Marvin Windows, Marvin Integrity Windows, Marvin Infinity Windows.
Do your replacement windows need replacing? If you’re window shopping and looking at Marvin Windows, these are product lines you’ll see on their website. What are the differences?
Don’t worry, Old House Guy’s Marvin Window reviews are here to help!
Marvin doesn’t mean to make things confusing (at least I don’t think they do). They need to offer a variety of window products for those homeowners who care more, and for those who care less about the appearance of their house.
If you’re reading this you may be considering purchasing new replacement windows.
All deteriorated original wood windows can be restored but replacement windows cannot. If you need to replace your replacement window Marvin is a good choice.
Old House Guy’s Marvin window reviews will make shopping simpler for you. We will examine Marvin Full Line, Marvin Integrity Windows, and Marvin Infinity Windows and compare the differences. You must be an educated consumer and also a responsible steward of an older home. Curb appeal and respect for architecture are our priorities and we hope yours too!
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First off understand that there is a Sash Only Replacement and a Full Window Replacement. You should choose the Sash Only for that means the window casing you currently have will remain and not be ruined by a bad design. The information in this article is about the Full Replacement.
Let me first explain that Marvin Windows are different from Marvin Integrity Windows and Marvin Infinity Windows yet they are all Marvin windows! The Marvin Window series is sometimes referred to by dealers as Marvin Full Line Windows. It’s essential to know the differences to ensure you get the correct window for your house.
The following is a chart comparing the key features you must look for. Below that is my recommendation.
Marvin Window Reviews
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Marvin Infinity Windows
I will not waste your time explaining Marvin Infinity Windows. Marvin Infinity is a one-piece unit for builders or homeowners who do not care about curb appeal. Stay away from this one.
Marvin Integrity Windows
Marvin Integrity Windows start with two main choices. One has a wood interior and fiberglass exterior. The other is fiberglass on both the interior and exterior.
This is a decent window but I do NOT recommend it. Why not?
The main reason this window is not recommended is because of the window casing. The only window casing styles offered are 3.5 inches wide. A window casing must be at least 4.5 inches to appear strong enough to support a window. This 3.5 inch width may not seem that skinny when looking at one window, but when looking at the front of a house you will see and feel something is lacking.
My second reason against using Marvin Integrity Windows is paint colors. If you would like your window sash a different color from the window casing and jamb, you cannot do it. Read this article on painting window sash and you will see the problem. If you prefer your window sash to match your trim then the only problem is the window casing size.
Simulated Divided Lights (SDL) are the best choice offered here. This is not nearly as good as True Divided Lights (TDL), as you’ve read about on my windows page. You did read these pages didn’t you? Because I’m not going to explain it again!
Marvin Windows – (Marvin Full Line Windows)
Marvin Windows is also referred to as Marvin Full Line Windows. This makes it confusing because Marvin Infinity and Marvin Integrity are also Marvin Windows product lines. It’s best to use the term Marvin Full Line to avoid any more confusion.
Here Marvin offers two options. Both are wood windows but one is clad in aluminum on the exterior. The aluminum clad is referred to as Marvin Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung.
Both of these lines offer a few styles but they are either picture-framed or not designed as a traditional window we all expect. Some are absent of a window sill.
The styles in this series I recommend are:
Flat Casing Flush with Sill Nosing
Flat Casing Ranch Style with Sill Nosing.
The all wood window and the clad aluminum window are both good windows but there is more flexibility with the wood window than the clad aluminum. One benefit is with the all wood option you can replace your window sash only, instead of replacing the casing or buying what you don’t need.
As with the Marvin Integrity there are many 3.5 inch casings to choose from. For the clad aluminum Next Generation window, avoid these and choose a wider casing such as the Potter-Part-2 which is a nice 4.5 inches wide. (The Potter-Part-1 is an extra piece of trim that is for a certain style window.)
With the all wood window any custom casing can be made.
The all wood window also offers True Divided Lights (TDL). The clad aluminum window only offers Simulated Divided Lights (SDL).
With the wood window Marvin will customize your window to the exact historic specifications. For the best curb appeal, Marvin Full Line in all wood is the best option and OHG recommended.
Although the cost is about 25% higher, what you are getting is the closest thing to a replacement of your original window. The other window lines are not replacements but distortions of what your house had or should have had.
Still the best option is to maintain your original windows and get them properly restored. Better for your house, the environment, and your wallet.
For a fully custom top of the line window, the Marvin Signature Series windows will create any ornate window to your specifications.