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Renewal By Andersen Prices

Renewal by Andersen window prices are some of the most expensive replacement windows on the market - homeowners should plan to pay anywhere from $100 to $120 per square foot for a double hung window (without installation). The company has a mixed reputation because they are a franchised brand. Many installers and industry insiders feel their prices are overinflated for the quality of window and service they provide.

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Renewal By Andersen Basics

Renewal by Andersen works a little differently than most window manufacturers. Andersen owns the RBA name, but they are run as privately owned franchises for each region. This means the consumer is not actually buying from Andersen, but from a franchised distributor. This also means that there can be wide discrepancies between pricing, sales tactics, customer service etc. depending on who owns and runs the franchise in your area.

Many homeowners have complained about the dealers' sales tactics, who often drag prospective clients through very long sales pitches, then hit them with a high pressure spiel trying to get them to sign right away. The price might start out high, around $130 per square foot for each window (higher than even Andersen prices), but they will keep offering more discounts and special deals to get the customer to sign right then and there. By the time they leave, the price might be down to $100 per square foor per window (still very expensive). Not all RBA franchises work this way and some have decent reputations, one reason why we recommend consumers do some homework on their particular RBA franchise before arranging an estimate.


Renewal By Andersen Windows

RBA carries only one line of window, which is made from Fibrex, a vinyl/recycled wood composite frame. Renewal by Andersen windows are fully customizable and have a lot of hardware options and other upgradable features. They come standard with a fusion welded frame and stainless steel spacer. The performance numbers are pretty average though, with an SHGC of 0.34 and a U-factor of 0.30. For customers that upgrade to the SmartSun glass package, the U-value goes down to 0.24 and the SHGC to 0.28.


RBA Window Costs

wanted to replace 7 windows plus a slider with Renewal by Andersen. After 5 hours in my house with their salesman pitching the superiority of their windows I ended up purchasing one casement (34.5 x 57.5) and one double-hung (47 x 57) window for $4427 plus $288.30 for a mandatory building permit. I planned to complete the rest of the windows within the year, however due to a breach of trust and discomfort with the salesman I am now looking for a different company. I love the windows, I don’t love the price tag, I really don’t like the changing prices and sales tactics.

Unfortunately Renewal by Andersen is only sold by a single dealer in my area so finding another dealer is not an option. Now I am looking to find a good window from a reputable company that offers a style that will be compatible with the two Renewal windows I just had installed. I live in California so extreme weather isn’t an issue, but the windows are west facing and get full sun all afternoon which is why the Renewal windows with the composite material seemed so attractive. Plus the salesman said that they were able to make a smaller frame with larger glass area due to the added strength of the proprietary composite material. I want more glass, less frame. Can you provide some advice about the companies I should be looking at?

Jacque - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Jacque, RBA makes a nice window, but they are VERY expensive. The Andersen 100 window is made of the same fibrex material and is often sold in home depot for around $250 to $450 for the window, depending on the upgrades, glass, etc. that you want. You would obviously have to find your own installer -- I wouldn't recommend going with the HD subcontractors, but you could find an experienced installer and get them to install it for you. The other option is to go with a vinyl window -- Milgard, Amerimax and Anlin should all be available in California and they make a good quality product at a nice price point. Have the local dealers or companies come out and give you a bid and compare how the window looks to your current Renewal Windows. Marvin Infinity is a fiberglass window, but it should look somewhat similar to the Renewal as well.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Renewal By Andersen Prices

We have a farmhouse in Northern Wisconsin that was built around 1900. We need to replace 9 windows where the frames have rotted out. We had Anderson Replacement Windows come out for a consult and they are quoting us $16,000 installed for their Fibrex series. What makes this attractive is their 5 year, zero interest, financing and 1 day professional installation with replacement of all rotted wood. Is this a good deal - or is this ridiculously high?

Linda - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Linda, in my opinion, $16,000 for 9 windows is ridiculously high, regardless of how you finance it or what terms they provide. The Renewal windows are nice, but they are actually more or less an upgraded Andersen 100 series, but much more expensive.

Before you sign anything, I would get several more bids just to compare the prices and the energy efficiency of the windows. I'm not sure what's available in your area so I'll list a number of different brands that I like.

Okna, Soft-Lite, Sunrise, HiMark, Polaris, Kensington, Wincore and Champion.

They are listed starting with my favorite. Hopefully a few local companies will carry one or more of these brands. I think you owe it yourself to at least see what else is out there.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016






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RBA Price Quote

Hi Dane, we are contemplating a quote from RBA. It is for five windows, three double hung, one picture window, and one rather large bay window (92'x50"). the quote is for $13,400. I know that we could most likely have it done for a lot cheaper, but how much would the quality suffer, if at all. We don't mind paying more for quality, but is this excessive? We live in New England.The quote includes everything from the cost of the windows, to wrapped sills and installing a hip style roof over the bay window. Thanks ng

Paul - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Answer]

Paul, Renewal By Andersen quotes tend to be at the top of the cost spectrum. The company makes a nice window, but it's nothing mind blowing in terms of performance etc. If it were me, I would get a few more bids -- see if there are any local dealers who sell Okna, Soft-Lite, Zen, Sunrise, Polaris, Andersen 100 Series (which is more of less the RBA frame), even Harvey.

I can't tell you if the quote is too high because it does sound like there are some installation requirements that go above and beyond a typical install, but the recommendations I gave are going to offer windows that are easily as good as the RBA (obviously not every model, but certainly their premium models).

The long and short of it is I think you can get a better window for less money, but the bids are going to be the proof of my opinion.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


Cost Of Anderson Renewals

Hi, I just got an estimate of $47,600.00 from Anderson Renewal on Runway Drive in Tucson to install 22 windows (2 are sliding glass doors). Is this ridiculous or is this how much it costs? Thanks so much.

Carol - Homeowner - from 2016

[Site Editor's Response]

Hi Carol, this is a pretty standard Renewal By Andersen window cost quote. As to the ridiculousness of the price, I suppose it is all in the eyes of the beholder. $1000 per window is very expensive and that's typically what RBA quotes are, at the top end of the price range. Many consumers are willing to pay this and they like that the company has the JD Powers And Associates accolades, etc.

I would suggest getting a few more bids from good local companies who carry quality brands such as Milgard, Amerimax and Anlin. Perhaps a bid from someone who carries one of the top lines from Simonton as well. Compare these bids in terms of the overall aesthetics of the windows and doors, the performance data (U-value, SHGC, Air Infiltration and Design Pressure), and the reputation of the company for the quality of their installs.

My hope is that you will find a window (and doors) that you like, that perform well, and from a good installer at perhaps 40% to even 50% less than the RBA replacement window price bid. Good luck, I know it can be a grind, but getting a few more bids will hopefully put things in better perspective.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2016


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