Pella Windows vs Marvin
Pella Windows vs Marvin - do these two well known brands stack up on company structure, what they sell, how they market, and what they cost. Let's take a closer look.
"Marvin tends to be quite expensive, but also usually worth it for the overall quality and craftsmanship of their fiberglass windows."
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Pella Windows vs Marvin
Pella is headquartered in Pella, Iowa, and has been in business since the 1920s. The company is best known for making high-end wood clad windows. The company also makes several vinyl series and one fiberglass series. Pella has a deservedly good reputation for their wood clad windows; however their other window series leave something to be desired in my opinion.
What They Sell
Pella sells a handful of different window and door series. In terms of vinyl, the company sells the 250 and Encompass series. These are, I would say, mid range, viny windows, although they tend to be sold at a higher price due to the Pella name. They also sell the Impervia, which is just an okay fiberglass window in my opinion. The company really shines in the wood clad department where they sell the Reserve, Architect and Lifestlye series. These are high-end wood windows (especially the Reserve and Architect series) that are also quite pricey. Marvin sells four different fiberglass window series, as well as one wood clad option. Their fiberglass window series include the Infinity, Integrity, Elevate, and Essentials. The Infinity and Integrity are older models that they no longer advertise, but are nonetheless still sold through select dealers. Their Elevate and Essentials are the newer models with the Elevate as the higher end (and more expensive) of the two. In terms of wood windows, the company sells the Ultimate series.
How They Market
Pella Marketing Pella is quite a large company who uses every marketing tool at their disposal in order to sell as many window and doors as possible. They sell their vinyl windows through the big box stores such as Lowe’s. Their wood and fiberglass windows are sold mainly through local distributors, builders, and contractors, who then sell them directly to the public. Marvin Marketing Marvin does not market or sell any of their fiberglass windows direct to the public or through the big box stores like Pella. Instead, they focus exclusively on their dealer network of local companies, who then sell direct to consumers and homeowners. As well, Marvin is also available to certain builders and/or contractors who sell them to their clients (or in the case of developers they purchase them in bulk for a certain commercial or residential projects).
Pella Windows cost for their vinyl windows will run 6 to 7 out of 10 when compared with all vinyl window prices. Their Impervia series will run 7 to 8 out of 10 when compared with all fiberglass windows cost. Finally, their wood windows will run 8 to 10 out of 10 for all wood window costs. As a general rule of thumb, Pella is quite expensive. ( Pella Impervia Reviews )
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