Marvin Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung Lock Removal & Replacement

Marvin’s Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung window allows homeowners to express their own personal style with many options for customization – including painting and staining! 

Removing and replacing lock hardware as part of the painting and staining process is easy. We encourage you to watch this video that shows how to do it, step by step, so your window can look beautiful and function properly.


Routine Care & Maintenance – Removing Labels From Glass

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Tips for Enjoying Marvin and Integrity Products

Removing Labels From Glass:

Labels should release from the glass cleanly and easily.

Labels should release from the glass cleanly and easily.

New Marvin windows and doors will bear a Marvin label. Labels and adhesive residue should be removed from glass as soon as possible after installation.

If a label does not release from the glass easily, use the methods described below to remove it.
  1. Soak the label thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). Rub the alcohol into the label with a gentle motion until the adhesive and label are removed.– OR –
  2. Soak the label thoroughly with acetone (nail polish remover) and peel the label off after a few minute


If a label does not release from the glass easily, following these instructions can help you avoid a sticky situation

If a label does not release from the glass easily, following these instructions can help you avoid a sticky situation like the one above.

  • Do not remove labels when exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Cleaning agents must not come in contact with weatherstrip or finishes, as damage may result.
  • Use of razor blades or knives is not recommended on any coated glass such as Low E II. However, if paint or other construction residue cannot be removed from any non-coated glass surface with normal cleaning, a new 1″ razor blade may need to be used on small areas only! Scraping should be done in one direction only. Never scrape in a back and forth motion, this will only trap debris under the blade and permanently scratch the glass. 

WARNING: Do not use scrapers for cleaning glass. Glass scratched by a scraper is not covered under the Marvin Window and Door warranty.



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Routine Care & Maintenance – Caring for Exterior, Painted Wood

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Caring For Exterior, Painted Wood:

Clean, beautiful, wooden exterior

Clean, beautiful, wooden exterior

Superficial surface dirt can be removed by washing painted wood exteriors with water and a soft-bristled, long-handled brush (such as those used for washing cars). Heavier accumulations can be removed with a mild solution of household detergent. Other cleaning solutions consisting of alcohol/water mixtures are also effective.

As with any cleaning operation on a vertical painted surface, streaking will be minimized if the surface is washed from the top to the bottom. Always rinse the surface well with clean water to remove excess detergent solutions or cleaners. Prolonged detergent contact with paint can cause damage to the finish.

Grease or oily materials may require the use of stronger cleaning compounds. Solvents or abrasive-type cleaners should be avoided. Do not allow strong detergents, ammonia, chemicals, or other harsh cleaning substances to come in contact with finished exterior surfaces as they can cause damage.

Small damaged areas in the painted finish, such as nicks and scratches, may be touched up with a matching, high-quality latex primer and paint. Contact your local paint supply store for product recommendations or instructions.

Inspect the exterior caulking around the outer edges of the window frame. Trim off any old, loose caulking and seal any gaps with a good quality caulk.

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Put the STYLE Back in Your Windows!

No one goes to an art exhibit for the red velvet curtain, but rather for the artwork waiting to be revealed behind it.

So let’s just drop the drapes…

Picture yourself with a flute of champagne pinched between your fingers eagerly anticipating the drop, only to be distracted by the artist’s poor choice of frame when the big moment arrives. The goal in framing is to complement the art, just as windows are meant to complement the view; this is why the right styling choices are critical.

So how does this apply to “styling” your windows? We know artwork is chosen based on what we find to be beautiful, but we select the frame to either make it pop or seamlessly blend in, all the while reflecting one’s personal signature style.

With this in mind, here are a few creative tips to set you on the path for choosing your window style.

Using color to your advantage:
Dark painted sashes are all the rage and for good reason. They can be implemented in a multitude of ways. Picture a black window sash and frame, set in a brick wall with a view of Manhattan; just seamless! Move those same dark window sashes to a stark white contemporary space that over looks a Japanese garden and you have a POP! And why not use them in a Proper Bostonian Brownstone? That would be wicked!

Details, details and details:
You can easily add character to a space by using customized moldings. Trimwork can be an accessory working to transform your windows by giving them a decorated look without inhibiting the view. If you’re feeling a little intimidated by just going bare, integrated shades can be incorporated when the need for privacy strikes. Moldings also set the tone for the architectural integrity of the home. Craftsman moldings are simple and solid; in contrast, the more ornate moldings pay tribute to a romantic period. An absence of moldings altogether can give a nod to the contemporary design. This holds true in addressing exterior casing, or lack thereof, as well.

Bump it out:
Are you building a high energy efficient home with thicker walls with deep set windows? Use extension jambs to your advantage. When done in a natural finish and no added trim (flush with the sheetrock), this approach can add traditional warmth to a space while remaining stripped down, modern and sleek. Plus it’s a great place to throw a book down when cozying up in your favorite chair.

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Window and door hardware seems to be an afterthought, but trust me they are more important than people can imagine. Hardware honestly can make or break the visual coherence of a room. I have seen beautiful stained wood windows and doors cheapened in appearance because the lack of attention put into the hardware. There are so many details put into designing a home – don’t let all that work go to waste by not carrying that detail down to the end.

In some instances, the view is just not that noteworthy but the ambient light is necessary. Changing the view isn’t a realistic possibility, so we improvise. Plantation shutters are a great way to turn a negative into a positive, welcoming class and sophistication to a space along with being incredibly functional – think bathrooms. Another way to camouflage and retain light is adopting the trend of layering windows with shelves and even mirrors; it’s quite the trend buzzing on Houzz, Pinterest and Apartment Therapy.

In the end, framing your view is key, so know your options before going into your next project. Remember, a bad frame can hinder even the most spectacular view. So don’t get stuck with it, style it!

naomiYour A.W. Hastings Representative
Naomi Mancha is a Products and Services Consultant at A.W. Hastings. She comes from a diverse background in the field of interior design and sales. Her focus is on the development of relationships with architects, contractors and institutions as well as keeping home building and renovating projects advancing to a spectacular conclusion.


Creating Connections Through Windows

Written By Guest Blogger David Andreozzi, AIA

A young child looks up at a stained glass window, staring in wonder at thousands of different refracted colors from every part of the magnificent rainbow. Many holy figures stand tall in the portrait composed in the window above. It rises to the height of a seven story building, seemingly into the heavens. But more amazing is that the colors are alive and changing with every different ray of light that passes though every moving cloud and every moving tree. The dancing light allows the figures to glow, to change, to actually come alive in front of this child’s face. And then, looking down, the child sees that same myriad of beautiful colors bathing his skin in a new and abstracted tapestry from the colors above.

Staring at the colors on goose bumps, the child senses the heat from the rays of light that are refracting though the beautiful glass and radiating on his skin. It is the sun, the single thing that provides life to our universe, that is connected directly to the child’s soul, but all that is felt is radiating warmth. The particular type of religious figures in the window do not matter. The architectural style does not matter. All that matters is man’s connection to God through windows and light – using light to enhance one’s spatial experience. 

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Design by David Andreozzi / Photo Credit Aaron Usher

Similarly, we use windows to connect spatial experiences in home design today. I consider each room as its own space with its own soul. Each room should have a unique spatial experience designed based on the very family that is going to use the space. Traditionally these individual rooms were inward facing and designed along an inner hallway. At that time, residential windows were small openings in the wall intended to provide natural light and ventilation. These openings were limited in size because artisans were limited in how big they could make a piece of glass. Further restricting was the single pane glass, which made it difficult to create large window openings without allowing precious heat to escape in the winter.

Today, many things have changed. First, the technology of insulated glass has improved over the last century – resulting in multi-pane insulated glazing. Secondly, inert gases and engineered coatings are now used within the sheets of glass. Both of these technologies have increased the performance qualities of contemporary glazing wall and allow for more windows in architecture without big efficiency sacrifices! Now we can connect the interior rooms in a home to the outside rooms in the yard. For instance, a back stone patio with a stone wall and low surrounding landscaping can be considered an outside room, and this improved window opening technology can allow that room to connect visually and spatially to the kitchen, breakfast, and family rooms.

Design by David Andreozzi / Photo Credit Aaron Usher

Additionally, beyond connecting to outside space, there as a connection to nature: a harbor filled with boats, a myriad of sand dunes and whispering grasses, a landscape of mountains, or vista of rolling fields. Or, it could be as simple as a picturesque stand of white birches outside your window. This is where great architecture stands apart. The interior decorating, interior architecture, building architecture, and landscape architecture are all designed as one related series of events and spatial experiences.

In this way, a traditional window has become more than a device to let light in and allow for ventilation. It is an essential architectural building tool that connects a building’s spaces to the universe outside. The experience really comes full circle to that boy staring up in awe at that stained glassed window above. The difference is that technology allows modern architects to improve all the spaces in a home, in ways never before considered imaginable.

David Andreozzi, AIA founded Andreozzi Architects in 1988, which specializes in historically based residential architecture, expressive of its sense of place, attentive to its detail and proportion, and timeless in its beauty. David Andreozzi currently is the Vice President of the New England Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Board of Directors. David was the recent past AIA’s National Chair of CRAN, the AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network. At CRAN, David spearheaded a project CRANtv, a series of short three minute YouTube videos intended to educate the public on the importance of investing in good design, and good architecture.

Photo credit: Visko Hatfield

David Andreozzi / Photo credit: Visko Hatfield

Andreozzi Architects



A Movable Wall That Makes Way for Dreams

Several years ago, we had an opportunity to buy into a dream we had: to own an old farmhouse that needed a little work, fix it up and create our own little paradise complete with lovely gardens and our own flock of chickens (reference the photo below). So, full disclosure, it wasn’t that straightforward – it never is, right? The house we landed on needed a lot of work (even as I type today, some projects have been done and some haven’t because…life!). As we walked through the house those years ago, I had no problem with its condition because it was ridiculously charming and came with a deep history. The fact that I was head over heels in love with the land it sat on probably did a little to keep my negative criticism at bay during that time too. This was the first working farm on our street and there were hints from its past on the property: a cement foundation where a chicken coop once stood, an incredible barn that clearly housed its share of livestock, a little meadow where horses once plowed the land for planting. By the time the possibility of living at “The Farm” became a discussion in our house, no one could talk me out of it.

image1Fast forward to today: It’s been a work in progress finishing interior spaces as we want (or need) to, but as we continue to check things off our master list, quite often more slowly than I would hope, I find myself daydreaming about the same thing: My Future Kitchen Garden. This “icing on the cake” project will symbolize the end of our long list of interior work and mark the transition to making the outside of our little slice of the world our own. In my mind, I know exactly where this garden will go and my daydreams are unaffected by the fact that the space is currently a pile of stones, branches and weeds encased, in areas, in a solid layer of poison ivy. This vision of a dream garden is my motivation to keep plugging away on the house – it gives me something to plan around and it motivates me to explore ideas for how we should integrate this outdoor space into life inside our home. Because, given the time I’ve had to think about this garden, when I do it, I am going to do it right.

Inside the house, abutting the “garden”, is a space that was transformed at the hands of various previous owners. It was kind of like a Frankenstein kitchen/living room/dining room/laundry/museum. Think cobalt blue laminate counter tops with cabinet fronts to match, a dishwasher, washer and dryer all in a row, the tops of which served as counter space for kitchen prep. This arrangement sat below a set of brand-name-not-to-be-mentioned casement windows that were very well on their way to the window retirement community, or a landfill somewhere. Within this very funky interior space, we created a “modern living area” including a real kitchen, laundry room, powder room and living room. The living room space used to be the actual farm kitchen when the family in residence still cooked over fire in a fireplace or beehive oven. It also happened to be where the aforementioned row of rotten casements lived, too. Now, I don’t know about you, but, as a member of the window and door industry, when I see a bank of rotten windows I don’t feel disappointed, I think “Ah, possibilities!” When the time came to transform this space, I knew immediately that this entire wall – from the kitchen to the laundry, powder and living room – would be a living frame for My Future Kitchen Garden. That fact led to careful consideration about how to maximize glass space and minimize plain, old wall. I spent a lot of time checking out other people’s ideas for inside-outside transitions (Check out this “Kitchen Gardens” Ideabook I created on the site – there are plenty that aren’t my style, but I couldn’t resist some of the creative ways people used doors to extend their interiors and bring their special outdoor spaces inside the home).

Today the Marvin Ultimate Inswing French Doors we chose serve as a frame for a (very special) patch of weeds, rocks and dirt, but they’re the first thing I see when I come through the door every day after work: and in reality, it’s the fact that I don’t see them that pleases me the most. These beautiful doors have allowed me to visually move through the living room wall in order to access my daydream. That’s the most pleasing promise that any design or construction element could offer: the ability to get out of the way to let my hopes and dreams be the star of the home.

Imagine the possibilities that some of Marvin’s more impressive doors, like the forthcoming Multislide, or the available four panel sliding door from Integrity will offer customers like me who want access to their dreams from inside their homes.

MHDMiana Hoyt Dawson
Marketing Brand Manager
A.W. Hastings

Marvin’s Ultimate Double Hung Next Generation – Where Technology Meets Tradition

I’ve had the opportunity to see the Marvin brand grow now for 23 years. Each time Marvin develops a new generation of product to replace an existing product, they challenge the industry and set a new level for size, performance, aesthetics, innovation and operational excellence. By doing so, Marvin essentially makes every other product that claims to be in their class obsolete.

When they came out with the original Ultimate Double Hung, Marvin did it again.

The Ultimate Double Hung was the first double hung window to:

  • Be performance rated
  • Eliminate visible vinyl jamb liners
  • Truly be easy tilt for cleaning

I knew our competition was obsolete because for the last 16 years I’ve watched as they have tried to either copy or upgrade their products so that they could continue their field marketing of being “just like Marvin” – but they are not.


Marvin’s Ultimate Double Hung Round Top – Next Generation

So now Marvin is introducing the Ultimate Double Hung – Next Generation. Again we are going to challenge the industry. Marvin conducted numerous “Voice of the Customer” in person meetings while in the development of this product. They listened as customers told them what they would like to see in a new product. The result is truly beautiful and revolutionary.

The idea was to come up with a very traditionally styled unit; one that would remind you of the double hung units of your childhood. Styled with all wood interiors, no visible jamb hardware, and a simple sash lock. The unit is very clean and crisp – the only thing it seems to be missing is a pulley and cord system to balance the sash.

All that is very nice, but what makes it revolutionary? Let’s start with the operation of this unit. When you push the sash lock till it comes to a hard stop. You are actually retracting a multi-point locking system in both the top and bottom sash. You have an opportunity to either open the top sash first or the bottom sash. If you operate the bottom sash, “Listen for the Click.”  What has happened is that your top sash has relocked itself. You can operate the bottom sash as you normally would. Now close the bottom sash, watch the sash lock, and “Listen for the Click.” The unit locks automatically, and when locked the units are in “Performance Mode.”

There is an amazing peace of mind knowing that when your windows are closed they are locked, automatically. I believe that as you look into the future of window development that self locking units will become the norm, and units in semi-luxury to luxury markets which do not self lock will become functionally obsolete.

Marvin has included some other nice options to tailor the operation to the customers’ needs:

  • Single Hung, for clients who are only looking to vent with their bottom sash, simplifying the exterior aeshetics
  • Integrated operator control devices for those with child safety concerns or where required by code
  • Non-Tilt Lock for those who want to limit the ability to tilt their windows for cleaning to professionals.

Additionally, Marvin has made this window scalable, available in sizes up to 60 x 120”. The hidden balance system automatically scales from simple block and tackle balances to class 5 spiral balances which take up 70% of the sash weight.

And of course all of this comes with what has always been part of the brand promise from Marvin. handcrafted

All Marvin products are handcrafted in America, built to your specific needs, with the options that you want, one at a time.

The next time you visit a Marvin showroom, ask to see the Ultimate Double Hung – Next Generation. By bringing technology and tradition together in a way that’s never been done before, it will change the way you think about the Double Hung window.

Mike Klahr bw2013 LARGE-2Michael Klahr
A.W. Hastings Territory Manager
Connecticut and Eastern New York

Let the Sunshine In!

sunCoaxing the perfect amount of light into your home certainly sets the stage for how you will be able to utilize the space.

Your lifestyle should dictate the invitation.  If you’re lucky enough to have input from the beginning stages of space planning, the manner in which natural light illuminates the rooms should be a driving force in your decision making. Lighting is no simple matter and how you choose to frame the natural light invited into the various areas of your home will dictate how the rooms will in essence be used.

Large open windows on a southern exposed wall in the kitchen isn’t a very well thought out placement. They say, “If it’s too hot, get out of the kitchen” but that advice falls flat for the culinary enthusiast! Save the large southern exposed windows for the areas of your home that you want to have an endless supply of bright light and passive solar heating. The living room or even the home office, where we tend to spend a good portion of the day reading, entertaining and working, is an area where we crave bright lighting.

Unfortunately we aren’t always able to dictate the placement of the rooms in our homes, and if we should find ourselves with a southern placed kitchen, windows are the perfect way to control the light and heat filtered into the space. Throughout the day the kitchen temperatures will rise above the set temperature as we use our appliances, above what we may find comfortable. This is where Marvin Windows can help to soften the burden of the hot southern sun with the appropriate size windows to control the level of exposure. Marvin also gives control back to the homeowner with our light filtering shades. Truly no situation will find itself without the perfect remedy.

Unlike the southern walls of our home, the eastern skyline ideally calls for large sized window placement to ensure the best possible start to the day, every day. There is nothing quite like greeting the morning sun, sipping a fresh cup of coffee in your cozy kitchen nook while you plan out the day. Equally as inviting for the early riser is to have the morning sun ascend through their bedroom’s eastern exposed windows or to set appropriately on the western side, catching the last rays and warmth of the sun. Large well placed windows are not simply a beautiful display with a sense of style, but the manner in which we merge the interior and exterior in a perfect balance.

sun2As the sun travels across the sky it affords us the perfect opportunity to use our knowledge of the various degrees of illumination and passive heating it presents throughout the day. We can use that information to choose the appropriate size, shape, placement and inserts of the windows to set the stage to enhance the lifestyle of the occupants within. Let’s take a look at a few examples:

Eastern exposure: Best for capturing morning sun in a breakfast nook, or a wake up call for the early riser. Big windows welcome in the first and less intense light of the morning sun.

Southern exposure: The brightest of rays should be saved for the space that gets the most living – the “living room.” Good news for those whose driveways face the south… less snow shoveling! Window size is dictated by the room that opens into the world. This light can be controlled by sizing, placement and window inserts to filter out harsh lighting if necessary.

Western Exposure: Excellent for the bedroom, dining room or family room as it catches the setting sunshine and brings the last bits of warmth indoors before the sun finally extinguishes for the night.

Northern Exposure: This side of the home gets the least sun exposure, perfect for spaces that don’t need natural sunlight in the home. Consider a theater or family room with a big screen tv, the movie buffs dream spot, or maybe a nice place for garage placement or the even late morning sleeper.

Remember, this is your home. Ask yourself: how will I live in it? What is my lifestyle? What tasks and activities play throughout the day within these walls? Our Marvin lifestyle experts will help choose the right windows to the let the sunshine in, perfectly!


naomiYour A.W. Hastings Representative
Naomi Mancha is a Products and Services Consultant at A.W. Hastings. She comes from a diverse background in the field of interior design and sales. Her focus is on the development of relationships with architects, contractors and institutions as well as keeping home building and renovating projects advancing to a spectacular conclusion.


Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond – Anatomy of a Double Hung: Part 2

Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond is a new educational video series produced by A.W. Hastings, and designed to help homeowners understand fundamental terminology and concepts about windows.

In the third segment,”Anatomy of a Double Hung: Part 2,” homeowners can learn about the parts and structure on the “inside” of a double hung, along with sill details and styles.

Watch for more videos coming soon!

Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond – Anatomy of a Double Hung: Part 1

Windows 101: The Basics and Beyond is a new educational video series produced by A.W. Hastings and designed to help homeowners understand fundamental terminology and concepts about windows.

In the second segment,”Anatomy of a Double Hung: Part 1,” homeowners can learn about parts and structure on the “outside” of a double hung window, along with popular casing styles and options.

In our next installment, “Anatomy of a Double Hung – Part 2″, we’ll learn about parts on the “inside” of a double hung, as well as sill details and styles. By sharing this series, you can help homeowners become more knowledgable before making their next window purchase!