Andersen 100 Series vs 200 Series - Replacement Windows Review

Andersen 100 Series vs 200 Series - Replacement Windows Review

Andersen is one of the most trusted windows manufacturers in the business. They offer five window series lines giving their customers endless options. Options are great but sometimes that makes it difficult to choose so in this article we're going to compare the Andersen 100 Series and 200 Series window options. In this article we'll cover the following topics:

  • Materials
  • Construction
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Styles
  • Grilles (Grids)
  • Glass
  • Tilt Sash
  • Colors
  • Price
  • Warranty
  • Lead-time

Materials

100 Series

  • Fibrex Composite

The 100 Series product line is made of Fibrex Composite a material that is made of a combination of reclaimed wood fiber and PVC polymer. It is an environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and durable material. 

Fibrex is twice as strong as vinyl and expands and contracts less than vinyl. If you'd like to learn more about this material check out this article on Andersen's Fibrex Material

200 Series

  • Wood window with vinyl exterior cladding

The 200 Series product line is a wood product protected by vinyl. Wood windows are considered a premium product but the 200 Series provides an affordable alternative to Andersen's more expensive 400 Series wood windows

Construction

Andersen’s 100 Series and 200 Series windows are available for both new construction and replacement window projects. Remember, new construction and replacement windows are not the same but if you accidentally order new construction windows for a replacement project the windows can usually still be used unless they are the wrong size.

The main difference between new construction windows and replacement windows is the nail fin around new construction windows is wide so that it can be attached to the wooden frame of the structure. Replacement windows are designed to basically be popped into the place of the original window and are made custom sized to fit just right into the existing space. 

Energy Efficiency

Both the 100 Series and 200 Series offer options that allow them to achieve ENERGY STAR certifications. 

The 100 Series and 200 Series are both made of excellent insulator materials that perform far better than a material like aluminum. Choosing the right glass package will also push your product closer to that ENERGY STAR certification. We'll cover Andersen's glass packages briefly later in this article. 

Styles

The two primary differences between Andersen's 100 Series and 200 Series windows is the material and style options. With the 100 Series, you have a couple of more options but the 200 Series carries three of the most common window styles. 

Awning windows open outwards at a 90 degree angle. Several of the windows we carry offer awning style windows. Brennan Enterprises is a window and doors company based in North Texas. Casement windows open outwards from the vertical hinges at a 90 degree angle. Several of the windows vendors we carry offer casement style windows. Brennan Enterprises is a window and doors company based in North Texas. Sliding windows, sometimes called gliding windows move horizontally. Several of the window vendors we carry offer sliding style windows. Brennan Enterprises is a window and doors company based in North Texas. Single-hung windows open upwards. Single-hung and double-hung windows are standard style windows that all window vendors make. Brennan Enterprises is a window and doors company based in North Texas. Picture windows are fixed so they do not open. Brennan Enterprises is a window and doors company based in North Texas. Double-hung windows have two operable sashes meaning that both the upper and lower part of the window can slide open. Brennan Enterprises is a window and doors company based in North Texas.

100 Series

Awning + Casement + Gliding (Sliding) + Single-hung + Picture + Specialty Shape

200 Series

Double-hung + Gliding + Picture

Grilles

Grilles are available for both series in patterns that will complement nearly any style of home. If you’re interested in grilles for your window you can choose from the following options:

Finelight Grilles-Between-the-Glass

  • Available on 100 Series and 200 Series
  • Easy cleaning on both sides of the window

Finelight grilles between the glass by Andersen Windows. Brennan Enterprises is a Andersen Windows and Doors dealer in North Texas.

Finelight Grilles-Between-the-Glass with exterior grilles 

  • Available on 100 Series
  • Provides more architectural style and detail and still leaves the interior side of the window easy to clean

Finelight grilles between the glass with exterior grille by Andersen Windows. Brennan Enterprises is a Andersen Windows and Doors dealer in North Texas.

Full Divided Light Grilles

  • Available on 100 Series
  • Applies grilles to the interior and exterior of the window with a divider in between creating a more authentic look

Full Divided Light Grilles by Andersen Windows. Brennan Enterprises is a Andersen Windows and Doors dealer in North Texas.

Simulated Divided Light Grilles

  • Available on 100 Series and 200 Series 
  • Can be applied to the exterior and interior side of the glass, this option would not have a divider between the glass

Simulated Divided Light Grilles by Andersen Windows. Brennan Enterprises is a Andersen Windows and Doors dealer in North Texas.

Removable Interior Grille

  • Available on 200 Series
  • The grille on the interior side of the window is fastened on and can be removed for easy cleaning

Removable grille can be unfastened for easy window cleaning. Brennan Enterprises is a windows and doors dealer in North Texas. 

Glass

Andersen offers the same glass options for both 100 Series and 200 Series windows:

SmartSun + SmartSun with HeatLock Coating + Low-E + Low-E with HeatLock Coating + Clear Dual-Pane

Andersen glass options for 100 Series and 200 Series windows.

Need tips on how to choose the right glass? Andersen’s got more information about glass options on their website.

Tilt Sash

Windows with tilting sashes make cleaning an easy process. In case you're not very familiar with the parts of a window, the sash is the part of the window that holds the glass within the frame of the window. So a tilting sash is able to unclip from the frame and open inwards making it easy to clean both sides of the window without having to go in and out of your house.

Andersen does offer tilt sash options on some of their products but not on any of the windows in the 100 Series and only on the Double-hung of the 200 Series.

Andersen 200 Series tilt sash double-hung window.

Hardware

100 Series

Andersen 100 Series awning and casement window hardware colors.

Hardware for single-hung and gliding windows is available in 3 style options and 6 colors. 

Lock and Lift/Pull options come in the same color as chosen for the window.

Andersen 100 Series single-hung and gliding window lock. Andersen 100 Series window sash lift hardware.

Slim Line Metal Hardware is available in White, Sandtone, Dark Bronze, Black, Satin Nickel, and Antique Brass.

Andersen 100 Series Slim Line single-hung and gliding window hardware.

Hardware for casement and awning windows standard folding hardware plus single-action casement locks. Colors options include: White, Sandtone, Dark Bronze, Black, Satin Nickel, and Antique Brass

Andersen 100 Series awning and casement window hardware.

200 Series

Andersen 200 Series Hardware color options

Andersen 200 Series Hardware color options

Hardware options for 200 Series window styles are the Classic Hand Lift or Lock & Keeper. The Lift is available in White and Stone and the Lock & Keeper is available in Antique Brass, Black Bright Brass, Gold Dust, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, Stone, and White. 

Andersen 200 Series window hardware.Andersen sash lift window hardware.

Exterior Colors

100 Series

Andersen 100 Series windows exterior colors.

200 Series

Andersen 200 Series windows exterior colors.

Interior Colors

100 Series

Andersen 100 Series windows interior colors.

Bronze and black interior options are only available to match bronze and black exteriors.

200 Series

Andersen 200 Series windows interior colors.

Price

According to Andersen the 100 Series and 200 Series are at about the same price point.

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Warranty

The 100 Series and 200 Series are each covered by Andersen’s Owner 2 Owner Limited Warranty.

Lead-time

Lead-time for a product depends on the materials and can vary depending on the time of year. Lead-time is the amount of time it takes to place, create, and ship an order. 

100 Series

These windows typically have a 3-4 week lead-time.

200 Series

Lead-time for this series is slightly longer at 4-6 weeks. 


Sometimes when you are shopping for windows it can feel like all the windows look the same but hopefully, this article helped clear up some of the differences between two of Andersen's product lines. Remember the main differences between these two lines is in the material, the variety of styles, and the lead-time. 

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