Harvey Wood Windows vs. Marvin - what to compare?

pam29011December 5, 2011

I went to a local Harvey Windows & Doors showroom & I liked the Majesty windows. They are wood with aluminum cladding on the exterior. They're only available in pine (for DH, casements can come in oak but not DH).

We're going to be adding 3 new windows to the second floor when we add a dormer. And we'll be replacing 5 more windows (with new construction units b/c 3 of the 5 have to move & the other 2 I want to move).

We're looking at SDL with grilles inside & outside, painting the inside wood. 6 over 1, with screen on the bottom half only (b/c I don't want to cover the top grilles with a screen, I want to see them clearly).

The salesman was keen on the virtues of their vinyl window but the welded mitered seam just didn't look good to me. These are tilt-n-wash windows as well. He says the glass has a lifetime warranty against breakage & the rest of the window has a 20 year warranty (only covers parts, not labor).

Any experience? Or, is there something I can ask that will start to identify weaknesses in this window? I gather that Marvin is a GREAT wood window, I'm trying to see how these compare.

Thanks in advance!

-Pam

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millworkman

From what I know of Harvey, there windows are mediocre with average air and water infiltration vales and performance. I truly believe that there is absolutely no comparison between a Marvin unit and any line from Harvey.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 7:50AM
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windowsonwashington

Millworkman probably knows the wood window offerings as good, if not better, than anyone.

Marvin is well regarded, usually for good reason, as one of the top wood windows made today.

Harvey, as a company, is what I would consider better than average and better than mediocre to quote millworkman.

With that said, I cannot comment personally on their wood window.

Good window window evaluation criteria (just some) would be:

-cladding type? If aluminum, roll formed or extruded? What gauge?
-what type of base wood is used?
-any finger joints in the sill or structural wood?
-warranty?

    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 9:05AM
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EngineerChic

Thank you, Millworkman and WindowsonWashington. For some reason I can't get GW to send me a link to reset my password on my old user name, so I created a new account. It's me, though, and I appreciate the advice. I think we're going to have the Marvins priced as well as the Harvey Windows. This is Harvey's top-of-the-line window so the actual price difference could be negligible. I'd rather go with Marvin if the cost is similar.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2011 at 7:33AM
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dennisgli

I looked at Harvey after having sticker shock on the price of the Marvins. They were much less but the construction looked a lot cheaper. I ended up going with Andersen which was somewhere in the middle in price.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2011 at 9:04AM
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