Andersen 400 Series Review
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The Andersen 400 Series’ blend of craftsmanship and engineering has been said to provide long-lasting window products for any type of house.
Is that the case? Find out here.
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Wondering how much you can expect to pay for an Andersen 400 Series window?
Andersen Window prices depend on several factors, including the style that you choose to go with and whether or not they include installation.
For an average picture window from the Andersen 400 Series, for example, you can expect to pay $201 or $262 with installation. The picture window is the cheapest in the Andersen 400 Series window lineup.
The most expensive Andersen 400 Series windows are the bay and bow windows, which range in price from $1,500 to $2,000 per window. Including installation in those costs, you can expect to pay anywhere from $2,030 to $2,650 to upgrade a window in your house.
Make sure to speak with your local Andersen Windows dealer or local contractor to find out more about pricing.
Benefits & Features
Andersen 400 windows are vinyl-clad. For those who don't know what clad windows are, they essentially have a wood frame on the interior and are covered by exterior materials, such as vinyl, aluminum, or fiberglass. These Andersen 400 Series windows have a vinyl exterior and wood interior for the best in durability on the interior and exterior.
To protect your window from dings and dents, as well as seal out any moisture from inclement weather, Andersen has included high-quality vinyl exterior material and weather stripping. Beyond the regular vinyl material that they've added, these windows also make use of Perma-Shield technology. This unique technology protects the exteriors in such a way that you will never need to worry about peeling, blistering, flaking, or corrosion.
Overall, the Andersen 400 Series replacement windows are incredibly low-maintenance and will last you for many years without the need for repairs.
With top-notch, weather-resistant materials and designs, the Andersen 400 Series replacement windows deliver more energy efficiency and comfort than other competing windows. These energy-efficient windows make use of durable weather stripping, which prevents water, wind, and unwanted drafts from flowing in.
The air infiltration rating for these Andersen 400 Series windows is <0.30, which is not the most incredible on the market, though will prevent unwanted hot or cold air from getting in.
While the frames present on new vinyl windows should create better energy efficiency if you have your windows installed properly, the glazing present on your vinyl window can have just as much impact on energy efficiency.
Not all glass is made equal, which is why Andersen Windows offers its customers a wide range of glass package options with the Andersen 400 Series windows. You can search through the company's many options to find the best choice for your home and climate.
When looking at the Andersen Windows 400 Series, you'll find many different windows to choose from. The list of window styles includes:
You can choose between seven gorgeous exterior color options as well, including:
As for the interiors, these windows come available in three colors, including white, black, and dark bronze. You can also choose between 12 different finishes for your window hardware, giving you in-depth customization so that you can find the perfect match for your home.
Unique Tilting Mechanism
The Andersen 400 Series comes with unique tilt-latch mechanisms, making cleaning your windows easier than ever. Rather than using the standard tilt latches on the meeting rail, which you will likely find in many similar windows, owners can easily release the sash on these windows using an almost invisible plastic clip. It is one of the most effective designs on the market today.
The Andersen 400 Series double-hung window comes with this tilt-latch feature. If you look at the Andersen 400 Series tilt-wash double-hung window, you'll get to see it in action.
Andersen Windows is a U.S. Green Building Council charter member. The company was also the very first manufacturer of windows and colors to receive a Green Seal of certification for its products. If sustainability is important to you, you'll be happy knowing that Andersen takes environmental responsibility seriously.
Weak Interior Grids
The interior grids on some of the Andersen 400 Series windows are quire flimsy. When you attempt to pull down the top sash, you feel them bending a bit. Because there is not another way for owners to lower the top window sash, it is very likely that you will have to deal with a broken tilt latch in the future.
Some people have complained of these Andersen 400 Series windows being a bit drafty and letting in cold air. With an air infiltration rating of <0.30, you shouldn't have to expect any drafts, especially when considering that this window has a much tighter seal than competing windows.
To us, this means there may be manufacturer issues with maintaining control over the quality of windows distributed.
Spec's & Details
Alternative Competing Models
Marvin Windows Ultimate Clad Collection
The Marvin Windows Ultimate Clad Collection is one of the best Andersen 400 Series competitors out there. These windows make use of extruded aluminum cladding, which is both thin and durable, providing total structural integrity.
Compared to Andersen 400 Series Windows, which use mitered and welded corners, Marvin makes use of butt joints, which aren't as strong and provide a look that isn't as clean. You can choose between double-hung windows, single-hung windows, ultimate corner windows, and much more.
However, Marvin wins in the customization department, allowing homeowners to choose between 19 colors, seven factory stain options, and six wood species. Similar to Andersen 400 Series Windows, the Marvin Windows Ultimate Clad Collection comes complete with dual-pane, Low-E and argon gas glass.
Pella Lifestyle Wood Windows
Pella is another window company with really nice wood and vinyl windows.
The Pella Lifestyle Wood Windows are rich in features and utilize high-end construction materials.
All Pella Lifestyle windows come standard with triple-pane glass, helping to reduce street noise and enhance energy efficiency.
In fact, these windows may be more energy-efficient than Andersen 400 Series replacement windows. However, it is worth noting that they also have an air infiltration rating of <0.30, just like the Andersen 400 Series.
Similar to Andersen's nice wood windows, you get one wood frame material to choose from, which is pine.
However, they beat out Andersen when it comes to interior and exterior colors, as they have nine wood interior finishes and 27 aluminum cladding colors.
Within the lineup of replacement windows, you'll find double-hung windows, casement windows, awning windows, fixed windows, picture windows, and bay/bow windows.
Also similar to Andersen Windows, you can upgrade your Pella Lifestyle window with four specialty glass packages, perfect for those who want to create the most energy-efficient home possible.
Final Verdict - Should I Buy Andersen 400 Series Windows For My Home?
Andersen Windows is a long-time manufacture of window and patio door products and is trusted by contractors and homeowners all over the country. In fact, Consumer Reports provided Andersen casements and double-hung windows in the Andersen 400 Series with "excellent" ratings. If you're looking to get a large casement or some double hungs for your home, the Andersen 400 Series has your back.
The Andersen 400 Series has a variety of high-quality window models. Whether you're looking to replace old windows in your new house or replace broken windows, Andersen 400 Series Windows is an excellent choice. Andersen offers a similar warranty to other manufacturers too, providing new window owners with peace of mind.
With durable wood frame construction, strong weather stripping, easy cleaning designs, and custom sizes, these energy-efficient windows are some of the best vinyl-clad windows on the market today.
Make sure to check with your local contractor or installed about getting your new windows installed in your house to get a better idea of the price.
With over two decades of window industry experience, David is a wealth of knowledge and the leader of our staff writing team.
DAVID PARKER // Senior Staff Writer