Pella vs. Andersen Windows Cost 2018: Pros & Cons, ROI

Andersen and Pella, Pella and Andersen. The two window giants are compared more often than any other two brands, and for a good reason; each company offers an impressive selection of windows ranging from affordable to luxurious, available in multiple materials and all window styles and sizes.

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This buying guide is your comprehensive source for window prices for both brands, plus their complete window series and style information. We start with what’s on every homeowner’s mind:

  • How much do Pella windows cost?
  • How much do Andersen windows cost?

This table lists the series, material and pricing details for all Pella and Andersen windows, making it easy to compare window costs:

Pella Windows

Series Material Types Cost
Architect Series 850 Wood S, D, C, A $835-$1,500
Architect Series Reserve Wood D, C, A $1,000-$1,800
Designer Series 750 Wood D, C, A $650-$1,100
450 Series/ProLine Wood D, C, A $170-$365
Impervia Fiberglass S, D, C, A, G $225-$600
350 Series Vinyl S, D, C, A, G $160-$335
250 Series Vinyl S, D, C, A, G $145-$300
Encompass by Pella Vinyl S, D, C, A, G $120-$315

Andersen Windows

Series Material Types Cost
Architectural Collection E-Series Wood D, C, A $900-$1,425
Architectural Collection A-Series Wood/Fibrex D, C, A $1,000-$1,650
400 Series Wood D, C, A, G $425-$800
200 Series Wood D, G $265-$535
100 Series Fibrex S, C, A, G $185-$315
Renewal by Andersen Fibrex D, C, A, G $885-$1,750

Notes:

  • Cost: The Cost column reflects windows of average size and most common features chosen by homeowners. Specific window costs will range slightly lower or higher based on the feature package chosen such as window size, glazing/glass package, extras like exterior cladding, custom grilles, built-in blinds or shades.
  • Types Code: S=single-hung; D=double-hung; C=casement; A=awning; G=gliding or sliding. Most window series also offer picture/fixed windows and bay/bow window assemblies.

Did you Know? New construction windows are different from replacement windows.

All Pella series and all Andersen series except for Renewal series can be used for new construction or as replacement windows. — If they are new construction windows, the frames are manufactured with a nailing fin used to secure the windows to the home’s exterior sheathing.

Replacement windows are secured to the window opening through the side jamb, so the exterior siding doesn’t need to be disrupted.

If you’re doing a complete exterior makeover including siding replacement, then either type can be used.

Installation Costs

Window installation costs less for new construction projects for two reasons:

There are no old windows to remove first and windows quickly nail to the exterior sheathing on the home.

Installing replacement windows in older homes can take significantly longer if the window openings have shifted or warped or if they need repair. — These delays will increase installation cost.

Window installation costs below apply to labor and supplies required for all window types, double-hung, casement, fixed, etc.

  • New window installation cost: $140-$235 per window
  • Replacement window installation cost: $195-$350 per window
  • Bay/Bow window installation cost: $300-$575 per window assembly

Cost-to-Value Return

National home remodeling and sales data show that window replacement return on investment ranges from about 73% for upscale windows (Pella 750 Designer and higher, Andersen 400 Series and higher plus Renewal) and up to 80% for more affordable Pella and Andersen window lines. This is also called window replacement cost to value return.

For example, if you spend $10,000 on new windows, the potential sale price of your home in the first 10 years will be $7,300 to $8,000 higher.

New windows can help a home sell, especially when the listing price is near the upper end of a potential buyer’s range. The buyer will have the assurance that replacing the windows won’t be an expense for 15-25 years.

Pro Tip: If you plan to sell your home in the next few years, replacing the windows isn’t a cost-effective choice unless they are in such poor condition they’ll turn off buyers.

A better approach is to give potential buyers an allowance sufficient to cover mid-grade new windows like Pella 350/450 or Andersen 200/400 Series. — This covers their costs, or they can use the money toward a premium window brand, and allows them to choose windows most to their liking.

Andersen Vs. Pella Window Comparison

Pella makes a broader range of window series than Andersen. Each makes four solid wood series. Pella makes the fiberglass Impervia Series which compares with the Andersen 100 Series, though at a higher cost.

Andersen 100-Series Windows

Did you know? The primary difference is that Pella makes three vinyl window lines, and Andersen doesn’t make vinyl products.

Pella Architect Series / 850 Series

Pella Architect Series

Pella Architect series windows are made in two sub-lines. The Architect Series Traditional windows are beefier with very classic styling. The Architect Series Contemporary windows are sleeker, lither with very clean sight lines. Here’s what they offer.

  • Materials: Pine, Douglas fir, mahogany, white oak, red oak, cherry and maple (Traditional); Pine, Douglas fir and mahogany (Contemporary)
  • Interior colors: 4 paint and 9 stain options.
  • Exterior colors: 27 colors of aluminum cladding.
  • Hardware: 5 Traditional and 9 Contemporary finishes in several styles.
  • Sizes: Standard and Custom
  • Window types: Single-hung, double-hung, casement and awning (Traditional); Casement and awning (Contemporary).
  • Glass: 4 glass package options.
  • Accessories: 4 grille styles and 2 screen types. Insynctive window sensors integrate with smart home security systems.
  • Warranty: Lifetime Limited.

Pella Architect Series Reserve

These are fully custom windows designed to be “historically authentic.” Pella says of the Architect Reserve Series: “Made for the distinct creators, the purists of design, the architectural historians – each window is intricately crafted to achieve your design vision.”

  • Materials: Pine, Douglas fir, mahogany, white oak, red oak, cherry and maple.
  • Interior colors: Unfinished wood, 9 stain colors, primed and 4 paint colors.
  • Exterior colors: 27 standard aluminum cladding colors and 8 anodized aluminum cladding colors. Primed pine and unfinished mahogany are also options.
  • Hardware: Up to 10 finish options depending on the style of windows you select.
  • Sizes: Custom
  • Window types: Single-hung, double-hung, monumental hung, casement, awning, fixed frame (picture), bay/bow and specialty.
  • Glass: Multiple standard glass options plus specialty glass and leaded glass. 15 total glazing options.
  • Accessories: A wide range of standard and custom grilles in multiple styles and profiles. Standard and custom screens including wood veneer screen frames for staining or painting.
  • Warranty: Lifetime Limited.

Pella Designer Series 750

These are premium, feature-rich wood windows that would pass for the top of the line from many other brands. Triple-pane glass is standard on all Pella Designer Series windows.

  • Materials: Pine
  • Interior colors: Unfinished, primed, 1 paint and 9 stain finishes.
  • Exterior colors: 27 aluminum cladding colors.
  • Hardware: 4 styles with multiple finishes in each.
  • Sizes: Standard sizes in ¼” increments
  • Window types: Double-hung, casement, awning, bay/bow, fixed sash and picture. Double-hung windows are offered in traditional, contemporary and cottage sash styles.
  • Glass: 5 standard and 4 specialty glass packages.
  • Accessories: 6 grille patterns with ¾” profile. 2 screen options. Wireless Pella-brand Insynctive window sensors for home security.
  • Warranty: Lifetime Limited.

Pella 450 Series / ProLine

These are competitively priced wood windows with aluminum-clad exteriors. Pella refers to this line as the 450 Series of the ProLine 450 Series. It’s very popular with builders and window contractors. Like the Andersen 200 Series, the Pella 450 Series is built in common sizes with a limited range of options to keep prices affordable.

  • Materials: Pine
  • Interior colors: 4 paint and 9 stain colors.
  • Exterior colors: 10 aluminum cladding colors.
  • Hardware: 6 finishes.
  • Sizes: Standard sizes built in ¼” increments.
  • Window types: Double-hung, awning, casement and fixed.
  • Glass: 4 standard glass packages.
  • Accessories: 6 grille patterns with 5 profile options. 2 screen styles. Wireless Insynctive security sensors integrate with smart home systems. Matching hinged and sliding patio doors.
  • Warranty: Lifetime Limited.

Pella Impervia

This is Pella’s fiberglass window that offers good durability with aesthetics that are contemporary more than traditional. They offer the look of a painted wood window.

  • Materials: Fiberglass
  • Interior colors: 5 colors.
  • Exterior colors: 5 colors. Pella offers 4 dual-color options with different interior and exterior colors.
  • Hardware: 8 finishes.
  • Sizes: Standard sizes in ¼” increments.
  • Window types: Single-hung, double-hung, casement, awning, gliding, bay/bow and fixed/special-shape windows.
  • Glass: 3 glass packages.
  • Accessories: 6 grille and 2 screen options. Matching sliding patio doors. Insynctive wireless security sensors integrate with smart home security systems.
  • Warranty: Lifetime Limited.

Pella 350 Series

This is Pella’s best vinyl window designed to compete with top lines from Jeld-Wen, Marvin and other premium vinyl window manufacturers. It also competes with the Andersen 100 Series Fibrex windows. The 350 Series is Pella’s most energy-efficient window and earns Energy Star certification for its optionally insulated frames. Low-E triple-pane glass is standard.

  • Materials: Vinyl
  • Interior colors: White and almond interior/exterior colors are available plus white interiors with 9 exterior colors.
  • Exterior colors: 9 colors when choosing white interiors.
  • Hardware: 3 styles in 6 finishes.
  • Sizes: Standard sizes in 1/8” increments and custom sizes.
  • Window types: Single-hung, double-hung, casement, awning, sliding, bay/bow, fixed and specialty windows.
  • Glass: 3 glass packages.
  • Accessories: 6 grille styles. Conventional fiberglass screens. Insynctive security sensors.
  • Warranty: Lifetime Limited.

Pella 250 Series

These are mid-range vinyl windows with standard double-pane glass. Triple-pane glass and foam insulation are options.

  • Materials: Vinyl
  • Interior colors: 2 solid-color interior/exterior frame colors, white and almond.
  • Exterior colors: 9 additional colors with white interiors.
  • Hardware: 2 styles and 2 finishes, white and almond.
  • Sizes: Standard sizes.
  • Window types: Single-hung, double-hung, sliding.
  • Glass: 3 glass package options.
  • Accessories: 2 grille types and 6 patterns. 1 fiberglass screen type. Insynctive security sensors.
  • Warranty: Lifetime Limited.

Encompass by Pella / ThermaStar

The Ecompass by Pella windows are also called ThermaStar by Pella windows depending on where they are sold. These are Pella’s most affordable windows. They compete with Andersen 100 Series windows. They are better quality and offer more options than basic vinyl window lines sold widely online and in home improvement and building supply stores.

  • Materials: Vinyl
  • Interior/Exterior colors: White and almond solid-color frames.
  • Exterior colors: White and almond.
  • Hardware: 2 styles and 2 finish options, white and almond.
  • Sizes: Standard sizes in 1/8” increments.
  • Window types: Single-hung, double-hung, casement, awning, gliding
  • Glass: 3 glass package options. Dual-pane glass is standard.
  • Accessories: 6 grilled patterns in 3 profiles/designs. Insynctive security window sensors. Conventional fiberglass screens.
  • Warranty: Lifetime Limited.

Did you Know? Your options include standard sizes and custom-fit windows. Standard-size windows are manufactured in increments of 1/8” to 1/2″ depending on the series.

Custom windows are made to be an exact fit after taking careful measurements of each window opening. As a result, custom windows cost 15% to 50% more than standard windows.

Not all window series are available in custom sizes. Custom-fit windows are required in a very small percentage of homes, usually old custom-built homes.

Andersen Windows

Here are your Andersen window lines including standard features and options.

Andersen Architectural Collection E-Series

Andersen Architectural Collection E-Series Casement Window

Andersen Architectural Collection E-Series are top of the line windows with custom colors available in addition to the standard colors plus several wood types. All exteriors are aluminum clad.

Andersen Architectural Collection E-Series Awning Window

  • Materials: Pine, maple, oak, cherry, mahogany, Douglas fir (vertical grain and mixed grain options), alder, walnut and hickory – plain or stained.
  • Interior colors: 9 standard stain colors plus custom color-match colors. 13 paint colors plus custom colors.
  • Exterior colors: 50 aluminum cladding colors plus custom colors.
  • Hardware: 10 finishes.
  • Sizes: Standard and custom.
  • Window types: Double-hung, standard and push-out awning, standard and push-out casement, French casement, gliding, picture, bay/bow and specialty windows.
  • Glass: 4 standard glass options including Energy Star glass. 8 specialty and decorative glass options. Stormwatch windows available in coastal regions where high winds are common.
  • Accessories: Interior casing and plinth blocks. Standard and between-glass blinds and shades. Multiple screen options and grille styles, profiles and sizes. Three screen options and Wireless VeriLock security sensors integrate with smart home systems. Matching gliding, French gliding and hinged patio doors are available.
  • Warranty: 10 years.

Andersen Architectural Collection A-Series

The A-Series windows differ from the E-Series windows in that they have Fibrex exteriors and fewer total options. Fibrex is composite material that is more resistant to weather than wood, though not on par with solid vinyl. The blend is 60% PVC vinyl and 40% recycled pine. The appearance is very wood-like. Andersen calls the A-Series Fibrex windows, “Our best-performing window” because it is more stable and weather-resistant than wood.

  • Materials: Interior pine, maple, oak– unfinished or finished; Cherry, mahogany and vertical-grain Douglas fir – unfinished only.
  • Interior colors: 6 stain colors and 7 paint colors, no custom colors.
  • Exterior colors: 11 paint colors.
  • Hardware: 12 finishes.
  • Sizes: Standard and custom.
  • Window types: Double-hung, standard awning, standard casement, picture, and specialty windows.
  • Glass: 4 standard glass options plus 8 specialty and decorative glass options.
  • Accessories: Multiple screen options and grille styles, profiles and sizes. Three screen options and Wireless VeriLock security sensors integrate with smart home systems. Matching gliding and hinged patio doors are available.
  • Warranty: 10 years.

Andersen 400 Series

This is Andersen’s most popular and widely available window. It’s sold through Andersen dealers and by home improvement and building supply stores. The 400 Series is a pine window made in a good range of styles and colors.

  • Materials: Interior pine – unfinished only.
  • Interior colors: 3 paint colors and unfinished wood.
  • Exterior colors: 7 vinyl cladding colors.
  • Hardware: 12 finishes and 3 hardware styles.
  • Sizes: Standard and custom.
  • Window types: Double-hung, Woodwright double-hung, standard awning, standard casement, gliding, picture, bay/bow and specialty windows.
  • Glass: 4 standard glass options plus multiple specialty and decorative glass options. Stormwatch windows available in coastal climates where high winds are common.
  • Accessories: Matching gliding patio and hinged patio doors. Multiple screen options and grille styles, profiles and sizes. Three screen options and Wireless VeriLock security sensors for double-hung windows integrate with smart home systems.
  • Warranty: 10 years.

Andersen 200 Series

The 200 Series is an affordable line because it is limited to the most popular window sizes and features. These are wood windows.

  • Materials: Interior pine – unfinished only.
  • Interior colors: White and unfinished pine.
  • Exterior colors: White and sandtone vinyl cladding.
  • Hardware: 8 finishes.
  • Sizes: Standard sizes only.
  • Window types: Double-hung, gliding and picture windows.
  • Glass: 4 standard glass options. No specialty glass options.
  • Accessories: 3 grille types and 5 grille patterns. 2 screen types. Matching gliding patio and hinged patio doors. Wireless VeriLock sensors available for gliding doors.
  • Warranty: 10 years.

Andersen 100 Series

The 100 Series window frames are Fibrex, which Andersen calls, “the smart alternative to vinyl” and that it is twice as strong. Fibrex looks like wood in the way woodgrain vinyl siding looks like wood siding. It resists weather like fiberglass. The blend is made of 40% reclaimed wood fibers from the production of Andersen wood windows combined with PVC vinyl. An advantage over standard vinyl is that the Andersen 100 Series windows are produced in darker colors than the colors found in solid vinyl windows.

  • Materials: 100% Fibrex.
  • Interior colors: 4
  • Exterior colors: 6.
  • Hardware: 6 finishes.
  • Sizes: Standard and custom sizes.
  • Window types: Single-hung, casement, awning, gliding, picture and specialty windows.
  • Glass: 4 standard glass options plus decorative and specialty glass options.
  • Accessories: 4 grille types and 7 grille patterns. 2 screen types. Matching gliding patio doors. Wireless VeriLock sensors available for gliding doors.
  • Warranty: 5 years.

Renewal by Andersen

These are upscale Fibrex replacement windows that are sold exclusively through certified installers. You can’t even look at a brochure online. Instead, you must supply complete contact information before viewing the brochure.

  • Materials: 100% Fibrex
  • Interior colors: 8
  • Exterior colors: 12 (Interior and exterior colors can be the same or different)
  • Hardware: 11 finishes.
  • Sizes: Standard and custom sizes.
  • Window types: Double-hung, casement, awning, gliding, bay/bow, picture and specialty windows.
  • Glass: 3 standard glass options. No specialty glass options.
  • Accessories: 5 grille types. Matching hinged French, sliding French and contemporary sliding doors.
  • Warranty: 20 years.

Looking for More Choices to Compare?

Below is a product and pricing comparison table showing what series from Pella and Andersen Windows compare most closely. The table also includes top alternatives to Pella and Andersen in each category. You’ll be comparing window brands and product lines that are most similar in terms of performance and pricing:

Series Comparison Pella Andersen Alternative Lines
Best Wood Architecture Series / 850 Series
Designer Series / 750 Series
Architectural Collection E-Series
Renewal by Andersen
Marvin Ultimate
Jeld Wen Custom or
EpicVue

Mid-range Wood

400 Series Marvin Integrity
Milgard Essence
Jeld Wen W-4500
Affordable Wood 450 Series / ProLine 200 Series, 100 Series Jeld Wen W-2500
Fiberglass
Impervia Marvin Infinity Ultrex
Milgard Ultra
Better Vinyl 250 Series, 350 Series Jeld Wen Premium
Milgard Tuscany
Affordable Vinyl Encompass / ThermaStar Milgard Montecito and Style Line
Jeld Wen V-2500 (Home Depot)
Jeld Wen Best Line (Menards)
Crestline

How Pella and Andersen Series compare to Alternative Lines

Pella Windows Product and Pricing Comparison Table

Andersen Windows Series Comparison

Pella vs. Andersen Warranties

The warranties we’ve listed are for the window frame materials and other non-glass parts like hardware. Browsing the list of Pella and Andersen window warranties, it’s clear that Pella offers longer initial warranties, but that changes slightly when the warranty is transferred.

Here are other key factors to consider when comparing Pella and Andersen window warranties:

  • Wood and Impervia fiberglass warranty: Andersen’s 10-year wood frame/sash warranties are transferable with full coverage. Pella’s lifetime wood and fiberglass warranty becomes a 10-year transferable warranty when the home is sold.
  • Glass warranty: Andersen’s warranty is for 20 years, and the warranty is transferable. Pella offers a lifetime glass warranty for the original homeowner. The Pella lifetime warranty coverage becomes 20 years from the installation date if the home is sold.
  • Labor warranty: Pella windows are backed by a 2-year transferable labor warranty. The warranty specifies that Pella has the option to repair or replace any defective window. Andersen does not provide a labor warranty for its products accept for Renewal windows. Renewal’s labor warranty appears to cover the entire length of the materials warranty.

Pella wins the warranty analysis. The company offers better warranty coverage to the original owner. When a home with Pella windows is sold, the materials warranties are still equal to or better than Andersen material warranties in all lines but Renewal. The fact that Andersen does not cover labor in most warranties is a clear advantage for Pella.

Pro Tip: When you interview sales agents, ask Andersen reps if their local company will give you a labor warranty even though the manufacturer does not.

Pella’s 2-year labor warranty is a huge advantage when Andersen offers no labor coverage since a seriously defective window is likely to fail in the first two years.

When Pella is a Better Choice

We think Pella wins the head-to-head comparison with Andersen, though Andersen makes fine windows that have a decent track record for reliability.

  • Upscale Advantage: Pella offers two things in its best windows that Andersen does not. The Architect Series / 850 Series are available in Traditional and Contemporary lines. Andersen’s Architectural Collection, both A-Series and E-Series, are a more traditional window. Secondly, the Architect Reserve Series of historically authentic windows is unmatched by Andersen – though the Reserve Series is used in less than one percent of projects.
  • Fiberglass, Anyone? If you want a fiberglass window for its durability advantage over wood and its structural integrity advantage over vinyl, then the Pella Impervia windows are your only choice.
  • Fibrex Fears: We’re not sold on Fibrex, and apparently Andersen has concerns too given the 5-year warranty on 100 Series windows. Granted, the short warranty is partly due to Andersen’s desire to limit its risk, so that it can offer the 100 Series at very competitive prices.
  • Easy-care Affordable Vinyl: If you want a vinyl window for its low cost and maintenance-free performance, then Pella is your only option between these brands. For vinyl windows, it would be worth your time to explore and compare other brands to learn about products and prices.
  • Worry-free Warranties: Pella has better warranties, as detailed above.

When Andersen is a Better Choice

If you’ve had Andersen windows in the past, or know others that have, and their performance has been exceptional, there’s no reason to avoid them. They edge Pella in color options.

  • Color Coordinating: The Andersen Architectural Collection E-Series windows offer a good range of interior paint and stain choices. The 50 exterior cladding options is outstanding. Additionally, both interior and exterior colors can be custom-matched for you in the way your local paint seller matches colors. This is ideal when you’ve got a tough-to-match wall color or siding color and you want a seamless blend between the wall and window.

Did you Know? Customers that have a bad experience with any product are far more likely to post a review. If you look for Andersen window reviews and Pella window reviews online, both companies get trashed. So do Jeld Wen, Marvin, Milgard windows and your grandmother’s apple pie.

This trend is seen in all product lines such as roofing shingles, siding brands and HVAC equipment. The reason is that an unhappy consumer is far more likely to lodge a rating.

This isn’t a defense of Pella and Andersen. It’s just a caution to look for both sides of the story.

Pella, to its credit, does post customer ratings on its site. Most are favorable, but some Pella reviews are brutal, and they’re right there on Pella.com for all to read.

Pro Tip: In our experience, and from what online reviewers say in their critiques, the local window company and installers make or break the customer experience.

That’s what makes finding a quality seller/installer so important. Getting estimates from several local companies will ensure you find the right person for the project.

Finding an Experienced Installer

You’ve got options where you live, whether you choose Pella or Andersen. We recommend talking with local representatives for both brands. Get estimates from several Pella and several Andersen installers.

Compare prices, and get to know the companies. While it takes a little time, this is an expensive investment you’re about to make.

Our no-obligation Free Quotes service is the quickest way to get in touch with several top window contractors where you live. The companies are pre-screened, and their costs are competitive because they know you’re getting multiple estimates.


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