  • Brushed Chrome
  • Satin Nickel
  • Black

Grid Options

  • 5/8" Flat
  • 1-1/16" Sculptured
  • 1-1/8" Standard Vintage
  • 3/4" Narrow Vintage

Standard Grids

  • Standard Grids – also known as Colonial grids, these are the popular squares that work well in traditional or contemporary styles.  Standard grids can be used on the whole window or door, just on the top sash. You can also specify the number of lites across and up/down, depending on the size of the glass.

Valence Grids

  • Valance Grids – Valance grids are similar to the Standard grids but are only across the top of the window or door. Like Standard grids, you can specify the number of lites across and the height. 

Perimeter Grids

  • Perimeter Grids – For an attractive contemporary look, consider Perimeter grids which provide an outline on the perimeter of the glass with the grid intersecting in the corners.  Perimeter grids offer an even broader choice of patterns because you can specify a perimeter on each window, on just a sash or a perimeter across an array of windows and/or doors.  You can have the grid intersection only at the top or in all 4 corners.  


Low-E Glass Coatings

  • SunCoat® Low-E2 Glass

    This microscopically thin coating is applied to one side of the glass to reflect heat from its source in the summer, keep heat inside in the winter and reduce harmful UV rays. SunCoat Low-E2 glass comes standard on all Milgard dual-pane windows and patio doors.


    • Consistent temperatures for greater year-round comfort = Energy savings
    • Reduces harmful UV rays by up to 84 percent = Helping protect fabrics and carpet from the sun's damaging rays.
  • SunCoatMAX® Low-E3 Glass

    SunCoatMAX Low-E glass provides the best clarity and highest performance of all solar gain Low-E glass products.


    • Increases center glass surface temperature in winter = Comfortable, consistently cozy rooms. 
    • Reduces solar heat gain more than two-coat, Low-E glass = Keeps your house cooler in the summer. 
    • Provides ultraviolet light blockage = Additional protection from UV-A and UV-B rays for your fabrics and other furnishings.

Obscure Glass

  • #42 Clear
  • Aquatex
  • Cross Reed
  • Glue Chip
  • Mattelux
  • Narrow Reed
  • P516
  • Rain

Tinted Glass

  • Solar Bronze
  • Solar Gray
  • Azurelite
  • Evergreen
  • 2 Panel
  • 3 Panel
  • 4 Panel

Innovative Engineering

  • Water Management

    Milgard developed a new, advanced water management system, exclusive to Essence Series windows. In the rare event that water enters the sash system, it is directed away from the beautiful wood interior. This allows the window to perform at a higher design pressure than most other wood windows, making Essence windows ideal for all conditions.

  • Exceptional Quality

    Essence windows are not merely a ‘fiberglass-clad’ wood product, but a true wood window enveloped by a tough, durable fiberglass frame. Milgard's secure connecting system firmly joins the wood interior frame to its fiberglass exterior frame for an aesthetically superior appearance with no unsightly nail holes or staples.

    Essence Series fiberglass exteriors are resistant to water, cold, heat, insects, salt air and ultraviolet rays for long-lasting performance and low-maintenance. The powder-coated fiberglass exterior finish won’t crack, peel, bend, warp or stick due to expansion and contraction.

    Every Essence Series window and patio door is designed and assembled in the U.S. and custom made to exact size and specifications.

I put Essence in the sliding glass doors in the entryway to my patio and the outside it is just beautiful and the wood is magnificent! I really like it and I’m very pleased with everything. It looks beautiful.

— Desertrat161, Review from

Product Specs

Brand Milgard®
Series Essence Series®
Exterior Color Frost, Ivory, Fog, Harmony, Sand, Tweed, Cinnamon, Pea Pod, Fern, Evening Sky, Classic Brown, Bark, Black Bean, Espresso, Bronze, Twilight
Interior Color Douglas Fir, Pine, Primed Pine
Composition Pultruded fiberglass exterior, wood interior
Custom Sizes Yes. Available in custom sizes to fit most projects, including replacement.
Sizing Measured in 1/8" increments
Minimum Width 47 1/2"
Maximum Width 189"
Minimum Height 77 1/2"
Maximum Height 96"
Frame Depth 4 15/16", 6 9/16", Custom jamb sizing available
Energy Star Certification Yes
NFRC Ratings Yes
AAMA Certification Yes
Rot Resistant Yes
Glass Warranty Lifetime
Glass Breakage Warranty Yes, Standard
Non-Glass Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime


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