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