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Read 49 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 - from 2015



Marvin Integrity Windows Reviews


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

Hi - I live in southern CO & am working on a bedroom remodel and replacing 4 slider windows and one fixed for better heat efficiency. Trying to choose between Anderson 100 series, Milgard Tuscany, and Marvin Integrity windows. All 3 quotes are fairly reasonable. Any thoughts to consider?

Joanna - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Joanna, it doesn't surprise me that all three quotes are similar -- ironically you have a composite frame, vinyl frame and fiberglass frame in those three bids so material wise, you are all over the board. I sort of like the Marvin Integrity, although the Andersen 100 is quite nice looking as well. The Tuscany would probably offer the better initial energy efficiency, but maybe not so over the long term. Does the Integrity dealer also offer the Marvin Infinity -- it might cost another $75 a window, but the Infinity would be my pick hands down over the other three.

Sorry to now further complicate your situation. I think each of those windows is good. I would base my decision on comparing the energy efficiency numbers and then on which window I liked the look, feel and function of the best.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016


Marvin Integrity vs Pella 350

I am replacing/enlarging the south facing double hung window in my kitchen. I want the new window to measure 48x54 & going from left to right be 25% slider, 50%stationary, 25% slider. My quotes are $971 for a Marvin Integrity Wood-Ultrex double for just a double slider & a Pella 350 series sliding window-vent right/fixed/vent left-in I believe vinyl for $1317 & an MI custom 3 light slider the same as I described I want for $310. I know I'm not getting any of these. What window companies should I be looking at, what are your recommendations for the manufacturers of a window like this?

Similarly I am looking for sliding French doors or swing in French doors to replace my current in swinging French doors going from the dining room to a screened porch. The rough opening is 129" & currently my unobstructed opening with both doors open is 6ft. I'd like bifold doors which I know I can't afford. Next I'd take 3 or 4 sliders & last new in swinging French doors. The quotes I have are; $5958 for a Marvin Integrity Ultrex wood OXXO configuration, $4402 for a Jeld-Wen Auralast Siteline wood sliding patio door-OXXO as well, $6057 for a Pella 350 series quad sliding door-fixed, vent, vent, fixed 10" smaller than my rough opening, $6146 for a Pella Architect quad sliding same config 13" smaller than my rough opening, $9843 for a Pella Architect inswing door-sidelight- double inswing-sidelight & $2200 for a Tucker 2/0, 6/0 dble, 2/0 wood, full view double slider. What's your thoughts on these & suggestions on where to get a good quality window & door system that will last for a decent price? Thank you so much for your help.

Patricia - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Patricia, I like the Marvin Integrity, but it sounds like you have already exes out this option or that they don't offer the configuration you are looking for. The Pella 350 series is a decent vinyl window, but I tend to think that Pella is overpriced in most cases -- however the 350 series is their best vinyl window to date. I've never recommended an MI window and I'm not going to start now.

In North Carolina, you have some solid options out there -- these are the brands I like and often recommend - Okna, Sunrise, Zen, Simonton and Champion. Find a local company that sells these brands and get a bid on the project. While they are out, ask them to give you a bid on the patio door as well. If they don't provide custom doors that will work for your home, ask them for a good local recommendation and call the recommendation up.

As far as the doors go, I stick by my recommendations up top. ProVia and Jeld Wen both make good doors. I would definitely consider the Jeld Wen door bid as it is the cheapest of the bunch and the aura last wood comes with a lifetime warranty. As well, try a bid from Home Depot on their 400 series or their 200 series (I can't remember what is offered in which series in terms of in swing or outswing). You'll have to hire your own contractor to put in the door, but their prices are pretty tough to beat.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Marvin Integrity vs Simonton Windows

I want to use Integrity replacement windows and my husband wants Simonton (high end). I know one is fiberglass and one is vinyl. Will the fiberglass last longer and be better quality than high end vinyl? Thank you.

Cheryl - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Cheryl, the Marvin Integrity is the better window in my opinion than anything that Simonton makes, with the possible exception of the Stormbreaker Plus, which is their impact window and not a fair comparison. The fiberglass will hold up as well or better than the vinyl over time. There is debate in the industry over which material is more durable, I tend to give a slight edge to fiberglass.

If you can afford the Integrity, like the look of it, and feel good about the installation, this is the choice I would make. Simonton's best windows however are not far behind the Integrity so I would also advise to go with the company and installation team that you feel most confident as to the quality of their work. The installation is quite an important piece of the project.

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 deciding between the Marvin Integrity and Pella Impervia for 14 replacement windows, fiberglass casements. They both seem to be good companies with good windows, and the prices are fairly close. It's hard to decide when there doesn't seem to be much difference. Any feedback?

Omar - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

The Integrity is better, hands down. Everything will be better, the company, customer service, warranty, the product. They use a higher grade of fiberglass that retains color a lot better and lasts longer. The engineering is better, too.

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






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Marvin Infinity Windows Reviews


Marvin Infinity vs Andersen 100 Windows

We like the fiberglass windows from Marvin, but think they are out of our price range. Are Anderson 100 rate close in performance? Marvin estimate is $25,000 and Anderson is $18,00. What is your opinion?

Derek - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Derek, the Marvin is a better window, although they make two models, the integrity and the Infinity. The Infinity is the better of those two. The Andersen 100 is a decent window to be sure. In terms of performance, they are probably pretty close to the Marvin fiberglass options.

The most energy efficient windows however are top quality vinyl windows from companies like Sunrise, Okna, Soft-Lite, Hi Mark, and Polaris. These will probably cost the same as the Andersen 100, but will offer a sturdier window and better performance. They won’t be as nice looking though.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Marvin Infinity vs Okna 800

I have found your website very helpful, and appreciate the advice you offer. We are in a traditional colonial with wooden (1990's) oriel windows. One broken window, a few difficult to open, and no tilt in feature have me in the market to replace. I have narrowed to Okna 800 series for high end vinyl, and Marvin Infinity...both are highly rated on this site. Cost is significantly higher with the Marvin (9K for 8 double hung) vs under 5K using Okna. I'm sold that Okna is an efficient window, and it is nice looking with an upgrade to metal hardware. I am simply concerned about losing glass space and overall appearance in comparison to my existing wood. Of course the Marvin rep says his window would outperform vinyl in resale, appearance and durability. I know that windows are a great and worthwhile investment, but I am still undecided if better to invest in the much more expensive Marvin Infinity line or in the very highly rated Okna vinyl. Both seem to have solid warranties. Any input on these...or would you steer me to another brand that supplies northeast Ohio?

Lisa - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Lisa, I think you have two very good options here in the Marvin Infinity window and the Okna 800 window. I would say that the price difference definitely warrants going with the Okna -- I think the loss of glass area would be very minimal between the two. One option you may want to ask the Okna rep about is an upgrade to an interior wood grain laminate -- Okna makes a very nice one that looks quite similar to wood, but without the requirements of wood. In terms of performance, the Okna 800 is superior to the Infinity by far. The Infinity is quite a nice looking window in my opinion, but the Okna with the interior laminate and the metal hardware is pretty tough to beat. As far as resale value, I can't see that being much of a factor. Keep the performance numbers handy on the Okna (especially the .01 air infiltration number) and hand it to the potential owners and tell them that they are buying a house with the most energy efficient windows on the market -- just leave out the vinyl part, it's got to one of the least sexiest words in the english language!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Marvin Infinity Fiberglass Replacements

Our 1969 Andersen double hung wood windows are fine, but I want to change the look of our house to Casements and enjoy better energy efficiency.

I want a nice looking, only buy once product that gives me as much light in as possible. Vinyl is out.

The last think I want are windows that look like Replacement Windows :) But, I don't want to pay for all new real ones either.

We are in Columbus OH...any help with making our choice?

- Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Corinna, your wish list is pretty extensive :) Honestly, I think you should look and see if any local dealers sell the Sunrise Restorations window. It is a vinyl/fiberglass window that offers amazing energy efficiency, several internal woodgrain laminate options, and one of the thinnest frames around.

The Marvin Infinity is a fiberglass clad window that has a nice thin frame and offers good energy efficiency casements (but not nearly as energy efficient as the Restorations.)

These are the two windows I can think of that offer energy efficiency, looks and a thin frame. Remember, the thicker the frame, typically the more energy efficient the window. Anything will be more energy efficient than your old wood windows though.

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


Marvins Fiberglass Windows vs Simonton

Simontons are good windows, I have them in my warehouse, but I'm not in love with them. They have good customer service and the windows perform well, but I don't think it's anything special. The Marvin Infinity is excellent, I really like it. They have great engineering and design. I like fiberglass more than vinyl. It's stronger and does better in temperature swings, so you actually keep the great performance stats that you think you're buying. It's hard to say if they're worth the money. If you're going to be there 10 years, it's a difference of $400 a year. That's almost nothing when you're talking about a whole house of windows.

Buddy - Contractor - from 2010


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 Renewl 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 yourwindowgurus.com 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


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 past...as 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 Doors

We would 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 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

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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 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


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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