BUILDER Top Brands in 2017

Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows and Doors recognized as Top Brands in 2017.

For the second year in a row BUILDER Magazine recognized Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows as top brands in the 2017 BUILDER Brand Use Study, an annual in-depth survey conducted by BUILDER. This case study highlights the brands professional builders use most across 70 product categories and how these brands rank in terms of quality.

“We are incredibly honored to receive these accolades from professional builders, who know our products best. We don’t take lightly the trust builders have placed in us when they choose our products. To be recognized for delivering high-quality products is a reflection of the high standards and attention to detail we insist upon at every step of our process. We’re committed to the success of our builder partners and will continue to produce high-performance window and door products that they can rely on, year after year,”  Kris Hanson, senior manager, group product management at Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows and Doors. ”

Marvin Windows and Doors are built on a heritage of quality and innovation, continuously leading the industry in product design and function. Each window is made to order, to meet builders’ exact specifications. With customization capabilities, exclusive innovations, high-performance energy efficiency options and unmatched personal service at every point in the process, builders are able to find beautiful windows and doors for the project at hand.

Integrity Window and Doors‘ fiberglass solutions are made with Ultrex® – a state-of-the-art pultruded fiberglass that is eight times stronger than vinyl, three times stronger than wood/vinyl composites and as strong as steel. Integrity offers an All Ultrex fiberglass line, as well as a Wood-Ultrex line that combines an authentic wood interior with a virtually indestructible fiberglass exterior. Integrity’s Ultrex resists rotting, warping, fading and chipping. It is the first and only finish to have achieved 624-10 verification from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), and many Integrity products offer IMPACT zone 3 certification for coastal projects.

Read the entire press release at PRNewsWire.

Welcome to the Age of Big Glass Windows & Doors

Big Glass Windows and Doors Revolution

Homebuyers are willing to pay more for natural light and multiply living space.

Residential architects, builders, and developers are no longer held back from incorporating oversized glass in their exterior home designs. This natural light revolution has become a hit to both millennials and baby boomers.

Benefits of Big Glass Windows

This big glass transformation of the home equates to: low energy bills, warm interiors, less outside noise, and aesthetics.

Builders also reap the benefits: three out of four surveyed home buyers said they’d pay a $4,000 premium for a large retractable glass sliding door, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting, an independent research and advisory firm.

Surging demand to meet numerous big glass strategies include:

Mulling Windows

Designers and builders are implementing mulling arrangements that can include many formats from double- and single-hung, glider, awning, and casement to innovating corner windows for panoramas.

Large Glass Doors

A seamless transition from indoor and outdoor space, life-and-slide, multi-slide, and bi-fold glass doors are in play.

Large Windows

Home buyers are seeking single-hung, double-hung, and casement windows. They are looking for bigger sizes. Marvin double-hung windows, for example, are now available in standard sizes up to 5 x 10 feet. Single fixed casement windows are now offered at sizes up to 6.7 x 10 feet.

What’s next?

Bet on bigger. Today any interior space can be transformed by big glass windows and doors to feel even larger and more connected to the outdoors.


Marvin Invites Architects to Enter its 2017 Architects Challenge Design Competition

Marvin Windows and Doors invites architects to enter its 2017 Architects Challenge, a competition awarding prizes to residential and commercial design projects that exhibit creativity and ingenuity using Marvin windows and doors. Entries should be submitted to by March 10, 2017.

Now in its ninth year, the 2017 Marvin Architects Challenge will recognize one outstanding design in each of five categories – Contemporary, Transitional, Traditional New Construction, Remodel/Addition and Commercial. An overall Best in Show prize will also be awarded. The entries will be evaluated by an independent panel of esteemed architects, including Robert Gurney, FAIA, Manny Gonzalaez, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CAASH and Ted Flato, FAIA.

The Architects Challenge is an opportunity for Marvin to recognize architects who take creative advantage of the design flexibility we build into our products,” said Dondi Kazukewicz, senior manager of brand communications at Marvin Windows and Doors. “But it is also an opportunity for us to honor their vision and expertise. With each year’s submissions, we are inspired to refine our products and services to help meet the challenges they face.

Winning entries will be announced during an ARCHITECT Live event at the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention, April 27-29 in Orlando. Marvin will provide conference travel, lodging and registration for the winners.

For more information and to submit a project, visit

Window Designs That Make Small Spaces Feel Big

Cutting down on square footage you don’t really need is a great way to simplify your life and save money, but it comes with certain design challenges. Keep your smart investment feeling bright and comfortable with a window design that helps it seem larger than it really is! Whether your entire home is small or you just have a tight bedroom, office, or any other room that closes in, here are some ways that windows can augment the space you have!

Bring the Outdoors Inside

Simply by making windows a statement on their own—think of a full-surround design that continues around corners or an entire wall composed of patio doors that open onto your property—you can draw attention away from the square footage of the floor and immerse the interior in its surroundings. An example is small houses, in natural settings; they are known for their impressive use of glass.

Think about each exterior wall, what’s behind it, and how a new window would improve the feel of the room. Day lighting alone is usually enough to change the ambiance of a confined space, but a good view will also improve your impression of it.

If you have limited wall space and this doesn’t seem possible, you can still amplify the effect of any window you do have with a mirror. Set it opposite a window to duplicate scenery across the room and double your perceived view. Even if it isn’t an actual window, it’s the same basic trick!

Light from Above

High windows are finding use in all kinds of homes, as people want to increase their day lighting potential and dress up plain walls. If you don’t have any other plans for the higher points on your walls, it would be a waste not to take advantage of natural sunlight to reduce your electricity usage and also give you a glimpse of the great outdoors where you might not expect it.

Basement-level rooms use high windows because they have to; but why not carry this enhancement up above ground? They fit well above beds and in bathrooms, where they help provide light while still maintaining privacy.

Integrate with Shared Wall Features

Sometimes you need to get creative in close quarters. Aim for balance and functionality so you can make the most of what you have, and be sure that the final product will look very different across the board. Plan for any dressers, shelves, counters, etc., and think about how you can fit windows in.

When it comes time to plan for and purchase windows, let the experts at Integrity® Windows and Doors help you out. With a wide array of available styles and the option to create custom panes to fit your needs, you’ll find that these professionals have the solution for every kind of home. The industry-leading efficiency and durability of Integrity’s® Ultrex® fiberglass means that you can install as many windows as you want with confidence, so find your local dealer to get started!

Source: Marvin Windows & DoorsThe House Designers

Wood & Door Magazine Features Marvin Ultimate Multi-Slide Door

The Marvin Ultimate Multi-Slide Door was featured as one of the latest energy efficient products in the October issue of Window & Door magazine. The Ultimate Multi-Slide Door has several energy efficient features such as a 0.28 U-factor with IG dual-pane glass, tempered one-lite low-E2 with argon insulating glass, a thermally efficient modular Ultrex frame system and heavy-duty weatherstripping. Read more in the October issue of Window & Door.

Source: Marvin

Marvin Windows and Doors

One of the happiest days in Jake Marvin’s life took place eight years ago, when he asked family members involved with the business a tough question.

As CEO and chairman of Warroad-based Marvin Windows and Doors, and a member of the Marvin family’s third generation, Jake assembled the stockholders in his family’s company. He had something momentous to tell them. Due to changes mandated by the Internal Revenue Service, the family had to sign off on a new buy-sell agreement to govern future ownership structure.

“The way ours was written, it required 100 percent agreement from all shareholders,” Jake recalls. “One of the things we did just before we got to that was to [convene] all the shareholders in the fourth generation that were the age of majority; that was nearly all of them, at the time.” As he explained at the meeting, there were a number of ways the family business could proceed. “We could sell it, we could sell it in part, we could bring in professional management and continue to own it, or we could own, operate and manage it.”

It’s not to say that Jake Marvin and his siblings have made it easy for the fourth generation. Family members don’t “inherit” a job – they have to earn it. And that is why Marvin Windows and Doors has lasted so long as a family business.

We try to give this fourth generation varied experiences that will help them as leaders for the future,” Susan Marvin says. A case in point is niece Christine, who became the company’s director of corporate strategy in August after serving as director of marketing for the Marvin brands. Before joining the family business full time in 2008, Christine Marvin worked a couple of years for a California building materials wholesaler.

There’s something else that Marvin family members need to prove: a commitment not only to the company but to Warroad, a town of 1,778 just six miles south of the Canadian border. And that’s one of the reasons Frank Marvin’s son Paul was named president at the beginning of this year, succeeding his aunt Susan.

All owners over the age of 18 attend the annual shareholder meeting. There, the younger family members learn more about the business and ask questions. “All of our children work for the company in summer jobs and sometimes on vacations from school, before they sign on.” Jake Marvin says. Those interested in building a career at Marvin Windows and Doors are sent to seminars for more formal training.

In addition, “We put them with [consultants] who can do a complete profile and analysis and really get in the corners with them,” Marvin says. “That’s not just testing, but a series of long interviews and a lot of back-and-forth to determine, along with testing, what their skill sets are, what it is that moves them, how do they see themselves going forward, where can they contribute if they want to be in the business – or if they don’t want to be.

This past summer, three members of the fifth generation, whose oldest members are in high school, held jobs with the company. “They’re involved very early on in their lives,” Jake Marvin says. That was true of him and his siblings. The members of the Marvin Family, Campell says, “are the bedrock of Warroad.” And they’re working hard to stay that way.

Source: TCBmag

Marvin Featured in L.A. Times

Kishani Perera, designer and house hunter noticed a slightly unappealing 1923 Mid-City home; That’s when she realized her first step was to border the entryway with columns.

Kishani Perera had originally bought the two-bedroom, two-bathroom house for $640,000 in 2013 and currently selling it for $1.1 million. “I could tell it had good bones, just a good feeling to it,” said Perera

With almost three years of work, the home now has charisma including the transformed garage, with four skylights, and new windows.

Perera has styled homes for Harry Styles, Molly Sims, Rachel Bilson and Michael C. Hall, “This has been my passion project,” said Perera,

Perera has renovated the home’s exterior paint that was previously a gray with a Benjamin Moore’s deeper Quarry Rock gray that has smooth touches of blue and green.

The new color felt original to the house, kind of a vintage vibe to it,” added Perera.

The new and improved home now sports white-trimmed Marvin windows well matched to neighbors’ lawns by Calabasas-based New View Landscape.

A spray of fragrance flowers and olive bushes surround the home’s front entranceway alluring a calm look.

Perera connected the tight kitchen, dining and laundry areas, opening them to the living room to enlarge the 1,038-square-foot interior. Throughout the home Original American oak flooring is used.

The kitchen’s new shiny black cabinetry is topped with white Calcutta marble all paired with appliances: an Electrolux dishwasher, refrigerator, and Bertazzoni range and oven; With a faucet by Perrin and Rowe.

Much of the lighting is vintage located from Perera’s Rummage boutique on Beverly Boulevard. The new fixtures are by Cedar & Moss.

The dining room has an elegant Maria Theresa chandelier coated a chic gray and an art deco fixture it’s a German tower design that drapes in the master bath.

Krishani’s curiosity in vintage was started during family visits to Sri Lanka when she was a young teenager.

Shops there had these most amazing pieces from the 18th and 19th century,” she said. “I love the history and story behind vintage pieces; I can feel real soul in them.

The master bath’s black harsh accents is of a newly vintage design, and the hall bathroom has a striking 1950s cabinet with both having Cement Tile floors.

Other features the house includes: new electrical and plumbing systems, a new slim line HVAC and a Nest thermostat. The house also features alarm, camera and Sonos sound systems.

The backyard is now lined with bay leaf borders that adorn an inviting St. Augustine lawn. A lower patio with pea gravel borders the house.

The most practical backyard feature is the calming hammock looped between lemon and grapefruit trees.

Source: LA Times

Larger Casement & Awning Windows from Marvin featured in Professional Builder

Contemporary architecture and design calls for large, energy-efficient windows with continuous range of glass.

Marvin Windows and Doors added bigger sizes to its Contemporary Casements and Awnings, Ultimate Casements, and Awnings, and Ultimate Replacement Casements and Awnings.

Source: Marvin

2016 Window & Door Trend Report by Architect Magazine

A 2016 trend report from Architect Magazine showed how professionals in the window and door industry see improvement in energy efficiency and product design. Here’s what you can expect during spring, summer and beyond!

Inside out, Outside In

The tendency to effortlessly incorporate open interiors with expansive exteriors continues across America. AIA Fellow and residential architect Manny Gonzales of the Los Angeles based KTGY Group stated “Large sliding glass doors are for all objectives and goals, it is a moving transparent wall.” Large casement windows offer homeowners new levels of free outdoor views. Many window assemblies make large “window wall” effects. The interior/exterior direction can embrace traditional or contemporary designs. Stylists and home builders are actively reacting to buyers’ wishes to combine the indoors with the outdoors. 


New home and key renovation projects show another trend: more scenic doors. A new generation of lift-and-slides, multi-slides, and bi-fold scenic doors have changed the mindset on home energy savings. There are more and more homes that have multiple scenic doors. Christine Marvin, director of marketing for Marvin Windows and Doors of Warroad, Minnesota said “Not long ago, you would find one door for every eight or so windows in a home. Today it’s a couple to a few to several times that amount. More doors mean even more relations to nature.”

The Color of Character

Hardware is also going through a color trend cycle. Designers are utilizing gray or “coal” colors for metallic window and door exteriors. “The most favored hardware finishes are the satin nickels and satin chromes for a more contemporary look. Oil-polished bronze remain as the fundamental assortments,” added Marvin.

Universal Design

Artists like Gonzales, and home builders nationwide, are adding multi-generational add-ons into homes, especially windows and doors. “Universal design isn’t just for an aging population. It’s for people in general,” Gonzales said.

The multi-slide scenic door is the latest advancement on the universal design front. A handheld remote or a home computerized system app is all it takes for homeowners to quickly and seamlessly open and close a multi-slide door with a tap of a finger. “Considerate automation is the ultimate in universal design,” Marvin said.

Source: Architect Magazine

Esthetics and Execution from Marvin®

Infinity Bay offers bay windows that includes Bare Pine, Oak head, and seat boards, which can also be dyed and tinted to correspond to the interior of the house. Infinity Bay windows are accessible in two different points and shapes to fit your home’s architectural form. Infinity bay windows are made with Ultrex® that offers remarkable durability and support assuring that your windows will work and stay marvelous for a long time.

Integrity® Casement windows are supplied with new double arm roto supply service and continuous multi-point clasp setup displaying Ultrex framework for everlasting achievement. The Ultrex frame will not shatter or drip, making it a low-key product. You are also able to choose from darker colors without deterioration. With Integrity Casement windows, you will now be able to change the appearance of your home carrying it out properly.

Lastly, Marvin’s wood Double-Hung windows incorporate modern and vintage schemes concealed with cut aluminum making the window much easier to manage, while equipping a heated barricade. Marvin’s Double-Hung window is simple to unlock and can be added with a full or half screen to disguise the bottom part. There is a wide selection of sash sizes, coat, and soft ornaments for your fitting window.

Source: Next Door and Window