Part I. The Brand: Who is Marvin?
When the company was founded in 1912, it was a family-owned and operated lumber business. It made the decision to move from lumber to home renovations—a move that saw them become the manufacturers of over 150,000 styles of doors and windows.
To this day, Marvin Windows is still family-run—by CEO Paul Marvin.
Why would you buy Marvin Windows in Lincoln Park?
With a century of experience and professional connections within the home renovation industry, the Marvin brand is recognized for quality materials, attention to detail, and exceptional customer service. They’ve built trust and maintained their reputation with builders and homeowners because they:
• Use sustainable, ethically sourced wood in all their wood lines
• Offer comprehensive warranties across their product lines
• Are the developers behind Ultrex Fiberglass—consistently ranked one of the most durable window materials on the market
• Offer extensive customization on their products—from styles to finishes, your final product won’t require after-market painting or structural work
• Are the developers behind Everwood—a window material with the look and feel of real wood and the total resilience against fading, buckling, or warping.
• Exceed all industry manufacturing standards
• Invest in in-depth training for their service and quality control teams
Part II. The Products
In an era where our energy bill can be one of our most expensive outgoings each month, it’s important that homeowners find cost-effective ways to retain their home’s heat in winter, and keep the cool air inside in summer.
When the warmth leaches out of your home in winter, your thermostat stays running for longer. The longer it is running, the more the dollars are ticking up on your energy bill.
Windows can be one of the worst culprits for leaking warm air and letting the cold in, but Marvin take pride in the fact that all their window products are ENERGY STAR certified.
Lincoln Park Illinois can experience some weather extremes that other parts of the country don’t see. We get gale force winds, sub-zero winters, and dazzling summers, and all these conditions add up to local homeowners needing hardy window solutions.
With our kind of weather, single-pane windows, and double-pane, non-insulated windows just don’t cut it. Nor do window frames with an aluminum-only build, since these transfer heat between the exterior and interior of your home, instead of acting as a barrier between the two.
Marvin has three key product lines worth considering for your home renovations:
• Marvin Essential
• Marvin Signature
• Marvin Elevate
Of the three, we confidently recommend both the Signature and Elevate lines to our clients.
The Signature range is our winner across the board—you can view our full review of the three Marvin lines here—for exceptional durability, range of styles, and customization options.
Elevate is a strong contender that sits at a higher price-point. It offers beautiful, premium features and will appeal to architects and designers alike.
The Essential range has excellent durability, is still ENERGY STAR accredited, and excels as an entry-level product. What it offers in spades is slightly diminished by the limited amount of customization, and fewer styles of window.