UNITED HOME EXPERTS | AUGUST 8, 2014
Homeowners know that choosing a good new or replacement window for their house has many advantages. A great window adds beauty to a home’s outside appearance, prevents water from entering a home through windows and casements, provides insulation against harsh weather conditions, and often increases a home’s resale value. With so many window choices flooding the market, it can be difficult to make the right choice. To help make the right decision, buyers should consider factors such as availability, warranty, and price. One of the best companies in the New England area for the installation of either brand of window is United Home Experts.
An internal comparison survey was conducted by the United Home Experts team. We provide siding, roofing, window, and door replacement services throughout eastern New England. Unbiased opinions were retrieved based on our individual experiences using the products. The ratings provided are opinion based and not the result of lab testing or product specification examination. This article is intended merely to provide information to New England homeowners.
Both companies are well-known windowmanufacturers. By chance, they are both headquartered and distribute their windows from Minnesota. If a buyer were hoping location would solve the availability issue, the location is not much help. However, reviews from homeowners and distributors alike state that Marvin has a broader market, and that it is usually easier for customers and installers to acquire products and parts for Marvin windows.
Both companies offer a warranty on products and workmanship. Marvin offers a 10-year limited warranty on parts, guaranteeing them from defects, and a 20-year warranty on glass. In addition, they offer a limited warranty for salt-water environments and associated damages. On the other hand, Andersen’s warranty is a little different. They guarantee installment and workmanship issues for two years, parts other than glass for 10, and the glass itself for 20 years. Andersen’s warranties do not extend to additional weather conditions. Both companies offer a full warranty disclosure on their websites. Testimonials state time and again that both companies honor their warranties, but that the process is easier and quicker with Marvin as their paperwork is seamless and turnaround time on a warranty application is quicker than with most companies.
Pricing windows often proves difficult. Many factors go into consideration, including the number of windows, chosen style and type of window casing. However, both companies’ dealers are able to give an estimate of the price. Also to be considered is whether windows are self-installed, or if a contractor is needed for installation. This often drastically alters the final price. Marvin tends to be a little more costly than Andersen, but it is one of those “you get what you pay for” scenarios. The final decision is up to the homeowner, but they should weigh all considerations, including cost.
Ease of Application
Both companies claim that their windows are easy to install, but only for a homeowner who has experience. Of course, neither company warranties workman defects if a homeowner chooses to self-install. With both, homeowners are strongly encouraged to seek a local distributor or contractor to discuss installation of windows. For many, application of windows is not an easy task and often requires more than one workman. It is often best to go the extra mile financially and budget for installation. This guarantees that any mistakes or defects are covered from the start of the contract. In addition, using a contractor guarantees that perfect look every time, whichever company is chosen.
Both companies are highly recommended and receive rave reviews from buyers and contractors alike. If a homeowner is looking for a broader availability and easier warranty process, Marvin windows win out. If price is the only issue, Andersen’s windows are the winner. Only a knowledgeable homeowner can make the best decision for their house.
For a professional opinion and the best contractors in the market, contact United Home Experts. They will be able to answer any questions a homeowner might have about all makers of windows.For more information about window replacement, click here for our main window page!
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