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Marvin Essential questionable quality

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Please see attached picture of the corner of Marvin Essential picture window, doesn't look right to me: quite large gap in the corner. Could it be related to installation or it is manufacturing defect? How bad it is for lifespan of the window?
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#2 Post by TheWindowNerd »

Like you I do not like the look of that.
Marvin prides themselves on working to 1/64". Is it just that one miter?
It should not effect warranty.
I doubt it was install. It does not look racked or damaged.
You need to speak with your installing dealer. The dealer could caulk the joint, Marvin service could seal the joint, or you could ask for a replacement product. At this point the simplist thing to do is to seal the joint.

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#3 Post by Randy »

Not enough of the window in the photo to tell whether it's racked or not. The Essentials line more prone to that problem than the Elevate series. The installer could have caused the separation, or it could be a production issue. In either case, as the Nerd said, it should be sealed (caulked) and will not affect the manufacturer's warranty.

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#4 Post by TheWindowNerd »

Hey Randy,
How ya doing brother?
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All is good here Wayne. Hope you and your family are well!

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#6 Post by Windows on Washington »

Not what manufacturing tolerances would refer to as a "large" gap in this case. That would be normal even a wood product, but the difference is that it would be concealed by paint is all.

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#7 Post by HomeSealed »

Good advice above.
Its not a bad window, but it does illustrate why mechanically fastened joints are inferior to welded such as you'd find on vinyl and other composite materials.

Short of any air or water penetration I'd be surprised if they will do anything about it, but you can certainly try.

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#8 Post by bvd »

Please see attached picture of full window.
Some of the miters look reasonable, some not (on the same window).
What would you recommend for caulking?
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#9 Post by Windows on Washington »

In theory, you could. Most would make a bigger mess to cover that gap.

If you do decide to caulk it, tape off the window on either side of the mitre as well as the glass so you don't get caulking everywhere and will have an easy clean up.

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