Andersen 200 Series vs E Series - Replacement Windows Review

Andersen 200 Series vs E Series - Replacement Windows Review

Andersen offers two product lines to meet any window need you have as a homeowner. This article will review two of their window collections, the 200 Series and the E-Series.

If you’re interested in wood windows both of these series are good options to consider. You’ll find that the biggest difference between the two series is the ability to customize the windows and the cost.

Our comparison will examine:

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


Materials

Both series offer wood windows with weather-resistant exteriors.

200-Series

Corner cut of Andersen's 200 Series Perma Shield Frame.

  • Interior - Wood
  • Exterior - Vinyl

Vinyl on its own provides an excellent low-maintenance exterior for any window. In this series, Andersen takes vinyl’s superior weather resistant qualities and pairs it with the wood core as a protective cladding element on the window. This combination of a weather-resistant vinyl exterior, the strength of a solid wood frame, and the beauty of a wood interior performs well beyond what vinyl or wood can achieve on their own.

E-Series

Corner cut of Andersen's E-Series window. This series has a wood interior with an aluminum exterior.

  • Interior - Wood
  • Exterior - Aluminum

Aluminum provides a virtually maintenance-free exterior that resists the elements. Its high-definition details and versatility gives Andersen the ability to provide any color you can imagine in practically any shape. They use a  process of extruding the aluminum to create a thicker, stronger cladding.

Construction

Both 200 Series and E-Series windows are available for new and replacement window projects.

Sizes

200 Series double-hung windows are offered up to 3’4" wide and 6’ high.

E-Series double-hung windows are available up to 4' wide and 7'6" high. Windows in this series are measured in 1/8th increments to allow customization.

Energy Efficiency

New and well-installed replacement windows should always be more energy efficient than those being replaced, but glass also affects energy efficiency. In fact, glass can affect energy efficiency more than any other part of a window. 

Not all glass insulates the same. Andersen offers one of the industry’s widest array of glass options, so you’re sure to find the right choice for your climate and your home.

200 Series and E-Series windows are both Energy Star Certified.

Styles

200 Series

This series offers three window styles:

Image of Andersen's 200 Series Double-Hung Window. Image from Andersen Windows and Doors. Image of Andersen's 200 Series Gliding Window. Image from Andersen Windows and Doors. 

Image of Andersen's 200 Series Picture Window, image from Andersen Windows and Doors.

E-Series

This series offers 10 style options:

Image of Andersen E-Series Double-hung window, image from Andersen Windows and Doors. Image of Andersen E-Series Awning window, image from Andersen Windows and Doors. 

Image of Andersen E-Series Push Out Awning window, image from Andersen Windows and Doors. Image of Andersen E-Series Casement window, image from Andersen Windows and Doors. 

Image of Andersen E-Series French Casement window, image from Andersen Windows and Doors. Image of Andersen E-Series Push Out Casement window, image from Andersen Windows and Doors.

Image of Andersen E-Series Gliding window, image from Andersen Windows and Doors. Image of Andersen E-Series Specialty window, image from Andersen Windows and Doors. 

Image of Andersen E-Series Picture window, image from Andersen Windows and Doors. Image of Andersen Bay & Bow windows, image from Andersen Windows and Doors. 

Grilles

Grilles (or grids) are an aesthetic touch that give your window a more traditional look. Before technology made creating large panes of glass a possibility, glass for windows was made in small individual pieces that were joined together by window grilles.

200 Series Grille Styles:

Illustration of Andersen's simulated divided light grilles, image from Brennan Enterprises's partner, Andersen Windows and Doors. Illustration of Andersen's removable interior grille, image from Brennan Enterprises's partner, Andersen Windows and Doors. Illustration of Andersen's finelight grilles between-the-glass, image from Brennan Enterprises's partner, Andersen Windows and Doors.

Simulated Divided Light Grilles: Applied on the exterior and interior sides of the window. The interior grille can be removable, or permanent. The exterior grille is permanent.

Removable Interior Grilles: Fastened on the interior side of the window making them easy to remove and thoroughly clean the glass.

Finelight Grilles Between-the-Glass: This option places the grilles between the panes making the interior and exterior glass easy to clean.

E-Series Grille Styles:

Illustration of Andersen's Full Divided Light window grilles.  Full Divided Light grilles give windows an authentic look with permanently applied exterior and interior grilles and a spacer between the glass. Illustration of Simulated Divided Light grilles. This style uses interior and exterior fixed grilles without an internal spacer between the glass. Image from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors. 

Illustration of Andersen's Removable Interior Wood Grilles. Removable grilles are installed on the interior surface of the glass with an optional permanently applied exterior grille. Image from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors. Illustration of Andersen's Finelight Grilles-Between-the-Glass. This style places the grille between two panes of glass making the glass easy to clean. Image from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors.

Full Divided Light: Permanently applied interior and exterior grilles with a divider between the panes of glass create an authentic grille look.

Simulated Divided Light: This option features fixed grilles on the interior and exterior of the glass creating a similar look as the Full Divided Light grilles.

Removable Interior Wood Grilles: Removable grilles are installed on the interior surface with optional permanently fixed exterior grilles.

Finelight Grilles-Between-the-Glass: Grilles between the glass are the best choice for easy cleaning. In this option, an aluminum grille is placed between two panes of glass.

Grille Patterns

Because each series is highly customizable, you have a medley of options to create the grille pattern that suits your desires. We’ll look at double-hung windows in each series to illustrate the wide range of style choices.

200 Series

The following pattern options are available for double-hung windows in the 200 Series:

Illustration of Andersen's Prairie style window grilles. Image from Brennan Enterprises's partner, Andersen Windows and Doors. Illustration of Prairie (Top Sash Only) grille pattern from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors. 

Illustration of Colonial grille pattern from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors. Illustration of Colonial (Top Sash Only) grille pattern from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors. 

Illustration of Andersen's Specified Equal Light grille patterns. Image from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors.

E-Series

The following grille patterns are available for E-series double-hung windows:

Example of Prairie grille style from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors. Example of Prairie (Top Sash Only) grille pattern from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors. 

Example of Diamond grille pattern from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors. Example of Diamond on top sash only grille pattern from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors.

Example of Fractional Grille Pattern from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors. Example of Victorian grille pattern from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors.

Example of Colonial grille pattern from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors. Example of Custom Patterns grilles from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors.

Glass

Glass and energy efficiency go hand in hand. Take a look at the overview of Andersen’s glass offerings and their energy performance below.

200 Series

There are five glass options for windows in the 200 Series. Each one specializes in a feature to help maximize energy efficiency. For example, Low-E coating offers homeowners technology to help block ultraviolet rays (heat-causing solar rays) and will allow plenty of light into your home.

Table of glass package options from Andersen Windows and Doors. Although there is overlap with all of the series, this table is for the Andersen 200 Series.

E-Series

As the luxury line, the E-Series offers seven glass variations. The Sun option, ideal for southern climates, provides outstanding thermal performance with a subtle tint that blocks out even more heat from the sun.

Table of glass package options for Andersen's E-Series windows. There is some overlap on availability with other Andersen window series, but this table is specific to the E-Series.

Tilt Sash

The sash is the mechanism that moves up and down when you open the window. On a tilt sash, that part unlatches from the frame and swings down. This feature gives you the option of cleaning the exterior of your window from inside your home. This feature is only available on select window styles.

Tilt sash options are only available on double-hung windows for both the 200 and E-Series.

Example of tilt sash on Andersen 200 Series Double-Hung window.

Hardware

Hardware options in each of these series vary by window style. We’ve laid out a few of the many choices below.

200 Series

Double-hung windows in the 200 Series includes the Lock & Keeper in the following colors:

Example of Andersen's 200 series window hardware. This piece is called a Lock & Keeper.

Andersen 200 Series Hardware Colors: White, Antique Brass, Black, and Bright Brass.

Andersen 200 Series window hardware finishes: Gold Dust, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, and Stone.

Gliding windows have two hardware options (the Classic Series Handle or the Lock & Keeper) in two color options (Stone or White):

Classic Series Handle

Example of Andersen's lift handle for 200 series gliding windows.

Lock & Keeper

Example of Lock & Keeper for Andersen's 200 Series gliding window.

Hardware colors for Andersen 200 Series Gliding windows.

E-Series

Double-hung windows in the E-Series offers two hardware options in the colors below:

Lock & Keeper

Example of standard Lock & Keeper for Andersen E-Series double-hung window. Image from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors.

Sash Lift

Example of Sash Lift for Andersen's E-Series Double-hung window. Image from Brennan Enterprises's partner Andersen Windows and Doors.

Example of finishes for Andersen's E-Series Double-Hung windows: Antique Brass, Black, Bright Chrome, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Chrome.

Example of finishes for Andersen's E-Series Double-Hung window.

French Casement windows give you the option of Crank Handle & Operator Cover as well as the French Casement Lock:

Crank Handle & Operator Cover

Example of Crank Handle & Operator Cover for Andersen E-Series French Casement style window. Image from Andersen Windows and Doors.

French Casement Lock

Example of French Casement Lock for Andersen E-Series windows.

Example of finishes for Andersen's E-Series French Casement windows: Antique Brass, Black, Bright Chrome, Bronze.

Example of finishes for Andersen's E-Series French Casement windows.

Exterior Colors

200 Series

The vinyl-cladding for 200 Series windows are available in White and Sandstone:

Exterior window finishes for Andersen 200 Series windows: White and Sandtone.

E-Series

You have 50 standard color choices with E-Series aluminum cladding and you’re also able to create your own custom colors. See a sample of the colors below or visit our E-Series page to see the colors more clearly:

Sample of Andersen E-Series finishes for window exteriors.

Interior Colors

200 Series

Interior wood is available in a White or Pine finish:

Interior finishes for Andersen's 200 Series windows.

E-Series

E-Series wood colors allow you endless combinations for your specialty needs. For those interested in simplicity, there are 10 unfinished lumber colors, plus a custom option:

Unfinished interior wood options for Andersen's E-Series windows.

Additionally, wood in the E-Series gives you the option of factory-finish stain options:

Example of options for Andersen E-Series window stains. 

Want a vibrantly painted interior? Mix-up your own custom color, or chose from the 14 factory shades:

Example of Andersen E-Series interior paint options. 

Price

The  200 Series offers economical options for your window replacement project.  Featured in Andersen’s luxury windows collection, the E-Series is on the pricier end of the cost spectrum.

200 Series

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E-Series

$$$$$

Warranty

Andersen’s 200 Series and E-Series covered by separate Owner 2 Owner Limited Warranties, you can learn more about them at the links below:

Andersen 200 Series Warranty

Andersen E-Series Warranty

Lead Time

Lead-time for a product depends on the materials and can vary depending on the time of year. These estimates include order placement, creation, and shipment to the dealer.

200 Series

4-6 weeks

E-Series

5-6 weeks 


Your window project is more than a chance to improve insulation and lighting in your residence. The customization options in Andersen’s 200 and E-series are a collection of tools to help showcase the elegance of your home.

Are you ready to start your own beautification project? The professionals at Brennan are ready to help. Contact us at 817-860-9767 to get started!

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