Renewal By Andersen Prices
Renewal By Andersen windows are a franchised brand owned by Andersen windows. This confuses a lot of consumers and with good reason. As a franchise of Andersen, each Renewal location is individually owned and operated, but the windows themselves are made by Andersen under the Renewal label.
Renewal By Andersen windows use a composite frame, made from Fibrex, which is a mix of vinyl and wood (sawdust) that is combined or bonded together to create a strong and durable frame. All of the installation is handled by the individual franchise, either through an owner installer or via a trained team(s) of installers.
On the plus side, Renewal By Andersen (often referred to simply as RBA) makes quite a nice looking window that is completely customizable and can be ordered in lots of grid, glass, hardware and components options and upgrades. On the downside, the windows tend to be very expensive, rivalling the cost of some of the more expensive wood clad windows on the market. The other downside is the rather mediocre performance numbers of the RBA line (see the ratings section below for additional details.)
Consumers don't always have great things to say about the Renewal By Andersen sales approach. Some complain that they use an aggressive selling style that starts off with a very high per window price that can be reduced 20% to 25% if the customer signs the purchase order that day. Often, even with the 25% that day deal, the windows can be $1000 to $1200 fully installed, taxes etc. This is quite a hefty price tag for most homeowners.
I'd actually recommend that consumers get a bid from Renewal (assuming that the company has a franchise that services your area). I think it's a great way to compare and contrast the frame material, aesthetics, options, pricing, and contract terms. At the end of the day, the more bids and information you have, the more informed decision you're apt to make. My two cents.
Review By John M. - Site Editor - 2015
June 5, 2016
Renewal replacement quote on 21 Windows - $28,0000
Wincore replacement window quote - $9,000
Am I missing something?
Editor John M.
June 5, 2016
Mark, you aren't missing anything. Renewal By Andersen prices are often the most expensive quotes out there, by a lot. I know friends who have them and they love their windows, but honestly I don't think they are worth the cost.
Personally, I think Wincore makes a good vinyl window, although I would go with the upgraded Wincore 7700 series over the 5400 series myself. I feel like there is quite a bit of value in this product. Of course, I would hope that you like the look and feel of the Wincore window.
Installation (or I should say proper and thorough installation) makes a big difference, so as long as you feel comfortable with the quality of the install from the company offering the Wincore, I would do the Wincore 7700 series and save yourself a whole boatload of money over the RBA.