How do I decide upon exterior materials like fiberglass vs. wood when shopping for quality windows?
Your choice of window is dependent on climate considerations, desired durability and aesthetic preferences. Ring's End offers Marvin windows in a variety of materials, including fiberglass and wood. Marvin Essential™ and Elevate™ windows exclusively use proprietary Ultrex® fiberglass exteriors, which is supremely durable and low maintenance, yet customizable to meet your design goals. Wood exteriors are prized for their craftsmanship and aesthetic benefits. They can be painted in a variety of colors and offer a grained finish that is difficult to match. Many homeowners prefer fiberglass exterior windows. If you decide to purchase windows with fiberglass exteriors, we recommend adhering to the color options available from the manufacturer; painting fiberglass window exteriors may void the factory warranty.
What does it mean to say that fiberglass windows are "virtually maintenance free"?
Many of Marvin's fiberglass windows are “virtually maintenance-free”. This means you rarely need to check on your windows for damage or wear and tear. Furthermore, warping due to seasonal temperature changes should not be of concern. However, you will need to practice occasional maintenance (a few checks annually, in total) on fiberglass windows:
- Check the weather strip from time to time. The weather strip is a dedicated barrier between your window's sash and frame to reduce water and air infiltration. Sometimes, the weather strip needs to be replaced.
- Check the window's finish. If your fiberglass window has a wooden finish for aesthetics, you may need to touch this up from time to time.
- Tighten screws and other mechanical parts.
- Clean moving parts to remove grit or debris that may affect their operation.
- Other maintenance may be required.
Do you have any window showrooms to see Marvin products in person?
Ring's End features Marvin windows and doors at our eight millwork showrooms located throughout Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. Explore what Marvin's collections have to offer, from sliding and French patio doors to clad and tilt window products. Browse our galleries to gain design inspiration for your project. Our in-store free consultations make it easy to learn more about Marvin windows and doors for your home. Click here to schedule a free in-store visit.
Where can I find Marvin Integrity Windows and Doors?
On April 30, 2019, Marvin refreshed its brand and categorized its products into three new collections. The Marvin Signature™ collection encompasses products formerly known as Marvin Windows and Doors. The Marvin Elevate™ collection replaces the Integrity Wood-Ultrex® product line. Marvin Essential™ collection includes the previous Integrity All-Ultrex branded products.
What is the Marvin Window & Door warranty?
All Marvin windows and doors are covered by a substantial, industry-leading Limited Warranty. For detailed warranty information, visit the Marvin website. Ring’s End also offers a five-year limited warranty on any Marvin product installation we provide. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your windows, our in-house Service Team is on standby to fix related issues.
What is the Marvin windows replacement process like?
If you choose to replace or upgrade your old windows with a Marvin product, we recommend working with a skilled contractor who is trained to install Marvin windows and doors. Alternatively, you may contact Ring's End, a Marvin Certified Installing Retailer. We offer professional in-home installation service by fully licensed and insured local experts in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island. Before purchase and installation, you will work with the Ring’s End Installation Services team to coordinate a complimentary in-home site evaluation and receive a written proposal. After a contract is signed, the Installer will review your project specifications with you to confirm that the correct windows and/or doors are ordered. Our Installation Service Manager will then arrange delivery and installation with you, and lastly, an installation review will be conducted when the job is completed to ensure complete satisfaction with your product and experience. In addition to all manufacturer’s warranty coverages, we offer a 5-year limited warranty on all installation labor and workmanship we provide. Contact us for help with all of your home projects or installation needs, or feel free to visit a showroom near your home.
What is Marvin Door’s Energy Efficiency Rating?
All Marvin products 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. Marvin provides an Energy Data calculator to help you find the best energy-efficient doors for your needs.