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Marvin Windows Frequently Asked Questions

Marvin has won the fiberglass window of the year for ten years award straight!

Marvins exclusive Ultrex® fiberglass is eight times stronger than vinyl and three times more durable than plastic/wood comp, such as fibrex.

Are you looking to Replace Your Westchester home’s Windows and Doors?

At GIANT we understand, every window replacement project is unique, but most share a core set of goals. For local homeowners looking to– choose a window brand for their homes windows and doors that will add to the energy-efficiency, beauty and value of their home.

My team and I put together this FAQ page to help simplify the replacement window brand selection process and help you find the right products for your Westchester County home and budget.

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Marvin

Marvin Windows and Doors was born from The Marvin Companies’ century-long heritage of service, craftsmanship, and quality with a focus on all-out performance. A family-owned company like our own, proud to manufacture the most innovative fiberglass windows and doors on the market, backed by top-notch customer support and incomparable value.

Having the right window for your home makes all the difference!

Energy-efficient windows can help reduce your utility bills and make your home more comfortable. Not to mention the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re helping the planet by minimizing environmental impact. Marvin offers a variety of window and door options that help you achieve long-term performance and energy cost savings, in any climate.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here we get to work and answer the questions our community + clients ask us most!

Who is the Marvin Windows company?

Marvin Windows is a Marvin is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business headquartered in Warroad, Minn., with approximately 5,500 employees across 15 cities throughout North America.

Do my windows need to be ENERGY STAR certified to be energy efficient?

The short answer is no.

 

While an ENERGY STAR label can be helpful in identifying energy-efficient windows, every home is unique.

  • ENERGY STAR provides a one-size-fits-all guideline but does not take into consideration, for example, the orientation of the house or the number or size of windows and associated Solar Heat Gain.
  • A window expert like my team can help determine which products will work best for you. ENERGY STAR also recognizes products that meet high energy-efficiency guidelines.

I need new windows. What’s the first thing I need to know when it comes to windows and energy efficiency?

Replacing windows with energy-efficient ones can help reduce your utility bills, but the benefits go much further.  Choosing energy-efficient windows makes your home more comfortable, as their performance determines how much heat comes in and escapes out through the windows.

 

How do I know if a window or a door is energy efficient?

Certification programs such as those administered by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and ENERGY STAR provide ratings designed to indicate a window or door’s efficiency.  Various performance ratings – like U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient – measure a product’s effectiveness in insulating and blocking heat from the sun, among other things.  See the Glossary of Terms.

Energy-efficient windows can help reduce your utility bills and make your home more comfortable. Not to mention the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re helping the planet by minimizing your home’s environmental impact. Marvin offers a variety of window and door options that help you achieve long-term performance and energy cost savings, in any climate.

 

What are Marvin windows made of?

There are a variety of window materials that can improve performance and complement the architecture of your home.

Consider the exterior and interior materials your windows are made of. Both materials can greatly impact the comfort and appearance of your home, in the short and long term.

Marvin, approaches materials differently, holding themselves to the highest standards for material selection, sourcing, and development. Marvin’s window and door materials—wood, extruded aluminum, High-Density Fiberglass and Ultrex® fiberglass each offer unique benefits. The window team at GIANT can help recommend the right window/material with the right attributes for your home.

Do Marvin windows have a lifetime warranty?

Yes, Marvin® brand windows and doors are covered by an industry-leading Limited Warranty.

Marvin vs Andersen - Which is Better?

For homeowners looking for a broader selection of windows and even window availability Marvin windows win.

Pair that with Marvins much larger color and trim types and you hardly have a race. Stack the fact that Marvin offers a seamless warranty process and you’ll see why we don’t touch Anderson windows.

If the price is the only factor, Andersen’s windows are back in the game for most homeowners when you look at all the options – Marvin is going to end up on top.

Exterior Material:

Marvin: Extruded Aluminum Cladding

Andersen: Vinyl Cladding

Exterior Appearance and Construction:

Marvin: Butt joints in corners

Andersen: Mitered & Welded

Exterior Color Options:

Marvin: 19 Colors

Andersen: 7 colors

Interior Material:

Marvin: Wood (the standard is pine, but you can upgrade to six different wood species)

Andersen: Wood (pine only)

Interior Finish Options:

Marvin: You can pick from 7 factory stains or factory white and primed

Andersen: There are just 3 colors (white, black, or bronze), only available with coordinating exterior color.

 

How many window types does Marvin offer?

Marvin windows are Built to Perform® see the full window line up here.

  1. Single Hung,
  2. Double Hung,
  3. Casement,
  4. Awning,
  5. Glider,
  6. Bay & Bow,
  7. Specialty Shapes,
  8. Round Top,
  9. European Style Tilt-Turn

 

Glass Options: Marvin vs Andersen

Marvin: Dual-pane with Low E and Argon is standard. You can upgrade to additional Low E and Argon options, triple pane, specialty glass (e.g. sound abatement), and tinted, obscure, and decorative glass.

Andersen: Dual-pane Low E/Low E4 is standard. You can also upgrade to SmartSun, Sun Glass, Passive Sun Glass, and obscure and art glass.

Fact: Each of these window lines is different, and depending on your window options like materials, and optional upgrades, they each has the ability to come with a vast variation on their respective price-tags. Price is always a consideration when shopping for windows especially when you competitively and comparably showing windows for an area w like Westchester where we see the extremes of each of the four-season.

Simply obtaining a quote for each won’t give you a good means for comparison, however. It’s important to do your homework and ask some deeper questions we can help you during our consult.

We will cover how long you plan to stay in your home, what kind of design options you want to explore (Anderson has a pretty slim set of options), and lastly what are your environmental challenges? Each home faces the four seasons here in Westchester differently.

Can you explain Low E coatings?

Low E stands for low emissivity.

Low Emittance, or Low E, is a razor-thin, colorless, non-toxic coating applied to window glass to improve energy efficiency.

Microscopically thin, transparent metal or metallic oxide layers deposited on a glass surface suppress radiative heat flow and reflect interior infrared energy (heat) back to the inside, reducing heat loss through the glass. Various Low E coating options can manipulate heat gain to match different climate needs.

The ability of a material to radiate energy (heat) is called its emissivity. Extremely thin coatings of special low emissivity (Low E) metallic material are applied to glass panes used in windows and doors to boost their energy efficiency. Low E coatings, usually applied to the inside layers of insulating glass, manage the amount of light and heat either conducted through a window or reflected away from it.

 

I personally talk with and quote each of my clients on every project GIANT bids on. I’ll come to your home and we can discuss your expectations and what we can do for your home.

I am not a salesman, so you don’t have to worry about pitches and gimmicks.

There’s no obligation to buy while we’re discussing your options, and you can be sure that there are no hidden fees in our price quotes. I am simply invested in making sure you can get the best product for your budget and style.

I’ve been in this business for a long time, I’m knowledgeable and confident in our products, and customer satisfaction is and has always been my top priority. Giant was the first Authorized Marvin replacement window contractor in Westchester. Marvin has trained our window replacement teams on all factory-certified installation protocols. In 2018 we were named ARC of the year the first in our market! If you need replacement windows or windows for new construction – let’s talk! Marvin is a fantastic solution for homes in Westchester.

Perry Hayes – Owner