Pearlescent copper finish on historic Double hung windows
Marvin clad wood windows with Pearlescent Copper finish

We often say that selecting new windows is much like optioning a car, as there will often be a number of decisions to make, many of which may affect cost and/or lead time. Assisting you in customizing your windows is just one of the ways in which we treat every project uniquely.

Exterior Finish –

Marvin’s low maintenance, clad-wood products feature an extruded aluminum exterior finished in commercial-grade paint for superior resistance to fading and chalking. Marvin’s palette of nineteen durable colors includes a spectrum of rich colors and three fresh, pearlescent finishes.

Interior Finish –

With 4 primary choices, we’ve laid out why you might select one over another.

  • Bare wood – This is typically used for a project that will be field finished, usually to match an existing color or finish.
  • Primed wood – This choice saves a step in the painting process. Once installed, the new windows are ready to receive paint in the color and finish of your choice.
  • Factory pre-finished – This can be a real time-saver, as it may negate the need to bring in a painter to finish your new windows. Choose a pre-finished paint color (either black or white) or select any of the pre-finished stains from Marvin.
  • Bare fiberglass – Typically reserved for baths, kitchens, and other areas where moisture levels may be high, some customers select to use Marvin’s Essential (All-Ultrex units) collection. These windows are sleek, modern, moisture and decay resistant, and require no finishing – perfect for not only kitchens and baths, but basements, garages, greenhouses, etc.
Simulated Divided Light window from Marvin
Marvin Double Hung with custom SDL pattern

SDL – What is it?

SDL stands for Simulated Divided Light.  Older windows with multiple panes of glass were traditionally constructed in what’s known as “authentic divided light”, or ADL form. In other words individual panes of glass were separated with pieces of wood known as “muntins”. The space between the exterior of the sash and the glass was then filled with putty. These days technology and energy efficiency dictate that most windows use a single large piece of glass with the muntins applied to either side. These simulated divided lights, or SDL’s, greatly reduce the air leakage that was common with ADL windows.  Click here to learn more and to see SDL options from Marvin.

Glass –

Low E2 or Low E3 glass with argon is generally recommended for our area (to learn more about Low E glass, see this video).  There are occasions when a unique situation requires the use of specialty glass.  Bathrooms are one example where our customers often select obscured or privacy glass. Another example is a high noise environment where sound minimizing glass is sometimes used.

Hardware –

Marvin designs durable and elegant hardware –  in a variety of finishes — that works seamlessly with their windows and doors.

Home Automation

Marvin’s new lock status sensor is the latest technology to interface with your home security system.  The system is factory installed and fully concealed, which means no unsightly wires or sensors. 


Marvin offers a variety of screen solutions to meet your project needs. Feel free to contact us to learn more.


Shades from Marvin Windows & Doors
Marvin integrated door shades

Marvin’s, fully integrated interior shades are available in a wide variety of colors for your windows or doors.