Published: Nov. 3, 2020
Andersen® windows are a high-end brand of windows and doors made in the USA with a strong reputation and large marketing budget, so most homeowners are familiar with them. It’s not uncommon for DunRite to provide quotes to homeowners who ask for them by name. Perhaps they’ve heard good things from other homeowners, or they’ve been impressed with what they’ve seen online.
If that’s you, and you’re wondering where to buy Andersen windows, there are three primary ways to make your purchase: from dealers (like us) who sell and install Andersen product, from a Renewal by Andersen showroom, or at a home improvement store.
Let’s take a look at each one.
Dealers who sell/install Andersen product
DunRite is an Andersen dealer, offering a great price and 5-star customer service. After we come out to your home and take careful measurements of your window openings, product is custom ordered from the Andersen plant in Minnesota. Once it is delivered to our showroom and inspected, we’ll come out to your home for the installation.
Andersen windows are designed for installers to remove the entire frame of the old window before installing the new window or door product. This is ideal for new construction, or homeowners who prefer a thinner frame to maximize the glass viewing area, but can require some paint and/or stucco touchup work after installation.
Renewal by Andersen franchise showrooms
Are Andersen windows and Renewal by Andersen windows the same thing? Nope, they’re not.
In a nutshell, Andersen windows makes their own product, then sells it through a network of approved and authorized dealers.
In contrast, Renewal by Andersen is a network of individually owned franchises that sell and install one specific Fibrex® vinyl window product line of home replacement windows, typically through a retail showroom or in-home appointment.
Renewal by Andersen product is similar but not identical to the Andersen 100 Series product line. Because it’s built as a replacement product, it’s designed for fast installation over the existing frame of the original window. During installation, the old window’s sash, window stops and glass is removed, then the Renewal by Andersen window slides over that old frame. It has what we call a “flush fin” that overhangs the existing frame on the exterior. Because you still have the existing frame intact, you will lose 4-6 inches of visibility when compared to the old window. It’s a thick frame.
Each franchise is independently owned and managed, so pricing, sales tactics and customer service can vary greatly. This is also true for dealers.
Are Renewal by Andersen windows the same as Andersen Windows? Click here to learn more.
DunRite is proud of its competitive pricing for Andersen windows, which can be as much as 50% less than Renewal by Andersen pricing. We also prefer the look when compared to Renewal product. Ask about details!
Home Improvement Stores
Big box stores like Home Depot also sell Andersen windows – currently they offer the 100, 200 and 400 Series of products in standard sizes. Homeowners can choose to install them on their own, hire a handyman to do it or use the installation services sold by the store. (Learn our perspective on this option here.)
Do we install windows purchased elsewhere? No. Measuring and ordering our own product ensures it fits perfectly, and our decades-long relationships with the manufacturers helps us solve any issues quickly.
Most professional window and door companies will not install product that is not measured and purchased through them, so hold off ordering product from a home improvement store if you think you might want to go this direction.
If you’re considering this direction, we recommend carefully reading product reviews on the store’s website, and carefully doing your due diligence on any vendor the store recommends for installation. They change vendors frequently, often going with the low price leader for labor, and that can be problematic. You’ll want to check their record with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and Better Business Bureau.
Also, understanding differences between product versus installation warranty is very important, to be sure you know exactly what happens if there is a problem with the installation or afterwards. Some stores are not as reliable as they seem, frequently pointing customers right back to the installation partner for problem resolution.
You are also likely get the Registrar’s mandatory minimum for a warranty by going this route, rather than something more comprehensive.
If you plan to do the installation yourself, be aware that improper installation can void a warranty, and any resulting damage to a home may not be covered by homeowner’s insurance. Therefore, it’s important to pay close attention to installation instructions provided by the manufacturer, and follow them exactly. It’s also important that the window be the correct size for the opening. (Learn more here.)
If you’re looking for where to buy Andersen windows, please consider obtaining a quote from DunRite Windows & Doors. We think you’ll find our prices to be extremely competitive, and our 5-star reputation for customer service ensures a no-hassle experience during and after the sale!