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Read 67 Andersen windows reviews on their most popular models, including the 100, 200, 400, A Series and E Series window options.

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Editor's Andersen Window Review

Andersen is perhaps the most recognizable name in the window business. Their name appears everywhere and the company is always quick to stamp their name on all of their replacement window companies they own (we'll mention these soon enough). The company makes several very good windows, including the 400 Series. It is interesting to compare Andersen vs Pella windows as Pella makes all their windows (vinyl, fiberglass, and wood clad) under their own name, while Andersed purchased their way into markets such as replacement vinyl. Neither approach is better or worse, but consumers should be aware of the different approaches.

Andersen Vinyl Windows

Andersen windows doesn't make vinyl windows per se. Instead, they own American Craftsman and Silverline, both of which make vinyl replacement windows that are sold in the big box stores. Unfortunately, the quality of these companies is not all that great - the Silverline 9500 window is not bad and even makes our best cheap replacement window list. It is interesting that a company like Andersen doesn't buy a well regarded vinyl window company, but this would be a direct competition to their wood clad business. In general, Andersen isn't know for their vinyl replacement windows.

Andersen Composite Windows

Andersen makes the 100 series, a composite window that is quite nice looking, but perhaps a bit pricey for what you are getting. The 100 series is very nice looking and offers great colors and finishes that make it one of the better looking windows out there. The performance number are going to be okay, not as good as the best composite window, which is probably the Okna Starmark 900.

Andersen also owns Renewal By Andersen windows, which is a franchise that uses a similar fibrex material in the mainframe and sash. The Renewals tend to be VERY expensive.

Andersen Wood Windows

Andersen is best known for their wood clad windows. Their 200 Series is their builder grade and is not a bad wood window. We would always recommend consumers try to stretch into the 400 Series, even if it means saving money on hardware or other other add ons in order to keep the per replacement window cost to a minimum. It is their 400 Series window that really shines, particularly the Woodwright model (there is a review below on this model). The A Series or Architectural Series is a very pricey window that is pretty amazing looking, but it is simply out of the price range on most consumers. The E-Series is actually Eagle Windows, now owned by Andersen, and this is a nice wood window as well - if you like or need interesting exterior color options definitely take a look at the E-Series.

Andersen Windows Warranty

Andersen offers more or less industry standard warranties on their windows. Their vinyl windows from American Craftsman and Silverline are going to be limited lifetime warranties that probably will have lots of exclusions and limitations because these windows are lower end and therefore not necessarily built to last. Their wood windows, however, specifically their 200 and 400 series windows come with a 10 year warranty on the frame, sill and components. It also comes with a 20 year warranty on the glass. Andersen has a specific warranty for each product so make sure to take a look at the warranty that applies to your specific window or door series prior to your purchase.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Andersen 100 Windows Reviews

The Andersen 100 Series uses a fibrex composite frame, made from a mix of extruded PVC and wood. Designed to compete with high end vinyl windows, the 100 Model is a high quality composite that is available in tons of exterior and interior colors and finishes, making it one of the most versatile windows on the market in terms of its overall look. This is perhaps its biggest selling point for many consumers.

The Andersen 100 window was released in the Southwest region back in 2010 and was gradually introduced in other areas of the country after it proved popular during its test run. In terms of performance, the window is decent but not great. On a design note, the upper sash is a little bit narrower than the bottom. The window is generally considered a good, solid product; however, some contractors think it is somewhat overpriced for the "just okay" performance numbers. In particular, is the .20 air infiltration that is not a very good number at all. U-factor, SHGC, VT and CR all look pretty solid though.

Dane - Site Editor

Replacement Windows in Northern Michigan

I am long overdue to replace the aluminum sliding windows in my mid-70s duplex/rental. There are 10 windows total. I'm okay with the easy maintenance of vinyl sliders. What manufacturer's are best in the cold-climate that are low-mid range. I've priced Home Depot/Menards/Anderson100 and Atrium 8300. All seem to be in the same price range of $4000 for windows only. If you have other manufacturers you would suggest, please let me know soon. Thank you!

Audrey - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Audrey, so if you are $400 per window, then let's assume the installation on each window is $125, a pretty average price. So you are looking at $525 per window. If this were me, I would go out and get bids from quality window companies in your area. For $525 per window, you can probably get a much better window than something you will find at HD and Menards. (The Andersen 100 composite window is actually a pretty good window though.)

These are the brands I would suggest looking for -- essentially find local companies who sell the following: Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Okna, Polaris, Kensington, Zen, and Vytex. A local company to Michigan is Wallside and that's always get to get a bid from a local company.

Feel free to send me the bids and I can give you my take on the quotes you get.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Andersen Series 100 In Alabama

Hi, stumbled upon your site and love the advice. Building a new home in coastal Alabama. Windows need to have impact glass and will be subject to high heat and humidity, lots of rain and salt air. I will be using a few casement windows, 2 large 8’ tall sliders and the other windows are fixed pane. I like what I see and read about the Andersen Series 100. Your thoughts on them in this environment or recommendations for others to look at. Thanks for your help.

Scott - Homeowner - from 2020

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Hi Scott, so the Andersen 100 is a good window, not a world beater, but a solid composite window. It should hold up reasonably well in the heat and humidity.

I would also see if you can’t find a Sunrise dealer. I like their windows better than the Andersen 100 composite window.

Your options in Alabama may be limited though. The Andersen 100 might be a nice fit.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Andersen 100 For Do It Yourself

Hello, I want to replace windows in my sunroom. I would like good quality windows at a good price. I live in upstate NY. Usually when I look at brands, if they have three models I pick the middle one. In addition, I would like windows with as much glass as possible. So far I’m thinking to get quotes for Okna and Sunrise. I’m planning to install myself if you know of a company that has a do-it-yourself pricing. If it matters, the windows will be sliders and 48 wide by 48, and 48 x 60. Thank you so much. Love the site!

Val - Homeowner - from 2019

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Hi Val, so you may have a hard time with the do-it-yourself route if you want to buy windows like Okna and Sunrise. Unfortunately, these companies use a dealer/distributor system that rarely allows for consumers to buy direct. Always worth a shot though -- call up the main headquarters of each company and ask if they would be willing to sell direct to you.

I can't think of any companies offhand that sell direct to consumers, but if I think of any I'll let you know. Same goes for you -- if you find any, please let me know so I can help anyone who may have the same issue.

If that doesn't work, you are stuck with the big box stores. I've found Dixieline carries some good brands -- out west they sell Marvin, Milgard, and Simonton. I would suggest buying the best of what the big box stores sell and you have yourself a mid range vinyl window. The Andersen 100 model is sometimes sold in the big box stores and this is a pretty good series as well.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Andersen 100 vs. Milgard Tuscany

I am in Seattle and am replacing 3 south facing windows in a bay window configuration. I have bids on the Milgard Tuscany ($1600 material only) and Anderson 100’s ($1500 material only). I want a good replacement vinyl window at a fair price. Since I probably will want to replace more of the windows on an ongoing basis, I would like a company that will be around awhile.

I note on your site you favor the Milgard Tuscany, but have made some comments about wet rainy weather. The Anderson 100’s looked good until I read some reviews. Do you have any other suggestions for my climate? Pella also seems popular in this area, though I have not researched or priced them.

Thanks for any input.

Mary - Homeowner - from 2019

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mary, in general, Milgard makes good vinyl and aluminum windows for the west coast. My concern has always been the design uses a capture sill to funnel water through the frame and out the weep holes.

I think between the Milgard Tuscany and the Andersen 100, I'd have to lean towards the Andersen. Especially because the cost is lower, which is usually not the case.

Andersen makes a good product and if you get good installation, you should be just fine. To be honest, Milgard and Andersen are big enough companies that you are going to have poor reviews on either one simply because of the volume. The key is to find a really good installer who has a long standing relationship with Andersen and likes the product.

Recommendations in Seattle are tricky. A high end Simonton window is probably worth looking at, along with the Marvin Integrity, and perhaps an Amerimax Craftsman Portrait series.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Andersen 100 vs. Jen Weld Builders Vinyl

We are building a 7000 square foot home in Phoenix and need 40 windows. Our contractor wants either Andersen 100 or Jen Weld builders windows. These both seem like cheap windows. after doing research I’m concerned about the quality of these choices.

Is there some other options I could give him to price out so we aren't stuck with a budget window for our brand new house!!!!


Monica - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Monica, the Jeld Wen builder vinyl is a poorly built window but the Andersen 100 is a decent composite window that is quite nice looking. Performance wise, it isn't all that impressive though, but you really need a window that is going to keep out the heat.

I might take a look at Simonton Impressions, Milgard Tuscany, and a Anlin Del Mar. Price these out -- they are going to perform better than the Andersen, but might not be as nice looking as the suggestions I made.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Andersen 100 Line Or Silverline

I haven't seem to be able to find any Distributors of those brands in my area, Atlanta, Georgia. I recently had someone from Andersen Windows come out and she is giving me quotes for both the Andersen 100 line and the mid-level silver line brand which is a vinyl brand by Andersen. What is your take on vinyl versus wood given my needs, and what do you think of those Andersen brands?

Sam - Homeowner - from 2018

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Sam, the Andersen 100 composite window is a decent enough window. It uses the same basic frame as the Renewal By Andersen. I think I went with this window I would upgrade to a better glass package and see if I could do a reinforced sill or foam fills in the frame for some more structural support.

Pretty much everything from Silverline is junk. Their premium 9500 series with the same upgrades might be the only way I would recommend them.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Andersen 100 vs. Pella 450 Wood Window

A Pella dealer has recommended their 450 proline wood clad window that carries a lifetime warranty on both the wood and glass. Not sure I buy this. The Pella quote for two fixed frame half circle windows and two other fixed frame windows was came out to $16,295.

An Anderson has recommended their fibrex window it is a wood and Polly composite. The Anderson quote was for 17 windows and came out to $33,482.

Dorine - Homeowner - from 2018

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Dorine, the Pella 450 series is a decent wood window but the price they are charging you seems outrageous. That's over $4K a window, how is that even possible?

The Andersen quote looks good at a little under $500 per window. This is the clear and obvious winner to me.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Andersen 100 vs. ProVia Endure

Hello Tim, we are in the process of purchasing new windows for our home which was built in the 80’s. Currently we have Anderson wood Windows. A salesman from Renewal by Anderson came out to our home and quoted us a price of $27,000. We also looked at Anderson windows at Home Depot. We are able to purchase new construction windows since we are replacing the vinyl siding on our house.

We are still waiting on a quote from them. Today we visited a local hardware store that carries Provia windows. We have never heard of them before but he said they are very good windows.

This process can be so overwhelming! We are not looking for the very best or most expensive window but we do want a good quality window with a good warranty. We live in Canton Ohio (close to the headquarters of Provia). Can you please help us make a decision as to which windows you recommend. Please feel free to suggest others that I haven’t mentioned.

Thank you so much for your help. It is greatly appreciated.

Debbie - Homeowner - from 2018

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Debbie, yes the process is very confusing and it can be difficult to wade through all of the static. RBA tends to be very high in terms of their bids and I don't think their product warrants that high of a price. There is much better value out there.

I think the Andersen 100 composite window sold through HD is a decent buy and actually is not that far off what RBA sells.

However, I like ProVia windows more than the Andersen 100 and think they make good products at reasonable prices. I would say go with the ProVia Endure vinyl window (their premium series) or the Aspect vinyl window (the mid range series). I would suggest getting a good low-e glass package and consider an upgrade to foam insulation in the frame and a sash reinforcement if they offer these at a price that is still in your budget.

Once you get the windows, make sure you find someone local who specializes in windows installation and who has some experience with ProVia. Ask about a labor warranty and make sure that you will have some recourse from the hardware store if you do have issues down the road. Ask them how they have handled it in the past with ProVia and make sure you feel comfortable with the process they lay out.

If you buy a good vinyl window and get professional installation, you should be go to go for a good 20 years and beyond!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Andersen 100 vs Alside Ultimate 2000

Hi Tim, I am so glad I ran across your website ? it is very informative. I live in Northern Virginia and have replaced most of the windows in the house with Alside Ultimate 2000 (can?t seem to find this model in any reviews or on their website). I used a reputable contractor to do the installation and am pleased with his work and all is well at this point.

That being said, I now want to finish the rest of the windows in the house (about 8) and I want to do the installation myself. I have replaced many windows for friends and relatives over the last several years using Pella, American Craftsman, and in one case Harvey windows. I know installation is a very important part of the replacement window process and I am extremely particular about the getting the installation right. I don?t have a contractors license but know my work is of high quality.

So my dilemma is being able to buy a high to middle grade vinyl replacement window from a dealer and do the replacement myself. I like all the things you have said about Okna and others but it does not look as though they will sell directly to the homeowner. Any suggestions as to how I can purchase a good quality vinyl replacement window and install it myself?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

Tony - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Tony, you are correct that it is very difficult to find reputable window manufacturers that will sell directly to consumers. The best window I've found is probably the Andersen 100 composite frame. With a good glass package, that window is better than the Alside 2000 model in my opinion.

It is available locally for me at Home Depot, but HD is regional and carries different brands in different locations. I would go to the big box stores and ask the guys who work there what window they carry is the best and then what window would they put in their home from the HD selections. I would think the answer would be the same for both questions, but who knows.

You can also ask HD, Lowes, and Dixieline for example if there are any brands they carry that you can purchase directly. In all likelihood, they will say no, but they might say if you have a "contractor's license" then you can purchase and you can always find someone to put in the order for you.

Good luck and let me know what you find so I can be better informed myself in case someone else asks me this same question down the road!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 100 Series vs. Sunrise Vanguard

What do you think of the Sunrise Vanguard window? We saw them and they looked nice. We have to replace fourteen windows and have quotes from Sunrise Vanguard for $13,895, Anderson 200 for $25,000, Renewal By Anderson for $33,000, and Simonton for $16,000.

Mary - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mary, I love when I get these questions because they are so easy and you are going to love the answer. The Sunrise Vanguard is the best of the windows, better than Renewal, the Andersen 200 and anything that simonton makes. Plus they are the cheapest of the bids you have. Go with the Vanguard, save yourself some money and rest assured you are getting a great window!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Anderson 100 vs. Renewal by Anderson Glass

I was told by a salesman, that the Anderson 100 series and the Renewal by Anderson windows, have the same glass thickness. Is this true?

Jill - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jill, the standard Andersen 100 and standard RBA should come with a 1/2 inch double strength glass. So yes, I believe that's true, although you would want to double check that with the rep when you order the windows. Of course, you could custom order different glass on either if you were so inclined.

The two windows are fairly similar, although the RBA is the better of the two. However at nearly 3x the costs of the 100 series, I would personally have a hard time going with the RBA, even if I could afford it. Which I can't. :)

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 100 Series Cost vs Sunrise

We're building a new home and have 12 single casements, 5 three lite casements, and 7 two-lite casements. Basically lots of casement windows! Is the Sunrise worth the extra cost?

Sunrise Series: $20,710

Andersen 100 Series: $15,480

Alliance Windgate Series: $12,330

Matt - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Matt, Sunrise is a good window, but this is an expensive bid on the face of it.The Andersen quote is much more in line with what I was thinking. The Andersen 100 window isn't as good as the Sunrise, but you've got to either get the Sunrise bid down or consider going with the 100 Andersen. The Alliance bid isn't a window I would recommend.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 100 Series vs. Renewal By Andersen

Let me first thank you for the opportunity that you afford us nervous Nelly's in making better informed choices in the replacement window nightmare.

I am removing an exterior kitchen wall to put in a Bay Window, I was considering RBA until I found your website (thank God for that). I am now waiting for a rough estimate from 84 lumber for a custom sized Bay.

Should I go with the Anderson 100 series? I am planning to upgrade to the best R-value glass and best UV rated glass. Can I buy all the same material from Anderson, i.e ext trim, roofing etc (thru 84 Lumber) that RBA uses to finish out the final look?

RBA's completed showroom product fits exactly to what I envisioned, but I am sure, from reading your advice the cost is going to give me heart failure!

I thank you in advance for any advice you give me so I might get a better night's sleep. lol

Robert- Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Robert, I'm glad that you did find the site and re-thought the RBA, it's just so pricey and not worth the cost in my opinion.

I would get estimates from the contractor on all of the different window brands they offer. Typically with a bay window, the window companies all buy the bay box from one of several manufacturers and then they add their own custom sized windows into the pre-made/pre-sized box. So, best to see what options are out there and get pricing on each.

I think the Andersen 100 series is a good window, not the greatest performance numbers, but looks of nice exterior options, a nice looking window, and a good window in general. (More or less a sort of stripped down RBA window.)

I don't know exactly how RBA does their trim/roofing work, but a quality contractor should be able to closely match whatever you are looking for -- I would take a picture or get specs on exactly what you want, be very specific with the contractor that you want to match the look in the picture and then insist that they do just that.

Take your time and get a few bids so you can sleep well at night...for the next 20 years!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Anderson 100 vs. Milgard Tuscany

Hi Tim, We are building our first custom home. We are looking at bids for 39 windows, one sliding glass door, and three 7 foot fixed tempered glass windows.

I'm awaiting bids from 3 dealers in town.

I'd love to have bronze windows if we can afford it. If the difference in price is $5k or more between bronze and white, we will settle for white windows.

We live in the High Desert in California where we get alot of wind. During the hottest 2 months, temperatures are as high as 110. During the coldest 2 months, we get into the mid to low 20s.

One dealer is pushing Anderson 100 and claims it is far superior to Milgard Tuscany bronze in durability and appearance particularly bc Milgard bronze windows are painted (Does that mean they will fade and Andersen wont?).

Another dealer favors Plygem windows bc he says Milgard customer service is not what it used to be and assures me Plygem sells a good product and has a good warranty.

The third dealer is a fan of Milgard.

I'm worried that the Andersen bronze window, though the color may last longer, may not be as durable as Milgard. I can't seem to find much information about the durability of this composite material anywhere. I'm also concerned that a Milgard bronze color will fade quickly under the strong sun in our area bc it's painted, and lastly I've read that Plygem falls under the "budget window" category. Is it a vastly inferior brand to these other two?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Carol - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Carol, congratulations on the custom home project. Yes, Milgard does paint their vinyl windows, although they do offer a lifetime warranty on the exterior vinyl finishes, which would give me some sense of relief as to the quality. ( I wouldn't be shocked if it was more than $5K, premium finishes can add 30% to the total price of the window. Milgard makes a durable product, in fact they make a special desert line in Texas (you may want to ask your dealer if it's worth looking at the specifics of these windows).

Andersen 100 is a good window -- I think it might be a little bit better than the Milgard Tuscany, but I wouldn't think the performance would be any better.

Ply Gem is also a good window, particularly their Premium series. Remember, most window companies make a number of models, so their entry level vinyl windows are below what you would want and their mid range windows are good. Honestly, all of these window companies are right in that mid to high end for their mid range vinyl window.

As far as the Milgard, I think the lifetime warranty would be enough to make me feel confident in the decision. I would also feel comfortable with the Andersen 100 window.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 100 Windows vs Marvin Infinity

We like the fiberglass windows from Marvin, but think they are out of our price range. Are Anderson 100 rate close in performance? Marvin estimate is $25,000 and Anderson is $18,00. What is your opinion?

Derek - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Derek, the Marvin is a better window, although they make two models, the integrity and the Infinity. The Infinity is the better of those two. The Andersen 100 is a decent window to be sure. In terms of performance, they are probably pretty close to the Marvin fiberglass options.

The most energy efficient windows however are top quality vinyl windows from companies like Sunrise, Okna, Soft-Lite, Hi Mark, and Polaris. These will probably cost the same as the Andersen 100, but will offer a sturdier window and better performance. They won’t be as nice looking though.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 100 vs Marvin Integrity

Hi - I live in southern CO & am working on a bedroom remodel and replacing 4 slider windows and one fixed for better heat efficiency. Trying to choose between Anderson 100 series, Milgard Tuscany, and Marvin Integrity windows. All 3 quotes are fairly reasonable. Any thoughts to consider?

Joanna - Homeowner - from 2016

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Joanna, it doesn't surprise me that all three quotes are similar -- ironically you have a composite frame, vinyl frame and fiberglass frame in those three bids so material wise, you are all over the board. I sort of like the Marvin Integrity, although the Andersen 100 is quite nice looking as well. The Tuscany would probably offer the better initial energy efficiency, but maybe not so over the long term. Does the Integrity dealer also offer the Marvin Infinity -- it might cost another $75 a window, but the Infinity would be my pick hands down over the other three.

Sorry to now further complicate your situation. I think each of those windows is good. I would base my decision on comparing the energy efficiency numbers and then on which window I liked the look, feel and function of the best.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Anderson 100 Series Window Sizes

I priced and sized the Anderson 100 series windows at Home Depot. The sizes are a few inches smaller than my current windows - but all the exterior frames are rotted and need to be reconstructed.

Is it possible to still use the Anderson series in a slightly smaller size and add extra framing to the window openings that need to be rebuilt anyway? Or does this mean that I "have" to go with custom windows?

Some are saying that custom windows are my only option - others are telling me that they can narrow the openings when rebuilding the frames.

Linda - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Linda, I would price out both options. Your contractor might be able to build out your frames rather easily and might not charge that much. Price out both ways and see which one makes the most sense.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Do It Yourself Options

Dane, thanks for the response. I was hoping to see a bit more of price breakdowns, and am particularly interested in installing the windows myself. I'm currently under orders from the city of Minneapolis to do a large amount of lead abatement, and I therefore must either go through their certified list of approved contractors (a certification in addition to the national EPA certification) or do it myself.

I've chosen to do it myself, but am having a hard time finding companies willing to sell me the windows. Thank you for any help you can offer.

Drew - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Drew, I can't give you more of a price breakdown because there are so many factors that go into how windows are priced out…lots of features, upgrades, installation requirements etc.

If you are going to do it yourself, you will probably have to buy through the big box stores. Home Depot sells the Andersen 100 series, which is a pretty solid window. This is what I would buy for my house if I were going through HD.

The other two brands I think are decent through these retail sources are Simonton and Reliabilt. I wouldn't buy any other brands than these. Pricing is quite transparent obviously since you can walk right in and see what a particular sized window costs.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 100 vs Renewal by Andersen

Dane, I'm trying to make a decision on having new windows installed. I have some Renewal by Andersen made of Fibrex. I have a question, why does Home Depot's lowest price window (100) frame made of Fibrex and the more expensive have wood.

Does this mean that RBA is a cheaper window that the wood Home Depot? Does it make any difference on a fixed window/picture window? Is the glass itself the same in all?

Jim - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jim, the Andersen 100 window and the Renewal By Andersen are both made from Fibrex, a composite material of wood and vinyl that are combined together to create a "stronger" material bond. I?m not sure about their claim, but I think it's a pretty solid frame material in general. The Andersen 100 series are typically sold off the shelf at HD in the $275 range before any upgrades or installation gets thrown in (let's double it and then some for these options and come up with $600). The typically double hung RBA with installation quote I hear is around $1200. That's a big difference for windows that are made out of the same frame material.

So to answer your question, the RBA and the Andersen 100 windowuse the same frame. A picture window and a fixed frame window are the same thing. I couldn't say what standard glass is used on the 100 compared with the RBA. Typically, manufacturers offer a low-e1 glass as their base model glass. Consumers can upgrade to better glass, typically one that uses a low-e2 or low-e3 option.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 100 Series vs Simonton 6200 Series

I need to replace 5 double hung wood clad windows for my home in Oakland, CA. Have a bid on the Simonton 6200 and the Andersen 100 Series. The Simonton has a lifetime warranty while Andersen is only 20 years.

Vivian - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Vivian, the Andersen 100 is the better option. Simonton 6200 VantagePointe is at best a mid range vinyl window. There are other windows you may want to look at -- Milgard, Anllin, or a top end Simonton window.

As always installation is very important so make sure to vet the installers well.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 100 Composite Windows

I'm having a hard time finding window options for a home in Oregon. I'm looking to replace 10 large slider windows with new vinyl slider windows. We get lots of rain, occasional wind storms with rain, hot summers, and cool winters. The readily available windows are Pella, Andersen, and Milgard. The first two window companies have not been recommended, while Milgard has been so-so on the recommendations. Your thoughts? Other recommendations for window manufacturers? Thank You!

David - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

David, I agree with you on Pella, their vinyl windows are not the best in the business. Andersen doesn't make vinyl windows, although they do own American Craftsman and Silverline, which are generally considered very low end vinyl window options. The Andersen 100 composite window is a possibility, but I do think there are some better options out there. (Although I must say that Home Depot sells the Andersen 100 window at a very reasonable cost. I would find my own installer though outside of HD if you do decide to go this route.)

In your state, you should be able to find Amerimax Windows, Milgard and Simonton. All of these manufacturers make a good vinyl window, although I would not recommend their entry level vinyl option. In terms of Simonton, I would say go for their Impressions Series or their premium Reflections options.

In terms of Milgard, I think their windows are good, not the best in the business, but very solid. Remember, you can buy a good mid grade vinyl window and be fine for the next 20 years easy. The big issue is the installation, if this gets screwed up, it doesn't matter how good the window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 100 vs Vytex And Simonton Windows

I'm overseeing our non-profit building window replacement project (currently have steel pan windows): I've gotten a number of bids, but value your opinion on the following:

Contractor A recommends: Vytex 3300 windows casement, $37,506;
Contractor B recommends: Simonton 5500 windows casement, $43,650;
Contractor C recommends: Andersen 100 windows casement, $49,800;

Of course, there is a lot of custom sizing required. For an idea of size of job, number of windows to be replaced is about 35-58 (depending on how they were counted); number of new windows is about 30-35. I've also received bids for Pella aluminum clad wood (cost higher than above quotes except if the contractor "A" installs instead of Vytex - then less than $40k ). Thanks very much!

Jean-Marie - Homeowner - from 2015

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Jean-Marie, I like these selections. The Andersen 100 is a nice window, but unless you really like how it looks, I would say you aren't getting much in terms of performance from this window over the other two.

I like the Simonton 5500 casement quite a bit and I would go with this selection on first glance - but of course, I don't know all the details of what you are getting in terms of glass, upgrades, etc.

I like both the Vytex Fortis and Potomac-hp series, but I'm not sure which one you are referring to here. If it is one of these (if I had to guess, I would say this is the Fortis, but I could be wrong...)

I might go with the Simonton only because they are a bigger company and you have a little more assurance that if an issue arises, they will be around and your contractor can deal with them and get the issue resolved.

I have to say that the numbers on the Fortis and Potomac-hp (not the Georgetown Series, which I don't love) are really impressive, I like that .05 AI — I might have to change my mind as I'm writing this.

I don't think the 5500 is going to fare as well - see if you can get some comparable numbers on the 5500 from your contractor. Look at AI and DP rating.
(look under the tests and specs tab)

Good luck and let me know what you decide!

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

Andersen 100 Dark Interiors

I'm really attached to the idea of all dark interior windows, with dark exteriors on the 5 front windows. Black or dark bronze. Mix of some big new construction windows and smaller replacement windows. I live in N.C. so we see winter and summer. I wouldn't mind vinyl, but it seems next to impossible to find in a dark interior. Any ideas for affordable options? Will want one bow window seat, some big fixed picture windows, and some standard double hung replacements. Thanks!

Kimberly - Homeowner - from 2015

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Kimberly, I agree with you - interior colored windows look much better than white and off white for certain styles of homes. It is pretty difficult to find a vinyl windows with a dark interior. Most companies do you offer dark exteriors, but obviously this isn't what you're after. I would be more than happy to make several suggestions for options that should be available in your home state of North Carolina.

You should note that an exterior or interior frame color is typically considered an upgrade and can add 10% to 25% to the cost of each window. As well, the exterior coatings may carry a less attractive timeline in terms of the warranty period, often 10 years on the coating.

The Anderson 100 series is a composite fibrex frame that is a combination of vinyl and wood and is available in a number of exterior and interior frame colors, many of which are quite dark. The other thing that I like about this window is it comes in a number of finishes, the matte finish is very interesting and may or may not match your design style. Performance wise, the Anderson 100 series is just OK and in all honesty is probably a little bit overpriced for what you're getting. However, they do offer a lot of options and it's certainly something to look into.

Renewal by Andersen also carries quite a few dark interior colors, however the Renewals are even more expensive than the Anderson 100 series. These are actually a fairly similar window in that they use the same basic composite frame and offer tons of customizations, but in the case of the Renewals, they are very overpriced in my opinion, $1000 to $1200 for a standard sized double hung fully installed.

In terms of fiberglass, you may want to look at the Marvin Infinity window with the Everwood interior. It comes in an unfinished form and then you can stain it really any color you want, as dark as you would like. However the Everwood is an engineered product and therefore won't weather and deteriorate in the same way that a real wood species well. The Infinity has a Fiberglass exterior cladding, and is quite well made.

Harvey vinyl windows are available in an interior bronze, dark oak and a red cedar color. I'm not quite sure if they are available in North Carolina, the company is based out of Massachusetts but you should call them and see if they have a dealer who services your area.

I will keep searching for some additional vinyl window options and send you an email with anything else that I find. Good luck.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Anderson 100 Series In San Diego

I recently bought my first house and need to replace 14 windows. Current ones are white about 20 year old Milgard. My tastes are for very dark colors including black, but the house is in San Diego CA. Just had exterior painted with dark brown stucco and black trim (including wood window frames on 3 front windows-the other 8 windows do not have wood frames).

The tricky part is the exterior windows MUST be black and glass preferably with "sound-package" (2 panes of glass with varied thickness). If possible I would prefer the interior to be paintable if possible. I keep hearing (and reading) different points of view regarding black exterior windows.

First contractor only installs Anlin, and he said they have black vinyl with a lifetime warranty-can get them low E, double pane, argon filled, with an STC of 34. $10K installed.

The next contractor who only does Simonton Vinyl, stated that there is no such thing as black vinyl windows that will withstand sun for very long. He can do dark bronze or "espresso" but this colors just don't work-also for about $10K with my preferred sound glass package.

I read your web site which led me to the Andersen 100 series (comes in black) as well as wood option. So I'm still wondering what is best choice for black exterior, wood, composite, vinyl from Anlin?

Tom - Homeowner - from 2015

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Tom, if you need the interior to be paintable, then vinyl is not an option. The Andersen 100 Series would therefore be a good option. They will, however, be more expensive than the vinyl options. Check out our Andersen 100 series cost page for more pricing information.

As far as Anlin specifics, I would call them up at their corporate office and talk to someone there about your specific needs.

Milgard offers their vinyl windows in an espresso as well that is very close to black (I prefer the color to a total black). Call Newman Windows and ask for a bid - they carry Milgard and have a very good reputation in the area.

Also Google Amerimax Windows San Diego - I believe BM Windows carries Amerimax, which carries a black exterior frame color as well. In fact, Amerimax offers more exterior colors than anyone that I know of on the west coast.

I would use Simonton after you have exhausted these other three options because the Milgard, Anlin and Amerimax are, in my opinion, a bit better than the Simonton option.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Andersen 100 Series Reviews

I've used some Andersen windows, mainly the 100 series. The only real benefit to using them is that they paint well. I would recommend switching to a vinyl window, the Andersens are a composite of fiberglass and wood. They are overpriced and don't perform as well as cheaper vinyl windows.

Bradley - Installer - from 2010

Andersen 100 Series Reviews

I've used some Andersen windows, mainly the Andersen 100 Series. The only real benefit to using them is that they paint well. I would recommend switching to fiberglass or aluminum clad wood windows. They are overpriced and don't perform as well as higher end vinyl windows.

Bradley - Installer - from 2010

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Andersen 200 Windows Reviews

The Andersen 200 Series is the company's "lower-end" wood clad window and considered something of a high end builder grade window (sold to builders and contractors who are looking for an affordable window option, as opposed to a high end window option). The 200 Series uses an exterior vinyl cladding with a real wood interior and comes in a variety of colors and custom options, although less so than the better and more expensive 400 Series.

The Andersen 200 window can be ordered in either the Tilt-Wash or the NarrowLine model. The Tilt-Wash is a nice design feature (the single and double hung sashes tilt in for easier cleaning), however the PPG Flexicron sash is not as nice (or as sturdy) as the one used on the 400 Tilt-Wash. The NarrowLine is the preferred design option, although in general, the Andersen 200 Series is less well made and a bit clumsier than the far superior 400 Series.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Anderson ESeries 200 windows

Updated offer both windows by Anderson for $6,100.00 is this a better offer

200 Series

Frame, Dark Bronze/Pre-finished Dark Bronze

Stationary Panel, Dark Bronze/PI Dark Bronze, Low E SmartSun Tempered Glass

Operating Panel, Dark Bronze/PI Dark Bronze, Low E SmartSun Tempered Glass Insect Screen, Gliding, Dark Bronze

Hardware Trim Set, GD, 2 Panel, Tribeca - Stone

I have received another quote for Anderson ESeries 200 windows to be installed in the patio and bedroom. Price is only a few hundred dollars More than the Polaris sliding patio door and Ideal Majestic bedroom window. Is the Anderson a better window? Thanks again for all your help

Kevin - Homeowner - from 2020

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Kevin, the Andersen price estimate looked quite solid, about what I would expect to pay for the Andersen doors and window. I personally like the idea of putting in a high quality vinyl door and window (like the Polaris/Ideal option) only because these offer better energy efficiency and will typically hold up better over time.

Most people paint their interior wood anyway so the look is often very similar. If you aren't painting, but are staining, and you really like the look of wood, then that's a reason to go with the Andersen 200 series.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Andersen 200 Series vs. Ideal Majestic Signature

Would you recommend the Andersen 200 window or the Ideal Majestic Signature. The Majestic is quoted out at $650 installed, while the Andersen is at $800.

Evan - Homeowner - from 2018

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Evan, the Andersen 200 series is a wood window, while the Ideal Majestic is a vinyl window. I think the Andersen 200 is okay, but I much prefer the 400 series from them.

The Ideal Majestic gets better numbers and is cheaper. The Andersen 200 is the nicer looking window. I think you need to first decide what material you want in your home and go from there.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Andersen 200 Series Or MI 4300

Hi Dane! We found your website doing a Google search and would love your opinion! We're in the process of purchasing a new construction spec house and the developer offers Andersen 200 series windows as standard, or we can get a $6K credit for using MI 4300 series windows. Is the credit worth it in the long run or should we stick to the Andersen 200s? If we do get the 200s, what maintenance is required?

Jon and Rochelle - Homeowner - from 2016

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Jon and Rochelle, MI windows are typically considered a builder grade window, a cheaper vinyl window that lowers costs for builders on home. They would be lucky to last 12 to 15 years. The Andersen 200 wood window is a good quality window. I like the 400 series more, but the 200 series is not bad.

Wood windows do need to be stained or painted in order to increase their longevity. The 200 series comes with a vinyl exterior that should hold up to the elements. I think in the long run the less expensive way to go is the Andersen 200 series. You may want to ask your builder if there are any additional vinyl window options, but I wouldn't go with an MI window myself.

Rochle, the outside is vinyl so nothing needs to be done to the outside of the window. Wood is an organic material and should be protected from the elements. Typically, it is either stained to match your interior trim color or often painted to match your interior color scheme. I'd say every 6 to 8 years you should have someone come in and stain or paint.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 200 vs PGT Windows

I'm building a new home on the Gulf coast off Fort Myers, on Pine Island, FL. The building code requires high velocity impact resistant windows which I've narrowed down to PGT vs Andersen double hung, low E windows. Jeld Wen was also suggested but I don't believe their windows are comparable. I think, due to salt, sun and wind exposure, the vinyl clad exterior should be considered over the aluminum clad? I've also been told that I definitely want the PGT aluminum clad sliding doors for our (2) sixteen foot openings. My concern… I want to use the best for my situation vs saving money, as this is our last home and I don't want to cut corners on something as important as this. Thank you for your expertise…

Susan - Homeowner - from 2016

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Susan, I think you're right to eliminate the Jeld Wen from the mix if you want the best hurricane windows for your home. I really like PGT and find their prices to be quite competitive and the quality of their windows to be good. I would price out both products first to see how they compare before I made any decision. Then I would compare the interior "look of the windows" - is the aesthetic difference worth the added cost of the Andersen to you. This is a personal decision and one that I can't make for you, obviously.

This is assuming you are going with the 200 or 400 Andersen series (the Andersen 100 series is the fibrex composite and won't look much different from the PGT vinyl windows). The exteriors of the windows are going to look very similar because the windows are going to be vinyl (or aluminum).

In terms of durability and quality of the products though, I'd put PGT up there with Andersen. Others might not, but I would. Another company you could take a look at is CWS Windows, they makes vinyl and aluminum hurricane impact windows and they are one of the rivals of PGT. I always like to throw a third company in to see how their prices and products compare. Let me know what you end up going with!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

[Homeowner's Response]

Thank you Tim. I value your input and will let you know! I also spoke w/ my window gal up north and she was quite definite on which Andersen…the A series. She does a lot on the seacoast of New Hampshire where I also live and although she isn't familiar w/PGT….she says a whole world of difference between 400 vs A…and to go w/ A series, as made much better from the git go. So I'm pricing out PGT vs Andersen 'A' and will look into the CWS you mentioned. Thanks!

Susan - Homeowner - from 2016

Andersen 200 Sliding Doors Complaint

I purchased via Home Depot, 2 200 Series Anderson sliding glass doors with impact glass. Top of the line, but not even recognized by TDI (Texas Department of Insurance. In other words, my Windstorm engineer that was going to watch our installation for Windstorm insurance compliance, informed me that the doors were not TDI approved and installing them would void windstorm insurance coverage. I called Anderson Windows and Doors probably 12 to 15 times over a 5 day period. Some of the phone reps said for me to bring the the doors back to Home Depot for credit, others said I was responsible for them not being compliant for use in coastal counties, and only once did I ever get a "senior rep" to talk to after requesting a manager half the time.

Home Depot did take the doors back, still boxed and sealed, but they did charge me a 15% restocking fee. So note to all, Home Depot will sell you the doors, even in counties that require the doors to be TDI compliant, but won't tell you about them not being allowed to be installed and compliant to codes.

Anderson Windows and Doors, could care less if you have a problem with their products, even if they do state they "have a 90 day satisfaction guarantee". Expensive lesson to learn, so to all others, shop anywhere else other than Home Depot, and never by Anderson windows or doors.

Kevin - Homeowner - from 2015

Andersen 200 Vinyl Windows Review

Most people today are using vinyl windows (at least in the replacement market). The Andersen 200 series is a vinyl wrapped sash with a wood frame. Andersens used to be everywhere, and to a lot of people take them almost as a generic name for a window. Most people don't realize that it's a wood window because it looks like vinyl. I really wouldn't recommend them - if the stores had an actual window on display I don't think anyone would ever order them. The 400 Series is a different story, solid product.

Don - Contractor - from 2011

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Andersen 400 Windows Reviews

The Andersen 400 Series is the best window option in the Andersen fleet and one to take a look at if your budget allows. This is a vinyl clad wood window that can be ordered in any number of colors, sizes, upgrade options, etc.

Similar to the 200 Series, the Andersen 400 windows comes in two basic models, the Tilt-Wash and the Woodwright. The sash on the 400 Tilt-Wash is much improved over the material used on the 200 Series. The Woodwright option uses a fibrex finish sash and is our design choice over the Tilt-Wash option for this reason alone (consumers who like the idea of a tilt-in window may have a different take).

In fact, the Andersen 400 Series Woodwright is one of our picks for top wood windows on the market, although it is certainly not inexpensive.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Replacements For Andersen 400 Series

Need 7 double hung 36w×49h, 2 double hung 24w×61, one picture window 71w×61h, want colonial sash,grille 3/4 inch between glass full fiberglass screen. not sure on glass for long island ny.

What is a good window? does andersen have custom windows in 400 series isn't that what is compared to andersen renewal other than having painted wood inside w/ same 20 yr guarantee or

Could u recommend a better vinyl window or andersen what is the cost for sizes?

My old andersen replacement windows are 37 yrs old tough to open&close.

Lou - Homeowner - from 2020

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Lou, the Andersen 400 is a wood clad window, while the Renewal is a composite frame. Both are quite expensive. The Andersen 400 is, in my opinion, a very nice wood clad window. The Renewal is, in my opinion, much too expensive for the price you will pay.

A high quality vinyl window is probably your best bet and will provide much more value than either of the two options you mentioned.

Two recommendations I can make in your area include Okna windows and Ideal windows, both will have dealers in your area. The Okna 500 and 600 models are extremely good, as are the Ideal Majestic and Platinum 300.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Andersen 400 vs. Andersen 100

Hello Dane, I really appreciate your site and helpful information. I live in Fresno, Ca (zip 93704). We are replacing 36 windows with casement windows to replace old metal crank out windows (home built in 1945). The windows are 2 lites across/horizontal and 3 lites down/vertical.

Most of the windows, a total of 22 windows are sized 36x51. We are looking at black interior and black exterior (which limits window manufacturers). The best price we've received just for the cost of just the windows are from Home Depot bidding room:

100 series: $18,150 (for all 36 windows)
400 series: $21,500 (for all 36 windows)

installation quote: $11,090 (from contractor)

100 series $18,150 + $11,090 = $29,240
400 series $21,500 + $11,090 = $31,640

Do you have any other suggestions for our location? I've spoken to local window companies and they offer black exterior but NO black interior (I'd have to pay to have painted).

The current windows will have to be cut out of its existing lather and plaster interior and stucco exterior. There is no trim at all around 15 of the 36x51 windows inside the house or outside the house. There is wood trim on the interior of 7 of the 36x51 windows but the exterior is stucco straight up to the window. The contractor says since no trim, he has to match the existing exterior stucco and interior lathe and plaster. Also, this price includes repainting/touch-up interior plaster and exterior stucco.

Please give me your insight as to price of windows and installation cost which seems high to me.

Thank you.

Kerry - Homeowner - from 2020

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Kerry, I’ve been getting mobbed with the black exterior frame questions lately. It’s definitely a hot trend.

I've heard less than good things about the Milgard black frames. Honestly I don’t know off hand who in California does a good black frame. Check if there is an Amerimax dealer in your area, they may have an option.

The Andersen 100 is a good composite but not a great one. Kinda seems pricey to me. I actually think that’s a good price on the 400 series but wood windows are not the most energy efficient. Plus you are painting them so what’s the point of buying wood interiors if you can’t see the grain.

I’m gonna do some digging and see what I can find.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

[Kerry's Reply]

Hello Dane, have bids on the Andersen 100 and 400, pretty close in price. I thought the Andersen 100 series seemed pricey as well. Unfortunately, Home Depot and not the local Andersen dealer has the best price on both series. I visited the dealer showroom and took another look in person at the 100 Series vs 400 Series. Luckily, they had a painted black interior 400 Series and 100 series on site.

The 400 Series painted wood interior looks richer/more substantial compared to the 100 Series black interior (the interior grill was popping off the glass much to the saleswoman's chagrin). Like you, I thought the price of the 400 Series is good when compared to the 100 Series price. Again, the price is solely for windows and doesn't include installation. As mentioned, my contractor's installation price is $11,090.

I also spoke with the Marvin dealer and they said their windows are 2x Andersen 100 series windows. He guessed about $36k (without installation).

I truly appreciate you researching options. This process really is taxing.

Thanks again.

Kerry - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hang in there, Kerry. The Andersen 400 window is quite nice, so maybe that's the direction to go.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

[Kerry's Reply]

Thank you so much. Your confirmation on the Andersen 400 confirms the choice and research and pricing can finally be over.

Many thanks again.

Kerry - Homeowner - from 2020

Anderson 400 vs. Paradigm

So, in searching around I found you folks. I'm replacing two sets of fixed (don't ask!) glass doors with sliders. I had never heard of Paradigm and was only considering Anderson 400 series. The Paradigm is the 8300 NC sliding glass doors. Certainly different price points.

As these doors will be on the same wall and winters can be cold on the NH cost I'm wondering your thoughts. I'd like the insulating qualities to be very important, as well as durability and looks down the road.


Diana - Homeowner - from 2020

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Diana, Paradigm makes a decent vinyl window and door. Andersen 400 doors are great, but the wood interior isn’t the best for energy efficiency. I actually have these in my house, but I also don’t live in such an extreme climate. Since you are in NH, try to get a bid from Sunrise, Soft-Lite, and or Okna. These would be a better option than Paradigm.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2020

Andersen 400 Series

Dane, I went on your site to get info on a mid range replacement window. Is window nation a good co. I was looking at 400 series anderson or 70 series vinyl replacement window. I have 8 -32"x64" windows & 3 -32"x54" .what would you recommend -.must be energy star and tilt and wash double hung.

Jim - Homeowner - from 2019

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Jim, yes, Window Nation is a good company that often carries good brands (The different branches do carry different window brands though, so its tough to make a definitive claim here.) My problem with them is sometimes the bid strikes me as just too high. Send me their bid when you get it and I'm happy to look it over and make recommendations.

The 400 Andersen series is quite good, but wood clad windows are quite expensive and do require maintenance. They also don't typically hold up as well as vinyl over time (reflected in the shorter warranty period).

The Silverline 70 series is a poorly made window and one that I would avoid. Andersen bought Silverline, but this vinyl window is pretty low on the quality curve.

Okna, Sunrise, and Soft-Lite should be available through local companies in Baltimore and these are the vinyl window brands I'd take a close look at if I were you.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2019

Andersen 400 Series Bid

Hi Dane, we recently had hail damage and need to replace two sliding glass doors. We thought we’d look into window replacements too for 30+ year old windows that leak and don’t function well. We have a large house in a nice neighborhood. Lots of wood trim around our windows and our doors are stained wood. So wood or high-quality veneer are a requirement.

Our first stop was Replacement By Andersen. For 35 windows (all double-hung, many are very tall and 5 large picture windows), 2 sliders: $118,000…but after discounts it was ONLY $82,000. They came back the next week and lowered it to $68,000 if we signed then.

I shared this story with my brother who owns a warehouse in another state with an Andersen wholesale business as one of his tenants. He took the specifics of my RBA quote and got an equivalent Andersen 400 quote for $34,000 (low e4 and SmartSun) and thinks he can get another 20% off from the owner.

It seems quite worth it for me to travel to his warehouse, rent a Uhaul and return to my home and get them installed. Here is the catch: I have had a very hard time finding someone who will do install-only. All the window businesses only install what they sell. I’ve been going through a list of contractors/carpenters from our realtor – most won’t return my calls, some say it’s too big of a job for them. Are you aware of businesses that will do install-only? I live in the Pittsburgh area. I’m told I need the window installer to get precise measurements to 1/16th of an inch prior to placing my order.

Thanks for any thoughts/help.

Tim - Homeowner - from 2019

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Tim, the Renewal story is pretty typical for them. Apparently they will shave off 45% of their original bid, which begs the question of why do they put out the original bid if not to rip you off. grrrr....

So the Andersen 400 deal sounds great, but obviously you need to find an installer. Check under yelp for window repair/install and start talking to the top 10 installer you can find. Craigslist may have local installers as well, but it is something of a crap shoot. You could also run by Home Depot and Lowes and talk to the guys in the window department and explain the situation. They are sometimes pretty darn down-to-earth and may be willing to give you some names of companies who will do the install only.

The measurements are VERY important, especially because you are going to be on the hook for any misorders and that can be expensive. You might want to trail behind the guy and basically take your own measurements. Measure twice, cut once as the old housing proverb goes.

One final suggestion: Get some bids from a couple of high quality vinyl manufacturers. Soft-Lite, Okna, Sunrise, Polaris, Kensington. I know a couple of them are available in your area. For $700 to $800 per window, you should be able to get a Soft-Lite Elements with an upgraded brushed nickel hardware and an interior veneer that does an amazing job at mimicking the look of wood. These windows are more energy efficient and will last longer than an Andersen 400 wood clad window. Worth a look if nothing else.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

[Tim's Reply]

Dane, I appreciate your response. I just found it in my spam folder. I think we are headed down the right road. I asked my realtor for recs on installers. She gave me a long list of carpenters/contractors. One of them worked as a window installer for 8 years previously so we went with him. He recommended we check prices with the local lumberyard and they are very near wholesale for the Andersen 400s.

He is going to do complete replacement from the exterior and attempt to leave the framing inside the house intact. Apparently, the Andersens have a bit of an uptilting under the inside part of the window (the outside sill is also tilted down for water to run out). However, this may result in the inside of the window rising above our inside sills. So the lumber guy and our carpenter think

Marvins are a better way to go because they are flat on the bottom (sill is still tilted down on the outside). So we are deciding between Marvin Integrity (now called Elevate) and Signature/Ultimate. The quote for the 35 windows and 2 sliding doors is under 30K, not including install. Still going with wood due to the interior of our house. Thanks for your advice. It really is a mystifying process for the uninitiated.

Tim - Homeowner - from 2019

Andersen 400 Series Log Cabin

Hey guys, just reading your page on the answers you have given and have a need for some insight. I will be building a log cabin next year and looking for the best windows out there. Looking for a black window inside and out. I have hesitations on say a painted vinyl, but maybe a veneer will last?

Now many of the windows in the home will either be casements or inoperable picture windows. Will want short fractional grids in them.

Many log companies use the Andersen 400 series, but what about the A or E series

I've heard good things about softlite, but don't know much about them

Marvin's expensive and I head as much good as bad on their integrity window

If it were your home, now worried so much about the cost, but wanted an all black window inside and out with fractional grids, what would you install?

I am in Massachusetts...

Thanks for your time in advance

Jim - Homeowner - from 2019

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Jim, the black exterior on windows looks so good for so many projects. I know Marvin makes a good black exterior on their Integrity and I believe the Infinity as well, but yes, fiberglass is typically 30% more than vinyl.

I believe the Andersen 100 series comes in a black exterior/interior and this is a decent composite window. It can be found at a pretty competitive price depending on where you get it from.

Milgard makes a good black/black in their Ultra fiberglass window and that should be less expensive than the Marvin. They also make the black in their vinyl, but I have heard of some issues with their vinyl coloration process so I would be wary to go down this road...

Soft-Lite is an excellent manufacturer, as is Okna, Sunrise, Polaris, Kensington and Vytex. I would call up these manufacturers and ask if they do a black/black frame, what this color option will add to the cost, and also if they have any reps in your area who will come out and give you a free bid.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

Andersen 400 Series vs Viwinco Oceanview

I'm considering the Viwinco Oceanview hurricane window for my coastal home. I've also always heard great things about the Andersen 400. I have 20 regular windows and 3 patio sliding doors to replace. I saw the Andersens and really liked them. However, the cost to go from the Viwinco to the Andersen 400 series was $21,000.

We want to go with an impact window, but the Viwinco option isn't the nicest looking. I really like the Andersen but don't necessarily love the high cost. Any advice?

Milly - Homeowner - from 2019

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Milly, the Andersen 400 and Viwinco Oceanview really couldn't be more different products. One is a wood clad non impact window, the other is a vinyl impact window. I think you first need to decide what you need. The Andersen 400 wood clad window is quite nice, but personally I don't think it's ideal for coastal applications. I would much prefer a vinyl impact window, which will last longer, hold up better to the temperature fluctuations, and requires no maintenance.

I would suggest upgrading from the Viwinco impact window to a better product though. Top rated impact windows include the following: Sunrise Coastal, Soft-Lite Armor Impact, Soft-Lite Barcelona, Simonton StormBreaker Plus, PGT Winguard, CWS WindPact, Wincore Stormforce and the Stanek Protector.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

Andersen Narrowline 400 vs. Gentek Signature Elite

Hi guys, I’m a window novice and need some advice. We have 27 windows in our home, they are the old Andersen Narroline 200 wood frame double hung series. My wife and I are looking at doing the 400 series conversion ourselves... We also just got a quote on doing pocket window installation for the Gentek Series Signature Elite 3000 DH. Price aside, what do you think of the quality difference here, and what is your opinion on doing the conversion vs. pocket window vs. a full frame replacement?

I appreciate your insight and expertise.

Wayne - Homeowner - from 2019

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Wayne, you have some tough questions here because I really don't know the overall quality of your window frames. The big question on the conversion kit is how plumb your window frames are. Personally, I would get a couple of window companies out to "give you bids" but really to inquire whether doing the conversion is viable based on the 1) quality of your frames and 2) how plumb or out of plumb your frames. I'd kind of slip in the questions as they measure your windows. Conversion kits go well if your frames are in good shape, but they can get tricky on older homes, even for the pros.

The Gentek Series Signature Elite 3000 DH is a decent vinyl window. I like vinyl windows over wood windows myself for long term value, sustainability, etc. The Signature Elite isn't a world beater by any means, but with professional and quality installation it should serve you well.

In terms of the best approach, it all comes done to the quality of your window frames. If you have rot or wood damage, then the full frame replacement is the more prudent approach. If the frames are in good shape, then the pocket or conversion is the better option for the money. If this were me, I'd keep getting bids and getting more professional opinions on the right approach to your home. At some point, I think you'll get a consensus on what the best approach is.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2019

Anderson 400 vs. Sunrise Restoration

I had bid bids, either the Anderson 400 or the Sunrise Restoration. Leaning towards the Sunrise Window. Any opinion on the matter?


Barry - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Barry, the Sunrise Restoration is the better performer over the Anderson 400 series. Both are nice windows but the Sunrise is going to last longer and be more energy efficient.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 400 Series vs. Vinyl Windows

Thanks for all the info as I have found you and the website to be very helpful. Last question I have is, have you heard or experienced any "leaks/drafts" with the 400 series? I've been looking at reviews on the 400 series and some have commented on them being drafty and not always having a good seal. To be fair, most of these reviews were from 2-3 years ago so not sure if they changed the window since then. The air infiltration rating is <.3 if I'm reading it correctly. Will a good vinyl window have better air infiltration ratings then a good wood window like the Andersen 400?

Bill - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bill, the AI of a good vinyl window will always beat out a good wood window. The Andersen 400 window is quite good, but if it were me, I would go with a good vinyl window any day. They are less expensive, achieve better performance, have a better warranty (i.e. will last longer), and they require less maintenance. They just don't look as nice, although some top vinyl window manufacturers have done a good job with their interior laminates that mimic the look of wood.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 400 Series Conversion Kits

Hello, I'm currently in the process of getting bids to replace 27 windows in the Philadelphia area and the price for the job is in the $20,000-$30,000 range depending on the windows which is just a midgrade vinyl window.

My current windows are the Andersen Narrowlines from 1989. One thing I learned today was that Andersen sells a 400 conversion kit for these older windows. I'm basically installing the Andersen 400 window for $10,000 - $12,000. The cost to convert most of my windows which are single hung would be less then half the cost since I can do it myself. If this a good direction to go or will I regret my decision down the road? Any insights you can provide would be helpful.

Bill - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bill, assuming the frames are in good shape, the conversion kits can be a great way to go. Here's the issue though, they can be tricky to install right. Even professional installers who don't often do conversion kits can have issues. I would first get a couple of bids from local companies on replacement, but then ask if they also do conversion kits, what their opinion is as it relates to the condition of your windows, how they would go about the project, etc. Basically get as much professional and free advice as possible.

If your openings are out of plumb as can happen over time, you could be asking for more trouble than its worth. I would definitely explore the option, but would solicit at least three good opinions before buying the conversion kits.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Bill's Reply]

I found a company that is Andersen certified and does the Conversion kits. I didn't like sales guy but tried to ignore that aspect as I just wanted a price and if my current frames/sills were good for the kits. He said they looked good and that I was "lucky" as I was going to save a bunch going with the conversion kits. They wanted $27,000 for the job.

I told him that seemed high considering the install requires less work since they don't have to cap the outside like replacement windows. He gave me the whole sales message and that full replacement 400 series would be around $40,000 for 22 windows so I am saving a ton.

Bill - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Bill, I think $27,000 sounds quite high as well. That's $1,225 per window for the conversion and he's saying that replacement windows would cost over $1800 per window. Unless I was getting the Andersen A series (which is a beautiful window), I wouldn't pay $1800 for any Andersen window.

It seems to me you have a couple of choices. You could look for good local installers who have lots of experience with conversion kits and feel comfortable with the job and see what they would charge.

You could do it yourself, but again I think you need a few professionals to come out to get some information out of them in terms of whether the installation is straight forward or is going to cause headaches that you might not want to deal with.

You could shift your attention from Andersen to a high quality vinyl replacement window with an interior laminate option. Okna, Soft-Lite and Sunrise all make some pretty impressive interior laminates that mirror the look of wood without the maintenance requirements. High quality vinyl will blow the doors off of wood clad in terms of performance and longevity. Plus it's much cheaper.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 400 Series vs. Sunrise And Simonton 5500

I'm getting 3 quotes on the Sunrise Classic, Andersen 400 series, and Simonton 5500. I'd love to get your take...

Greg - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Greg, all of these windows are good. The Andersen 400 series is going to be the most expensive, but is a good wood clad window. The Simonton 5500 is nice but the Sunrise Classic is the series is the best of the bunch in my opinion. They have some good interior wood laminates to choose from that look pretty similar to real wood. You sort of get the best of both worlds here -- a wood clad looking window without the maintenance and cost.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Greg's Response]

Dane, the Anderson bid actually came in $2,500 lower and included full frame replacement vs only in-frame for the Sunrise. In addition, Anderson had their best look window grills included in the price and Sunrise did not. Door prices for our front door were much better as well plus a much better looking door than the other quote. Finalizing a decision this week but likely going with Anderson at this point. So far Sunrise would not budge on price.

Anderson actually sent out their Alabama area representative twice to look at the complete project. He lives locally and it was obvious to me (I work for a major truck manufacturer) that he knew what he was talking about and was communicating closely to Anderson engineering reps at home office. I was most impressed with his knowledge. Their installer has been through all of the Anderson factory training as well and has been doing it for over 20 years.

Thank you.

Greg - Homeowner - from 2017

Andersen Window Options

Good morning Tim, I live in the Dallas area and have 9 windows to replace; however, as many of your readers I am at a loss to select the correct option.
2 sliders -- 71Wx59H Casement option
1 slider -- 94Wx59H Casement / picture option
3 sliders -- 59Wx17H (beneath the picture windows, cannot use casement as the would open in the walkway)
3 Picture -- 59Wx93H Tempered due to size

The windows are original to the 1993 house and I am not sure if I should go with Wood or the Andersen Fibrex, if you suggest wood, which brand is the best? Side note, Andersen has quoted $25K for the Fibrex installed.

Thanks in advance for your guidance.

Dan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dan, in terms of Andersen, I would suggest the 400 series. The fibrex 100 series is a decent window. The Renewal By Andersen is an upgraded 100 series.

I would take a look at high quality vinyl windows around you just to see what's out there. Check out our top brands and see if anything is available in your area.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Anderson 400 Series vs Milgard Essence

I am deciding between the Anderson 400 series and Milgard Essence series.

I live in Northern California and the contractor we are using is a Milgard dealer. I like Andersen and have heard of them and know they make a good window. What's your opinion on these two?

Dougan - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Dougan, both the Milgard Essence Series and Andersen 400 are both good windows. I would rate the Andersen 400 series over the Milgard Essence window and I think they enjoy a better reputation in the industry. Of course, Andersen may also be quite a bit more than Milgard windows costs.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Andersen 400 Window Price Bid

I'm replacing 50 windows.

Andersen: 400 Series

Kolbe & Kolbe Classic

JELD-WEN: Ex-Siteline, W-2500

Pella Architect

Lincoln: Distinction

WeatherShield: Aspire

Andersen gave me a quote for $42K. the Pella Architect for $48K

Asia - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Asia, the Andersen 400 series is a very solid wood window, but the Pella Architect might be better in my opinion.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen Woodwright vs Renewal By Andersen

Looking at installing new Anderson double hung windows into existing Anderson casement windows frames without removing the frames which are in good condition. Trying to choose between Renewal inserts by Anderson or Wood Wright inserts by Anderson but unsure which way to go. Any input on which you feel is the better unit and why would be a big help, please respond soon if possible. Thanks

Mark - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Mark, I would recommend getting both the bids and seeing how they compare price wise. The Andersen Woodwright should be the 400 series, which is a very nice wood window, one of the wood windows that I often recommend (although I try to lightly guide most consumers away from real wood windows as a rule). The Renewal is a fibrex composite frame and should come with a better warranty (wood windows typically come with a 10 or 20 year warranty only), but the Renewal may be pricier than the standard Andersen.

The best comparison for the Renewal series is the Andersen 100 Series, which is made with this same fibrex material. The 100 series ought to be quite a bit less expensive and does offer some fantastic options and finishes - I would get a bid on the 100 series and see how all three windows compare in terms of price, options, aesthetics and features. Also, it's nice to see each of the windows in person, operate the double hung, look at the hardware etc. for a nice compare and contrast.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen Window Complaint

I live on long Island and had 12 vinyl windows replaced with Anderson Woodrights they are the noisiest window and Anderson refuses to do anything, they did try and put rubber in by the springs to quit the noise to no avail. So because I live in a tudor I need brown as an exterior color and wondered if you could recommend a window to replace these Andersons. Thanks.

Bob - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Bob, that sounds horrible, have you had someone out (not Andersen) to see if there is anything you can do to deal with the noise? Seems a shame to have to get rid of all your windows because they are loud (I'm not sure I've ever heard that)

Are you looking to move back to vinyl? Perhaps a vinyl window with a faux wood on the inside, some of the better manufacturers make a high quality laminate interior. I would recommend looking at Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise and Polaris. Most of these brands ought to be available in New York - either call the companies up directly and ask about local dealers or go a search for "Okna Long Island" for instance and see what comes up.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Anderson 400 Series Options

Hi. I'll be residing my house next year, but wanted to start with the windows. Is it better to get new construction windows or replacement windows? I'll be using the Anderson 400 series. Is there a difference in their performance? When installed will new construction windows destroy the inside of the house? On the Anderson 400 is the smart sun window and laminated glass option worth the money?

Mary - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Mary, in general, new construction windows differ from replacement windows in only one significant way, the NC windows have a nailing fin or flange across the top and sides that allow the builders to install the windows quickly and securely to the frame. There are no performance differences between the two types of windows themselves. The one issue with new construction windows is that when they need to be replaced, 6 to 8 inches of the exterior surrounding siding or stucco etc. must be torn off and replaced to hide the nailing fin. In your case, since you are residing your home next year, you could certainly use new construction and then have the siding installers go right over the fin without much hassle.

However, I would advise that you get a number of opinions from the contractor(s) and the window installers themselves who can see the project onsite and give you an opinion based on your project specifics.

In terms of glass upgrades, I like the idea of stepping up into an upgraded low-e option because it positively affects (lowers) the U-value and possibly the SHGC that should pay for itself over time.

Laminated glass is usually put in for safety reasons (or in areas that are subject to storms and hurricanes). I tend to think that laminate glass is overkill and not worth the added cost, but that?s again assuming that you don?t live somewhere where there are lots of storms.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Anderson 400 Series vs Ply Gem Premium

Looking at Windows - am not sure which is better the ply gem premium or the Anderson 400 Series?

Cory - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Cory, these two windows are very different, the Ply Gem is a vinyl window and the Anderson 400 Series is an aluminum clad wood interior window. Check out this article on vinyl vs wood windows ( to see some of the main differences between the two. I think the first step in your process would be to figure out which type of window frame you would prefer.

Personally, I think vinyl is the better way to go for most homeowners, unless you are really married to the idea of a wood interior or you live in a really high end home that more or less demands a high end window.

Having said all that, the Ply Gem Premium window is a good window, very solid. It isn't the best vinyl out there, but it is top tier mid range vinyl window.

The Andersen 400 Series window is a very good wood clad window. The Woodwright is the preferred option here over the Tilt Wash model. The 400 is one of the better wood windows out there and one that I like for those individuals who need a wood clad window in their house and are willing to shell out the money and the added maintenance for the beauty of a wood window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Andersen 400 or Pella ProLine

The wall in my kitchen is being rebuilt and I am in the process of putting in a patio door. My home is brick, but now I have my windows to take into consideration. I have received a number of quotes, but the two that stood out are the Pella Proline and the Andersen 400. Does anyone have any advice for me on which I should choose?

Justin - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

I am a strong believer in Andersen windows. I have had many problems with Pella in the past and find they tend to leak, especially their aluminum series. I am not sure that Pella is even considered a high end brand. Andersen on the other hand offer excellent customer service and I have found that their doors and windows have superior seals. If money isn't an issue you may want to shop around and find out if Marvin is available in your area, if not then I recommend you go with the Andersen windows.

Eric - Contractor - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

I am also a Andersen window believer. We recently installed over twenty Andersen 400 windows without any problems. They all fit well and were excellent quality. These were custom made, so there we some issues with the screens, but this was easily managed by the customer service staff. If I were to choose though I would go with Marvin windows, I have never had a single days problem with this brand.

Bruce - Contractor - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

I always recommend that my customers go with Marvin where possible, they may be slightly more expensive, but they are a quality window that is made to last. If the client is unwilling to pay for these windows then my next choice would be Andersen. I find the Andersens to be quality products and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Integrity range.

Jim - Contractor - from 2011

Andersen 400 Series Review

Andersen windows 400 series - I bought custom windows via home depot, and it was a disappointment. Andersen has an incompetent customer service and if you get a defective window then be assured you'll be wasting lots of your time trying to get someone to fix it.

My order was sizable and after experience, I can say that the 400 series from Andersen are way overpriced for the quality that is delivered. I got casement windows and the finishing was chipped. The nails showed and I had 4 dents on them . Guess what Andersen said about it? Well, they said that this is how the windows come out!!! This called bad quality and they are indifferent about it.

It was a hassle from the start. A simple task like inquiring about the delivery date of the order turned into a nightmare. Getting someone to check on the bad quality was a nightmare . It is clear that quality isn't top priority. Save your money and take your business elsewhere. A company that doesn't care about how its product is delivered doesn't deserve my business or yours.

Dan - Homeowner - from 2014

Andersen Woodwright 400 Reviews

Any opinions on the Vinylmax Sherwood? It's supposed to be some kind of vinyl/wood hybrid? I was originally looking at the Simonton 5500 and the Sunrise (not sure which model, Verde maybe?), but then someone suggested these and I'm not sure what to do.

Anna - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

I don't like the Vinylmax Sherwood window, it looks to me like they made a cheap vinyl frame and glued wood to it. It's also bulky, which means a lot less glass to let light in. Look at the Andersen Woodwright 400, it has similar vinyl exterior and wood interior but much higher quality. Marvin makes a composite, too. For that matter, there are tons of all vinyl windows that offer wood-look interior.

Todd - Contractor - from 2011

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Andersen Windows vs Sierra Pacific

We're replacing 30 windows that are mainly double hungs with some horizontal sliding and awning windows thrown in there as well. So far, we have bids from Andersen on their 400 Woodwright series with upgraded glass and screens fro $20K. Sierra Pacific windows came in and there bid was about 7K less for an aluminum clad window with a triple low-e glass and screens. They seem to be more on the west coast so I don't feel like they do as much business here in Montana. Weathershield was $16K, but there were a few design features that turned me off so I'm going to pass on them. Finally,

Leslie - Homeowner - from 2011

[Contractor Response]

Of the three you mention, I like the Andersen 400 window the best. They make a very good window at a top end price, but you get the backing of a very strong company. Sierra Pacific is a mid range manufacturer with mid range windows. I dislike Weathershield.

John - Contractor - from 2011

Andersen 400 Series vs Woodwright

I have done a ton of research into the Andersen 400 Series compared to the Woodwright Series. So far, this is how they seem to compare. They seem to run pretty close in terms of cost, with the higher price for the Woodwrights being the deciding factor for me. The 400 series are pretty close in quality and features for a lower price.

Woodwright Series
Premium cost
Available as a replacement or insert
Tilt wash feature
Good looking
Clean jambs

400 Series Tilt Wash
Mid range cost
Available as either a built to fit or as a full frame
Difficult tilt feature
Good looking

Steve - Homeowner - from 2009

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Andersen A Series Reviews

The Andersen A Series is a top-of-the-line fiberglass clad wood window that is fully customizable and comes in a huge array of frame, trim and sash colors. The window can be ordered in any 1/4 inch size increment and has tons of amazing custom features and hardware upgrades. The A Series, or Architectural Series, is built to be used by architects and high end designers and is priced as such. If you can afford it, our hats are off to you because this is a truly beautiful wood window.

Dane - Site Editor

Andersen Impact Windows

My wife and I are about to build our new home in South Carolina. Our property is on the intercostal waterway where impact glass is require or, other method. We are currently getting bids on windows and doors. Andersen windows are at the top of our list. Today, one of the builder suggested I look at Ply Gem windows quality is good and savings are approximately 10 to 15% less than Andersen. Do you have an opinion?

Archie - Homeowner - from 2015

[Editor's Response]

Hi Archie, I would say that you are right to have Andersen at the top of your list, assuming you can afford them - they are certainly not inexpensive. Ply Gem is a large building supply company and focuses on more contractor grade type windows, although their Premium Series is well made. I would think that the comparable difference in price from Ply Gem to Andersen would be at least 25% or more.

What type of window are you interested in? If you are looking for wood clad, I would say stick to Andersen, Marvin, Kolbe, Loewen. If you are interested in fiberglass, look at Marvin (Infinity and Integrity) and Milgard Ultra. If you are looking at vinyl, I would say stick to Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Okna, HiMark, Polaris, Kensington (Quantum model), or Milgard.

Remember that each company has their budget window, a mid range and a premium model. Typically you will get the most value in that mid range model (as the premium often uses the same frame extrusion but adds on some nice bells and whistles).

I hope this gives you some food for thought. Feel free to write back and let me know what you find!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

[Homeowner's Response]

Dane, we are planning on using Andersen Fiberglass cladding A series. Our budget is $3,000,000 but, if we can save $100,000 by spending smart, i am certainly for that.

Archie - Homeowner - from 2015

[Editor's Response]

The Andersen A Series are pretty amazing windows. If it were me, I would also get a bid on the Marvin Ultimate Series and see if Loewen has a dealer in your area, I think their windows are gorgeous too!

Never hurts to get a few more price bids just to see how they compare — good luck!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

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Andersen E Series Reviews

The Andersen E Series is the Eagle window, which was purchased by Andersen some time back. In general, these windows are well made, highly customizable, and quite expensive. For more reviews, see our Eagle window review page.

Dane - Site Editor

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Andersen Patio Door Reviews

Andersen 100 Patio Sliders

Hi Dane, we are replacing 12 double hung windows and a sliding door on our porch. We are looking at full replacement sliders (6) because we want the most window glass area as possible. Because of our desire for a greater visual field, we are considering a high end vinyl that is good quality, has a low profile and has a Cedar interior (reddish wood). The soft light window has a “Brazilian cherry” color that is a very close match, but the window frame seems Bulky. Can you tell me, what are the best high end vinyl sliders with low profile frame?

Mark - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mark, the Soft-Lite sliding patio doors do tend to run a bit bulky, but are excellent products. You might want to take a look at the Sunrise Restorations patio doors. I can't remember exactly how they compare to the Soft-Lite, but they tend to make a bit slimmer profile than the Soft-Lite. They are also offered in a number of faux wood interior options.

The Andersen 100 composite is available in a relatively slim profile, although it won't be available in an interior wood. They do have some nice options on the door, just not this one. In addition, the energy efficiency data on the 100 series is not up to par with either the Soft-Lite or the Sunrise.

I'll try to think of some other options, but off hand that's all I can really come up with.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Patio Doors - Anderson vs. Pella

We need 2 two-door sliding patio doors and can't decide whether to go with Anderson or Pella.

Mitchell - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Mitchell, if you want wood clad doors then these two are good options. They or both close to one another and both expensive. I'd probably go with Andersen or Marvin instead of Andersen or Pella.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

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General Andersen Windows Reviews

Andersen Windows

So you don't like the big names like Pella, Anderson, Jeld-Wen or Sierra Pacific? Those are available locally.

Jeff - Homeowner - from 2020

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jeff, Pella and Andersen make great, expensive wood clad windows. Sierra Pacific is mostly known for wood clad windows as well. Jeld Wen makes great doors, and actually their aura last wood clad windows are well priced. The Andersen 100 composite window is a good buy. All big names, but not necessarily great vinyl window manufacturers. Sierra Pacific I'm just not sure about...

Tim - Site Editor - from 2020

Andersen vs Soft-Lite Pro Windows

I'm in the process of buying a home now that needs new windows. I'm torn between going with the Soft-Lite Pro series or an Andersen. I'm able to get the Soft-Lite Pro windows at about cost, 19 windows for $6000. But I have a family member saying it would be better to go with Andersen for the security of the lifetime warranty. Since they've been around so long parts are always accessible, even from the 70's you can find parts for windows or doors. How reliable is the future of Soft-Lite, and should that matter for my decision?

Jordan - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Jordan you didn't mention the price for the Andersen or the series that you were considering. However, even without knowing that, if it were me, I would go with the Soft-lite Pro. Their warranty is great, it is a lifetime warranty as well, and the price you were quoted is ridiculously low. I'm actually a bit suspicious of how low that is. The Pro is a nice model and as long as you are comfortable with the quality of installation, I don't think you can afford not to go with the Soft-Lite option.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Bay Window Bulkiness

We are considering replacing our old picture window with a bay window in our living room. We have run across a variety of issues and I am confused. First off it seems almost impossible to get a window with a finished inside unless an awful lot of money is spent. I hate to have a window installed, and then have even more work to do. Our contractor suggested Simonton because you can buy it with a finished vinyl inside {wood look} and then you have to stain the upper and lower yourself. That doesn't seem like a bad option.

However as I was looking at them on the computer, it appears that the framing is a bit "bulky" looking as compared to say the Anderson {which doesn't have the inside color options} I also know that the Anderson is not entirely vinyl, and I read that vinly in general will be a little bulky. My question is how much more "bulky" looking is it. I cannot find a showroom in my area to view the Simonton, I can only view the Anderson. Would you have any photos or any advise to offer? Thank you, Rosemary.

Rosemary - Consumer - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Rosemary, there are a pretty wide variety of frame widths when it comes to bay windows. It's tough to judge Andersen vs. Simonton because Andersen bay windows will typically be at the upper edge of the cost spectrum, while Simonton bay windows will be towards the bottom. Most local Simonton companies and dealers should have samples of the actual windows (obviously not a bay, but the frame should be similar.) Before they come out, make sure they are bringing an actual window for you to see and touch. Most companies make a bay window - typically the bay will resemble the width and overall look of their other windows so find quality companies in your area, call them up, make sure they sell a bay window and they should have images and photos for you to see.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2015

American Craftsman By Andersen

What is the difference between Renewal by Anderson and American Craftsman windows...both made by Anderson.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2015

[Site Editor's Response]

Steve, there are huge differences between Renewal By Andersen and American Craftsman - both of these companies are owned by Andersen Windows, but here the similarities end.

Renewal or RBA is a franchised business that sells a composite fibrex window that is VERY pricey. (More on Renewal prices.) They often sell their windows out of local showrooms, but each region is owned by a different owner, meaning the installation quality will vary from owner to owner. RBA makes quite a nice window, but it's very difficult to justify how much they sell each window for. I would say there is much better value for your money available elsewhere.

American Craftsman is a lower end vinyl window company that sells their products through many of the big box stores. The quality of these windows is not super impressive, although the price point is usually very reasonable. In terms of vinyl windows, I could make some recommendations if you let me know what state you live in.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2015

Andersen Customer Complaints

We built our house and it's only 6 months old. We had the Peachtree 300 series windows put in, and they've been nothing but trouble. We're already working on our 3rd set of replacement sashes. Some of them won't even lock because the fit is so bad. I'd pay the extra money and get Andersens instead.

Jan - Consumer - from 2014

Andersen vs Hurd Windows

I won't use Hurd windows again. My house has 17 of them now, and I can't wait to replace them. The sills are cheap and flimsy, the outside sills are rotting. I was repairing them as they fell apart, then I realized I was wasting my time. I have Andersens on the other part of the house that are 60 years old and they are still in great shape. Hurds just aren't made to last like some brands are.

Marty - Homeowner - from 2011

Andersen Pocket Inserts

I installed a ton of windows, and I just finished a big job using Andersen pocket/insert replacements. I love working with them - they are easy to install and I never have any problems when I'm working with Andersens. They always look good, too. I think they're a great window for the price and I'd recommend them to anybody. I think my only complaint is that there are several lines of theirs that I would say are overpriced for the quality you get. But nobody is perfect.

Mike - Window Installer - from 2010

Andersen Windows Complaints

Andersen's customer service is a joke. I spent over $20,000 on doors and windows from them. One of the doors has a split in the wood. Some of the screens are faulty and don't fit into the frames. We ordered in the spring, but delivery was delayed for some reason which they never shared with me so it didn't come until August. I'm in Phoenix, and I'm not going to try and do all that work in the middle of an Arizona summer, so I stored everything until it cooled down in October.

Now they're saying that it's not their problem, because it's been more than 90 days. They're telling me to fill the split in the door and paint over it. For the screen problem, they said to take it apart and put it back together to factory specifications. Why didn't it come from the factory to factory specifications? The great transferrable warranty that they told me about apparently is a joke. My installer will fix them for me but says I have to pay him, and the Andersen rep clearly doesn't care.

Danny - Homeowner in Arizona - from 2010

Satisfied Customer

I've seen and heard a lot of bad things about Andersen windows, but I've had mine for years and they are great. I think they are some of the best windows around. They don't have any leaks or drafts, they look great, and I've been happy. I don't know why other people seem so down on them.

Cindy - Homeowner in Oregon - from 2009

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