Marvin windows are built in northern Minnesota, and as a result of harsh winter conditions, it is no secret that great windows are built in Minnesota. Marvin Ultimate is one of the highest grade windows available on the market. Virtually unmatched in customizability, build construction, performance, longevity and finished look. If you are looking for the absolute best window available on the market, look no further.
For an upscale look you always want an all wood interior window that is constructed properly to prevent moisture intrusion and keep your seals intact. The Ultimate accomplishes this very well. The extruded aluminum exterior is extremely durable, will not expand or contract, and will not ding or dent like softer rolled aluminum.
Constructed using solid wood throughout the frame and sash, this window is built like a tank, they are heavy duty and the consistency of the wood is always superb whether you are staining or painting the interior.
These windows are one of the most customizable windows on the market as they can be ordered in odd shapes and extremely large sizes. Options include 19 standard exterior colors or “any color you want” custom match, 7 factory interior pre finish stain colors, and 3 interior pre finish paint colors (or Summit can custom finish the interior of the windows). Pine wood is standard on all windows, however, they do offer the option to upgrade to Black Walnut, Cherry, Douglas Fir, Honduran Mahogany, or White Oak. Most times a different wood species is not needed, and 99% of the windows are typically built using solid pine.
Grids can be built between the glass (GBG) or built onto the window as divided lites or simulated divided lites, but these options do add considerable expense. One drawback is that wood removable grilles are no longer offered by Marvin.
A few other options that are offered are integrated home automation control for security, decorative glass, and window open control devices for child safety. Multi point locks and fold in cranks are standard.
In terms of energy efficiency, any window with a U-Factor lower than .39 is considered a highly energy efficient window. This rating will vary per window based on size, specs, and window style. The Ultimate falls well into that category with its range of .28-.30 on casement (crank out) windows.
Overall, this is a very upscale looking window inside and out with a high energy rating that will perform extremely well and last a lifetime. Marvin has a service and warranty department that is really great with customer service which adds value as well. This is not a cheap window, but you do get what you pay for.
Exterior Cladding: Extruded Aluminum
Interior: All wood. pine is standard, exotic species offered at higher cost
Construction: Solid wood
Glass: LoE2 standard argon filled
Warranty: 20 years glass and seals, 10 years to the sash and frame
Average U-Factor: .28 – .30 U factor (very good)
Acoustic Transmission – STC Rating: 29
Cost: $$$$$ (5)
Summit’s Review Rating:
Quality & Durability: 10/10
Thermal Rating: 9.5/10
Value: 8 (great window but expensive)
Overall Rating: 47.5/50