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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 nfrc.org website, the Renewal information is listed under the Anderen 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 - from 2015


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

[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 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

[Site Editor's Response]

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

[Site Editor's Response]

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

[Site Editor's Response]

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

[Site Editor's Response]

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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