Tell me your Fleetwood or Milgard aluminum experiences.

Gina_WNovember 2, 2012

I've decided that I want to use aluminum windows to replace the old aluminum ones in my mid-century modern home.

The previous homeowner replaced a couple of sliding doors with vinyl, and I am just not on board with that look for this house.

I also have a modern condo and recently all the old aluminum windows in the entire complex were redone with new bronze/black aluminum by Milgard. So that's the direction I want to go in this home as well. I am not all that happy with the weep holes in the new condo windows. After a rain last summer, my tenant complained about water in all the sills. One window had a leak, so I had Milgard come out and they fixed that one, and drilled the weep holes a bit larger on the other ones.

I was researching brands and came across Fleetwood. They look $$$ but they state on their site that they have a "budget" line.

Do any of you have experiences with thin, modern-look aluminum windows of either brand? I'm in Southern California if it makes any difference. Fleetwood's Corona location is about an hour from me.

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Milgard aluminum is almost a 'black' color here in S. Cal. Milgard will only come with the weep hole feature. In a rain storm with strong winds, water in the tracks of the windows can happen. FleetWood is considered a 'elite' product and is $$$ as you mentioned. I do not know of their budget line at all. Contact the factory and they should direct you to a dealer.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 4:25PM
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We did our MCM house in Milgard aluminum a few years ago. If you search this forum, you can find my review of them. We still like them, but I still wish Milgard offered their 'thermally broken' version in California.

We looked at Fleetwood (very nice, but as you say, $$$) and also Blomberg (made in Sacramento, very nice, but also $$$).

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 7:20PM
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I know this thread is ancient, but does anyone have updates on the Milgard performance? We chose Milgard over some cheaper Jeld-Wen and others when the budget buckled under the pressure of Fleetwood and similar bids.

My house is also a mid-century ranch and I am ripping out some architecturally inappropriate (though more efficient) vinyl windows and replacing some original aluminum. In SoCal so climate not a big issue.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 7:08PM
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any comments on their sliders appreciated as well.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 7:09PM
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I have some Milgard Aluminum single hungs and a few 3-Lite sliders that are doing okay.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 11:13PM
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