Andersen A Series Windows Reviews

The Anderson A series window, sometimes referred to as the Architectural series, is a premium high-end wood clad window that is, according to the company, architecturally inspired for the discerning homeowner. These very expensive wood clad windows are exceptionally energy efficient and beautiful. Each window is completely customizable, from size to material to features and upgrades.

The Andersen Architectural Series uses an exterior fiberglass cladding, along with an interior pine, maple or oak that can be ordered unfinished, painted, factory stained or primed. The windows come with a full selection of metal hardware and, in terms of color options, there are literally hundreds of combinations of trim, frame and sash colors, including 11 exterior color options and 11 exterior trim color options. The Anderson Architectural series windows are available as a casement, awning, picture, double hung, specialty shapes, as well as a hinged patio door or a gliding patio door.

Overall, homeowners would be hard-pressed to get a more beautiful or well-made window than the A series, however you will certainly pay for the privilege to have this exceptional window in your home. Many of the Anderson A series windows will be coastal stormwatch compliant, depending on the glass and component options that you select.

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Andersen A Series Cost

Consumers can expect Andersen A Series window prices to run $90 - $110 per square foot for the window itself. A comparable window includes the Loewen Cyprium collection.

-- Window Itself: $90 to $110 per square foot --

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Andersen A Series Ratings

The A series double hung with the low-e 272 glass will deliver a .32 U-factor, .24 SHGC and a .40 visible transmittance.

Upgrading to the low E SmartSun 240 glass package will improve these numbers to a .28 U-factor .15 SHGC, and a .14 VT. All in all, these are relatively impressive numbers for a wood clad window, although it cannot touch the top tiered or even second-tier vinyl windows on the market.

Andersen A Series Window Warranty

The Andersen A series warranty covers most insulated glass units for 20 years. Non glass parts, features and components are covered under the warranty for a 10 year period. The color finish on the exterior frame is warrantied for 20 years. Laminated or impact resistant glass is covered for 10 years.

The warranty is transferrable - homeowners should read the warranty terms to find out what steps they must take to properly transfer the warranty to a subsequent owner. As with all window warranties, exclusions and limitations apply so consumers are urged to always the warranty in full prior to purchase.

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Andersen A Series vs. 400 Series

Replacing 5 window, double hung, vinyl. I have an installer. would you recommend Andersen A series or 400 series. Had considered Pella 350 but after reading your opinion not sure. Although Consumer Report has it at #1. Thanks.

Cynthia - Homeowner - March, 2020

Website Editor's Answer

Cynthia, I wouldn't put much stock in Consumer Reports when it comes to windows. They are great for consumer retail products, but the majority of windows are not actually available to consumers through the retail market. (That applies to lots of home construction items.) The Andersen A series is a composite fibrex frame, whereas the 400 series is a wood clad product. The 400 will be quite a bit pricier than the A series.

Myself, I prefer a vinyl or composite over the wood in terms of cost, warranty, longevity, energy efficiency, and maintenance. Real wood is quite beautiful, but has some real downsides. The Andersen A series would be my pick. A very solid mid range window.

Editor John - March, 2020