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Renewal By Andersen Reviews

Read 36 Renewal By Andersen reviews and discover whether their windows are a good fit for your home.

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Editor's Renewal By Andersen Review

Renewal By Andersen presents consumers with an interesting situation. First of all, the company is a franchise so each "branch" or region is owned and operated by an independent owner and team. This means that the installation quality, customer service, and pricing structure will vary by region. Some areas may have Renewal By Andersen branches that are top notch, while others may have a reputation that are not nearly as strong.

Renewal By Andersen windows are expensive, one of the most expensive per window costs available. During the sales call, the RBA representative will surely tell you why their windows are worth the steep price tag, they would crazy not to since this is more or less their job. My opinion is that the windows are overpriced for what you're getting. The windows are good, I'm not say they aren't, but they are in my opinion overpriced.

The Renewal By Andersen windows use a fibrex frame, which is a composite frame made from vinyl and wood. The frame is quite similar to the Andersen 100 series window. The company uses good quality features, glass and components. The performance numbers are decent, their Double Hung Insert with a low-e glass (I believe this is their standard set up) will deliver a .33 U-factor, .28 SHGC and .39 VT (these numbers can be found on the website, the Renewal information is listed under the Andersen Corporation.)

All in all, I like the windows, I like how they look and operate. I'm not a huge fan of the numbers on the RBA composite windows, nor on the typical price quoted out on their bids.

Dane - Site Editor

Andersen Renewal vs. Milgard Tuscany

My husband and I own a home in the Seattle area and need to replace 10 windows, 6 of which are quite large and the other 4 I suppose normal size. The windows are double paned, with low-e glass and argon fills—I think pretty standard features, no crazy upgrades. I have been collecting quotes and this is what I have.

Andersen Renewal: $29K
Milgard Tuscany: $12K

Ruth - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Ruth, these are such wildly different quotes it's tough to compare them. Renewal spends lots of money on advertising etc and this is often seen in their bids. $29,000 for 10 windows (even for very large windows) is an incredibly steep price. They do have a nice product, but I think the Sunrise Restorations for example is the far superior product to their composite fiber frame. Unfortunately, Sunrise Restorations is not available in your area.

The Milgard Tuscany is a decent mid range vinyl window, although it does use a pocket sill, which funnels water through the window frame and then out weep holes. This is a poor window design feature that is not ideal for rainy climates like the Pacific Northwest. I often recommend this window in drier climates as a solid mid range product, but not so much in rainy ones.

I think you need a couple more quotes to round out your offerings. Feel free to send them my way and as always I will throw in my two cents -- hopefully worth more than two cents.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Anderson Replacement Bid

Hi Dane,

Thank you for putting all the work into your site. We own a 1966 Mid-Century with original windows and need to replace them all all badly. We decided to do this in three phases for cost and interruption.

I only got one quote from Anderson replacement, but the cost per window is about $5,000 - 8,000 including the installation. The windows are large and probably custom build, but the prices are so much higher than your estimated prices on your site.

Thank you for your help.

Margit - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

Margit, like many bids from Renewal, the one you got from them is nearly $5000 per window. That is very very high.

For instance I can go to Home Depot and buy an Andersen 100 window -- not quite the same quality as the Renewal, but made from the exact same material, a fibrex composite. The cost would be something like say $400 to $500 for a good sized double hung. I can then go out and hire a well respected installer using yelp or angie's list for $100 to $150 per window. That puts me at most at $650 per window installed.

Doors are certainly much more expensive and some custom aspects can drive the cost up. Also I don't know your project specifics so I might be speaking out of turn. But you don't need to speed $88K on your windows.

Get some more quotes from local companies. Google "sunrise windows in your city, state" and see if any local companies carry sunrise windows. Then call them up and have them give you a free bid.

Do the same for Okna, Sunrise, Soft-Lite, Zen and Polaris. Get bids on their mid range or premium vinyl window models and ask about their interior laminate wood options.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2018

Renewal Pricing Bid

Good morning. We received a quote from renewal by Anderson after attending a home show last weekend. To replace a French door with a slider, a casement with a slider, two bathroom windows, and three 36x53 double hungs with grills, the quote is 15,500. After reading some reviews I'm having second thoughts. The salesman talked a lot about the design being superior to wood clad and vinyl. Your opinion?

Sally - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Response]

Sally, RBA does think alot of their composite windows, but I'm not as convinced. I think its a good product, but it's just always so much more expensive than other brands. If their performance data was far superior to other brands I would at least give them that, but it just isn't.

Wood is beautiful, but it's expensive and its performance data is not good. However, I do get using wood on french and sliding doors and Andersen makes nice doors.

I am a fan of high quality vinyl windows. I would get bids from companies who make vinyl windows and doors and use an interior laminate. You might be surprised how well they mimick the look of wood, but without all the downsides of wood.

High quality vinyl windows are decently priced (when you find the right dealer), they are very energy efficient, they carry lifetime warranties, and they require no maintenance. It's a pretty good combination.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Renewal Windows Bid

Good Morning. We live in the Pocono Mountains in PA.

I just got a quote for 4 composite double hung Renewal windows, approx 3’ X 4’ for over $6200. Your website gives a price for high end budget composites for $2200. Is Anderson that much better, or am I getting a raw deal?

George - Homeowner - from 2018

[Site Editor's Answer]

George, the short answer is yes. RBA is always very expensive and although its a nice product and warranty, it's just not worth it in my opinion (unless money is not an issue). If you want a fantastic vinyl window (that will blow the doors off of the RBA), look at Okna. The company is PA based, so there is definitely a dealer in your area. Their mid range 500 model is excellent and their high end 800 series is the best in the business.

In terms of pricing, you might be looking at $600 to $650 installed for the 500 series with normal installation and a mid sized double hung. Pricing can be all over the board though because there are so many factors that come into play for any specific project. (Our cost calculator is relatively generic pricing because of the complexity of different projects.)

I always recommend getting a few bids and other companies to look at include Soft-Lite, Sunrise, and Polaris. Google them and see if they have dealers that service you area. I also recommend telling each company that comes to your house that you want to be up front with them and that you are collecting 3 to 4 bids before you make a decision and would appreciate their best bid up at the outset.

Bottom line is there are better vinyl windows out there at a much lower price point.

All The Best,

Dane - Site Editor - from 2018

Renewal By Andersen vs. Marvin Ultimate Clad

Hello Dane, wanted to send you a note of thanks, as your site helped me to save a lot of money and, frankly, embarrassment. I am replacing 7 windows on my townhouse, and had RBA (RbA of Long Island) give me an estimate. They called twice ahead of the appointment to confirm that my wife would be there. When he arrived, the salesman insisted he was not really a sales guy at all, but rather worked in their Quality Assurance dept and just happened to be the only guy free for the Sunday appointment. Then he gave a very long, very slick pitch about how bad vinyl and wood windows were, and how RBA is the best window. He had an iPad with a bunch of videos on it, and went back to his truck to get windows samples, leaving me to watch some videos.

After more than 1.5 hours, he started working the close. I felt like I was in the movie Glengarry Glen Ross: he was doing everything he could to close the deal, even though I told him I had not intended to purchase windows yet as I was awaiting another bid from a local installer/dealer. He started giving me discount after discount, ones that were only good if I signed right there, and touting their financing options.

Finally I agreed to purchase the windows. Woke up the next morning with a bad feeling about the whole situation, and started googling and found your site, among others. I called them and told them I wanted to cancel the deal, and right away they're offering enormous discounts, cutting the price in half. I said no thanks, and am going with that well-regarded, local dealer/installer (Bay Ridge Windows and Doors). Here are the prices for seven double hung windows, all pretty narrow and the tallest around 80 inch, for about 100 square feet of window, all covering installation:

RBA: $18,800 (after knocking it down from over $24,000 initial price)

Marvin Integriy: $7,700

Marvin Ultimate Clad: $8,900

I gather that none of these is a bargain, but I live in Brooklyn and things are a bit expensive out here. I'm very grateful to your site for helping me out when I'd been taken advantage of by RBA. I had quickly checked a couple of other sites, notably Houzz, while the RBA salesman was out, and they had excellent reviews there. I'm sure the product is good enough, but those sales tactics are over the line.

Daniel - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Daniel, sorry you had to go through that miserable sales presentation. RBA tends to have a good name because their product is good...but it's not $2000 good. In fact, their frame is more or less the same as the Andersen 100 composite window that you can buy at Home Depot for $325 a window. Assume $150 for installation (which ought to be at the higher end for a normal replacement) and you're looking at $475 completely installed. The 100 Andersen isn't quite as good as the RBA, but throw in a few upgrades and it's more or less the same window. Ironically, the RBA and Andersen composite is made of vinyl and wood...

Anyway, Marvin makes a very good window and the Infinity is their best window in my opinion. $1100 per window is pretty steep though...not completely surprising, but still expensive.

Have you looked at our list of recommended vinyl window manufacturers and seen if there are any dealers who service your area? I'll bet Sunrise has one -- you can go on Soft-Lite's website and fill out a form where they will tell you if any of their dealers service your area.

The top end from Sunrise, Okna and Soft-Lite are going to blow the doors off the RBA in terms of performance and quality. In fact, they are pretty much unbeatable by any window made here in the states. If you were to place them side-by-side with the RBA composite window, you would be hard pressed to see the difference in how they look.

I would write down all the windows on our Best Replacement Windows page, do a quick google search for "sunrise windows in long island new york" for instance and in 15 minutes you should have a list of what dealers are available.

Get a few more bids and see if this doesn't round out what you have so far!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Daniel's Response]

Thanks Dane, much appreciated. The installer I'm working with carries Okna and we've discussed their windows. I asked them about Infinity, and they said they don't carry that, only Integrity. I'm inclined to use the dealer/installer that I've gotten the bid from because I know several people personally who've worked with them, and all of them had positive things to say about the professionalism and the quality of the work. If I were going based on window quality, I would definitely look seriously at high-end vinyl options and/or fiberglass--I've been researching all the brands you guys recommend highly on the site. Window quality and appearance is not the only factor I'm weighing heavily.

I'm considering selling the house in the next couple of years, which leaves me inclined to put in the wood (clad) Marvins. For the row houses in my neighborhood in brownstone Brooklyn, that's pretty much universally regarded as the top window. Real estate listings will say things like "new Marvin windows." People who don't know anything about renovation or windows know about Marvin. The brand carries a lot of weight around here. That may be because I'm across the street from the landmark district where the city and landmarks commission require that you put in unclad wood windows, and Marvin is by far the most common window in the area. It's a lovely look, but I'm glad I'm allowed to put in clad windows at least, so I won't have to have them painted every few years.

I will definitely get another bid and try to negotiate a reasonable price, but based on what I've learned from friends who've put in similar windows, I'd be lucky to be able to get them to knock more than 10 or 15% off the initial estimates. I haven't been able to find anyone locally who's paid less than $1,200/window for Marvin Ultimate, and my next door neighbor paid almost $800/window installed for high end vinyl windows with the same dealer I'm working with (Oknas, I believe).

For an industry where there's so little publicly available information about pricing and relative quality, your website is by far the best resource I've seen out there to educate yourself on this subject. Really appreciate your work!

Daniel - Homeowner - from 2017

Renewal by Andersen Window Quote

Dane, Have a contract for 14 Renewal by Andersen Windows, the second size-lost originally $1700 installed, one a glider...after a lot of number mumbo jumbo, came out to about $1333 per window avg-seems pricy, but is the composite and the guarantee on the installation worth it?

They will also have to remove my exterior storm-screens. I have certainly seen how vinyl windows can fail here in Maine..we still have two days to cancel the contract, but I'm not sure if I can do better with an installer that is not part of the company. Any ideas?

Rebecca - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rebecca, for $700 to $900 installed (depending on your installation requirements), you should be able to get the very best vinyl window on the market. A composite frame like the RBA is essentially made of vinyl and sawdust. The company touts it as some amazing technology, but the fact of that matter is that's what it's made out of. Top vinyl windows like the Okna 800, Sunrise Restorations, and Soft-Lite Elements blow the RBA composite window out of the water in terms of performance. If you want the best composite window on the market, go with the Okna Starmark, which is a bit bulky, but is an excellent window.

In terms of warranty, RBA does offer a good one, but it's no better than the three manufacturers I just mentioned. Typically, vinyl windows offer the best warranties in the business. I understand that Maine has very cold winters, but the top tier vinyl windows should handle it. I would suggest contacting each of these companies and asking them if they have reps who service your area.

RBA makes a nice looking window, but it's just not worth the price tag in my opinion.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

[Rebecca's Reply]

I couldn't find anyone who does Okna, and the recommended installer installs paradigm, not as high end ( unless 8300 is good enough). I will try to talk to these folks. Thank you.

Rebecca - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Rebecca, the 8300 Paradigm vinyl window is quite good. You are correct that it isn't quite as good as the Okna 800, but it does have some nice performance data with the LowE w/Argon & Foam Fill Frame/Sash. These are the upgrades I would go with (ask about a sash reinforcement as well). I would ask the installer how he thinks this window will fair in the cold maine winters, my guess is he won't have had any issues with it.

I would still search for a Soft-Lite, Sunrise, and Polaris window rep just to see if any of these are available in Maine. Always good to get a bunch of estimates to see what's out there.

Dane - 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

Expensive Renewal by Andersen

My windows are 28 years old and I assume I should replace them. The windows are wood. Would you recommend replacing with wood or vinyl. I recently met with renewal by Andersen but they are too expensive.

- Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Not surprising that the RBA windows were too expensive. I recommend vinyl for a number of reasons that are found in this article.

Most consumers should go with a quality vinyl window over a wood clad window. Better performance, strength, longevity, warranty, and lower cost. Notice I said a quality vinyl window, a low end vinyl window won't provide long term value.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Renewal Window Option

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 Andersen 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

Renewal By Andersen Costs

We just got an estimate of around 18,000.00 to 22,000.00 on 9 windows for Anderson renewal. The $22,000.00 is for 2 side by side casement 6 double hung and 1 awning. This seems to be 4 times all of the estimater programs I have found on line. Also I seem not to be able to fiend independent contractors that will install windows. Thy seem to only do bathrooms, kitchens, basement or rec rooms.

Steve - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Steven, Renewal By Andersen often has very expensive window bids. I would suggest getting two to three bids for vinyl window companies in your area to see a more reasonable price range. The price estimators online are just that, your project may involve much more on the labor side of things so you might be looking at a more expensive per window cost. The two to three bids should provide you with a good price range and will let you compare and contrast some of the different windows out there.

Check out our best windows page and then do a google search for "[window brand] in [your home town and state]" --- see if any are available from local companies and if so call them up and get a free bid.

Also see our page on negotiating your bid to get the best pricing.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Renewal By Andersen Pricing

Hi Dane, I had a rep from Renewal by Andersen price replacing 6 windows and 2 doors at my house today. Talk about pricey! I'd love to get your recommendations for companies that are available in my area (California- Bay Area). Thanks!

Tara - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Hi Tara, yes Renewal By Andersen is incredibly expensive and not worth the hefty price tag in my opinion. On the west coast, I typically recommend looking at three companies -- Milgard, Anlin and Amerimax. Take a look at their mid range or premium vinyl window models and compare the bids you get. RBA is quite a nice looking window -- nicer than most standard vinyl windows, but once you put the windows in, I'm always surprised how infrequently I really stop and admire their overall look. These windows will match or beat the performance numbers of the RBA and should run you less than half the typically per window cost that Renewal bids usually come in at.

Other windows you can look at include Marvin Infinity and the Andersen 100 (which is made of the same fibers material as the RBA).

Dane - Site Editor - from 2017

Renewal By Andersen vs Andersen 100 Series

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

Renewal By Andersen Windows

Dane, I recently bought Renewal By Andersen windows. I bought 10 DH windows and 2 picture windows (complete tear out) along with new trim and sills on the interior. I purchased their low e smartsun glass and TruScene screens. I checked out the Andersen 100 series and the 400 series windows at Home Depot. The 100 Andersen series windows only come in a single hung window, Andersen does not make a double hung on their 100 series line. The window frames are made from Fibrex but the windows themselves are very light and flimsy when moving the sash up and down, the hardware looks cheap also.

The 400 series windows are much more closer to the RBA window as far as the DH windows goes. The windows are solid and heavier than the 100 series, the latches and locks are identical on both the 400 and RBA windows. They both have a metal strip around the outside perimeter in between the sashes for strength. Both My wife and I did sit through their sales pitch but the salesman was not pushy at all, he listened to all our needs, answered any questions we had, and was very informative. The customer service here in Chicago is great.

I filled out their service request form and they did call me the next morning to set up an appointment. They came to my house within a week. I did call them a few times and they responded every time. I know they were expensive, I paid $19,000 after discounts, but we were very happy with the installation process, no mess or problems, and my energy bills did go down with the new windows. I just wanted to give you some information on the RBA and especially on the 100 series windows. I hope you don’t mind. Thanks for all your information, I do enjoy reading your comments and articles.

Ron - Homeowner - from 2017

Renewal by Anderson In Ohio

Looking to replace about 17 windows and looking for a good window replacement and installer in the Cleveland Ohio climate area. See lots of commercials for Renewal by Anderson. Any input would be appreciated.

Sandy - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Sandy, Renewal By Andersen does quite a bit of advertising in many of the markets, as well as Window World. Ironically, one is the most expensive windows out there and the other is the least expensive. I wouldn't go with either myself, the Renewal is simply too much and Window World quality isn't up to snuff.

Since you are in Ohio, you should look into Sunrise, Soft-Lite, and Polaris -- all three of these brands should be sold by local companies who will come out and give you a free bid on your project. All three of these brands make multiple vinyl windows models so you can choose the model that best meets your needs and budget. I would avoid going with the low end series from each.

The Sunrise Classic series -- sometimes just called the Sunrise window -- is a great way to go. The Soft-Lite Elements, Imperial LS and Pro are excellent windows as well. Google "Soft-Lite windows Cleveland Ohio" "Sunrise windows Cleveland Ohio" and "Polaris windows Cleveland Ohio" -- see what comes up and get your free bids and then send them my way and I'll give you my two cents.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Renewal Composite Window Options

We are interested in replacing our 30 plus windows. We think we would like composite windows. We have met with a Renewal by Anderson rep, but we really don’t want to spend $50,000 on windows! We like the 20-year warranty and the maintenance-free aspects. Do your windows compare?

Janet - Homeowner - from 2017

[Site Editor's Answer]

Janet, we don't sell windows, but I can give you some alternatives to the Renewals, which tend to be very expensive. The Andersen 100 window is similar in construction to the Renewals, both of them are made from the fibrex material (both made by Andersen). The Andersen 100 window will be quite a bit less expensive.

The best composite window in my opinion is the Okna Starmark. It's a bit beefy for some consumer's taste, but it's a great window that will easily outperform the Renewal and Andersen 100. The Sunrise Restorations window is a vinyl window that uses some nice composite materials in the reinforced sash and frame. This too will blow the doors off the Renewals in terms of energy efficiency and price.

If these aren't available in your area, I would suggest getting a top tier vinyl window (the Sunrise Restorations is often considered a vinyl window). Visually, it's pretty tough to distinguish a composite and vinyl window. High quality vinyl windows often are available in interior laminates that look like wood, but don't require the maintenance of wood, carry better warranties, and offer better energy efficiency. These give you the best of both worlds (assuming you like the look of them) -- good looks, great energy efficiency, and a price tag that won't break the bank.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2017

Renewal vs Andersen 100 Windows

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 use 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

RBA vs Harvey Windows

I'm getting blurry-eyed from researching window companies and installers to replace 7 windows in my 1850s Victorian home. I've been reading your site. What is an average price for a mid-level window? I need double-hung, vinyl (or composite would be nice), white, and my frames are good, so they don't need to be replaced.

I've received a quote from Renewal by Andersen and they are over $1200 each. Ugh! I then got a quote from Harvey and was very impressed by the installer as well, as I know the installation is equally as important as the quality of the window. He's a builder and knows his stuff. He gave me a quote of $460/window and these are the Harvey Classic series (vinyl) with double Low-E/argon for an R value of 7.25.

My window openings fit what he called his "standard" pricing, about 36" w x 60" H. Four of the 7 are as long but much narrower. He said all would be the same price. You've said on your site that Harvey seems to be a bit overpriced for a mid-level window. What is overpriced? I live in Maine so I want an energy efficient window that is hopefully above average yet won't break the bank like the Renewal by Andersen.

I am hoping to find a good installer to get a quote on Simonton windows as well. Any advice for me?

Deborah - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Deborah, thanks so much for the question. The $460 window replacement price you received on the Harvey is right there in the ballpark, it's a very fair price from an industry average.

I would say that the standard mid range price for a normal sized vinyl window with standard installation is $425 to $450. But notice how many qualifiers I included here...20 different factors can push this cost up or down.

The price on the Renewal By Andersen is their standard per window quote and gosh, talk about expensive.

I love the fact that you are comfortable with the Harvey installer and feel like he knows his stuff!

I think you have a winner, Harvey makes a very solid mid range vinyl window.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

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Anderson Renewal In Connecticut

I signed to have Anderson Renewal do 3 double hung windows. I'm having second though as price is $5200 and this seems very expensive. I live in Connecticut.

Barry - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Barry, Renewal By Andersen is one of the most expensive windows out there and unless you have money to burn, I think there are much better valued windows on the market. I know that Okna sells in your area and you could do an Okna 800 with the interior wood laminate, which looks pretty darn good and is arguably the best vinyl window out there (best performance numbers of any window on the market). This top of the line Okna is going to blow the RBA window away and going to be 40% to 50% less than the price you were quoted.

I believe Sunrise Windows are also available in your area, a google search should confirm this. You may also want to call up Soft-Lite and see if they have a rep who services your area. Let me know what you find!

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Renewal vs. Andersen Woodwright Windows

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

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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 windowscompare 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

Renewal by Andersen vs Simonton

Tim, My apologies if this has been asked and reviewed already. If that's the case, you may just direct me to the previous review. We are looking at replacing 7 "normal" sized double-hung windows and three sliding windows of various sizes. We've had a local contractor come look at the job, and he uses Simonton vinyl windows...the model i am not sure of yet.

Based on some other estimates he had in his book, I'm guessing his quote will be in the $6,000 - $9,000 range. We will have the quote this week. He has a well-established company that isn't huge, but isn't tiny either. We also had an estimate from Renewal by Andersen for the same job and it came to $24,000. Their big pitch was their Fibrex composite material for durability/strength/etc.

Is this Fibrex material really that good and is it enough to warrant 3 times the cost versus a quality vinyl window? We live in St. Louis, so the weather conditions can vary quite a bit; high heat, humidity, high winds, storms. Our winters aren't too bad, but can get down in the teens a few times.

Hans - Homeowner - from 2016

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Hans, the Renewal Cost Quote is pretty typical and is not something that I would ever consider for my own home (one, I couldn't afford it and two it isn't worth it, although they do make nice windows, just not worth the crazy price tag). So if it were me, I would throw out the RBA at the outset.

Simonton makes a good vinyl window, but they are nowhere near the best. Their Impression 9800 series is the one window that I would say is quite good. I'd like to see you get a quote on some other windows, I know Zen has a branch in St. Louis - they sell Soft-Lite windows under a different name. Sunrise may be available in St. Louis, as well as Okna. Try these window brands and see how their mid range to slightly better vinyl windows compare in price to the quote you got for the Simonton. These are going to be higher quality vinyl windows and will provide you with the best long term value (although they will be more expensive at the outset).

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

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Renewal Patio Doors vs Okna

Thank you for all the information on your website! I am looking to replace a sliding glass patio door and have received 3 quotes (ours is a custom 5.5 ft door) - $4500 for a Renewal by Andersen, $1900 for an Alside (he simply referred to it as "turnkey"), and $1998 for an Okna Elegante. Does a company's reputation/reviews on their windows translate to the quality of their doors? Do you have any thoughts on these three companies regarding their door quality and these prices? Based on my own research Okna seems like the best value, but there is so much information overload out there I'd love to hear your input! Thank you!

Sara - Homeowner - from 2016

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Sara, while window quality does not always translate to doors, although generally it does. Let's start with the Renewal quote. Renewal makes a good door but as you have probably surmised it's expensive. In my opinion the renewal windows and doors are too expensive for what you get. Especially with the Okna Bid.

Alside manufactures an okay patio door but at the same price as the Okna Elegante, it really isn't a contender in my opinion.

Okna manufactures very good windows and doors and this is the option I would go with. Without hesitation.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016

Renewal By Anderson vs Soft Lite Windows

I need replacement windows (65 of them!). I have builder grade vinyl windows that are 17 years old and I never liked them. My house is in an upscale neighborhood outside Washington DC. I am trying to decide between Renewal by Anderson and Soft Lite.

I am concerned the Soft Lite will not look as good on my home. Both brands have mixed reviews on the internet—both installers have A ratings on Angie's List and I know people who have used them and been happy. The Anderson windows are almost twice the price, but I would rather spend it, than be unhappy with the final appearance of the Soft Lite windows. I am not sure the function of the Anderson window is as good as the Soft Lite, after reading all of these reviews. Do you have an opinion? Thanks, Kara

Kara - Homeowner - from 2016

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Kara, my own opinion is that with the Renewals, you are paying a lot of money for the name Andersen. Performance wise, the Soft-Lite is going to blow the RBAs away. In terms of aesthetics, I agree that the Renewals are quite nice. For a vinyl window, I personally think that Soft-Lite makes a nice looking window. Are you concerned with how they will look on the outside or the inside? On the outside, I would guess it will look roughly the same, unless you are going with a color other than white. On the inside, the Renewals do look very good, but for the money you are paying you could probably do a Marvin Ultimate wood clad window, which is one of my favorite wood windows. But....wood windows aren't going to last the way that composites or vinyl windows do and they require periodic staining, etc.

One option you may want to look at is a vinyl window with a laminate interior. Most companies do a rather poor to just okay job with their faux wood finishes, but the ones that do it well are impressive (this is completely subjective, especially if you live in a nice home, so take this with a grain of salt.) Have you gotten a quote on the Okna 800 series? I think this is one of the nicest looking vinyl window on the market and I know they are available in your area. The window offers several interior laminate finishes that are pretty awesome looking and I like the array of hardware options. The Okna 800, along with the Soft-Lite Elements and Sunrise Restorations are generally considered the three best vinyl windows available - and the most expensive.

Tim - Site Editor - from 2016

Homeowner RBA Review

We had four Windows replaced on October 23, 2015 with final stucco and paint one week later. The installer did a great job. They cleaned up after themselves, were very efficient and made sure we understood exactly how the Windows operated. The stucco and paint crew matched the stucco perfectly and with a sample of old stucco matched the stucco paint. I would recommend Renewal by Anderson to everyone. --a little expensive--but very good quality and workmanship!

Paul - Homeowner - from 2015

Renewal By Andersen Quote

Today, I had a quote from Renewal by Andersen. $4321 for the 2 windows installed; a wood composite blended with a polymer (not vinyl) with a warranty that's 20 yrs for glass, 5 yrs for installation, and 10 yrs for frame and hardware. Their windows have a U-factor of .30, SHGC of .30. and VLT of 51%. I don't think they are triple pane.

I live in St Paul, MN. My house was built in 1942 and the original windows were refitted in 1990 with Vinyline windows. At least one of them has lost its seal. I am redoing a small kitchen and bath and want to replace 2 windows. I am 72 yrs old and am considering replacing all the windows if/when I can afford it. Both of these quotes are just too high for me. What first tier vinyl window manufacturers and windows would you recommend?

Judy - Homeowner - from 2015

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Judy, that is a large number for 2 windows, I would certainly suggest more bids to get that number way down. I know that Marvin is in your area, but they aren't cheap either - although they do make an excellent fiberglass window in the Infinity model.

I believe that Sunrise windows has a local dealer in the St. Paul area. The company makes several top quality vinyl window series that would certainly be cheaper than the bid you received from RBA and would offer significantly better performance numbers. Quality vinyl windows don't look as nice as the Renewals, but they are very resilient and offer excellent long term value.

The other company you may want to look at is Soft-Lite. They are a high quality competitor of Sunrise. Either of these options should serve you well and save you some money.

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Renewal By Andersen Franchise

The problem with RBA is they are franchised. You don't really deal with Andersen, so you don't know what kind of service you're going to get. Sometimes, a franchisee is good cause they're smaller and really connect with customers, but a lot of them don't really care. They bought the name and the reputation that goes with it, and don't really follow up with customer service. The window quality is good. They have vinyl and wood windows, and do a lot of custom work. The pricing is inconsistent, though.

Stu - Contractor - from 2012

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RBA BBB Ratings And Quality

I signed a contract with a Minnesota RBA franchise and I've decided to cancel. Their BBB rating is an A, but they have 7 complaints in the last year. If they deserved an A they wouldn't have 7 complaints. On Angie's List, I saw a lot of complaints and their service has really gone down in the past year. I also don't like that the windows I ordered had a new design that has apparently had lot of problems. I have some friends with RBAs and they like theirs, but the reviews really made me hesitate. For as much money as they cost, you should be getting great service.

Andy - Homeowner in Minnesota - from 2011

RBA vs Alside Windows

Last year my wife and I had Sheffield Alside windows put on our home. Within a few months they were leaking air, which was awful because it was cold and drafty all winter. They ended up being no better than the 20 year old windows they replaced. I don't know if it's the actual windows or if we had a bad installer. I've been trying to get him to come take a look, but he keeps putting me off. Our neighbors had their windows done around the same time with Renewal by Andersens and they haven't had any of these problems.

Dan - Consumer in Colorado - from 2011

RBA Installer Quality

The RBAs are a good quality and they custom make each order. The big deal is getting a good installer, they really are the ones who determine if your windows perform well or not. RBA is franchised, so the quality of installation and service can vary a lot. A lot of time, too, they start out with some crazy price and then start offering all these discounts and special packages, but only if you sign on the dotted line that day. It must work sometimes, or they wouldn't do it, but it seems sleazy and I'd never sign if they pulled that.

Daniel - Industry Pro - from 2010

Unhappy With The Estimate Process

The RBA salesman came out and I was shocked at his slimy tactics. Even before he got there I didn't like it, he said it would take 90 minutes and insisted that my wife and I both be there. He gave us a long pitch and then we got a quote for $15k for 12 double hung windows. I told him that was too high, and that we had 2 other reps coming to give us estimates and then we'd decide. He was clearly angry, which was weird, and he started talking discount. He said he could take $2k off if we signed that day. I said I wanted the other estimates first to compare, and he was really mad. It was ridiculous, I would laugh if it wasn't kind of creepy.

Will - Homeowner in New Jersey - from 2010

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Renewal By Andersen Complaints

I spent about $1200 each for 10 RBA windows. The weatherstripping came loose the very first time we opened the casement window. One of the double hungs won't lock, and another one won't open. So 3 of my 10 windows don't work, and I paid $12k for them. I'm beyond disappointed. They claim to be the best and they are certainly one of the most expensive, so they should at least be a mediocre window, which in my opinion they aren't.

Debbi - Homeowner in Pennsylvania - from 2009

RBA Review

I'm replacing 26 double casements on my home. I first went to RBA but the price was way out of my reach. I've gotten two other estimates, one contractor will put in Andersens and another aluminum clad Hurds. Both are right around $30,000. I'm not sure which to go through. I've heard some bad stuff about Hurd, but I know this contractor and trust him, and he says he really likes them. Any input?

Curt - Homeowner - from 2009

Renewal By Andersen Review

Last year I got 14 RBAs. We put in double hungs to replace sliders. I got bids from Andersen, Pella, Marvin, and RBA. The bid for RBA was about $5k higher than anyone else, and I was surprised. It ended up that RBA was actually the only one who could do it because of egress issues. They gave us some discounts that added up to about $2k but they were still expensive. That said, the installer were very nice, they were on time and did a nice job. The windows look good, and the outside noise is much quieter than before. I do think they were worth the money.

Brenda - Homeowner in California - from 2009

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