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Marvin Windows Reviews

Read 83 Marvin windows reviews on their most popular products, including the Integrity, Infinity and Ultimate Series. For pricing on these window lines, refer to the follow - Marvin window prices.

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Editor's Marvin Window Review

Marvin Windows is one of the more well known companies in the window industry and enjoys an excellent reputation (arguably the best in the business). Are there bad Marvin window reviews and unhappy customers out there? Of course there are, but compared to all of the other companies, Marvin fares extremely well. The company only makes 3 window series, but the models they do make are very good.

Marvin Fiberglass Windows

Marvin is perhaps most well known for their fiberglass windows that include the Marvin Integrity and Marvin Infinity window. Both the Integrity and Infinity are well made and durable windows, although the Infinity is generally considered the stronger and nicer of the two (the Infinity should run say $75 more than the Integrity for a comparable window). The Integrity model offers one very nice feature and that is a wood interior option (as opposed to the all ultrex fiberglass frame.) This makes for a good wood clad window at a pretty reasonable price. In fact, the wood clad Integrity Series is one of my selections for the best windows at an affordable price. Interestingly, the Integrity gets panned in the 2014 Consumer reports best windows (at least in terms of the score they receive), but our opinion is much more favorable.

Marvin Wood Clad Windows

TheMarvin Ultimate Series is their wood clad window that looks great, can be ordered with tons of options and features and is fairly reasonably priced for the quality of the product. But don't let this fool you, the Marvin Ultimate is not a cheap window by any means - think $1000 a window for a medium sized double hung with standard installation. However, when a group of contractors gets together to discuss the best wood windows on the market, the Ultimate Series is always in the mix.

Marvin Windows Warranty

The Marvin window warranty includes a 20 year provision for the exterior cladding, 20 years for glass, 10 years for hardware, and 5 years on the interior finish. All in all, not the most impressive warranty out there. It is fully transferrable, which is always a nice feature. (Although for what you are paying, it really ought to be.)

Tim - Site Editor

Marvin Integrity Windows Reviews

The Marvin Integrity window is the company's new construction fiberglass window that can be ordered either as an all Ultrex fiberglass frame or with the exterior Ultrex cladding and a real wood interior. This is a great option for consumers who want a relatively affordable wood window with an exterior fiberglass cladding. The wood interior option will be more expensive than the all Ultrex option.

The Integrity model uses a vinyl jamb liner, which you can see on the inside and takes away a little from the overall aesthetic. In comparison to the Infinity model, the Integrity offers a few less features and options such as less custom sizing. If you pick up the Marvin Integrity and Infinity and compare them side-by-side, the Integrity doesn't feel quite as sturdy in your hands. However, in terms of fiberglass windows, it's a solid buy given the right price point and a quality install.

All in all, a pretty solid fiberglass new construction window that can often be ordered as a replacement model, depending on the dealer you order from.

Tim - Site Editor

Marvin Windows In Pennsylvania

Hi Dane. I just came across your website so wanted to get your opinion. I am looking to replace 8 old Anderson windows approximately 27"x53". I may also replace a bay window and possibly a few small bathroom windows.

I had salespeople from Metropolitan Windows who sell Marvin and Renewal by Anderson. For the 8 windows it's about 15k. Seems steep so wanted to get your opinion to go with either or can you recommend another brand? I live in the Pittsburgh area.

I thought of replacing them myself with Anderson 200 series from Home Depot but am worried about ordering the right size windows since they can't be returned once ordered. Plus I never replaced windows before.

Thank you.

John - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hey there John, thanks for the question. Renewal is always super expensive, and quite a bit overpriced in my opinion. Marvin is often pricey, but a better deal because fiberglass is a very strong material and their products are quite well made. My own take, however, is that a really good quality vinyl window provides better value and energy efficiency than fiberglass windows. Fiberglass typically sells for 30% more than vinyl.

So I would suggest looking for some dealers/companies who service your area that sell high quality brands. These would include Soft-Lite, Okna (Pennsylvania based), Sunrise, Polaris, Kensington, and Vytex. Also look for a Zen dealer (they sell Soft-Lite windows).

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

[John's Reply]

Thanks for your input Dane. I haven't heard of those brands of windows but will take a look. Its funny that the Renewal salesman stresses to stay away from vinyl windows yet they seem to be the most popular. Of course he is trying to sell his composite window. No doubt pros and cons with any company.

Thanks again Dane.

John - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

John, I let the energy efficiency numbers of a high quality vinyl window compared to a Renewal window speak for themselves. A Renewal composite double hung air infiltration is right around .15, while an Okna 500 double hung (their mid range window) is .02. That's a measure of how much air is allowed through the window -- the Renewal is a mediocre number, while the Okna is nearly unbeatable. Only a .01 beats it, which the Okna 800 achieves. Take that Renewal By Andersen! :)

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Marvin Windows In Wisconsin

Dane, I have a lovely porch that has french swing in windows interspersed with some stationary windows. There are 15 all total, 9 facing south (3 stationary), 4 facing East, (2 stationary), and 2 facing West (1 stationary). There is a storm door also facing West. They completely take up all of the space on those 3 sides. Dimensions are East 7’6”, South 17’6”, West 4’4” width and all are 50” long. All of the windows have storms and screens that are in very good shape with the exception of the stationary windows that have only storms.

The issue is that the porch gets too hot with the single pane glass to be out here in July & August afternoons. There is fading from the UV rays. I feel like I need SPF clothing on to be safe. It can easily be 80’s to 90 degrees. The sunshades when rolled down, block the view, darken the house w and eliminate the porch feel.

Is there a window that you can recommend that will solve the problem without ruining the look of the original porch that is reasonably priced? I am looking at other options as well such as an awning. I need to accept the situation or do something about it soon.

Thank you for you opinion and suggestions.

Joan - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joan, this is one of those projects where lots of bids from local companies is a must to get a number of options, prices, and brands. The different companies could vary widely in what prices and approaches they will take. Some may suggest only replacing your stationary or fixed windows with a quality vinyl window that has a good low-e glass that will block most of the UV and heat entering the window. This glass will likely be darker than what you have, which may or may not be an issue for you.

I would search google for "Sunrise windows in [your city], Wisconsin" and see if local companies carry this brand. Other brands that I would search for include Soft-Lite, Polaris, Okna, Kensington, Marvin, Zen, and Vytex. You don't have to go with their premium vinyl window model, but I would shoot for their mid range series instead. For instance, the Marvin Integrity is the fiberglass window I would get the price bid on. It may run more than most of these other vinyl windows.

When you collect some bids, feel free to send them my way and I'm happy to give you my take on the prices and quality of windows/doors suggested.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Marvin Integrity Basement Options

Good evening gentlemen -- found your website and found it helpful -- hopefully you can provide some guidance for me as you have done for others.

We have a 1973-built ranch with a walkout basement in the SE corner of CT; we used Marvin Integrity windows for the main floor replacement of windows (and added a few new windows) and are very pleased with that choice. However, our walkout basement has four, 1973-original, DH, single pane windows (approximately 29.5" W X 40" H based on the combined sash measurement when closed) that are simply shot and in dire need of replacement since one can literally feel the wind blowing cold air in during the winter.

We do not require the same quality as the Marvin's on the main floor -- but the local lumber company that sourced the Marvin's suggested a Slocomb at $150 each (window only)...and from my searches on the Internet, they do not generally receive positive comments. We're seeking a decent quality replacement window for a currently unfinished basement and have no intentions of converting it into a living quarters.

Given the info above, can you suggest a couple of brands and associated models of those brands that are available in my area? We have a local contractor (who has completed other projects for me delivering quality work) and await his labor quote to install whatever windows we source as he had no firm recommendation for a replacement window.


Jim - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jim, the entry level Slocomb series is not a very good window and that's reflected in the price. The Slocomb premium models are pretty solid though. While I don't have any specific recommendations for Connecticut, I'd suggest the following:

Google "Simonton windows in [your town], Connecticut" for example and see which local companies come up who carry the brand. Do this for the following: Soft-Lite, Sunrise, Okna, Polaris, Vinylmax, Kensington, Vytex, Zen, Simonton, and Ply Gem.

The second half of these companies are not as good as the first half so I'd stick to their mid range and premium series on the Simonton and Ply Gem. Hopefully, some local companies carry these window series, but that's quite a few companies to get you started.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Marvin Integrity Fiberglass Windows

Hi Dane, I live in Michigan area , currently I have vinyl builder grade window. I am looking to replace 19 slider window and one patio door in basement. I am so confused should I buy vinyl or fiberglass window?

If fiberglass which company should I go with or vinyl which company should go with. How is Marvin integrity fiberglass window! Thanks.

Rajen - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rajen, my advise would be to buy a quality window, regardless of whether it is vinyl or fiberglass. Then find a quality installer/company to do the work. The two materials are not all that different from one another.

The Marvin Integrity window is a quality product. Great Lakes windows makes a quality vinyl window in their mid range and premium grade vinyl windows.

Additional brands to look at include Sunrise, Okna, Soft-Lite, Polaris, Kensington, and Simonton.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

[Rajen's Reply]

Dan, Do you have good suggestions for window installer for Sunrise window in Michigan? Thanks.

Rajen - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rajen, their website has a good search function to show local dealers. I don't know any particular companies to recommend in your area. You can also call up Sunrise and ask them if there is a dealer that they recommend. They will have a better handle on that info — possibly. Good luck!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Marvin Integrity Pricing vs. Alside Mezzo

Hello, Dane and Tim, really appreciate your site - very organized, to the point, and informative!

We are looking to replace six double hang windows that we are told are original to our 1960s stucco rambler in Minnesota.

We got quotes for Alside Mezzo for $5,190 and Marvin Integrity for $7,573. These are from one installation company that also seems to work with Andersen and Sunrise windows, and possibly others (haven't asked for quotes for those). I understand that Alside Mezzo and Marvin Integrity are very different levels of windows (Marvin Integrity much higher).

When I requested quick quote on your site for six mid range vinyl windows with standard installation, I received $3,015. Am I being way over charged by this company? I'm surprised because when I read this installation company, I read only good reviews, many noting that their quote was 10-20% lower than other companies.

Although it will be nice if we can afford Marvin, I think now we are looking for mid to high end vinyl replacement windows. Anything you recommend that will withstand MN winter weather?

Also, the frame/trim on our existing windows are getting rotten or being eaten by mice. We thought of having metal wrap around the frame (for new and also other existing windows that we do not plan to replace at this time), but metal tends to get dented easily. Do you tend to recommend metal wraps, or they are not recommended?

Thank you in advance for your input!

AT - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

AT, it sounds like your project is more complicated than a window simple replacement project. I think you need a couple more bids to get the fair market price of your project. I'd prefer you go with a Sunrise vinyl window over the Alside Mezzo or Marvin Integrity (again depends on the bid...)

It certainly sounds like you are going to do a full replacement on the rotten frames/sills. I would wrap the windows, depending on the cost. Get that breakdown and see what you're looking at. Wrapping protects them and can look nice if done well.

Right now, I'd prefer the Marvin Integrity over the Mezzo bid, even at that higher cost. I'm not a big fan of the Alside product, I find the frame to feel flimsy, I'd keep looking, but Sunrise is a great option. I'd skip the Andersen because I don't think you should be putting in wood windows in that cold climate over yours.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

Marvin Integrity all-Ultrex vs. Soft-Lite Elements

Hello Tim & Dane, we are in the process of replacing vinyl windows in our living room. These are fixed windows. It’s an A-frame structure with 10 panels, 4 of which are 70”x70” squares. Those are the largest panels. The remainder are trapezoids, rectangles and triangles.

For this project, I have the option of going with Marvin Integrity all-Ultrex windows (20-year warranty, according to dealer) or Soft-Lite Elements windows (lifetime warranty, according to dealer). We are mainly interested in the long-term performance of the windows as opposed to the aesthetics and we plan to remain in this house for a long time.

Regardless of the price, in each of your opinion, which window should we go with and why?

Thank you very much.

Thomas - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Thomas, the Soft-Lite Elements windows is the better window in terms of fit, tolerance, and craftsmanship. This can be seen in the energy efficiency numbers, including the u-value, air infiltration, design pressure, etc. The Soft-Lite Elements is one of the best vinyl windows on the market. The Marvin Integrity all-Ultrex window is quite good, but it can't hold a candle to the Elements in my opinion.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Marvin Integrity vs. ProVia Endure

We need to replace four Pella wood clad windows. I'm considering fiberglass, but I didn't like the Pella option and I was put off by the Fibrex saw dust / PVC mix from Renewal. The Marvin Integrity fiberglass is actually my first choice.

Someone said ProVia makes an Endure window that is really good. Why do you think? I'm worried that vinyl will warp and not be good after awhile.

Kimmy - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kimmy, the Marvin Integrity window is quite good. It is a very solid fiberglass replacement window. The ProVia Endure in my opinion is probably slightly better in terms of strength and energy efficiency. There will be differences of opinion on this point to be sure.

Vinyl used to have issues with warping etc. but not so much anymore. Maybe on the low end vinyl windows, but not on the top tier models and I would include the Endure in this category. Take a look at the warranties to back up this assertion: most vinyl windows come with a lifetime warranty on the frame, while most fiberglass windows carry a 30 year warranty. Says something about what the manufacturer thinks about their product.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Integrity & Sunrise Restoration

Hi Dane & Tim, We're both retired on a fixed income and own a home that was built in 2003 with builder grade single hung windows that really need replacing. I've spent a lot of time on your Replacement Windows Reviews website. Thank you very much for that valuable information! We've had Renewal by Anderson, Pella and manufacturer reps for Marvin & Sunrise all come out to inspect our project and give us a quote.

We have a total of 42 windows... yeah that's a lot! 33 of those windows we want to replace with double-hung averaging about 36" x 60". The remaining 9 are various half rounds and quarter rounds....

3 @ 36x72 half

4 @ 18 x 36 half

2 @ 36 x 36 quarter.

The quotes from Replacement by Anderson, ($90,000.00 for Fibrex) and Pella, ($55,000.00 for Impervia) are so very expensive, they're out of our budget.

Thanks to your windows reviews, we've chosen to go with Sunrise Restoration vinyl or Marvin Integrity fiberglass.

We're waiting on the quotes for Marvin Integrity & Sunrise Restoration Vinyl Series. We live in Bucks County, PA which is about 30 miles north of Philadelphia. We would sincerely appreciate any feedback you could give us as to which of the two window types you would recommendation and a rough ball park estimate.

Vahe - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Vahe, between Marvin Integrity & Sunrise Restoration, my pick would definitely be the Restoration. This window will deliver better energy efficiency and uses a great fix of vinyl and fiberglass.

Those first two bids were very high. I'm curious to hear what the Sunrise and Marvin quotes come in at. I would imagine the Marvin would be somewhere close to the Impervia, but that's the thing about bids, they are completely dependent on the company that gives them.

I would hope that the Sunrise Restorations wouldn't be more than $800 a window. Your bids are high enough to make me believe that there is some serious installation requirements for these new windows. If not, I would keep collecting bids until you find one you like. Can the Sunrise dealer quote you out on a standard Sunrise window? This is a good window and will be more affordable than the Restoration. I

s there an Okna rep in your area who could give you a quote? This company makes very good vinyl windows as well.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Integrity Fiberglass Or Vinyl

We're waiting on the quotes for Marvin Integrity & Sunrise Restoration Vinyl Series. We live in Bucks County, PA which is about 30 miles north of Philadelphia. We would sincerely appreciate any feedback you could give us as to which of the two window types you would recommendation and a rough ball park estimate.

Vahe - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Vahe, between Marvin Integrity & Sunrise Restoration, my pick would definitely be the Restoration. This window will deliver better energy efficiency and uses a great fix of vinyl and fiberglass.

Those first two bids were very high. I'm curious to hear what the Sunrise and Marvin quotes come in at. I would imagine the Marvin would be somewhere close to the Impervia, but that's the thing about bids, they are completely dependent on the company that gives them.

I would hope that the Sunrise Restorations wouldn't be more than $800 a window. Your bids are high enough to make me believe that there is some serious installation requirements for these new windows. If not, I would keep collecting bids until you find one you like. Can the Sunrise dealer quote you out on a standard Sunrise window? This is a good window and will be more affordable than the Restoration.

is there an Okna rep in your area who could give you a quote? This company makes very good vinyl windows as well.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Integrity Series Bid

I have received a few quotes from different window companies. We live in a duplex on a horse farm in New Jersey that was built in the 80s. We have 15 windows that need replacing.

Marvin Integrity: $20,500

Alside Mezzo: $13,920

Simonton 5500 Reflections: $11,500

Okna INSUL-TEC: $11,420

United 4800: $9,030

Kellen - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kellen two fo your bids stand out. The Okna 500 bid looks quite good and is very reasonably priced when compared to the other bids. The Marvin Integrity is too expensive at $20K, but the Integrity is a nice window nonetheless. The Simonton 5500 bid at $7.8K is also a good deal.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Integrity Ultrex vs. Paradigm 8300

Hi, I am building new in Maine and trying to decide between Marvin Integrity All Ultrex and Paradigm 8300 windows.

Thank you for any insight.

Jennifer - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jennifer, the Paradigm 8300 vinyl window is a good solid vinyl window. The Marvin Integrity All Ultrex is a good solid fiberglass window. Both will probably perform well with good installation. I would probably make the decision based on the installation company if those are my choices. Marvin has the better reputation for quality products over Paradigm.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Integrity vs. Milgard Ultra

I have narrowed down my choices to Milgard Ultra and Marvin Integrity.

My contractor likes both so he is no help.

I'm in the market for fiberglass casement windows with black interior and black exterior and black interior, along with a clean look.

I like the smaller frame of the Milgard Ultra and the screen.

The Marvin Integrityis a bit bulkier and doesn't seem as sturdy. Everyone seems to have different opinions so I'd like to get yours.


Alina - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Response]

Alina, the Marvin Integrity and the Milgard Ultra window are pretty close in terms of quality with the edge given to the Marvin Integrity.

Both companies enjoy good reputations but Marvin has the better reputation.

If Enerlux or Alpen HPP are available in your area, you should take a look at them. Both are fiberglass window and both are better than what you've looked at so far. The only problem is they are often difficult to find since they have little distribution.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Integrity vs. Crystal Windows

We need to replace six windows, approx 4 inches x 77 inches each, in our Manhattan apartment (2nd floor of an old tenement-style building.) We have a contractor working on a renovation who will do the labor.

We have quotes for windows from Marvin, Crystal, and Integrity and are stunned — and confused -- by the enormous price difference between Crystal and the other two. Crystal estimates about $1700 for all six windows, the other two, more than $6000. How can this be? Are Crystal windows reliable? What would you do?

Marilyn - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

I don't hear a ton about Crystal windows. From the little that I have heard, they seem to be a builder quality vinyl window. This means that they are built and marketed towards builders and contractors who are looking to put in a cheap vinyl window that will function well enough for the first handful of years, but will begin to break down in that year seven, eight, nine, 10. So the question you have to ask yourself is is it worth it to spend the $1700 on cheap windows knowing that you'll have to replace them probably in your tan or do you go with the more expensive windows that will probably last 20 to 25 years.

Normally, I tell people to go with the more expensive windows because from a long-term perspective it tends to be cheaper. However, the quote you've received are so different in price that you may want to consider consider putting the Crystal windows in for the $1700 and hoping that you don't have any issues part of what would drive this decision for me would be the claimant that I live in. So, for instance, if I lived in a very cold climate in which the quality of my windows was very important, I would be hesitant about going with the Crystal windows. If, however, I lived in a place with a much more mild climate, I would definitely consider going with the Crystal and knowing that I'm going to have to replace them in eight or nine years.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Marvin Integrity Fiberglass Option

I need to 8 sash replacement kits. I want to stay with wood windows since my original windows were wood clad. I've looked at Plygem windows but I need some more options here in Memphis.

Donna - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Donna, two suggests I might make include the Marvin Integrity, which has a wood interior option. The other is a Jeld Wen wood clad window. The Auralast treatment includes a lifetime warranty. I believe some of the Pella wood clad windows now use a treatment that also offers a lifetime warranty.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Marvin Integrity Window Sizes

Hi, I’m wondering if you might have prices on 3 different sizes of Marvin Integrity windows. I basically had my upstairs done last year. Now want to finish off downstairs. There’s a new sales guy, he quoted my prices on the windows over 20% higher a year ago.

Since there’s only one Marvin dealer, I’m stuck with him.

1. RO 34 1/2" X 76 ¼"

2. RO 26 1/2" X 40 1/4"

3. RO 26 1/2" X 64 1/4"

Timothy - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Timothy, I don't have exact pricing on Marvin windows. I wish I could help you out on this count. That seems steep, 20% in one year. Here's a suggestion -- get another bid from another fiberglass manufacturer (or vinyl), hopefully one that is cheaper and then tell the Marvin rep that you're going to go with the other one and see if he'll come down on the price. If he won't budge and you still want Marvin, wait for a couple of weeks, call him back and go forward. Not quite sure if it'll work, but it's worth a shot.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Marvin vs Thermo-Tech

Having purchased our house in 2014, we are now finding that we need to do full window replacement for the entire house. This would include 13 casement windows, 3 sliding patio doors, and one patio with swinging doors.

We have received three bids so far, all on different products, and it is quite confusing to decide what is the best option. We live in central MN so looking for windows that are going to be energy efficient and low maintenance.

We have had quotes for the Simonton Series that Home Depot carries, Ply Gem Premium (with HP2-Max, Triple glazed, Annealed, Low-E/Clear/Low-E, Argon Gas, Warm Edge Space), Marvin Integrity all ultrex (low E argon glass), and thermotech classic series.

The Simonton and Ply Gem are insert while the Marvin and Thermotech were quoted as full frame install. The Marvin and Thermotech came in at least $6000 cheaper than the others and that is doing a full frame and not just an insert. I have seen positive and negative reviews for all the above brands so it really makes it difficult to decide which route to go. Any advice which would be a better choice??

Larry - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

That's so interesting that Marvin and Thermotech with the full frame came in cheaper than the Simonton and Ply Gem. The full replacement install is the more thorough of the approaches so let's stick with these two bids -- cheaper to boot. The Marvin Integrity is a good fiberglass window, although I would ask about the Infinity cost for the same job. Some reps don't have access to the Infinity, but I would rather see you pay the extra (depending what they quote you out at) for the nicer Infinity -- in my experience the Infinity will run say $75 more per window, which might bump up your price by $1000 for the window portion -- definitely worth it in this ballpark range.

I don't know much about Thermo-Tech to be completely honest, so I don't feel like I can even comment on them. I like the look of their windows, but as to performance, I know very little. If it were me, I'd go with the Marvin because they are a known quantity. Both companies are relatively local to you, so that's a positive. Marvin has a good reputation in the industry and they make very solid windows and doors.

I think the only way I would consider the Thermo-Tech option is if I knew friends and neighbors who have had them in their homes for a good 8 to 10 years and are happy with their performance. Then I would want to make sure that whoever was doing the install had installed hundreds of them and felt very comfortable with their products and had a good working relationship with the company itself -- in case there are issues down the road.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Marvin Integrity vs Andersen 100

I'm replacing 4 sliders and 1 fixed window and am trying to decide between Anderson 100, Marvin Integrity, and Milgard Tuscany.

Joanne - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joanne, of the three options you have I like the Marvin Integrity the best. Then maybe the Andersen and finally the Milgard. I'm pretty split between the first two.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Marvin Integrity vs Pella 350

I am replacing double hung windows in my kitchen. My quotes so far are $970 for the Marvin Integrity as a double slider and $1315 for the Pella 350 series sliding window

We are also getting French doors -- $5950 for the Marvin Integrity Ultrex, $4400 for the Jeld-Wen Auralast Siteline or $6050 for the Pella 350 series.

Pat - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Pat, I like the Marvin Integrity more than the Pella 350. Sounds like some expensive quotes though. You want to get some more bids. Okna, Sunrise, Simonton or Champion all might be available near you.

As far as doors, Jeld Wen and ProVia make good products.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Marvin Integrity vs Simonton Windows

We are building a house and I would like to use Marvin Intergity, while my husband prefers Simonton. Which is the better window?

Cheri - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Cheri, Marvin is usually considered the superior brands between these two companies. Simonton's premium vinyl windows are good and usually pretty affordable. Marvin is going to be more expensive, but they make a high quality product in their doors and windows.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Marvin Integrity Window Sizes And Costs

I have decided that I want fiberglass windows. I have focused on Marvin Integrity and I got a quote on Infinity's also.

I thought you might find my analysis of the three bids interesting. We are have 15 total windows replaced with Marvin Integrity. 7 of windows (front of the house) will be Integrity wood ultrex while the remaining will be the fiberglass all ultrex. We required the grids/dividers on the outside of the windows and beige on the outside and white on the interior.

The bids are all shown with the price per sq ft and installation. The total square footage being replace is 236. The window pricing came in between $40/sq ft to $87/sq ft and the installation bids were between $175/window and $300/window.

Hope you find this helpful.

Tom - Homeowner - May, 2015

Integrity by Marvin Review

When we built our home in 2013 we did some research and investigation into what windows to choose. We had seen Integrity Windows used locally and liked the appearance so much that I sent a letter to Integrity to request some additional information on their window line.

In response I received a very nice packet of information including a Thank You letter describing strengths of Ultrex. The letter stated "As you look through the enclosed information, take a moment to learn more about our unique exterior cladding material Ultrex provides superior strength and durability in all climates. It won't warp, lose its finish, or expand and contract with the seasons. Combine Ultrex with the beauty of an all-wood interior, and you have windows and doors you can install with confidence."

Oh how I wish those statements had an ounce of truth.

We have owned the house since it was built in 2013 and are now looking at replacing ALL of the Integrity Windows and doors. The Ultrex exterior cladding has failed on most of the windows and is chipping and peeling off! I see no way to salvage them with other than a complete and costly replacement. It's amazing that they lasted just over ten years which is the life of the warranty.

Dan - Homeowner - from 2015

Marvin Integrity Windows Review

Hello, can you help? I built a Minnesota home in 2007 and purchased Marvin Integrity windows/gliders/wood interior. After 7 years the windows wood where the two windows meet when closed are turning black. Also, I feel draft in the winter time. Also, notice the screens do not cover properly keeping bugs out. I'm not taking about one window but six windows are having the same issue!! Very disappointed. Call dealer and getting the run around. Warranty on the windows is 10 years.

I would like to replace, sad to say to spend more money on windows that should last, with gliders again? What are my options? Anderson windows? Vinyl windows for no maintenance? I prefer no maintenance if possible.

Randy - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Wow, Randy, that is not good. What does the dealer say exactly? Did you stain and/or seal the interior wood? I hate to see you have to replace windows that are less than 10 years old! I would keep bugging them. The screens should be relatively easy to replace, although off the top of my head I can't remember if Marvin covers screens, I believe they do - but the two windows with the black at the corner welds is something else. Can you send me a couple of pictures so I can see the extent of the damage?

This certainly isn't the first time I've heard of wood rot on windows (although in Marvin's defense, it is the first I've heard it happening to their windows.) It is one of the reasons that I have a hard time recommending wood windows over vinyl. It's also the reason that wood windows typically carry a 10 to 15 year warranty, whereas vinyl carries a lifetime.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Marvin Integrity Ultrex

My wood casement windows are rotting so I need replacements. I'm leaning towards Marvin Integrity, and the rep is suggesting Wood-Ultrex to keep a similar look to what I have now. I was thinking I'd rather have all Ultrex, since they are pretty much maintenance free, but the dealer said the way they are sealed, the wood doesn't need any maintenance, treatment and/oror painting. Is that true? Is a wood-Ultrex combo not going to require any maintenance? Or is the Ultrex more durable and better if I plan to keep the house for a long time?

Mike - Homeowner - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

Unless you have a humidity problem, the wood interior shouldn't rot or need any maintenance. Maybe paint every couple of decades, when you repaint the house anyway. If you have a humidity problem you'd know it, with a lot of sweating on the windows and eventually frame warping. The Ultrex exterior is really easy, paint it every 20-30 years and you're good.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2012

Contractor Endorsement

The right window depends on where you are, what style of home you're building, and the materials you're working with, but I really like the Integrity by Marvin. It's a good fiberglass window with very good ratings. It's probably a bit out of your budget, but I can't really recommend going any cheaper. Bad windows are going to mess with the look of your home, energy bills, and can even lead to water damage and other problems. I don't think they're a good place to cut costs.

Michael - Contractor - from 2012

Marvin Integrity or Pella Impervia

I'm waffling between two products -- the Marvin Integrity or the Pella Impervia. It's for 14 casement windows. They seem like companies and both seem like good windows so I'm not exactly sure which one is the better option. I'd love to get your opinion on this.

Omar - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

Omar, the Marvin Integrity is the much better window over the Impervia. The Impervia is a flimsy frame in my opinion and simply not made as well as the Integrity.

Buddy - Contractor - from 2011

Marvin Windows vs Kolbe Latitude

I'm looking at the Marvin Integrity All Ultrex Fiberglass and the Kolbe Latitude Vinyl. The Marvins are about a third more expensive. I think they're both good windows. Is the Marvin better? Is it better enough to pay that much more?

Betty - Homeowner in Louisiana - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

The Marvins are actually that much better if you can afford it. Kolbe makes a good product but they don't compare to Marvins. The ones you're looking at are very different. The Marvins are fiberglass, a much stronger and nicer material, and nothing looks better than Marvins. Right now there's nothing on the market at any price that I'd put above a Marvin.

Wayne - Contractor - from 2010

Marvin Integrity vs Marvin Infinity

I'm planning on an all fiberglass window from Marvin, either the Infinity or Integrity. From what I can tell the main difference is the price and the dealer. The features all seem to be the same to me. What's the real difference?

Annie - Homeowner - from 2010

[Contractor Response]

The main differences are in appearance. The Infinity has a 3 1/4" jamb and is designed for use as an insert. The Integrity, with a 4 9/16" jamb, is more often a full frame replacement. Both are good quality windows, though, so it's just a matter of preference.

Brad - Installer - from 2010

[2nd Response]

The Integrity has a either an Ultrex or wood interior and Ultrex exterior. With a ufactor of 0.30 and SHGC of 0.32, the numbers are decent but not stellar. I like the look of a wood interior, but it costs about 10% more than the all-fiberglass.

The Infinity costs about 25% more than a similar Integrity, but it feels a lot more solid and durable. The ufactor is similar, 0.29, but the SHGC is 0.21, so it has a little bit better ratings. The Infinity also has the Everwood interior, which looks like real wood and can be stained or painted however you like. I like it a lot better than the Integrity. If you really want an actual wood interior, you can look at the Ultimate series, which is similar.

The Integrity is advertised as having a 10 year warranty, 20 years glass coverage. A lot of the salesmen for vinyl windows tout their lifetime warranties. Is the warranty long enough? Should I look for something with a better warranty?

Barrett - Homeowner - from 2009

[Contractor Response]

The Ultrex fiberglass should last forever. Look at fiberglass boats that have sunk and sat under salt water for years - they still look okay once you clean them up. Vinyl will wear out eventually, so it needs a longer warranty. The fiberglass just needs coverage long enough to make sure they were made and installed right. If there are any defects they should show up within 2 years or so.

Scott - Contractor - from 2009

Marvin Integrity Casement Review

My contractor was going to put in cheap vinyl windows, but I wanted a good wood interior. The problem was our budget. The Marvin Integrity was a little high, but we could swing the price, and they look so good, especially the casement with all the interior wood. They had a low-e coating and are argon filled. As long as they hold up, which I think they will since Marvin has a good reputation, we'll be thrilled with them.

Cynthia - Homeowner - from 2008

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Marvin Infinity Windows Reviews

The Marvin Infinity fiberglass window comes in either the full Ultrex fiberglass frame or the Ultrex with an Everwood interior. Everwood is a wood veneer that closely mimics the look of wood, but doesn't require the maintenance of real wood. The Infinity will typically run $50 to $100 more than a comparable Integrity model, due to the thicker frame and the bells and whistles that come standard (worth it in my opinion).

The Marvin Infinity also has a nicer frame finish and a slightly better warranty than the Integrity. It is rightly considered one of the top fiberglass windows on the market.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Marvin Infinity Series vs. Okna 700

We want a full frame replacement window and are considering fiberglass or vinyl. The best we've seen includes the Marvin Infinity series, Okna 700 and Zen Lotus. What would you say is the best window of these three? Thanks in advance.

Jon - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jon, I really like the Marvin fiberglass windows, but they are about 30% more than the comparable vinyl window. Personally, I would list the windows in terms of overall quality as the Okna 700, the Marvin Infinity and then the Zen Lotus.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Marvin Fiberglass Windows In Houston

Could you please tell me the difference between fiberglass and composite window? Which one would be better for Houston TX climate? What window would you buy fiberglass or composite? Which window is the best to buy? My employer is looking to replace his windows and lives in a contemporary style house and has several large fix windows.

Kim - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Kim, here's a simple article that details the differences between fiberglass and composite windows.

Honestly, there aren't a ton of composite windows available in Texas (as far as I know). Renewal of course, but those are tremendously expensive windows that don't warrant the cost in my opinion. Not even close. The best composite window on the market is the Okna Starmark, but Okna isn't available in Texas.

Fiberglass is a good material and the Marvin Infinity window should be available in all 50 states.

Aluminum is good for very hot climates like Houston. Yes, the energy efficiency is poor, but they are so strong that they last forever. Don Young makes an excellent aluminum window and they are available in Houston.

My own opinion is that a high quality vinyl window is still the way to go. The best vinyl window in Houston is probably the Zen Lotus Plus, which is a relabeled Soft-Lite Imperial LS. I actually don't know whether they carry that model, but they would carry the Zen Lotus, which is the Soft-Lite Pro, quite a good window in its own right. Not quite as good as the Imperial LS though.

Let's see. The Simonton Reflections 5500 should be available from a dealer down there. Also the NT Presidential series from NT. That's their premium window and it's a pretty decent vinyl window in my estimation.

These are the best brands in Houston. Your job would be to make sure that the company installing them has a solid reputation and track record in terms of service and labor warranty.

Feel free to shoot over any bids you get and I'll give you my two cents. Cheers.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Infinity vs. Renewal by Anderson

Hi Dane, we are getting quotes for replacing windows and would love your help in assessing if we are being offered a good deal or other options to consider.

We bought a 22 yr old custom built home last year. The home still has original wood windows. Several of the windows have broken seals and/or water damage in the frames and sills. The house is custom, and in a neighborhood of executive homes and looks (exterior and interior) are important.

We have many windows that are picture or specialty (48x60, half dome tops, transoms). We also have interior window frames painted a cream that does not match standard colors for vinyl or fiberglass replacement windows.

We have received a quote from Renewal by Anderson to replace 20 windows for $45,000, a local company to replace the same with Marvin Infinty for about $49,000, and a visit tonight from LEI Home restoration for 37 windows with the Revelation Elite vinyl windows for their "half price" offer at $42k.

I am thankful your website, based on what I read there, I think we can do better on pricing and/or get better quality windows. What would you suggest?

For the scope of the project and expense, I'd prefer a long lasting, low maintenance option like fiberglass or vinyl. But we also would like color options to match our current interior, or need to add the cost of a painter to come after the windows to repaint to match.

Thanks for your help. We are in Cumming, GA , in the north metro Atlanta area.

Look forward to your reply!

David - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

David, so far those are some pricey bids. It does sound like your project is going to be expensive though based on the three bids. Usually, the Renewal bid is double what I'd expect you to pay. I would hope you could find a high quality bid on a vinyl window for $1000 per window. The custom colors can get pricey though.

My problem is knowing what's available in your area. Sunrise windows could very well have a dealer, as well as Zen, which typically (but not always) sells the Soft-Lite Classic and Soft-Lite Pro. These are called the Nirvana and Lotus series. If they sell a Lotus Plus that's their Imperial LS and that is a fantastic vinyl window. The Classic and Pro are both very good.

Kensington HPP sells windows in Georgia I believe and they make a high quality window. The Huntington and Quantum 2 are very energy efficient windows and defintiely ones to consider.

Basically google "sunrise windows in Cumming, Georgia" and see if any local comapnies come up who sell that brand. Do this for Sunrise, Zen, Okna, Polaris, HiMark (they sell Okna), Soft-Lite, Kensington, Vytex, Vinylmax, and Simonton. On these last three, I'd stick to their premium models. The others you can go with their mid range or premium series depending on pricing etc.

Careful on painting vinyl windows, it usually nullifies the warranty.

Shoot me over the bids that you find and I'll give you my two cents.

Good start, not let's get that bid down to $20K or at least give it your best shot!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Infinity Pricing vs. Pella Impervia

I have 2 bids for 25 windows; either the Pella Impervia with an STC rating of 26 and air leakage of 0.18. The other option is the Marvin Infinity with an STC of 28 and air leakage of .19. Here are the two bid prices.

Pella Impervia Quote: $24,600

Marvin Infinity Quote: $27,580

Mikeal - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mikeal, the Marvin Infinity is the better window, no question. I find the Impervia frame flimsier than the Infinity and less well built. I would definitely pay the extra $3K for the Marvin over the Pella. However, I would go back to the Marvin dealer and ask him to match the Pella bid. Tell him that if he can do that, you are ready to sign the work order that day.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Infinity Fiberglass Windows

Hi Tim, I really like Marvin fiberglass windows! I have 21 windows and two sliders and I could give you the measurements for a quote from you? Let me know if you could help me and would it be a local installer?


Jeff - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jeff, google "marvin infinity windows in [your city, state]" and see what companies come up. Call them up and have them come out and give you a quote. Bids from Marvin dealers are all over the board so it's tough to say where the bid will come in at. Make sure to tell the dealer/salesman that you are getting 3 to 4 bids and that you'd like their best bid as price is certainly an important factor. Hopefully this keeps the bid lower.

You may want to see if you can get a quote from a Sunrise dealer on the Restorations window. It's vinyl and fiberglass and is a great window. I sort of see these windows as the same quality, although often the Sunrise is less expensive than the Marvin. The Restorations also has better performance data than the Infinity.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Infinity vs. Window Nation Imperial LS

My name is Brett I am looking at 14 pocket windows from window nation. What are your thoughts on $915 per window installed for the Soft-Lite Imperial LS? They are the triple pane window full screens. It seems high to me but I only have a quote on the Marvin Infinity for around $1500 per window.

Any info would be helpful. This is my first time having to have this done. I have attached the sizes also have a quote on the Vytex grand view window those are around $773 per window from window nation.

Brett - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Brett, $915 installed is quite a price tag, about $150 to $200 per window too high on the face of it. Now that isn't to say that it's unreasonable, especially if you got a bid on the Marvin Infinity for $1500.

However, before you go spending $1K a window, I would go and get a couple more bids. Window Nation has a tendency to be pricier than some other companies and I think there are other dealers out there who you would get a better deal from.

See if you can find a dealer in your area that sells Okna 400 or 500 series, Soft-Lite Classics, Sunrise Standard, Polaris ThermalWeld, or maybe a Zen Window dealer.

If the next two come in at something in that same neighborhood, then the price range is correct.

By the way, I think I might go with the Vytex Grandview for $200 less than the Soft-Lite Imperial LS.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

[Brett's Reply]

Would it change much with tempered glass in some windows and grids in all the windows?

Brett - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Brett, tempered glass can cost as much as $100 per window, so yes that would change the calculus for sure. But again, that's where the additional bids come in. They will give you an apples-to-apples comparison between companies for the same set of components and upgrades on your project.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Marvin Infinity UIltrex vs Alliance Hawthorne

Dane, we are replacing old casement windows on a rental unit. There are 31 windows to be replaced. To save money we are looking at switching to double hung and sliders. The three companies we are considering are Renewal by Anderson, Marvin Infinity and Alliance Hawthorne (Midway Windows).

Surprising to me is that the Marvin quote came in significantly less than the Renewal by Anderson. While I haven't received the quote for the Alliance product yet, I am wondering if they are even in the ballpark in the quality that the other two offer. Would Alliance be a suitable option for my needs? Is warping on vinyl windows a significant risk? What are your thoughts on Ultrex versus Fibrex?

Steve - Homeowner - from 2017

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Steve, I'm not surprised at all that the Marvin Infinity quote is less than the Renewal By Andersen. RBA is one of the most expensive window on the market and frankly not deservedly so in my opinion. Marvin makes a very good window and I would be very happy with this option in my home. Personally, I think Marvin might be overkill for a rental, but of course that's your decision.

Midway vinyl windows are a nice middle of the road vinyl window that should do the trick for a rental unit. Assuming the installers have a good reputation and you feel comfortable with them, this is probably the option I would go with. If it were my own home (and not a rental), I would go with the Marvin or I would find a top tier vinyl window to go with. I don't feel like RBA provides a lot of value because so much of their expense is in their advertising and their "reputation."

In terms of Ultrex versus Fibrex, I would say Ultrex is the better material.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Steve's Answer]

Dane, Thanks for the response and advice. I am concerned that the all vinyl Midway window will warp. It is something that Marvin really talks about in their sales pitch. Is that a big concern? I plan to have a dark outer window frame.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Steve, quality vinyl windows don't warp, unless they are in extreme heat or if the window is really wide. Most vinyl windows come with a lifetime warranty on the frame, while most fiberglass windows come with a warranty of 20 to 30 years. The warranty is kind of telling as to what the company thinks of the long term longevity of the product.

Grill the midway rep on that point though and make sure he provides you with satisfaction before proceeding. :)

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Marvin Infinity

We are remodeling our kitchen and are replacing 2 windows and a slider. We are quoting Marvin Infinity.

Slider 8’ LoE Argon, French , No grills, Std screen, Lifts & Pulls
1 40x38 Glider
1 40x77 Glider

I believe both windows are full frame. One needs a little more construction as the height will be 4” less.

That the current one as we are moving the sink under that window.

They would not break down cost (Window, Labor, etc.)

The quote is $8026. Seems high to me. We live in CT. 06060.

What would be a good quality Mid range alternative? We eventually need to replace the rest of the windows. Just not in the budget right now.

Randy - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Randy, seems very high. Check out some of the top vinyl windows like Sunrise, Soft-lite, or Okna. They have some very nice interior laminates that look close to wood, but don't require any maintenance.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Marvin Infinity vs Sunrise Restorations

We need to replace 16 windows and have gotten bids from Renewals with Anderson and Marvin on the Infinity window. We plan on meeting with a Sunrise rep who sells the Sunrise Windows Restoration.

Love to hear your opinion on what to go with!

Shelly - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Shelly the Sunrise Restorations has to be the winner in this battle of three. The Restorations offers a sleek frame and excellent energy efficiency. The Marvin Infinity is a very good fiberglass window and should hold up as well as the Sunrise Restorations.

The Renewals are overpriced and won't touch the Sunrise and will be a little less efficient than the Infinity.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Marvin Infinity vs Andersen 100 Windows

We like Marvin fiberglass windows, but they are too expensive. Is the Anderson 100 window close in performance to the Infinity? We have estimates on both -- the Marvin at $25K and Anderson at $18K.

Dervil - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dervil, the Marvin Infinity is better than the Andersen 100 window. Neither of these windows is going to be as energy efficient as a top vinyl window, but the Infinity is generally regarded as one of the better fiberglass windows on the market.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Marvin Infinity vs Okna 800

We have a traditional colonial style home and need some replacement windows. We've narrowed it down to the Okna 800 and Marvin Infinity. The Infinity is considerably more expensive -- $9K for 8 double hung windows compare to 5K with the Okna.

I'm concerned about glass loss and appearance. The Marvin Infinity is thinner and better looking.

Lisa Ann - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Lisa, the Okna 800 is the better window from the perspective of energy efficiency. It might be a little bulkier though and if you want to have more glass area, then go with the Marvin Infinity. Its a very nice window as well and will hold up well over time.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Marvin Infinity Fiberglass Replacements

Our Andersen double hung windows from the late 60s need to be replaced. We are in Ohio and are fine with any type of window. We were hoping you could make some recommendations.

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Corinna, you may want to check out Sunrise windows.

The Marvin fiberglass Infinity is a nice option but may be more expensive than the Sunrise Restorations, which is their high end vinyl/fiberglass window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Marvin Infinity Window Review

I'm planning on replacing 12 casements in NE Ohio plus a sliding glass door and 2 pictures. We're doing a tear out down to the studs, taking out the Pella windows that were installed in '73. There are a lot more to choose from than when we had those put in way back then. I want good windows but I also need a fair price and I was hoping for wood clad in vinyl or fiberglass. I know that Inline fiberglass windows and Marvin also makes a fiberglass window - which is better?

Marcia - Homeowner in Ohio - from 2012

[Contractor Response]

The Infinity is a good casement, and I think the fiberglass is a good choice. I think Inline just came out with a new design for their fiberglass casements, and it's supposed to have great engineering. If it isn't out yet it will be soon. Sunrise has a good one, also, with a lot of different material options. If it were me, I'd look at the Sunrise before making a decision, as they are generally one of the best windows out there. I don't like buying a new line, or at least one that's had major changes, so the Inline makes me nervous. I like to wait until they've had time to work out the kinks.

Billy - Contractor - from 2012

Marvin Infinity vs Soft-Lite Elements

My home was built in 98. The builder's windows are double hungs and I get awful drafts, condensation and frost in the winters. Last year we ended up with mold inside the glass. In Michigan we have hot summers but very cold winters. I need new window but I have a tight budget. We're going to do the upstairs now and the downstairs later. I plan to sell in a few years so I don't need a super great window, just something that looks nice and will last a few years. I'm looking at either the SoftLite Elements in vinyl or the Marvin Infinity in fiberglass.

The quotes for the two are about the same. The Soft-Lite windows have better numbers, but I'm told that after a few seasons of expanding and contracting they lose that. The Marvins have a metal spacer, and I'm a little worried that it will cause condensation, which is why I'm replacing the old ones.

Danica - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

The Infinity is nice, but the Softlite Elements is much much better. The vinyl won't have issues from expansion and contracting, maybe if you had a window the size of a bus but not for a residential window. They are designed to last a long time. I've done an energy audit on a house with windows around 10 years old and they blew a 0 air infiltration.

Holland - Contractor - from 2011

Marvin Infinity vs Serious

Someone asked if the Serious or Infinity is better. I guess it depends on what you're looking for in a window. Serious makes a great energy efficient window, but the price is very high. The Marvin Infinity looks really good, but doesn't perform at the same level. The Serious 1125 comes in a casement, picture, or awning style, and it's one of the best windows out there as far as energy efficiency, but you might have to sell the house to pay for new windows! Their 725 line has single and double hungs if that's what you need. But if you can't afford them, Marvin is a good choice. Another thing to remember is that your weather has a lot to do with what's the best choice. The right window for Miami is probably not the same as the best window in Minnesota.

Danny - Installer - from 2011

Marvin Infininty vs Provia

I don't know a lot about Provia windows, but I do know their doors and I'm not a big fan. The Renewal by Andersen is okay, but not my favorite if you can afford something better. Look at Infinity, it is about the same price as RBA but miles better in every way. Sunrise and Gorell are also really good, if you can fit them in your budget, they are a little higher but they're worth it.

Buddy - Contractor - from 2011

Best Utah Replacement Windows

I live in the mountains in Utah where the temperatures can be as low as -20 and as high as 100 in the summer. I need to replace all of our windows in our 22 year old home. I've looked at Renewal (very expensive), Pella, and now am researching Andersen. I'm open to others but not sure what's best (vinyl or wood). Can you make a recommendation? Thank you

Lily - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Lily, yes Renewal By Andersen prices tend to be at the very top of the cost spectrum. In terms of best windows, I would say that a high quality vinyl or fiberglass window would be your best bet. I believe Sunrise Windows are available in Utah, I believe sells Sunrise - I know nothing about this company, you may want to call Sunrise and ask them specifically about their install quality (their website leaves alot to be desired, but who knows what this means). I know that Milgard has a manufacturing plant in Salt Lake so they will certain cover the state. Soft-Lite would be the last recommendation.

As far as fiberglass goes, Marvin Infinity is a nice window (they also have the Integrity, but I like the Infinity more) and Marvin should have a rep that services your area - you should be able to go on their website and find a local dealer relatively easy. Good luck!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

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Marvin Ultimate Windows Reviews

The Marvin Ultimate window is a highly rated wood window that can be ordered as either an aluminum clad or as an all wood model. The aluminum clad option is the more expensive of the two options and the better of the two in terms of long term durability and maintenance requirements. The Ultimate window uses a real wood interior jamb liner (compare to the vinyl jamb liner on the Integrity), which is much nicer looking and can be stained to match the finish. Consumers can choose from the following interior wood options; white oak, mahogany, douglas pine, fir, and cherry.

The Ultimate window is completely customizable and comes with tons of hardware, frame color and component upgrade options. In terms of price, the Ultimate will be on par with Andersen 400 series cost, although many contractors and homeowners feel the quality and craftsmanship is worth the rather steep price tag.

Tim - Site Editor

Marvin Signature Copper Clad Windows

Good afternoon Dane,

You have been very helpful in our quest for replacing our palladium window and we really appreciate your thoughts. I do not want to become tiresome with my questions and I promise that this will be the last one.

I read your email over several times and I honed in on the Marvin Series. We have one company in our town that sells the Marvin products. We like what has been presented to us which is the Marvin Signature copper clad exterior and pre-stained interiors. The unit also has the simulated divided lite grilles which are permanently fixed on the inside and outside of the glass.

I usually get three estimates on any large job but as you probably know better than most that pricing windows is somewhat like pricing a mattress. My main concern is the price that has been quoted. We were quoted $5,957 for just the windows which I described in my first email to you. I asked why this was so high for four windows. I was told that this was because of the clad exterior, the staining and the grills.

I don't mind paying for quality, but wanted to make sure that this is in the realm of not being taken advantage of. Again, I appreciate your thoughts and time in this matter and do respect what you have to say about this.

Terry - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Terry and Kathy, good to hear from you. Wood clad windows tend to be quite expensive and Marvin is definitely at the higher end of the price spectrum. I'm not surprised by the quote, the company does make a good wood window and yes that's probably market value for a set up like you were describing.

You could always have Andersen come in and quote you for the 400 series to see how the pricing compares. The bottom line is that buying wood windows is kind of like buying a luxury car...they are very nice, but you pay for the privilege as they say.

This circles back to my point about the higher end vinyl windows with the laminate interiors. They are much less expensive, but you are still buying vinyl. Lots of advantages, but if you want real wood, you want real wood...

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Marvin Ultimate or Pella Lifestyle Windows

I’m getting three quotes for replacement windows, Pella Lifestyle, Marvin Ultimate and Quaker Brighton. The new windows would be replacing 30 year old Oldach Wood windows. I live in Colorado and most of the windows receive direct sun light. I’ve read your reviews but found none on the Quaker windows. I’m also considering getting a quote from Lowe’s. Do you think this would be worthwhile and which of the brands they carry do you recommend. Thank you.

Joan - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joan, I'm not a big fan of the Pella Lifestyle wood clad window. I think if you are going to use a wood clad, I would recommend the Andersen 400 series, Marvin Ultimate or the Jeld Wen aura last wood clad windows. Personally, I don't think wood offers much in terms of long term value or performance. I do understand that there is a big draw to wood clad windows in terms of overall aesthetics.

I know very little about the Quaker Brighton window, so obviously my choice in your three would be the Marvin Ultimate series. I very nice looking window and Marvin is a great name in the industry.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Marvin Ultimate Window Costs

Dane - good evening. I'm interested in replacing 5 living room windows (2 that currently push open). I'd like to replace with wood interior and aluminum clad exterior. I was looking at both Weather Shield and Marvin but prefer the later (more lite styles and hardware options), and frankly better overall reviews for service after installation as far as I can tell after doing some preliminary research.

Can you provide me an estimate and potential distributor/installer in the 94131 area code? I like your online quote feature and entered in both wood and aluminum (thinking the later was for wood/clad options).

I also think this standard replacement where the window system is installed in the current window frame with some exterior sash mold needed.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Jonathan - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jonathan, in the bay area, a wood clad fiberglass window like the Ultimate from Marvin will likely be expensive, $1200 per window would be my guess. Wood clad, Marvin, the economy, are all sort of working to drive prices up on you. Marvin does make a great wood window though.

As to specific installers, I really can't say. I'd go their site, type in your zip code and start with the closest one. Then I'd call the next one and the next one. If you can find three willing to come out to your place and give you a bid, great. I'd be curious to see how their prices differed from one another.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

[Jonathan's Reply]

Thanks Dane, appreciate the quick response. We are looking at Marvin's Ultimate line but the exterior is aluminum clad vs fiberglass. I'm aware of the premium for Marvin but they have designs and hardware that meet our needs. A couple of quick questions:

When using your online tool, do I select wood or aluminum for inputs?

Second, any thoughts on service after installation with Marvin vs Weather Shield? I was very surprised at the negative reviews for the later.

Lastly, is there some general estimate of what installation costs should run relative to window pricing. For example, if we look to install 5 Marvin Ultimate casements (2 of which will open), what can we generally expect to pay for installation and perhaps some exterior sash work (not including painting or staining)?

Thanks again for your guidance.

Jonathan - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jonathan, I did misspeak, they do use an aluminum cladding on their Ultimate series. The pricing tool uses 6 inputs to generate a price. In real life, there are going to be 20 or more inputs to what price you are paying--lineal foot or size being the biggest factor. It would be no use to put this on the website though because it's so cumbersome for most people to use. The multiple estimates for your particular project is the best way to see the fair market price contractors or dealers in your area are going to charge.

Marvin has the better reputation over Weather Shield in my opinion, and the better product. But the particular dealer is going to be doing service after the fact so you have to judge on a case by case basis.

My rule of thumbs is installation should cost 35% of the total project, or just over a third. But this will vary by project and installation requirements such as sash work. See if they will break down the bid by window, installation and any additional work on the sashes.

Dealers are free to charge whatever they want so there is no hard fast rule. That's where the multiple bids comes in. For instance, sometimes you'll get a break on installation if the dealer needs to fill in a day for their crew and you're willing to take that day(s) for the install.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Marvin Ultimate G2 Replacement Windows

Re: Hi Dane, I have 11 windows to replace in a small ranch. I am considering the Marvin Ultimate G2 replacement window. Six of the windows are small windows I consider them half windows and the other 5 windows are normal full size windows no more than 54" high . I live in Western Ma. Springfield area. Who would you think the best contractor would be in this area to install the windows. Best regards.

Roman - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Roman, the Marvin Ultimate G2 is a very fine window and one that I would gladly have in my own home. I would call your local Marvin dealer to find out who services your area. You can use their website, which has a “Find A Dealer” button at the top to find a list of local dealers.

From there, I’d google each one and see if they have online reviews etc. I would contact several of them and have them all come out to give you a bid. I’d be interested in seeing how close the pricing was between them for the same exact product/project. You are also going to get a feel for how they do business, their level of professionalism, their approach to your particular project, etc.

Good luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

Marvin Ultimate Insert Windows

I own a San Francisco rental property that requires me to replace the windows with either aluminum or all wood windows.

Currently it has Marvin tilt packs that my brother put in about 20 years ago. I have a couple options. One I can put more Marvin tilt pacs in, two, Marvin ultimate retrofit windows (gen 2), three I can put in Jeld-wen 4500 wood windows and four I can put in Weathershiled wood windows.

The Marvins are the most expensive, Jeldwens are next and the Weathershields are just behind this.

Weather shield were second then another dealer I called gave me a much better price. I have know idea why

The cost of the windows aren't bad, but the installation costs seem outrageous. The two guys who broke down the cost for me want $800 for each hole they install the window in. Seems crazy.

Marilyn - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Marilyn, you definitely have some doable options here. The Marvin tilt pacs will work if the openings haven't shifted to much. You need to find an experienced installer who is comfortable making this judgement and installing the tilt pacs. It can be a tricky business but if the house is fairly old then it probably did most of its settling before and you should be okay.

The Marvin Ultimate inserts are a very nice window and this might be my choice if it wasn't a rental.

The Jeld Wen 4500 window carries a lifetime warranty on the wood, the first of its kind as far as I know. The wood is treated with an aura last and it gets high marks from everything I've heard. This might be my pick if you like the look of the window and the colors work, etc.

$800 a hole is insane. 8 hours of work at $100 an hour is what they're charging you -- um, I'd keep looking for a well reviewed installer who charges half of that amount.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Ultimate Next Generation vs. Jeld Wen Auralast

Tim, we are replacing five wood windows. I’ve received two quotes:

Marvin Ultimate Next Generation: $10,700

Jeld Wen Auralast Wood Clad: $13,700

Both installation companies are highly recommended.

Ken - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ken, wood windows are difficult to maintain in your area because of the heat and humidity. If you are set on wood clad windows, these are both nice options. The Jeld Wen should come with a lifetime warranty on the wood. However, the Marvin Ultimate is a great window. I think you need a few more opinions to make this call.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Ultimate vs. Zen Classic & Pella 400

We're shopping for 17 double hung windows, 10 of which are oversized. Our home is located in Tennessee and is a colonial style. Renewal By Andersen gave us a quote of $27.5K, Sierra Pacific gave us a quote for $9K, while Marvin ultimate came in at $17.3K.

Trying to decide which is the best proposal since they are so far apart.

Neil - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Neil, the Renewal quote seems too high to justify. Sierra Pacific makes an okay product but nothing all that impressive. I would put the Marvin Ultimate quote a the top of your options in this case.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Ultimate vs. Kolbe & Kolbe Vistaluxe

Dane, I have a large, high-end home in Cherry Hills Village, CO. I am looking into replacing my double-pane, original wood windows with new, wood windows (and some doors) that have either extruded aluminum cladding, or possibly composite external cladding. Colorado’s climate with high sun-exposure constantly destroys the paint on my windows, requiring a lot of upkeep.

I have been researching Renewal by Andersen, Pella, Kolbe & Kolbe, Semco and a variety of others in person, in home, or online, and many of these windows/doors look great, but it seems there is always some notable online negative reviews that are making it very hard for me to decide on a brand (let alone a competent installer).

Do you have recommendations for brand of window, among those I have listed, or any other brand that I should explore?

James - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi James, in terms of high end wood windows, I would give the nod to the Marvin Ultimate, Andersen 400 Woodwright, Pella Designer, Kolbe and Kolbe VistaLuxe, and Loewen Standard wood window. I have heard good things about Semco, but I don't know enough to say one way or another. These are the top wood windows in my book, but there are others out there that are well made, but VERY expensive.

Wood window manufacturers always have negative reviews because wood windows tend to break down over time. (There is a reason they offer 20 year warranties instead of lifetime for vinyl.) They are expensive, require upkeep and they just don't have the energy efficiency numbers to match vinyl. However, in a beauty contest, wood windows win by a country mile. If you are set on wood—choose a good brand, have a professional installer doing the work and don't worry about negative reviews.

One suggestion I always make is to take a look at a high end vinyl window with an interior laminate to see if the interior fools your eye. The Sunrise Restorations may be available in your area. It's a fantastic window (it will blow the doors off of the Renewal composite and will be 30 to 40% less) -- and is available in a faux wood. Zen windows may also sell a Lotus Plus (Soft-Lite Imperial LS that you should be able to order in a faux wood interior).

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Ultimate Clad vs. Renewal By Andersen

Hello Dane, wanted to send you a note of thanks, as your site helped me to save a lot of money and, frankly, embarrassment. I am replacing 7 windows on my townhouse, and had RBA (RbA of Long Island) give me an estimate. They called twice ahead of the appointment to confirm that my wife would be there. When he arrived, the salesman insisted he was not really a sales guy at all, but rather worked in their Quality Assurance dept and just happened to be the only guy free for the Sunday appointment. Then he gave a very long, very slick pitch about how bad vinyl and wood windows were, and how RBA is the best window. He had an iPad with a bunch of videos on it, and went back to his truck to get windows samples, leaving me to watch some videos.

After more than 1.5 hours, he started working the close. I felt like I was in the movie Glengarry Glen Ross: he was doing everything he could to close the deal, even though I told him I had not intended to purchase windows yet as I was awaiting another bid from a local installer/dealer. He started giving me discount after discount, ones that were only good if I signed right there, and touting their financing options.

Finally I agreed to purchase the windows. Woke up the next morning with a bad feeling about the whole situation, and started googling and found your site, among others. I called them and told them I wanted to cancel the deal, and right away they're offering enormous discounts, cutting the price in half. I said no thanks, and am going with that well-regarded, local dealer/installer (Bay Ridge Windows and Doors). Here are the prices for seven double hung windows, all pretty narrow and the tallest around 80", for about 100 square feet of window, all covering installation:

RBA: $18,800 (after knocking it down from over $24,000 initial price)

Marvin Integrity: $7,700

Marvin Ultimate clad: $8,900

I gather that none of these is a bargain, but I live in Brooklyn and things are a bit expensive out here. I'm very grateful to your site for helping me out when I'd been taken advantage of by RBA. I had quickly checked a couple of other sites, notably Houzz, while the RBA salesman was out, and they had excellent reviews there. I'm sure the product is good enough, but those sales tactics are over the line.

Daniel - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Daniel, sorry you had to go through that miserable sales presentation. RBA tends to have a good name because their product is good...but it's not $2000 good. In fact, their frame is more or less the same as the Andersen 100 composite window that you can buy at Home Depot for $325 a window. Assume $150 for installation (which ought to be at the higher end for a normal replacement) and you're looking at $475 completely installed. The 100 Andersen isn't quite as good as the RBA, but throw in a few upgrades and it's more or less the same window. Ironically, the RBA and Andersen composite is made of vinyl and wood...

Anyway, Marvin makes a very good window and the Infinity is their best window in my opinion. $1100 per window is pretty steep though...not completely surprising, but still expensive.

Have you looked at our list of recommended vinyl window manufacturers and seen if there are any dealers who service your area? I'll bet Sunrise has one -- you can go on Soft-Lite's website and fill out a form where they will tell you if any of their dealers service your area.

The top end from Sunrise, Okna and Soft-Lite are going to blow the doors off the RBA in terms of performance and quality. In fact, they are pretty much unbeatable by any window made here in the states. If you were to place them side-by-side with the RBA composite window, you would be hard pressed to see the difference in how they look.

I would write down all the windows on our Best Replacement Windows page, do a quick google search for "sunrise windows in long island new york" for instance and in 15 minutes you should have a list of what dealers are available.

Get a few more bids and see if this doesn't round out what you have so far!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Daniel's Response]

Thanks Dane, much appreciated. The installer I'm working with carries Okna and we've discussed their windows. I asked them about Infinity, and they said they don't carry that, only Integrity. I'm inclined to use the dealer/installer that I've gotten the bid from because I know several people personally who've worked with them, and all of them had positive things to say about the professionalism and the quality of the work. If I were going based on window quality, I would definitely look seriously at high-end vinyl options and/or fiberglass--I've been researching all the brands you guys recommend highly on the site. Window quality and appearance is not the only factor I'm weighing heavily.

I'm considering selling the house in the next couple of years, which leaves me inclined to put in the wood (clad) Marvins. For the row houses in my neighborhood in brownstone Brooklyn, that's pretty much universally regarded as the top window. Real estate listings will say things like "new Marvin windows." People who don't know anything about renovation or windows know about Marvin. The brand carries a lot of weight around here. That may be because I'm across the street from the landmark district where the city and landmarks commission require that you put in unclad wood windows, and Marvin is by far the most common window in the area. It's a lovely look, but I'm glad I'm allowed to put in clad windows at least, so I won't have to have them painted every few years.

I will definitely get another bid and try to negotiate a reasonable price, but based on what I've learned from friends who've put in similar windows, I'd be lucky to be able to get them to knock more than 10 or 15% off the initial estimates. I haven't been able to find anyone locally who's paid less than $1,200/window for Marvin Ultimate, and my next door neighbor paid almost $800/window installed for high end vinyl windows with the same dealer I'm working with (Oknas, I believe).

For an industry where there's so little publicly available information about pricing and relative quality, your website is by far the best resource I've seen out there to educate yourself on this subject. Really appreciate your work!

Daniel - Homeowner - from 2017

Marvin Ultimate vs. Pella Architect Series

We are building a house and are wanting to install black exterior frames, wood interior. Our builder has suggested Pella architect series. A friend suggested we price Marvin’s line. Their salesman suggested that the Pella architect series black frame had a problem with fading.

Have you heard of problems with fading with the black exterior frames and how do rate the Pella windows vs Marvin?

Which Marvin line should we look at? We do want a wood interior. The Pella has an aluminum exterior.

Thank you,

Jennifer- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jennifer, all frames will fade over time, that's just how the sun works. I've never heard that Pella fades more or less than any other company. Marvin carries two real wood interior options, the integrity with the wood interior or the Ultimate wood series. I would get a quote on both of them if I were you. The Pella Architect series is very nice, but it isn't cheap. I also like the Andersen 400 series. Jeld Wen makes a wood window that comes with a lifetime warranty (compared to most wood windows that come with a 20 year warranty) and I believe they offer quite a number of exterior frame colors.

One option I have to mention is going with a high end vinyl with an interior wood laminate. Although it's not for everyone, the faux wood grain is pretty impressive these days, especially from the top end manufacturers like Okna, Soft-Lite, and Sunrise. It should be pretty straight forward to get a quote from a local dealer and hopefully they can bring samples of the wood laminates so you can see for yourself. These are going to be much more energy efficient and cheaper as well. If you upgrade to the metal hardware, these windows are very nice looking.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Marvin Wood Window Review

We are replacing 18 different window openings with a total of 28 windows (10 of the openings have an awning at the bottom. We currently have wood windows that have some evidence of rot on the wood exterior and some with rot at the bottom of the casement. These are large windows that cover spans ranging from 145 inches wide up to 85 inches in height. Those spans are in either 2,3 or 4 window segments. We have received quotes from Marvin Windows for their aluminum clad wood windows ($37,400), Pella Proline ($26,300), Pella Architect series ($31,600) and Sunrise Restoration series ($28,500). The sunrise were the only vinyl windows.

The Marvin seem a a bit of an outlier in terms of price but we have concerns about Pella's quality. The vinyl sunrise restoration seem to be durable and with a good warranty but I wonder about the look and they plan to use a full frame window installation but did mention reusing the same casement. I have concerns that the casement has water damage. Are the Sunrise Restorations good enough quality to justify the cost which puts us in wood window territory? Should we save up and go for the Marvin windows for overall quality? Are there problems with reusing that casement?

Jeremy - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Jeremy, as much as vinyl is boring to look at - certainly in comparison to beautiful new wood - I have to say that I would go with the Sunrise Restoration - cheaper, better performance numbers, less maintenance, better warranty, better durability. I'd like to see that $1000 per window come down some if possible. If you do decide to go with vinyl, get a few more bids and take a less expensive one and go back to the Sunrise dealer and try to use the lower bid price as a leverage to see how much he will come down in price. "I really want to go with you and I like the windows, but they are a bit out of my price range. What can we do to work on that per window cost?"

If you really are set on wood, I have to say that Marvin makes a very nice aluminum clad wood window. The Pella Architect is very nice too - have you held these windows up side by side for comparison? One option that you may want to consider, or at least look at, is the Marvin Infininty with the Everwood interior. It is a faux wood that I think looks pretty darn good from the inside. I would hope you could get it for roughly the same as the Restoration - this would give you the look of wood, with none of the downsides. However, I get that it isn't real wood, so some homeowners can't get past that.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Marvin Ultimate vs Renewal By Andersen

Unfortunately I don't think Sunrise Windows are available in Utah -- at least not in Salt Lake City. I am not dead set on vinyl. We did an in home estimate with Advanced Window products, as well as Renewal by Andersen. My gut feeling with RBA is that the product is amazing, but probably still overpriced. The current windows I'm researching are the Anderson 400 series, Marvin Ultimate, Marvin Infinity, and the Advanced Window Products Vinyl window. Obviously I'm not even dead set on wood, vinyl, etc. Any suggestions to narrow this down to "the one"? We are planning to get into a few showrooms to play with the actual windows soon and hopefully that helps. Our project in planned for about a year from now.

Steph - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Steph, the RBA windows are usually way overpriced and not really worth the huge price tag in my opinion. The Marvin Ultimate is one of my favorite wood windows. I like the Infinity with the Everwood interior a lot. That would probably be my pick, as long as you like how the interior looks. It isn't wood, but it also doesn't come with all of the potential issues that wood can prevent down the road.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Marvin Ultimate vs Kolbe Windows

I was wondering if you have window recommendations for windows sold in Northern California? I sent your website a review for some terrible Jeld-Wen windows that had installed into our new house. Because of their leaking, we're going to tear them out and replace them. So far, I'm looking at Marvin Ultimate and Kolbe & Kolbe Ultra windows. Do you have any additional recommendations for clad wood windows?

Also, there don't seem to be any top rated vinyl windows sold on the West Coast (as a lower cost option to wood). Are there any that you know about that you'd recommend? Thanks,

Daniel - Homeowner - from 2015

[Editor's Response]

Both Marvin and Kolbe are very well regarded -- Windsor tends to be a less expensive wood window, but I'm not sure I would recommend it when you have those two options in front of you. Have you gotten a quote on the Marvin Integrity with the real wood interior (as opposed to the all Ultrex Integrity)?

A friend of mine in the Bay Area just got Hurd wood windows put in and loves them, but the company has had some warranty issues in the have a lot of wood window companies to be honest... Have you gotten a quote on the Andersen 400 Series? Or Loewen windows (gorgeous, very expensive). The Marvin Infinity has an Auralast wood veneer option that is pretty slick looking and requires no maintenance.

Marvin Ultimate vs Pella Architect Series

Me and my wife were looking at the Pella Architectures and the Marvin Ultimates. We ended up going with the Marvins. The Pella was actually a little more with all the upgrades we wanted, and a lot of them came standard on the Marvins. We liked the Marvin features, and they use more wood and less aluminum. The main decider was the customer service. The Pella rep missed his first appointment, and when we went to the showroom the salespeople didn't seem to know much, they had to keep looking numbers up. The Marvin people were much better all around. We had them installed a few months ago, and everything went perfectly. They look great and we couldn't be happier.

Jason - Homeowner - from 2010

Marvin Ultimate Review

The HiMark is better than the Simonton as far as looks and appearance. If you want a premium window and aren't in love with the HiMark, then the Marvin Ultimate is a good option. The Soft-Lite Imperial LS are top tier, too, but they still aren't better than HiMark or Okna.

Todd - Installer - from 2010

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Marvin Patio Door Reviews

Marvin Integrity Sliding Glass Doors

I'm looking for windows and sliding glass door, highest quality with most glass. For the three panel sliding door I saw the sunrise restoration (thicker frame).

The Marvin integrity all ultra fiberglass (thinner frame, see attached specs, 10 year warranty on parts & 20 year on glass, PG 30). I preferred the fiberglass thinner frame but am not educated on whether it is a quality window or not. I have not seen anything else? What do you think of the these two? Which manufacturers make the best fiberglass sliding glass doors?

For double hung windows would you go with sunrise restorations, Marvin integrity, or something else? My preference is fiberglass double hung windows or vinyl that is strong and thinner framed for more glass? Which manufacturers make the best fiberglass double hung windows?


Julia - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Julia, the Sunrise Restoration and Marvin Integrity are both good windows and doors. The Restorations series is the better quality of the two in my opinion, but the Integrity is a good product as well.

Marvin is probably the best known fiberglass window frame manufacturer, but I like Enerlux as well. They are a smaller operation, but they may ship to you.

A good quality vinyl is on par with fiberglass, but some people have their preferences. Make sure you get good quality installation and you should be good to go.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Patio Doors

We want a vinyl door or fiber glass one. But both the local contractor and HD said the doors are not standard size and need to be customized. Soft lite does not do customized doors in vinyl or fiber glass, hence the wood one by Marvin. A third contractor quoted $4500 only for smooth fiber glass patio door from Great Lakes. Is Great Lakes a good product? Do you think it is a better idea to have the windows and doors done by different contractors?

Jackie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jackie, I don't think it's imperative to have the windows and doors done by the same company, as long as the different look of the hardware doesn't bother you. Great Lakes generally makes a good product, depending on the window model you select. In all honesty, I don't know much about the quality of their doors, I would imagine they are solid. What I would do is ask for the U-factor and air leakage numbers and see how they compare to the Marvin.

Marvin does make a great window and door, but you will definitely pay a premium for the privilege. I think you will be fine with the Great Lakes door though, assuming you like the look and the performance data.

- Site Editor - from 2016

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Marvin Tilt/Pacs Window Reviews

Marvin Insert Opinion

Thank you for getting back to me. I am looking at Marvin inserts. The Marvin’s etc are inserts so not tearing the frames out.

You prefer the Jeldwen over the weather shield?

Yes San Francisco. You would be surprised how difficult they make things. Parking tickets for an expired meter are $85.00

- Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

If you like the Marvin inserts and the openings are still plumb enough to make it work then I think that's a good route. Just make sure that the installer has experience and knows what he's doing. I've heard some bad stories about the windows not quite working because the openings had shifted a little too much.

I do prefer the Jeld Wen over the Weathershield.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

General Marvin Window Reviews

Marvin Fiberglass Windows In Dnver

Hi Dane, Found your site today. What a wealth of information. Thank you.

We need to replace all of the South and West facing windows in our Denver area home. There are definitely some unique things about Denver climate that I want to make sure we account for - mostly, the fact that the sun is extremely intense because of the altitude. That intense sun means that wintertime temperatures can swing from the teens overnight to 70+ during the day.

I've heard that this can cause issues with vinyl windows as they have a high rate of expansion/contraction compared to other frame types. The non-vinyl companies definitely play this up in how they push their products in Colorado, claiming that vinyl windows are great in other climates but will warp and lose their seal faster here than other areas. Have you heard this to be a real issue with high-quality vinyl windows or is it just scare tactics from the non-vinyl folks?

With regards to fiberglass (looking at Marvin Infinity in particular) have you heard of any issues with the fiberglass caused by intense UV?

We've only had one quote so far - from Renewal by Anderson. I nearly had a heart attack. Glad to find your site and realize that we will likely be able to get a quality product for less. Based on info I found on your site, I'm tempted to cancel my Pella appointment and make an appointment with a local Sunrise dealer. Most of the other top vinyl windows you listed do not appear to be available here (Googling them plus Colorado didn't yield much).

Any other advice you'd give for our Colorado specific situation?

Thanks much.

Scott - Homeowner - from 2020

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Scott, no real concerns in terms of vinyl as a material in the higher elevations, although a low quality vinyl product will deteriorate at a faster clip. Vinyl, fiberglass and composites would all work. Let's say it this way, there are plenty of locations that see huge temp fluctuations: Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York -- but all those places have factories that make thousands of quality vinyl windows.

Fiberglass can last longer than vinyl, but will typically run about 30% more than vinyl. In general, a high quality vinyl will hold with those temperature swings -- all quality vinyl windows come with a lifetime warranty on the vinyl frame. Compare that to fiberglass windows that typically carry a 30 to 40 year warranty and that's a good indication of what the companies think of their own products.

Here are a handful of brands you can check out to see if local companies carry them. In addition, Anlin Windows now has dealers in the Denver area and they make quite a nice window as well.

Marvin does make a very good window. Fiberglass should hold up to intense UV rays about as well as a top end vinyl window.

I am not a big fan of Pella as compared to the brands on the page linked or to Anlin windows.

I'd get a few more bids and see where you stand at that point. Feel free to shoot the bids over to me and I'm happy to give you my two cents.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Marvin or Enerlux?

What makes the restoration window better than the marvin in terms of quality?

I will look into the enerlux. Are you referring to the window, sliding door or both? What makes this one unique?

Which is the best quality fiberglass sliding door or very thin framed vinyl. The restoration door had a thick frame. My first purchase will be a sliding door even before the windows.


- Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Better in terms of energy efficiency. It's a nice mix of vinyl and fiberglass, with reinforcement through the sash and rail. A very nice unit. Marvin is very good too, but not as energy efficient.

I don't know anything about Enerlux doors, just the windows. I'm assuming they are very energy efficient as well though.

Either makes a nice sliding door, I don't have strong preference one way of another.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Marvin Sunrise, And Jeld Wen Comparisons

I wrote a couple of weeks ago. We are replacing 15-20 Wenco Jeld-Wen casements installed 17 years ago. Bottom stiles started disintegrating in 2007. Wenco replaced several at that time under warranty but Jeld-Wen not willing to stand behind warranty after they merged. We have been exploring your website and have found it very informative and quite helpful

Yesterday we requested proposals from local Marvin and Sunrise reps and are considering a request for Jeld-Wen AuraLast Wood despite our past experience with them. I have had a satisfactory experience with a local contractor that handles them and suspect they would be quite competitive price-wise. Have you had enough exposure to AuraLast Wood to feel comfortable giving me your opinion of their value in comparison with Marvin and Sunrise? Would appreciate hearing your thoughts.

Joyce - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joyce, I would certainly put Marvin and Sunrise above Jeld Wen in terms of quality and craftsmanship. Sunrise would be my pick, they make an excellent vinyl window. Marvin makes good fiberglass windows that are going to be more expensive. I have heard good things about the AuraLast wood, but I don't think it's been around long enough to say for sure whether it will last for 20 to 30 years. It's still wood, which is an organic material that doesn't offer the same energy efficiency or the long term durability of a quality vinyl. But it does look quite nice :)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Marvin Windows Complaint

Hi Tim, (Just realized I typed in the wrong email address below, have corrected it) I'm impressed with your website, I've just read through most of it......I hope you and Dane can help me with my " problem". When I built my custom home in 2004, I made the rather large investment of installing all Marvin windows and French doors. I have numerous slide-by windows, Tilt/Turn windows, fixed random-sized windows, and 5 crank-out awning windows.

While I have been VERY happy with the efficiency and look of all the windows, I have had 3 of the 5 awning windows shatter and break, always the inside of the 2 panes. This has NOT been from any abuse on my part (I hardly ever open them, because they are too high up) , or from any obstacle hitting them.

Now, another one has shattered (# 4), and because the windows are past the 10yr warranty (I thought glass was a 20 yr warranty??), Marvin has said I have to pay the entire replacement cost of $393.60 for materials, and $200 for labor. I feel that the cost of the window itself should be incurred by Marvin, as it is obviously a problem with the quality and integrity of this particular window design.

I don't have a problem with paying the labor, especially as they have to drive about 1 1/2 hrs to get here. Does it seem fair to you that I have to pay this high replacement cost for a window style that has had, in my house, such a poor performance? What do you suggest I do?

Nancy - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Nancy, unfortunately I don't see that you have much recourse with Marvin based on the warranty terms and timeline. This is one of the issues that can crop up with relying on warranties, they often come with so many caveats (especially at the 10 year + mark) that they often seem like they aren't worth the paper they're written on.

I would suggest you go on yelp, angies list or craigslist (try yelp first) and look for a couple of local companies that specialize in home window glass replacement. Often they can give you a quote over the phone if you have the measurements of the window pane(s). Sometimes, you can take a picture with your phone and send it to them for the quote. Other times, they might just swing by and give you an estimate. This would be the best option because you can pick their brain while they're there on any options that they may have for your particular situation.

Replacing the glass through an independent contractor should be less expensive. I'm thinking in the range of $175 to $200 per glass pane, hopefully less if they are replacing all four panes in well fell swoop. I would try a few companies to get a general sense of cost. This will void the Marvin warranty for the windows itself, but who cares at this point.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

[Nancy's Reply]

Tim, Thanks for your quick response.....I did have another reputable window company (local) come look at it, and give me an estimate.....he didn't feel that he was able to do it, because it's not a matter of just replacing the glass, the entire aluminum/wood clad framing would have to be replaced to. He had never attempted to fix a window like this, and he was afraid he would botch it.

I have a call in to a Marvin executive, still gonna fight it. I don't imagine they would want any angry customer writing harsh reviews on places like your website, Consumer Reports, etc......or maybe they wouldn't care.....? I guess their reputation is pretty good, so people will discount my review as just one disgruntled customer amongst the many happy ones. 😥

At any rate, I'll keep trying. Thanks for your advice.

Nancy - Homeowner - from 2017

Marvin vs Amerimax Windows

We are replacing 37 windows in our home in Colorado. Altitude is 7400ft, and temperatures range from 95 in summer to -20 in winter....humidity is low in all seasons. Please give me a recommendation on what would work for us. 37 is a lot of windows and sales men are confusing us with every turn. Some say vinyl are no good for us. Would like your advise as to what would be the best direction to go. Thank you for your help. Debbie.

Debbie - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Debbie, I must admit that I always feel a bit out of my element giving advice on the elevation question because I don't live and have never worked in high altitude areas. The biggest issue is the argon gas in the IGU that if manufactured at a low altitude and then transported to a high altitude could break the seals. There are capillary tubes that they use to help adjust for the difference in pressure and from what I've heard, it shouldn't be a big deal, although I like the idea of the windows being manufactured at altitude to make this a non issue.

I don't think vinyl is a no go at all, but I would make sure to get a GOOD vinyl window. Vinyl windows often come with a lifetime warranty (not that I put much stock in the warranty), compared with a 15 to 20 year warranty on most wood products. There is a reason for that. Aluminum is a no go. That leaves fiberglass, which is a great option for places like Colorado.

I believe Marvin (fiberglass), Sunrise and Amerimax are all available in your state. Amerimax is a good vinyl window manufacturer and is headquartered in Colorado and will (or should) be the least expensive of the 3 options I mentions. They should have some excellent information on the gas fills at elevation. The other company I would suggest searching for is Zen Windows, which is a Soft-Lite franchise and makes a very solid product.

I say get bids from two or three of these companies, ask the elevation questions to each one, and see where you are in a couple of weeks. Some homeowners look for a high SGHC on their south facing windows in these higher elevations to take advantage of that passive solar heat during the day, the sales reps should high some good incite on points like these.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Marvin Infinity vs Milgard Ultras

We're replacing many of our 30-year-old Anderson windows in our coastal Northern California home. We're considering Milgard Ultras and Marvin Infinity. Exposure to storm winds and sea salt are considerations. Which would you recommend?

Judy - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Judy, I would say you have the two windows I would have recommended. Marvin has the stronger name in the industry, but I consider Milgard to be a very good manufacturer and they are definitely the stronger presence in California - the company operates 4 manufacturing plants throughout the state. So which one? I think it comes down to who is doing the install, price point, and personal preference - in that order. Let me know what you decide - I would love to see how these two compare on price!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Marvin vs Pella Windows

We need to replace 32 windows in our house (replacing Caradco wood clad windows, approx. 20 years old - 50% have broken seals). Looking at Pella Vinyl 350 series & Marvin Infinity or Integrity. Any thoughts on which is best. We are looking for good quality, best bang for the dollar. Thanks.

Russ - Homeowner - from 2014

[Site Editor's Response]

Russ, I would put the Marvin Integrity and Infinity firmly over the Pella 350 series for overall design and craftsmanship. I happen to like the Infinity over the Integrity model, but take a look at them side by side yourself (assuming the person you are dealing with has access to both models) to check out the differences between the two. The Infinity Everwood (interior wood grain, not real wood) is pretty darn realistic looking and comes in 8 different wood stains and grains that can match your interior color scheme nicely. Here is a link to explore the differences in more details.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

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Marvin or Beechworth Windows

We are replacing four palladian windows measuring 38x90. They are going to be picture windows. Prices range from $1700 to $3500 per window.

The Beechworth fiberglass windows are fiberglass on the outside, wood inside and Marvin's aluminum clad outside and wood inside. What is your opinion of these windows?

Janet - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Janet, thanks for the question, you have some interesting and solid options on the table. Here is my take.

I know very little about Beechworth windows, except that they are manufactured by James Hardie, who is the largest manufacturer of fiber cement siding in the world. I liked many of the features that I saw on the website, but this doesn't really tells us much about the quality of the extrusion and construction.

There is a mixed history when it comes to building companies getting into the replacement and new construction window industry so I have some trepidation recommending a window that I know nothing about. I would say that you need to rely on your contractor/installer that they feel comfortable with the quality of the Beechworth fiberglass window and have a good relationship with Hardie should something go wrong with the order or with the windows down the road.

Marvin fiberglass windows are quite good and since you mentioned that you are looking at a real wood interior, I assume you are looking at the Integrity Series, which is the less expensive and slightly less well built option compared to the Infinity model. The Integrity is a decent fiberglass window, but I would suggest you take a look at the Infinity with the faux-wood interior. It's pretty darn real looking (even from close up) and you get the look of wood, without all of the headaches that come with it. The warranty from Marvin isn't spectacular and won't compare with the Sunrise window warranty, but with the advances that they have made with the faux-wood, I think it's one you should take a look at!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Marvin Infinity Windows Cost

I had a Marvin salesman in my home recently and I was quoted $1,185 for Infinity windows and 50 year warranty. Your cost sheet had the window much lower than this so how current is your Marvin window pricing?

Rachel - Homeowner - from 2015

[Editor's Response]

Rachel, we have been updating our window cost sheet to a per square foot pricing model to make for a more accurate pricing. Our price ranges are for an average sized window with normal installation. There are so many variables that can push that number up or down. (Installation per opening can run $65 to $250 depending on the condition of the frame and sills, whether you want external capping etc. - almost $200 just in installation). There are grids, screen, glass packages, fills, spacer systems, frame color upgrades and warranty upgrades.

As a frame of reference, Consumer Reports 2014 has the Integrity model retail price at $480, which would mean that with $125 for installation, the Integrity would be $605 fully installed. The Infinity might run $75 more than the Integrity so this would get you to $680, which is right in the middle of our cost range.

Marvin Infinity Costs Per Square Foot (take the length x width and divide by 144 to find the square foot total - so a 36" by 36" window would be 9 square feet)

-- Window: $70 - $80 psf --

-- Standard Installation: $50 - $150 --

-- Fully Installed: $80 - $95 psf --

So is $1100 per window high, yes, but I don't know the set up, size and installation requirements. At the end of the day, the way to solve this question is with competition. Get several more bids from top vinyl window manufacturers like Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Okna or Polaris and see what their premium vinyl series are pricing out at...these should be slightly less than the Infinity, but not by much. These top vinyl windows will also provide better energy efficiency numbers than the Infinity, although they won't look as nice.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Marvin Windows vs Alpen HH

We live in Virginia and are rebuilding our home virtually from the ground up. As far as windows, we have a quote on the Marvin Integrity casement using the all ultrex fiberglass frame (we considered going with the wood but it seemed easier to stick with the Ultrex interior). I'm comparing the Integrity with the Alpen 525 Series and would like to compare the U-factor, SHGC, AI, etc. We have also looked at Inline, but the lead time is nearly 3 months so that's going to work for us. Finally, we have been considering the HiMark casement as a lower cost alternative. Any opinions would be much appreciated.

Daniel - Homeowner - from 2013

[Contractor Response]

Well, Daniel, you have some good options that you're looking at. Let's start with Marvin, which is a solid company that manufactures good fiberglass windows. Just out of curiosity, why are you going with the Integrity line? The Marvin Infinity Series is a better window, especially if you are going with the Ultrex interior. I would suggest at least getting a bid from the Infinity dealer in your area to see how that compares.

Alpen makes an expensive and quite good fiberglass window, as does Inline. Their numbers are going to be better than the Marvin, but you will be paying a premium for that difference. Get the bids with installation and then see if the added cost is worth it to you. What model are you referring to in the HiMark? Their premium and mid grade models are both excellent as well as their HiMark Starmark. I like these windows a lot, well made and relatively affordable.

Peter - Contractor - from 2013

Marvin vs. Sunrise Windows

Marvin windows are widely considered one of the best brands on the market. While there are some differences from one Marvin line to the next, they are almost always going to win out when compared to any other brand with similar features. The Sunrise Restoration is one of the few that beats it, with way lower air infiltration numbers. One factor many people overlook is what they numbers are on a 10 year old window as opposed to one that's sitting in a showroom. There's a lot of debate as to what has the best stats after a few years of use.

The Marvins are pretty much going to make anyone happy, with consistent performance and good customer support. Okna and Sunrise are good, too, if for some reason you don't love the Marvins. When it comes down to it, to get a good window you're going to have to pay for it, and the bargain brands just don't perform.

Steve - Industry Guru - from 2011

Marvin vs Eagle Windows

Lincoln has a clad double hung with a 0.01 AI, but it isn't as good as the R-4. The Eagle is good, but I don't really like their double hung sill. The Peachtree 700 series isn't as good as the Eagle. I would look at a Marvin, they are in a whole separate class. You'll pay more, but they are worth a premium price.

Scott - Contractor - from 2011

Marvin Window Complaints

I put in Marvin Integrity double hungs a year or so ago, and they had some air leaking around the sashes. It's the same with every window in the house. I checked them out and I can't find any problems with the way I installed them, but the windows just aren't well made. Given Marvin's good reputation, I was surprised.

Tom - Contractor - from 2010

Marvin vs Milgard

I've done a lot of jobs with the Milgard Ultra and the Marvin Infinity. They are both really good, but they have their strengths and weaknesses. They both make a good casement, but the infinity is a better double hung. Milgard has a better warranty, but I think that a lot of times companies that have a good warranty do it because they need it. You don't need a good warranty if the window doesn't have problems. I think warranties are there to protect the company, not their customers. They keep people from being too upset when there's a problem. Both of them are well made and look good. I think most people would be happy with either option.

Jonathan - Installer - 2009

Marvin vs. Lincoln

We have Lincolns on part of our home and Marvins on another. The Marvins cost a good bit more, but we haven't had any real problems with them. A small crack was replaced immediately with no hassles, and our rep messed up our rebate, but Marvin honored it anyway, which was really cool. The Lincolns, on the other hand, are leaky and drafty. The condensation is unbelievable and they keep insisting that we have a humidity problem, which is funny because our Marvins don't.

Johann – Homeowner – from 2007

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