Andersen vs Renewal by Andersen

Andersen vs Renewal by Andersen

Andersen is a huge name among window brands, so large that most searches for replacement windows start with a search for Andersen windows. Searchers often run across Renewal by Andersen, which is another popular line of windows. It’s not uncommon for confusion to ensue, with homeowners thinking that Renewal by Andersen is the same company with the same product as Andersen.

The truth? Renewal by Andersen is owned by Andersen—but with Renewal, there is only one product line whereas Andersen offers a variety of products. That’s just one difference of many. Read below to learn more about the difference between Andersen and Renewal by Andersen.

Andersen vs Renewal by Andersen

The first and possibly easiest question to answer is whether or not Andersen and Renewal by Andersen are related. They are—Renewal is a subsidiary company↗ of the Andersen Corporation. The biggest difference between Andersen and Renewal is this: Andersen is a manufacturer of windows and doors while Renewal is a replacement franchise. In other words, you can buy windows from Andersen and either hire a contractor to install them or do a DIY job. With Renewal, techs will come out to replace windows for you.

Are Renewal by Andersen Windows Made by Andersen?

Yes, windows installed by Renewal by Andersen are made by Andersen the manufacturer. In fact, all of Andersen’s windows, whether purchased through Renewal or not, are made in the US at the parent company’s Minnesota manufacturing facility↗. Customer service and pricing from Renewal by Andersen can vary greatly around the country since Renewal is a franchise with independently run branches—and in fact some of the biggest Renewal by Andersen complaints deal with these two things—but all products come from the same place.

Does Renewal by Andersen Sell the Same Windows as Andersen?

Here’s where things get tricky, but the short answer is no—they don’t offer the same products. Renewal sells Fibrex windows only. These are made using Andersen’s special mix of PVC and left over wood from other Andersen windows, which creates a strong frame using less material.

Andersen also sells Fibrex windows—but they’re not quite the same. Buy Fibrex from Anderson direct, and you’ll be buying the 100 Series, which are similar to the Fibrex windows that Renewal installs, but with a few small differences. In addition to the Fibrex 100 Series windows, you can buy lots of other window and door products from Andersen, including wood, composite and aluminum products.

Are Renewal by Andersen Windows More Expensive than Andersen Windows?

This is another tricky question to answer. Usually, yes—Renewal windows will be more expensive than Andersen windows. This is because each Renewal location operates as an independent franchise, setting its own prices for products and services. With Renewal, you will also be paying labor costs for someone to install the windows for you.

With Andersen, you can purchase some windows through large home improvement stores or you can purchase through an Andersen dealer. Dealers are trusted retail partners for the vendor. Some dealers only offer Andersen products and others offer a variety of window brands. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of product lines, which will give you a chance to minimize costs depending on the features you select. Window dealers often operate as window installers you but you can also install the windows yourself or hire your own team of installers. 

On the flip side of that, for the price, Renewal offers you a full-service experience↗ that includes not only replacement windows, but a consultation and labor—which removes the hassle of finding a separate contractor. With Renewal, you also get a 20-year warranty on glass, 10-year warranty on non-glass components, and a 2-year warranty against installation defects. This differs from the Andersen warranty, which offers the same 20-year and 10-year coverage on glass and frame parts, but not the 2-year coverage against installation defects.

Choosing between Andersen and Renewal by Andersen comes down to product choices and cost versus convenience. If you want a greater range of choices and the opportunity to save money, Andersen will be the better option. However, Renewal by Andersen makes the process easy—and provides a solid window product, even if the product range is limited and expensive.

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