Andersen 100 Series vs 400 Series - Replacement Window Review

Andersen 100 Series vs 400 Series - Replacement Window Review

Andersen has a wide range of product lines for window shoppers. In this article, we'll brief you on some of the differences between two of Andersen's most popular product lines, the 100 Series and 400 Series. We'll briefly cover the topics below so you can get a good overview of both product lines or you can skip to the section that you have questions about. 

If you have any lingering questions at the end feel free to reach out to us on social or give us a call. 

  • Materials
  • Construction
  • Sizes
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Styles
  • Grilles
  • Glass
  • Tilt Sash
  • Hardware
  • Exterior Colors
  • Interior Color
  • Price
  • Warranty
  • Lead-time

Materials

100 Series 

  • Fibrex Composite

The 100 Series product line is made of Fibrex composite material. This material is made of a combination of reclaimed wood fiber and PVC polymer. It is twice as strong as vinyl and also environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

Maintenance for this window, like vinyl windows, is low. Regular cleaning and an annual wash to remove any accumulated debris or to identify any irregularities are all these windows need. 

400 Series

  • Wood window with vinyl exterior

The 400 Series product line is made of a pine wood species. Wood though a high-end product is also susceptible to many problems you won't find in vinyl materials like warp and wood rot.

Wood windows require maintenance but vinyl-clad windows like this one require less than a window made entirely of wood. Wood windows should be painted and stained to seal in the wood's natural beauty and to seal out moisture. Paint and stain should be applied as necessary if it begins to peel or chip. When properly maintained wood windows have a long lifespan, sometimes longer than vinyl windows. 

Construction

Andersen's 100 Series and 400 Series windows are available for both new construction and replacement window projects.

Sizes

100 Series

Standard sizes are available up to 4' wide and 7'6" high with custom sizes available in 1/8" increments.

400 Series

Standard sizes are available up to 3'10-1/8" wide and 7'8-7/8" high with custom sizes available in 1/8" increments.

Energy Efficiency

Both the 100 Series and 400 Series offer options that allow them to achieve ENERGY STAR certifications. 

The Fibrex material of the 100 Series and the wood of the 400 Series are both excellent insulators and perform far better than aluminum. According to Andersen pine material is a bit better for insulation than the Fibrex material and the Fibrex material is on par with vinyl. 

Styles

Illustration of an awning style window. Awning windows are hinged on the top and open out at a 90 degree angle. Illustration of bay or bow windows. Bay or bow windows are connected at an angle and can be a combination of fixed or operable windows. Illustration of a casement window. Casement windows are similar to awning windows and are hinged on one side and open at a 90 degree angle. Illustration of a double-hung window. Double-hung windows have two operable sashes that can slide up or down. Illustration of a picture window. A picture window has a fixed sash meaning it does not open. Illustration of a single-hung window. Single-hung windows have one operable sash that can be moved up or down. Illustration of a sliding window. Sliding windows, also referred to as gliding windows, move along a horizontal rail.

The 100 Series and 400 Series carry all the styles listed above with a couple of exceptions. Both series also carry Specialty Shape windows and the Double-hung is available only in the 400 Series and the Single-hung is available only in the 100 Series. 

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 placement options:

Finelight Grilles-Between-the-Glass

  • Available on 100 Series and 400 Series 
  • Easy cleaning on both sides of the window

Andersen's Finelight Grilles-Between-the-Glass

Full Divided Light

  • Available on 100 Series and 400 Series
  • Grilles are applied to the interior and exterior sides of the window with a divider in between the glass creating a more authentic look

Andersen's Full Divided Light grilles

Simulated Divided Light Grilles

  • Available on 100 Series and 400 Series
  • Grilles can be applied to the exterior and interior sides of the glass similar to the full divided light but this option does not have a divider between the glass

Andersen's Simulated Divided Light grilles

Removable Interior Grilles

  • Available on the 400 Series
  • Grilles can be fastened on the interior side of the window making it easy to remove and fully clean the glass

Andersen's Removable Interior Grilles

Glass

Although these series are similar they do vary in glass options.

100 Series Glass Options

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

400 Series Glass options

SmartSun + SmartSun with Heatlock Coating + Low-E4 + Low-E4 with Heatlock Coating + PassiveSun + Sun

Andersen glass options table

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

Tilt Sash 

Tilt sash options are limited to only some of Andersen's window products including some in the 400 Series but none in the 100 Series. 

Hardware

100 Series

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 lock Andersen 100 Series Lift

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

Andersen's 100 series slim line metal hardware

Hardware for casement and awning windows are the 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.

400 Series

Andersen 400 Series hardware finishes

Hardware options for double-hung and gliding windows are a Standard Lock & Keeper and an Estate Lock & Keeper. 

The Standard Lock & Keeper (below) is available in Black, Gold Dust, Stone, and White. Simpler lift hardware is also available.

The Estate Lock & Keeper is available in Antique Brass, Bright Brass, Brushed Chrome, Distressed Bronze, Distressed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Chrome, and Satin Nickel.

400 Series Estate Lock & Keeper for double-hung and gliding windows.

There are several hardware options for casement and awning windows in the 400 Series. Not shown are compact, easy grip, and child-safety hardware styles.

The Traditional Folding Lock & Keeper is available in Antique Brass, Black, Bright Brass, Distressed Bronze, Distressed Nickel, Gold Dust, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, Stone, and White.

Andersen traditional folding lock and keeper for casement and awning windows.

The Contemporary Folding Lock & Keeper is available in Black, Bright Brass, Gold Dust, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, Stone, and White.

Andersen Contemporary Folding Lock and Keeper for casement and awning windows.

The Estate Lock & Keeper for is available in Antique Brass, Bright Brass, Brushed Chrome, Distressed Bronze, Distressed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Chrome, and Satin Nickel.

Andersen Estate Lock and Keeper for casement and awning windows.

The Classic Series Lock & Keeper is available in Stone and White.

Andersen Classic Lock and Keeper for casement and awning windows.

Exterior Colors

100 Series

Andersen 100 Series exterior colors

400 Series

Andersen 400 Series exterior colors

Interior Colors

100 Series

Andersen 100 Series interior colors

400 Series

Andersen 400 Series interior colors

Price

Price comparison according to Andersen places the 400 Series at a higher price point than the 100 Series which makes sense considering the difference in material and hardware. 

100 Series
$$

400 Series
$$$

Warranty

The 100 Series and 400 Series windows 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
3-4 week lead-time

400 Series
4-6 week lead-time


You can find more information and also see photos of these products on our website. Check out our pages dedicated to the 100 Series product line or the 400 Series product line. 

Let us know if we can answer any questions or if you'd like a quote or appointment by giving us a call. 

 

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