The Buyer’s Guide to Marvin Windows
When building or renovating a home, door shopping can be overwhelming, but at Ring’s End, we can help you narrow down your options and ultimately choose the best doors for your lifestyle. Your home’s architectural style and exterior color scheme will be factors in entry door and exterior door selections, but your personal decorating style and lifestyle needs will also come into play. Marvin is all about creating beautiful living spaces that encourage homeowners to lead happier and healthier lives.
In addition to choosing a door style, you’ll need to select the door material and color or finish. For patio doors or bi-fold glass walls, you’ll need to think about the type of glass, also known as the glazing system, to make sure your new doors are energy efficient.
To make your door selection process easier, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to everything-Marvin doors. Here you’ll learn about door types and available materials, plus options for energy efficiency and color choices. After reading our guide, you'll be able to work more easily with your local Ring’s End representative, architect, or builder to choose the best doors for your home.
We'll begin by defining the different types of exterior doors—understanding the correct names for different styles will make it much easier to work with your Ring’s End sales representative.
Step 1: Select Which Type of Door is Best for Your Home
An exterior door is any door designed for openings that lead to outdoor areas like a porch or patio. They may be a single door or have multiple panels that swing or slide open, and they are usually made from wood, fiberglass, composite, or aluminum. All of Marvin’s exterior doors have glass panels to let in light and really bring the outside in, one of the company’s main tenets.
Marvin offers six types of exterior doors:
Swinging doors are the most common style of door; they swing on hinges to open and close. The direction a door swings, either to the right or the left, is called the handing. Exterior doors are also referred to as inswing or outswing depending on whether they swing into the house or outwards to the exterior.
Sliding doors have one or more door panels that open by gliding sideways. While most people have probably experienced a conventional sliding door in their home before, many homeowners don’t realize that this type of door can actually come in many different styles! Variations of the exterior sliding door include the patio door, multi-slide door, bi-fold door, and lift and slide door.
Swinging French Doors
French Doors are one or more door panels with glass that can be divided into individual panes by “muntins” or a grid. Typically used in traditional-style homes, a French door may operate by swinging or sliding, or may be stationary.
Exterior Bi-Fold Doors
Bi-fold doors, also called folding or accordion doors, have panels hinged together that fold to open and close. (For example, interior folding doors with two panels are common on closets). Exterior folding doors are usually large, floor-to-ceiling glass panels connected to form a window wall that opens for indoor-outdoor living. Folding doors can create openings up to 55 feet wide and 10 feet tall.
Lift & Slide Doors
Lift & Slide doors are sliding doors made up of several glass panels that stack neatly to one side when the door is open. "Lift & Slide" refers to the precise engineering that allows door panels to slide effortlessly. For a seamless indoor/outdoor transition, Lift & Slide doors may have recessed sills and a wall pocket to conceal the open panels. Marvin lift and slide doors can go up to 47 feet wide and 12 feet tall
Multi-slide doors have more than one moving panel aligned in a row. When open, the panels either stack side-by-side near the edge of the opening or tuck into a wall pocket. When closed, the frame of each panel overlaps the frame of the panel beside it, creating a narrower frame that improves the view. Some multi-slide doors are available with push-button motorized operation. Marvin multi-slide doors can go up to 60 feed wide and 12 feet tall.
A pivot door is a large door that pivots easily around a center point to swing open, rather than using hinges on one side. A Marvin pivot door might be a custom-color solid door, or a glass panel that serves as a picture window. Pivot doors are built with the strongest impact glass and a thick-walled aluminum frame, plus commercial grade locking mechanisms.
In addition to residential exterior doors, Marvin also offers beautiful commercial doors. Commercial doors must meet strict standards for ADA compliance and fire safety; exterior commercial doors have extra security features like impact-resistant glass and mortise locks. Marvin commercial doors are made from solid wood or extruded aluminum finished in either a durable paint coating or wood cladding.
Step 2: Select Your Marvin Exterior Door Materials
After deciding which door style and configuration is right for your home, the next step is to select the right door materials. Marvin door frames are available in fiberglass, aluminum, wood, or a combination of these materials. Your choice of door material will depend on your home's architectural style, your budget, and your personal preferences. Each Marvin door collection has a different set of materials to choose from. Once you have a material in mind, you can shop the Marvin collection at Ring’s End.
Marvin Aluminum Doors
Aluminum doors are a popular product because extruded aluminum is strong, light, and nearly maintenance-free. This 100% recyclable high-quality material can produce an extensive range of panel shapes and door profiles. Long-lasting color retention makes aluminum a low-maintenance choice for both doors and windows. Because of its durability, aluminum cladding is a popular exterior finish option for solid wood doors.
Marvin Fiberglass Door Frames
Marvin exterior fiberglass doors are made from its premium composite material, Ultrex® fiberglass. Highly impact-resistant and more rigid than vinyl, fiberglass expands and contracts at virtually the same rate as glass for lasting stability. It has exceptional thermal performance and offers dark colors that resist chalking or fading. High-density fiberglass doors are perfect for harsh climates and maintain their appearance for many years. Exterior doors made from Marvin Ultrex® fiberglass are available in the Modern collection.
Marvin Wood Doors
Wood doors are a popular option both for security and decorative interest. Wood is a versatile, renewable resource that provides excellent insulation, and allows for a custom stain or paint color. Solid wood is used for entry doors, interior doors and exterior doors (like a French door or slider). Exterior wood doors do require regular maintenance. However, modern paint coatings and sealants make wood more durable. A multi-step paint or stain process is applied at the factory and baked on for long-lasting performance. With factory-applied finishes, doors arrive finished and ready to install, saving time and the expense of a painting crew.
Marvin wood doors are available in a wide range of wood species and an extensive selection of factory-applied paint and stain finishes. Solid wood doors are a popular choice for historic homes and offer creative options for almost any architectural style.
Step 3: Customize Your Marvin Door Energy-Efficiency Features
Energy-efficient doors and windows play an important role in reducing energy use and making your home more comfortable. Precise engineering and quality weatherstripping create a tight seal to prevent heat loss. Marvin uses a combination of materials and techniques on glass panel doors to provide energy-efficiency throughout the home.
High-performance glass doors use double or triple glazing, specialized coatings and gas filling for maximum insulation against heat and cold. Your builder, architect or Ring’s End sales representative can direct you to the best type of glazing for your doors. The size and location of your Marvin exterior door will determine which options to choose for maximum energy efficiency.
|Glazing Feature||Purpose and Function|
|Insulated Glazing||Insulated glazing combines two or more panes of glass that are spaced apart and hermetically sealed to create insulating air space. Insulated door glazing dramatically reduces heat gain and loss.|
|Low-E Coating||Low-Emissivity coatings provide a resistive barrier to reduce the amount of heat transferring through the glass without significantly reducing the amount of light. A nearly invisible metallic oxide coating is applied directly on the surface of the glass. Marvin offers four different types of low-e glass coatings that allow for high solar gain, moderate solar gain, or low solar gain, depending on your local climate. Low-E coatings help protect furnishings from sun damage and reduce energy loss by 30% to 50%.|
|Spacers||Spacers are used to separate layers of glass and create an insulating gap, much like a weather strip. They help accommodate expansion and contraction during extreme temperatures; sealants prevent moisture, water infiltration and gas leaks.|
|Gas Filling||Argon and Krypton gas are sealed between layers of glass to improve thermal performance. Non-toxic and odorless, they work to slow the transfer of heat and cold between indoors and out.|
Purpose and Function
Insulated glazing combines two or more panes of glass that are spaced apart and hermetically sealed to create insulating air space. Insulated door glazing dramatically reduces heat gain and loss.
Low-Emissivity coatings provide a resistive barrier to reduce the amount of heat transferring through the glass without significantly reducing the amount of light. A nearly invisible metallic oxide coating is applied directly on the surface of the glass. Marvin offers four different types of low-e glass coatings that allow for high solar gain, moderate solar gain, or low solar gain, depending on your local climate. Low-E coatings help protect furnishings from sun damage and reduce energy loss by 30% to 50%.
Spacers are used to separate layers of glass and create an insulating gap, much like a weather strip. They help accommodate expansion and contraction during extreme temperatures; sealants prevent moisture, water infiltration and gas leaks.
Argon and Krypton gas are sealed between layers of glass to improve thermal performance. Non-toxic and odorless, they work to slow the transfer of heat and cold between indoors and out.
Step 5: Find the Right Marvin Doors Collection
Ring’s End offers four different Marvin door collections. The higher-end Marvin Signature® door line offers the company's broadest range of exterior door sizes, configurations, and design options across two product collections: Ultimate and Modern. The Marvin Elevate collection combines a selection of durable fiberglass finishes with a warm, natural wood interior; and the Marvin Essentials collection offers durable, maintenance-free fiberglass inside and out.
What Makes It Great: Craftsmanship-quality solid wood doors with a range of custom finish options.
Available Door Styles:Exterior bi-fold doors, lift and slide doors, multi-slide doors, patio doors, and french doors in swinging and sliding configurations.
Materials:Exterior wood options include Pine, Vertical Grain Douglas Fir, Mahogany and Primed Pine. Aluminum exterior cladding for low maintenance, with durable extruded aluminum finished in commercial-grade paint. Variety of interior wood options and finishes available.
Color Options:An extensive selection of stain and paint colors; or choose any custom paint color, or unfinished wood.
What Makes It Great:Specifically designed to provide clean sight lines with minimally intrusive frames.
Available Door Styles:Patio and multi-slide door units with a flat casing to create a clean, uncluttered look.
Materials:Innovative high-density fiberglass material for outstanding thermal performance, and aluminum interior finishes.
Color Options:Five exterior colors inspired by nature; choose different interior and exterior color finishes, or match them for a cohesive design.
What Makes It Great:Combines the superior strength of fiberglass with the natural beauty of wood.
Available Door Styles:Designed for both new construction or replacement window projects; includes sliding and swinging French doors and sliding patio doors.
Materials:Proprietary fiberglass exteriors offer lasting performance that resists chalking and fading. Wood interiors available in bare pine or select pre-finished options.
Color Options:Customize your interior and exterior finishes, or choose a factory finish in designer black, clear coat, or pre-finished white.
What Makes It Great:Durable fiberglass resists the sagging and misalignment common to vinyl patio doors.
Available Door Styles:Sliding patio door; choose two or three panels for patio doors up to nine feet wide. Designed for both new construction or replacement window projects.
Materials:Ultrex fiberglass that is virtually maintenance-free.
Color Options:Available colors include bronze, ebony, and stone white.
Shop For Marvin Doors At a Ring’s End Showroom
Ring’s End is the premier resource for Marvin exterior doors in the Connecticut, South County, Rhode Island, and Westchester County, New York areas. You’ll love Marvin’s extensive selection of designer door and window options - and their uncompromising quality. Our team is ready to help you navigate through the choices, set up an installation plan, and deliver your doors safely and efficiently. Visit a Ring’s End showroom, or schedule an in-home appointment with one of our Marvin experts. Get started today!
Marvin Doors Frequently Asked Questions
Ring’s End offers direct installation of all your Marvin window and door products. Our installers are licensed and fully insured. They follow the manufacturer’s recommended installation methods, to ensure each door we install meets the manufacturer’s warranty criteria. Our installers are certified as EPA Lead Safety Renovators. Registered in Connecticut, New York (Westchester County), and Rhode Island, our installers deliver the highest quality services throughout the region. Click here for more information.
All Marvin windows, doors, Marvin Awaken™ Skylight and Marvin Skycove® are covered by a substantial, industry-leading Limited Warranty that proves they stand solidly behind their products. For detailed warranty information, visit the Marvin website.
All Marvin doors are assessed and rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and are Energy Star certified. The NFRC provides a uniform national rating system for the energy performance of doors and windows. To compare Marvin door collections and find the best energy efficient doors for your project, Marvin provides an Energy Data calculator on their site.
Marvin Products are manufactured in the USA.