Andersen 100 Series Windows Review

Andersen 100 Series Windows Review

Andersen Windows is one of the best and most trusted manufacturers in the business. With over 100 years of expertise under its belt, this company offers multiple window series giving homeowners the power to choose the ideal product for their home.

Their most affordable and popular collections is the 100 Series which is made from Fibrex material. We’ll tell you more about the company and product in this Andersen 100 Series Windows Review.

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Who is Andersen?

Andersen Windows↗ is one of the best and longest established window manufacturers in North America. This company was founded in 1903 by a Danish immigrant in Hudson, Wisconsin. Over the company’s 115+ history they’ve expanded their product offerings and presence, today Andersen employ over 8,000 people and has manufacturing locations in North America and Europe.

In addition to the 100 Series, which we’ll talk more about in a moment, Andersen also sells 4 additional series of windows and doors and owns four other brands including Renewal by Andersen, Weiland, Heritage, MQ, and EMCO.

Andersen 100 Series Windows Review

If you were to take a quick look through Andersen’s website you would see that all of Andersen’s windows are wood windows with a cladded exterior except the 100 Series. The 100 Series is made of a composite material called Fibrex and is often posed as an alternative to vinyl windows. The truth is Fibrex brings together the best of wood and vinyl products in one. It’s durable, energy-efficient, and the lines on the window are perfect for contemporary homes. Keep reading to learn more details about this window series.

What is Fibrex?

Fibrex is a composite material made exclusively by Andersen. The material is twice as strong as vinyl and much more stable so it won’t expand or contract as much in extreme temperatures. Less expansion and contraction means the seals around the glass are less likely to fail and thus the glass in 100 Series windows is less likely to experience condensation between the glass panes.

Additional Benefits of Fibrex

  • Moisture resistant so it won’t experience rot like wood windows
  • Heat-resistant so it remains stable in hotter climates
  • Excellent insulator – performs on par with vinyl and wood
  • It’s made sustainably – Fibrex windows are made with reclaimed wood fibers that would otherwise be sent to waste
  • Has a matte finish that won’t flake, blister, or peel

These windows are slightly more expensive than your standard vinyl window but they’re also a better product. Compared to wood windows, Fibrex windows are less expensive, essentially maintenance-free, and you don’t have to be concerned about paint peeling or wood rot. If fiberglass windows are out of your budget you might also consider Fibrex windows as an affordable alternative.

Are Andersen Fibrex windows made for replacement or new construction?

Andersen’s Fibrex windows are available for both new construction and replacement applications. The only difference between new construction windows and replacement windows is the fin around the frame. By offering the finless frame, Andersen makes it easier for installations that are prepped for pocketing the window in a full-frame window replacement. Frames with fins are best used on new construction homes where the wall studs are fully exposed; the fins need to be nailed to the studs.

What styles are Fibrex windows made in?

Fibrex windows are available in six classic window styles. Use the links below to see the product detail pages for each Andersen 100 Series window style.

  • Awning↗
    Standard sizes up to 4’ wide and 3’ high
    Custom sizes available
  • Casement↗
    Standard sizes up to 3’ wide and 6’ high
    Custom sizes available
  • Gliding (sliding)↗
    Standard sizes up to 6’ wide and 6’ high
    Custom sizes available
  • Picture (fixed)↗
    Standard sizes up to 8’ wide and 8’ high
    Custom sizes available
  • Single-Hung↗
    Standard sizes up to 4’ wide and 7’6” high
    Custom sizes available
  • Specialty Shape (fixed)↗
    12 shapes to choose from
    Custom sizes available

What colors are Fibrex windows available in?

Color is a big deal with windows. Most window manufacturers offer your standard white-interior with white exterior window and sure, you can get that from Andersen, too but you can also get more. Andersen 100 Series windows are factory-finished with a premium matte finish that won’t flake, blister, or peel. Including white Andersen offers 5 total exterior colors. The colors have a deep warm tone, I can’t think of any home that wouldn’t find a suitable window color in Andersen’s palette.

Exterior color options include:

  • White
  • Sandtone
  • Terratone
  • Dark Bronze
  • Black

Interior color options include:

  • White
  • Sandtone
  • Dark Bronze
  • Black

See the combinations available in the image below:

 

Can Fibrex windows be customized?

Yes, Andersen’s Fibrex windows can be customized in addition to choices in style and color, Fibrex windows can are all available in custom sizes up to the max size. Andersen also offers choices in hardware finish, glass grilles (grids), and glass type including decorative glass options.

Are Fibrex windows covered by a product warranty?

Andersen offers a limited Owner-2-Owner Limited Warranty for their products including 100 Series windows and doors.

Should I get Andersen 100 Series windows for my house?

This is a really great product with advantages over vinyl and wood windows. If Andersen 100 Series windows are on your list of options, push it to the top. Make sure to get a few bids for Andersen windows and from some other options. If this is your first time shopping for replacement windows the price might come as a bit of a shock at first but remember—you get what you pay for and Andersen offers a competitively priced product with long-term value.

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