When it comes to new windows and doors, what’s the difference between a home remodeling and a home renovation? Many use the terms interchangeably, but when choosing new windows and doors, the difference can be determined quite simply.

A Checklist To Help You Decide

Window and Door Remodel

  • I want different functionality, such as relocating a door
  • I want bigger changes, which might include demolition and construction

Window and Door Renovation
I want to restore my windows and doors to a good state (examples: eliminate cold drafts, fix the broken patio doors, get window replacements)

  • I want to make subtle changes that will freshen my home’s existing look
  • I want minimal disruption to my day-to-day routine while the project is in progress

Quick Tips To Remember
A renovation seeks to restore an existing look or structure, while a window and door remodel is a redo, thus creating something new and changing things up. With so many words that start with “re“, you definitely want a Marvin expert guiding you through your next window and door project. It’s the easiest way to choose door and window types, styles, and frames, and ultimately make selections that best reach your home remodeling goals.


How Do I Prepare For A Home Remodeling Project?

When it comes to your living space, are there things on your wish list, such as relocating a window to bring in more natural sunlight? Adding patio doors to create access and synergy between indoor-outdoor spaces? As you think about the possibilities for change, start gathering your research. This can include finding the best contractor, setting a budget, and visiting showrooms for window and door design ideas. This preparation is a great way to explore, ask questions, and ponder the possibilities.

How Do I Decide If It’s A Do It Yourself Home Remodel?

DIY (do it yourself) is a popular approach for many kinds of home projects, from painting your walls to power washing your deck. And depending on how handy you are, you can take on more complex projects, such as building a deck or tiling a floor.

At Marvin, we believe that choosing your windows and doors deserves a “do it with us” approach, especially for home remodeling. Our experienced team will guide you every step of the way for your home remodeling project, from identifying the most inspired design decisions to choosing the windows and doors that best suit your needs. With so many designs and performance features to choose from, working with your local Marvin window and door expert can ensure that you get the most out of your project.

How Do I Find A Contractor To Remodel The Windows and Doors In My Home?

Whether it’s a contractor, architect, builder, or all of the above, make sure your home remodeling team is trusted and experienced. The Better Business Bureau can be a helpful resource for finding trustworthy businesses in your area. In addition to finding experts who meet industry standards, you also want to work with people who understand your vision and can help bring it to life. The Marvin team has been delivering windows and doors to Canadian homeowners for decades. We know local codes and regional weather patterns, so you can be sure that we’ve got you covered.

What Else Do I Need To Consider About Windows and Doors For My Home Remodel?

For every new window and door that adds happy, healthy living to your home’s interior, there’s literally the flip side — the exterior portion of your windows and doors. These elements, along with things like roofing, siding, and shutters, serve as parts of your home’s shell. To protect what’s inside, and make your home as efficient as possible, you need the right shell for your area. Marvin can guide you on which products provide the best performance to suit your locale, all while creating beautiful curb appeal.



Identify Your Vision

Gather inspiration from the Marvin gallery of downloads. You’ll find all kinds of images and ideas to spark your own. Explore one of our most popular downloads, the Marvin Portfolio of Doors Brochure, and see how thinking differently about doors can inspire a new look and function for a specific room in your home.

Think About How Old Will Meet New

Do you want your windows and doors to complement your existing beautiful hardwood floors? Have you always wished for a large corner window to maximize your home’s position for natural sunlight and outdoor views? These are key elements to discuss with the experts at Marvin. We’ll help you figure it out.

Allocate a Budget

A great reality check on costs starts with understanding the present market. Marvin can help you identify that as well.

Know Who You’re Hiring

Make sure your home remodeling team is trusted and experienced. In addition to finding experts who meet industry standards, you also want to work with people who understand your vision and can help bring it to life.


Consider Smart Technology

Home automation is no longer a trend — for many homeowners, it’s a practical feature that can offer greater peace of mind in everyday life. A home remodeling project can be the perfect time to integrate the latest smart home technology.

Marvin Lock Status Sensor

Our home automation sensors work with popular security systems to help protect your home. This affordable, optional upgrade is installed in the factory and fully concealed—meaning no unsightly sensors attached on the exterior, and no additional modification of your product once installed. The sensor can be wired or wirelessly connected, sending a signal to your integrated smart home security system to indicate if windows and doors are closed and locked or unlocked.

  • Each window and door ordered with the Lock Status Sensor arrives with the sensor already installed, eliminating need for after-market modification that can void warranties
  • Concealed design doesn’t interfere with the beauty of your windows and doors
  • Integrates seamlessly into your new or existing security system via wired or wireless connection
  • Open system doesn’t dictate which systems the sensor is compatible with; and allows for flexibility in changing your security system in the future
  • Compatible and ready to connect with leading third-party home automation HUB and service providers like Honeywell and DSC

See How It Works



Three collections, one simplified approach.

While you continue to prepare for your home renovation, know that we’ve done a little remodeling ourselves. Marvin Canada organized its products in three collections to make it easy to find window and door selections inspired by how you live.


With the joy and promise that a home remodeling project can bring, you may also feel the stress. Home remodeling can be a daunting task, which is why you want the right people in place to support and guide you.

Meet the Marvin Family

Christine Marvin, great-granddaughter of Marvin’s founder, talks about the pride and heritage that goes into every home remodeling project we are fortunate enough to be a part of. Take a factory tour with Christine.