On a regular basis, we talk to prospective customers who ask us about Milgard windows. They want to know if we sell and install them in San Diego homes. When we tell them that we don’t sell them (we never have and probably never will), we are often asked why, or the person on the phone will say something like, “But I heard Milgard windows are good,” or “I had Milgard windows in my last house.”
We are well aware that Milgard windows are a very popular brand of windows in the San Diego area. A lot of tract homes had them installed in them when they were originally built. In addition, a lot of homes have had their windows replaced with Milgard windows over the years. Not only that, but Milgard also does a lot of advertising. They have turned their brand into a household name, which is no small feat in a competitive industry like the replacement window and door industry.
Despite the brand’s popularity, we just can’t get on board with the quality of Milgard windows. Let’s be clear here. Milgard windows aren’t bad—they’re just not as good as some other products on the market that are sold at a similar (or even lower) price point. Some of their products are prone to seal failures and other issues, and their reputation for completing warranty repairs in a timely manner is not the greatest.
The Replacement Windows We Recommended Instead of Milgard
At BM Windows, we recommend and sell Anlin window products. You might be thinking to yourself, “I’ve never heard of Anlin.” A lot of people haven’t. Their products aren’t sold in retail stores, and they are a regional company, rather than a national one. They currently only sell their windows in the Western United States. So, if you moved to San Diego from somewhere else in the country, it’s very likely that you would have never seen an ad for Anlin windows in your life. The Anlin name is starting to become more popular in the San Diego area, however, as people learn more about their products.
Anlin products, when compared to Milgard, are much higher quality, in our professional opinion. They offer much better protection against heat transfer. This means your home will stay cooler in the hot summer months, allowing you to use your air conditioner less frequently. They are also great at blocking out harmful UV rays and suppressing noise from outside your home.
In addition, Anlin windows and doors come at a very competitive price. Even though most people in the replacement window industry consider Anlin a “premium” brand, they don’t come with a premium price tag. Their prices are comparable to some lower-quality windows.
Finally, Anlin windows come with an industry-leading warranty. They guarantee their windows for as long as you own your home. And they truly stand behind their products—providing repairs or replacements in a timely manner if anything is found to be defective.
If you would like to learn more about Anlin replacement windows or about the other brands we sell at BM Windows, contact us today. We are happy to explain the differences among the various brands of replacement windows on the market and to help you select the products that are best for your home.