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Viwinco Windows vs Andersen

Viwinco Windows vs Andersen - how do they stack up? Let's compare these two window companies and see how they fare against one another.

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Company Information

Viwinco is a Pennsylvania based company that has been in business since 1982. They are really more of a regional based company and not well known outside of window industry insiders. They are a privately held company that sells their replacement and new construction windows and doors throughout the state of Pennsylvania and in several of the surrounding states.

Andersen is perhaps the best known window company in the country. They are owned by the Andersen Corporation and sells their windows and doors across the nation. The company is Minnesota based and employs 12K people - Viwinco is MUCH MUCH smaller than this.

What They Sell

Viwinco manufactures and sells four vinyl window series, including the S-Series, Cambridge, Edgemont, and the Oceanview Impact series. They also sell replacement doors in the S Series and the Oceanview Impact series. The performance data for Viwinco series are, on the whole, surprisingly good and many insiders think that Viwinco is a solid "budget" buy option. (They're not exactly budget, but compared to Renewal By Andersen or other expensive window brands, they begin to look pretty affordable.)

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Andersen sells wood clad windows and a composite series as well. They also sell replacement doors and are perhaps best known for their French doors. Andersen is well known for making quality wood clad windows&doors. Andersen has mostly stayed out of the vinyl realm, although they did at one time own American Craftsman and Silverline. (These are generally regarded as some of the worst vinyl windows available.) Instead, Andersen is known for the wood clad windows, as well as their 100 series composite. Their franchised brand, Renewal, is also known for their fibrex composite window. Fibrex vs Vinyl Windows

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How They Market

Viwinco sells their windows&doors across Pennsylvania, as well as in a number of surrounding states through a network of window dealers (local companies that sell and install several different brands and options to consumers.) Viwinco does not sell directly to consumers, which is relatively common for most “regional” window manufacturers.

Because of its size, Andersen has a more all encompassing approach to their marketing approach. They sell the majority of their high end products through a nation wide dealer network — much like Viwinco, although on a much larger scale. They sell their composite series mainly through Home Depot, although also through their dealers. They also sell through certain contractors and large builders. It’s a bit of a scorched earth approach.

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Cost Comparison

Viwinco Window prices are right in the middle of the vinyl windows cost range. For the most part, they offer nice value for many homeowners. I would say for consumers interested in a mid range vinyl window, this is a very nice option. Their impact window series is a nice buy at the right price point.

Andersen Windows Prices on the other hand are right at the top of wood clad cost spectrum. I should say "mainstream" here because there are lots of specialty brands that are VERY expensive, but they are outside the reach for most of us - and honestly many of these look amazing, but they aren't all that great in terms of energy efficiency - so don't worry, you're not missing out on all that much :)

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