Andersen Window Reviews
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I have Andersen windows and am really happy with them. I've had them for years and haven't experienced any problems even though I have read and heard a lot of bad reviews about these windows. Mine look fantastic and don't have any leaks.
Andersen 400 or Woodwright
When it came to installing windows in my home I did extensive research into the Andersen Woodwright and 400 series. These windows both offer the safe features and quality, the only difference is the price with the Woodwright being a more affordable option, which helped me decide which was best for my home. The comparisons came out as follows, the Andersen 400 was available in a full frame or built to fit frame, they have a difficult tilt, but at the same time are visually appealing. The Woodwrights on the other hand were visually appealing, have a tilt wash feature, are more expensive, but are available as an insert or replacement window.
Complaint about Andersen Windows
Let me start by staying I would not recommend Andersen windows or doors. After spending over $20,000 on Andersen windows and doors, I have found the screens to be faulty, they don't fit into the frames properly and one of the doors even have a split in the wood. These were ordered in the spring and with delayed delivery they arrived in August. Being in Phoenix I waited until October to install them, once the weather had cooled down.
Andersen 100 Series
Being an installer I have had experience with the Andersen windows, especially the Andersen 100 series. I find they aren't as good as some of the cheaper vinyl windows on the market and they are overpriced for what you get. They do have one advantage and that is you can paint them easily. Bear in mind that the Andersen windows are wood and fiberglass, so if you're looking for a good replacement window I would suggest you find a good vinyl window.
American Craftsman Poor Quality & Design
American Craftsman is under the Anderson windows ownership. Out of all the windows available out there, this is probably the poorest quality option. Even if you're on a tight budget and are hoping to find a cheap window, I would pass these up due to the lack of high quality. If you are willing to sacrifice quality for lower price, though, then these are made for you. The design, though, is bad and fits the bare minimum of requirements. They tend to leak and are often drafty. It's made with a cheap vinyl extrusion, making it more susceptible to leaks over time. And, even if that doesn't get you the overall look is bad and cheap.
Andersen Pocket Inserts
I have good comments on the Andersen pocket inserts after just completing a large job using these windows. They were so easy to install and I really enjoyed working with them. They look good and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. To be honest some of their series are a little overpriced for what you get, but I cannot fault their pocket inserts.
Vinyl Andersen Windows Reviews
Andersen was a household name when it came to windows, but these days' people use vinyl windows, especially in the replacement market. What you may not know is that their 400 Series is actually a wood clad window which looks like vinyl, in fact on the sash is vinyl wrapped. For this reason I would not recommend these windows, I doubt anyone would actually order them if the windows were on display in the stores.
Andersen or Hurd
If you're choosing between Hurd and Andersen, Andersen wins hands down. I have seventeen Hurd windows on my house, the sills are rotten and they aren't at all durable. The oldest windows in my house are Andersens, they're sixty years old and are in good condition.
Comparing Andersen With Vinylmax & Sunrise
Someone suggested I try the Vinylmax Sherwood which is a wood and vinyl window, does anyone know anything about these windows? I started looking at the Sunrise and Simonton 5500, but am very torn so any suggestions would be appreciated.
Personally I don't recommend the Vinylmax windows, at least the Sherwood series - to me they seem likfe cheap windows with wood glued to them. They don't allow enough light because the frames are so bulky. Consider the Andersen Woodwright range, they also come with a wood interior and vinyl exterior, but are a higher quality window. There are a wide range of vinyl windows with a wood interior to take into consideration including the Marvin range.