Milgard is a brand of replacement windows that is familiar to many San Diego homeowners. The company has been around for more than a half century and had more than $500 million dollars in sales in 2016. You can find their windows and patio doors in many neighborhoods across America. In 2017, Milgard was named the “Brand Most Used” by Western U.S. builders according to a survey conducted by BUILDER magazine. They have about 3,800 dealer locations nationwide, and their products come with a Full Lifetime Warranty.
Are Milgard Windows the Best Choice for San Diego Homeowners?
So, do all of the stats listed above mean that Milgard replacement windows are a good choice for San Diego homeowners looking to replace their windows with new, more energy-efficient windows and doors? Not necessarily.
BM Windows owner Michal Bohm has been in the replacement window industry for many years. He is very knowledgeable about the different brands of replacement windows on the market. When deciding which brands of windows he would sell at his San Diego replacement window company, he took a careful look at some of the more popular brands of windows like Milgard, as well as some that were lesser known. He ultimately chose three brands to offer his customers: Anlin Window Systems, Monte Verde Windows, and Bay View Windows.
We get calls and emails all the time asking if we sell Milgard windows, so our company could make money if we chose to sell them, but we’ve decided that we can more confidently recommend Anlin, Monte Verde, and Bay View Windows to our customers. Any of those three brands would be an excellent choice for a San Diego home.”
Does Milgard Make Quality Products?
Milgard makes a wide range of replacement window products. Some are entry level, and would be considered “builder grade” windows. Others are of higher quality. Many customers are completely satisfied with the look and quality of their Milgard windows, but there are also a good amount of online reviews that mention things like seal failure and fogging.
This isn’t to say that Milgard makes an inferior product. Every replacement window manufacturer in the industry occasionally will have a product that slips through quality control. What’s most important is that the manufacturer stands behind their products and honors their warranty.
Milgard’s Lifetime Warranty vs. Anlin’s Double Lifetime Warranty
A lifetime warranty sounds great—until you realize what it actually means. A lifetime warranty only covers the windows for as long as the original purchaser of the windows owns the home. And who stays in their home for a “lifetime” anymore? The National Association of Realtors says that the average homeowner only stays in one home for about nine years. That’s hardly a lifetime!
With a Double Lifetime Warranty like the one offered by Anlin Windows, the warranty is transferable to a second homeowner.
What is more, Anlin is great about standing behind their products. If something goes wrong with your windows, they will make it right! They have a great reputation when it comes to customer service, and that goes a long way! Milgard’s reputation for handling warranty claims is not as solid, according to online reviews, and the average wait time for repairs or replacement seems to be quite long. Since Anlin is a smaller, regional company, only selling replacement windows in the Western United States, they are able to be much more responsive to warranty issues.
Purchasing Replacement Windows Through BM Windows in San Diego
It’s not just because we sell only high-quality replacement windows and doors that a San Diego homeowner should choose BM Windows for their new windows (though that’s true). We also have our own warranty that applies to the installation work we do. If you have a problem with one of the windows or doors we installed for you, we’ll make it right! We even have a special warranty for our coastal customers that extends them additional protection not included in the manufacturers’ warranties. Also included in our warranty is our accidental glass breakage program—covering your windows if the glass is broken for any reason. You can read more about our industry-leading guarantee here.
There are many replacement window products on the market to choose from, so it can be tempting to just go with a name that you are familiar with. But we would encourage you to really do some research and find out which replacement windows will best fit your needs. If you have any questions, one of our knowledgeable and friendly team members would be happy to answer them. Contact us today to set up a free, in-home consultation.