Marvin vs Pella

August 28, 2019

When you are in the research phase of your window buying journey, you have no doubt run into the names Marvin and Pella. They are leading window manufacturers and have brought exciting options onto the market for years. In a showdown between Marvin vs. Pella, which is better?

There’s no black or white answer. In fact, there is a wonderful world of gray to explore. In other words, it depends! On what? On what you need. On what you want. On what you’re trying to achieve with your new windows. On you.

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Both companies have a wide range of window types and materials from which to choose. Marvin offers several prominent lines:

  • Signature Ultimate With nearly limitless opportunities for customization, Ultimate wood and wood-clad windows and doors are available an extensive selection of shapes, styles, sizes and options.
  • Signature Modern Inspired by the needs of architects and builders, the Signature Modern product line emphasizes the simplicity and large expanses of glass that homeowners seek in a modern home. With innovative high-density fiberglass material, leading thermal performance and consistent narrow sightlines, it’s a smart and seamless approach to modern design.
  • Elevate. Warm wood interiors add timeless beauty, while resilient, long-lasting fiberglass stands up to the elements and stays strong in even the toughest conditions.
  • Essential. Streamlined design, quality, and performance. This line features Marvin’s proprietary, durable fiberglass to the interior and exterior and is virtually maintenance-free.
Pella has a slew of different window options, from vinyl replacement to aluminum clad windows with blinds between the glass panes (these are featured in their Design series). Their most popular collections include:

  • Impervia. This is Pella's fiberglass window option. encompass-product
  • Pella Vinyl Windows. The 350, 250 and Encompass series are Pella’s most budget-friendly options. They are easy to care for, durable, and energy efficient.
  • Lifestyle Series. These wood windows from Pella offer between-the-panes blinds or shades and “snap in” installation, making it a good choice for replacement windows.
  • Architect Series. The top of the line, the Architect Series has wood interiors and customizable shapes and sizes. They are available with traditional styling or the clean, smart lines of the contemporary collection.

As mentioned, Marvin offers one aluminum wood-clad window line, Signature Ultimate. You can select from different styles and options, but all windows are built the same way. They feature an extruded aluminum exterior (both sash and frame) and a wood interior. Clear pine is the standard option, but you can upgrade to other species, such as fir, oak, mahogany, and cherry.

Pella, on the other hand, has three separate clad wood lines, which are all built slightly differently. You can find a cost-effective, entry-level wood clad option (the Pella 450 Series, aka Pella Proline). This window has a roll-form aluminum clad exterior and wood interior. Clear pine is the only option available for these windows.

The high-end Architect Series has an extruded aluminum frame with a roll-form aluminum clad sash. For the wood interior, pine is standard but you can upgrade to other species. The Designer Series also has an extruded frame and roll-form aluminum clad sash, but it comes standard with triple pane glass and the famous “blinds between the glass” panel. Both Marvin and Pella have a number of options from which to choose, and they also offer the ability to customize your new windows to meet your own personal wants and needs.

Marvin vs. Pella: Which is “Better”

It’s impossible to say! Both Marvin and Pella offer windows, details, options, and materials to meet different needs. For example, if you’re planning on selling your home in the next five years, you might prefer Pella’s budget-friendly Vinyl Windows. Pella’s name and reputation are great for resale value, and your upfront costs will be lower.
ZenBarn_Ext_SPD_DG_EB_16_MWOn the other hand, if this is your forever home and you prioritize quality, Marvin windows may cost a bit more initially, but your investment will be very well protected over time. The design and customization options available from each line of Marvin windows gives you more flexibility in the final look.

As you continue your search for new windows, consider what features and benefits are most important to you. This is how you determine which window is “better”!

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