Marvin Windows free installation

vateFebruary 16, 2012

I'm just getting started with an "outside remodel" to include new roof and windows, and maybe siding, some rock facing work, and other exterior improvements.

Really like the Marvin windows in person, and they seem to get very good reviews across the message board universe, with some comments on their high price. We're interested in their replacement line, Infinity.

The local dealer here in the Atlanta area, AVI (avimartin.com) is having a "free installation" promotion through the end of February (estimate by end of Feb, order by mid-March). Of course nothing is free, but I figure maybe this is their slow time and they are trying to drum up business. The problem is, how in the heck can I tell if I'm actually getting a better deal or not? Since every window order is custom, is there any way to tell if they are just adding $400 bucks per window to cover the "free" installation?

FWIW, I do not have standard size double-hungs (which might be easier to compare). I've got an older soft contemporary with large, aluminum sliding windows. Example: kitchen window is 3' high by 4' wide; dining room is 4' high by 6' wide. I will hopefully be replacing these with "combo" windows (casement on each side; fixed picture window in the middle).

Thanks.

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millworkman

get a price from a second Infinity dealer

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 8:52AM
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vate

Millworkman said:

>>>get a price from a second Infinity dealerIn the metro Atlanta area, there is only one Marvin Infinity dealer (two locations, same company). My understanding is that the Infinity line cannot be installed by a non-Marvin contractor, and that Marvin protects territory for their dealers (meaning I can't go to the Augusta, GA Marvin dealer and get a quote.)

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 3:17PM
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GulfBreezeWindows

Really not much you can do.

Have them out, see if you like their price.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 4:58PM
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millworkman

its also tough to compare quality as far as I am concerned they have about the best unit

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 6:19PM
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dennisgli

Are you set on fiberglass? Even if you are I'd get a quote for a different product just so you know how much you are paying for the "free" installation.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2012 at 11:42AM
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Windows on Washington

Nothing is free...be certain of that.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 9:12AM
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vate

>>>Are you set on fiberglass? Even if you are I'd get a quote for a different product just so you know how much you are paying for the "free" installation.Not dead-set on fiberglass, but I like the thinner frame (than vinyl replacements) and the color options. I plan on getting other quotes for apples-to-oranges comparison.

They are coming out this week to discuss options and measure for the estimate.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 11:55AM
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willtv

We had Infinity windows installed about 2 1/2 years ago.
To be more precise, 6 double hung, 23 casements, and a set of French doors.
They are a great product.
Ours is an English cottage style house built in 1923 of structural stone.
Like yours, our windows are not "standard" size so the windows had to be custom sized.
We live on Long Island so I'm sure your cost will be different.
Including installation our windows cost $27,000.
While not inexpensive, we think there is no better product on the market.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 1:23PM
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Windows on Washington

The Infinity is a very nice window and has great looks to it.

Be sure that you compare thin vinyl to the Infinity if you are looking to mitigate glass loss. There are vinyl windows that are nearly the exact same size as the Infinity insert and will provide you with 95% of the same viewable glass.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 8:13PM
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vate

Thanks willtv for the detailed information. I'm guessing the pricing in Long Island tends to be higher than the rest of the country. Still, it seems like you got a lot for $27K, especially since a French door can easily run $4K+ installed.

I'm also looking at Marvin's Integrity line, which is fiberglass exterior and wood interior. We will need a wood look for the interior of our house (or at least, not white). While the Infinity fake wood ("Everwood") looks pretty good and is stainable, it's still a laminate over the fiberglass.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 10:58PM
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willtv

Vate,
Your right about the Everwood.
One of the windows we have lives at the top of a stairway.
It is 2 casements mulled together and has the everwood finish.
We haven't stained it yet but will be doing so this spring.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2012 at 9:26AM
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vate

The Marvin rep took the measurements today and we talked options. New this year is that the Integrity line now can be ordered in custom sizes, which means that it can be used for some replacement applications. This would be good for me because the Integrity line offers an option of a real wood stainable interior with a fiberglass exterior instead of the fiberglass or artificial woodgrain (Everwood) interior.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2012 at 9:44PM
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