Pella vs. Andersen Windows Cost 2020: 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 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 windows won’t be an expense they will need to worry about for the next 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 the mid-grade new windows like Pella 350/450 or Andersen 200/400 Series. — This would cover their costs. The buyers could also use the money toward a premium window brand, allowing the buyers to choose the kind of windows they like the best for the price.

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, while Andersen doesn’t make any 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 Encompass 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: 10 years.

Renewal by Andersen

These are upscale Fibrex replacement windows that are sold exclusively through certified independent dealers/installers. You can’t even look at a brochure online. Instead, you must supply complete contact information before viewing the brochure. Note that high pressure sales tactics and outlandish quotes are sometimes associated with Renewal by Andersen franchises.

  • 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.


33 thoughts on “Pella vs. Andersen Windows Cost 2020: Pros & Cons, ROI

  1. Michelle

    Thank you for your helpful guide!

    We received a quote directly from Pella to replace 16 standard sized windows in our New England house. They quoted $21,000 for 16 Impervia fiberglass windows and $22,000 for 16 Lifestyle wood/clad windows. All installed. They did not give me a breakdown of labor/materials.

    This seemed high, so I called Lowe’s. Without installation, they quoted me $9,400 for the Impervia windows and $14,000 for the Pella 850 wood series. As I understand it, those are much nicer windows than the Lifestyles.

    I am wondering if the windows at Lowe’s are the same that they sell directly through Pella, or are they lower quality? Is the Pella 850 a high-quality window? We prefer wood or maybe even fiberglass for the look.

    Is there any advantage to working directly through Pella for the installation?

    How likely would Pella be to honor the quote I got from Lowe’s?

    Is it risky to get our own contractor?

    Thank you again for the helpful article and any additional advice you can share!

    Reply
    1. Alex M.B. "The Roof Guy" Post author

      Hi Michelle,

      Yes, Pella Architect Series windows (whether traditional or contemporary) are considered more premium ($$$-$$$$) and hence cost more than the Lifestyle Series windows ($$-$$$). Lifestyle series windows were introduced last year. They sit one level below the architectural series.

      By working directly with Pella, you will normally pay the premium for the installation vs. buying the windows from Lowe’s and having a knowledgeable contractor do the installation on your behalf.

      Lowe’s might be able to recommend an installer, but you may want to do your own due diligence to make sure the contractor will do a good job on the installation, pull any necessary building permits, and provide an appropriate workmanship warranty.

      It’s important to make sure the installed has installed the type of windows that are similar to Pella and that they know what they are doing with respect to measurement and sizing, insulation, sealing, and aesthetics of the final product.

      Pella will likely offer you some sort of a discount, probably 10% or 20% to win your business, especially if you can show both the materials quote, and a separate installation quote from an independent installer. Let us know how it goes and best of luck!

      Reply
  2. Walter Niesz

    What a great article! I, too, found myself overwhelmed by the choices available and too few resources to compare windows from different companies.

    I’m building a sunroom addition (all new construction) and will need a 6-foot double entry door with a 20-inch transom above, and roughly eight 30×80 inch casement windows or window panels with 20-inch transom windows above each. Basically, a three-sided glass room (12’x15′). So, the insulation factor will play a big part in my decision.

    Are there thermal advantages to any specific window type based on the materials? Vinyl, composite, fiberglass, wood clad? Or is that mostly a function of the glass choice?

    Since I’m doing the project myself, I’m not sure if the prices I’m seeing in your guide are for the windows alone, or include the installation. Can you buy these doors/windows and install them yourself?

    I really don’t think I’m looking for anything too extravagant, but I have been floored by the prices I’ve gotten so far. Almost $4,500 just for the door, $1,000 more for the transom! (Anderson A series quoted thru Home Depot)

    Any ideas about what a project of this size should cost? I live in the suburbs of Cincinnati, OH.

    Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Alex M.B. "The Roof Guy" Post author

      Hi Walter,

      So, it sounds like you got a quote for the high-end Andersen Architectural Collection A-Series windows. These are high-end and expensive Fibrex windows that can cost over $1,000 per window, especially for larger custom-sized windows, depending on the project and or/window specifics. So, the pricing is not completely surprising and seems in line with what you would expect from a top brand/series.

      That said, it sounds like you are not looking for anything too extravagant, so to save on the cost of materials, you could consider getting a quote for new construction / casement windows from a window and siding supply company such as AlSide. They have presence in Ohio, so you could approach them and try to get a quote for their custom-sized vinyl windows. AlSide and others like them normally sell directly to contractors, so if you don’t have a contractor account, you will likely end up paying a higher price than the pros would, but it should still be considerably less costly than the high-end retail window quote you got from Home Depot.

      You should also consider taking another trip to a different store or going to HomeDepot’s competitor such as Lowe’s to see if they offer any less-costly custom window options other than Andersen Architectural Collection A-Series.

      Let us know how it goes and best of luck!

      Reply
      1. Walter Niesz

        Thank you for that info. I plan on going to a Pella store and to Lowe’s to compare some prices.

        Since you mentioned vinyl, does that mean that’s what you would recommend for a sunroom? Do you know if anyone makes vinyl windows and doors in black? (That’s one of the reasons why they quoted the A series).

        I will check out Alside. Thanks again.

        Reply
        1. Alex M.B. "The Roof Guy" Post author

          Hi Walter,

          So, one of the primary reasons to also consider vinyl is the cost savings potential of vinyl windows vs. wood or Fibrex.

          In terms of energy efficiency, most of the energy loss in a window happens through the glass area of the window, not the frame. So, if the overall insulation/energy efficiency is an important factor, then going with a triple glaze Low-E glass vs. double Low-E window is a good option to consider.

          In the example of Alside, you may consider their Mezzo windows: https://www.alside.com/products/windows-patio-doors/vinyl-replacement/vinyl-replacement-windows/mezzo/

          Alside and other vinyl window brands carry specialty windows including casement: https://www.alside.com/products/windows-patio-doors/vinyl-replacement/specialty-windows/casement-windows/

          In terms of colors, here are the Mezzo window interior and exterior colors:

          Interior color selections include White and Beige as well as laminate woodgrains in White, Rich Maple, Classic Clay, Light Oak, Dark Oak, Foxwood and Cherry

          Exterior color choices include White and Beige as well as special finishes in Black, Silver, Sand Dune, Architectural Bronze, Hudson Khaki, Desert Clay, English Red, Forest Green, American Terra and Castle Gray

          As far as the retail list price of casement windows at AlSide, contractors normally get a 40% to 50% discount off the list price. So, you could either try asking for a discount directly or ask a contractor friend to buy the windows for you at a discount.

          Lastly, if you are only considering black frame windows, I would recommend paying a premium for wood-frame windows, as vinyl windows are not meant to be painted. Granted the wooden windows are the most expensive, but if the color is a big part of the overall design, then it might be worth paying the premium.

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  3. Jeff hipple

    We bid 23 windows and a patio door with Pella and Anderson for our home. Double hung 21 and 2 casement. Non-standard size and a replacement in brick front townhouse condo 2-story end unit.

    • Pella Architecural line $65000 after discount from $80000
    • Anderson new one fibrex $49000 after discounts

    We picked Anderson.

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  4. Steve Shmidt

    We just had Pella reps out to our house to give a quote on replacing our windows and doors on the back side of our house. The quote nearly made me laugh and throw up in their face. Looking at the comments here, I have you all beat. Granted, we have some large windows and doors on the back side of our house. However, I’ll give you a couple of examples of just how ridiculous the price was. This was for their Impervia fiberglass windows.

    This includes 28 Windows, 4 of which have rounded tops, 1 of which is a very large window. The rest fall in the normal size territory. 3 sliding doors, and 1 entry door with glass in it. The rest fall in the normal territory. The entire quote was roughly $130,000 and then they discounted it by about $10,000 before leaving my house.

    To put the absurdity of this quote in perspective, set of windows, which was two crank style windows in a casement where each window is roughly 3 feet high by 1 and 1/2 foot wide was $4,500.

    Our back entry door, which is a standard size entry door with a 5′ by 2′ window in it was $8,200!! For a basic door with glass in it. Nothing special. To put that in perspective, we have a rounded top front door which we had to have custom made for our opening, and which required a lot of labor and effort to make and install, and it was a one of a kind door that only cost us $3,500 total to have replaced.

    Has anyone else received an insane quote like this from Pella? Obviously we’re not going to do this, because we’re aren’t rubes. I know I could have a local company like window world put their premium glass in our house for around $20,000 to $25,000. Meaning, I could replace all of my windows every 10 years for the rest of my life and not get up to that Pella quote. It was just an obscene quote. I don’t even know how they delivered it with a straight face.

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  5. Michelle Gardineer

    Hello! I am struggling to make a choice between 4 quotes for windows. All windows seem to be similar in that they are all lower expense windows. I have 13 average-sized windows; seven installed in hardy board, the rest in brick.

    Window World for series 4,000 window is $7,025. Two local contractors have quoted $8,875 for M1 windows. Lowe’s quoted $9,990 for Pella 250 and are replacing the patio door also with a Thermatru door.

    The first three want to retrofit, Lowe’s would retrofit in the brick, but want to do a new install on the hardy board and put in new trim, because they suggest there will be less of a chance of water intrusion (wind-driven rain) this way.

    We do live in Hurricane country. I am really confused about which window to go with. It seems awful to pay so much for what everyone says is a budget window that will not last very long. We only plan to be in the home 3 or 4 years. It seems Lowe’s Pella windows might be a better window and they do include a new door.

    Please any help choosing is appreciated.

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    1. Alex M. Brody Post author

      Hi Michelle,

      With proper installation, the Pella 250 windows from Lowe’s should easily last 20 years plus. The key is that the installation is done right, including insulation, trim, etc. The quote to replace 13 windows and a patio door, plus trim work and retrofit seems quite reasonable, as long as you get high quality installation with a solid workmanship warranty.

      One point of potential concern is that Lowe’s often uses subcontractors to do the installation work, so you don’t know ahead of time how good the contractor doing the work will be.

      If you can find out who’s going to be doing the work and speak with the project manager ahead of time to ensure quality installation, then it might be worth it, even if you sell your home in three or four years, as the value of the house outfitted with new windows should increase. All else being equal.

      Regarding your concern with the quote, you can often ask for a 10% discount from a provider of home services. Lowe’s also offers 10% discount on products (not installation) to veterans. It’s generally expected that you would ask for a discount on home services from individual contractors, not sure how flexible Lowe’s will be, but it certainly doesn’t hurt asking.

      Lastly, all the quotes are pretty close, so you know that you aren’t going to overpay by a huge margin no matter what company you go with. That’s the benefit of getting a few quotes and doing your homework. Well done.

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  6. Barb C

    We are looking to replace 9 double hung windows, 1 picture window, and 2 doors. Renewal by Andersen estimate is over $36,000.

    Pella Impervia is about $26,000; Pella vinyl 250 series is $21,000; and Soft lite vinyl Imperial LS is $11,000. All doors quoted are fiberglass with full window. Pella quote included replacing all interior wood trim.

    It is not our forever home and these are about a quarter of the home’s windows. Had to have stucco remediation done to front of the house three years ago. We had those windows pulled and reinstalled properly, but couldn’t afford to replace them at the time. Of course, Pella is pushing for an answer next week because the “sale” goes away. We live in NJ. Please share your thoughts. Thanks, B

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    1. The Roof Guy Post author

      Hi Babr,

      You were wise to get a few quotes to give yourself a nice way to compare prices for different options. Since this is not your Forever home, the Renewal by Andersen quote is a clear overpriced outlier and is probably off the table. This leaves us with two different options for Pella (fiberglass Impervia and 250 series vinyl windows), as well as the Soft Lite vinyl Imperial LS quote at $11,000.

      Now, we don’t have the window dimensions and specific options for Pella windows to fully evaluate the quotes, but the overall numbers seem way too high — especially when Pella vinyl 250 series are compared to the quote from Soft Lite. Granted, we are comparing a well-known premium brand vs. a regular vinyl replacement window option, but the difference is still striking.

      It’s probably safe to say that Pella quote has room for a 20% to 30% discount across the board, so no need to worry about the “sale” going away. 😉

      We would be happy to comment in more detail if you share the specifics of the quotes.

      Are fiberglass doors included in all the Pella quotes as well as the quote from Soft Lite? If so, the quote from Soft Lite seems like a clear winner, especially because this is not a forever home. That said, it would be prudent and smart to fully vet the company and make sure they do quality work and provide a reasonable workmanship warranty before signing the contract.

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  7. Angela DeLaGarza

    Thank you for this….. I have a small home with 12 windows. Nothing fancy at all; $25,000.00 to replace them all. We about fell on the floor with that nonsense from Anderson. I’m glad to see I was not the only one quoted such ridiculousness. I should have known better when the sales guy pulled up in a Cadillac Escalade and wanted to sit down and discuss before hand. Such a shame.

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  8. Ryan M

    Hi,

    This is such a great resource for those of us shopping for windows. Thank you for taking the time to post all this information.

    My wife and I live in southern NY state and are looking to replace 12 windows (various sizes) and 3 patio doors (two 8-foot and one 6-foot).

    We had ReNewal by Andersen come out and got an estimate of $54,000. Their discounted price was $47,000. This seems very high. We’re not looking for extravagant windows either.

    We have a few more local contractors coming out for estimates next week. Could you possibly give us a ballpark figure of what we should be looking for? Thanks again and great work here!

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    1. Alex M. Brody Post author

      Hi Ryan,

      Did renewals by Andersen provide separate quotes for windows and doors? Also, are the doors they are suggesting considered luxury or more in the mid-range?

      Without the knowledge of your window sizes and project specifics, we would say that this job probably should not cost more than $18,000 to $20,000 (note, this is a rather high-end range, as we are giving this company the benefit of doubt) for 12 replacement windows, unless there are some extremely large and/or complex windows involved in the mix.

      A more competitive replacement window company can probably deliver the same job for $12,000 to $18,000, assuming they will install high-end replacement windows, with some custom, out-sized windows. Again, this is based on the limited information and some broad-stroke extrapolation from the details you shared.

      Our recommendation is to get separate or itemized quotes for replacement windows and doors to see what the pricing breakdown is like. It may also be helpful to get several quotes from local contractors, as well as a few quotes from from companies based in less expensive zip codes to get a real sense of the fair pricing range for this project.

      Knowing that you are planning to get a few more quotes, we would say you are on the right track!

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      1. Ran

        OK, great! Thanks for the response. Yeah, we got two more quotes from local contractors offering Provia and Marvin windows at significantly lower pricing. The aggressive sales tactics from Renewal by Andersen really turned me off and we won’t be going with them. Again, thanks for the advice and keep up the good work!

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        1. Reese Troute

          That was our experience with the RBA sales guy, as well. I did not like him at all, but the fact that his discounted price was 2.5x what we ended up paying made that decision even easier.

          In fact, for the same as the RBA discounted price, we got Pella Lifestyle windows installed, plus got new Hardie siding on the back of our house, replaced about 1/4 of the original wood siding on the front of the house with custom-milled boards, and painted the entire house — including lead paint remediation.

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  9. Brooke Bailey

    Thank you for your very informative article. I just got a quote from the Pella representative here in Wilmington, NC to replace 7 windows (27 X 65 standard size) using Pella 250 series vinyl. The only upgrade is for exterior simulated divided light grilles (to match my remaining Lincoln wooden windows). Also, I asked that the brick molding and windows sills be replaced with PVC materials. The quote is for around $11,000 which seems high given the figures that you showed for 250 series windows. Does this sound reasonable to you?

    Thanks for your help!

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    1. The Roof Guy Post author

      Hi Brooke, that price is definitely on the very high-end, tipping the scale at almost $1,600 per window installed for a mid-range vinyl window!

      Are these double-pane or triple pane windows? Has the contractor itemized the costs in the estimate?

      What is the additional itemized expense associated with the brick molding and windows sills being replaced with PVC materials?

      Although, your windows are very tall (27 X 65 inches standard size) compared to the base size of 27.5 x 37.5 inches for a Pella 250 series vinyl window, which means your windows will cost more to buy and install, the price you were quoted is still too high, in our view.

      Let’s be very generous and assume the contractor’s material cost is $300.00 to $400.00 per window. Let’s throw in $100 extra for the PVC and window sill trim. After adding these up, we have $400.00 to $500.00 per window in material costs. Even if the installation is more complex due to larger window sizes, it’s still impossible to justify the installation cost of over $1,000.00 per window!

      We don’t see how this job can possibly cost more than $1,000 per window including materials, installation, and warranty.

      Note: You or any local window replacement company can buy Pella 250 series windows at Lowe’s, starting at sub $200 per window. In fact, Lowe’s offers contractor discounts and veteran discounts.

      We suggest you get a few quotes from the local window replacement companies.

      Best of Luck and let us know how it goes!

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      1. Brooke Bailey

        Thanks for your prompt response. You’ve confirmed what I thought — the quote was too high for the work to be done. I’m going to get a different contractor to give me an estimate this week.

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  10. Michelle

    My husband and I just sat down with a sales rep from Andersen Windows yesterday to finalize our contract for 13 windows:

    1 large picture window and 2 other larger than average windows, I assume, is what brought the price quote to $29,000. We were given a local deal (we live in Minnesota, near the factory) and we were give a discount of $25 off per window. We were told to replace windows, it’s about 20% of the cost of your home, by our figuring, the 30,000 for windows is about right.

    Is this a reasonable price to pay for the number of windows?

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    1. The Roof Guy Post author

      Hi Michelle,

      To really assess the fairness of the above quote, we would need to know whether you are buying high-end Andersen windows or are dealing with a local franchise dealer selling Renewal by Andersen replacement windows. These are two completely different products, with traditional Andersen windows generally being considered better quality windows than the replacement windows sold by Renewal by Andersen (RBA) franchise dealers.

      We are assuming you are dealing with a Renewal by Andersen franchise. That said, this seems like a rather high quote for just 13 windows, even if there are a couple of large windows. Our view is that you should have plenty of room to negotiate down the price from here. Asking for at least 20% to 40% discount seems appropriate given your home’s location (local real estate market) and the overall job size.

      Note: It is the first time I ever hear that windows should be 20% of your home. This statement is laughably false and misleading. All homes are different and home prices are primarily determined by the local market conditions. Also the average cost of a single family home in the US is close $300,000, so that 20% would only be 10%.

      We would encourage you to get several quotes from a few local and reputable window replacement companies and compare the quotes based on the intrinsic quality of windows you are promised to get, plus important intangibles such as workmanship and product warranty information, experience of the crew installing the windows, whether the company employs subcontractors, etc.

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  11. Scott Lawrence

    This has been an extremely helpful article. I just received a quote for $39,000 for 23 windows. I have standards windows (front are larger than the back but still standard). The sales people were speaking with my wife and said they were custom fit for each house (including outside trim) and that you can’t purchase these windows outside of working directly with Andersen.

    The salesmen also stated that their installers work for Andersen and are not contractors, which I find hard to believe. With that said, I was expecting a price closer to $20k. Needless to say, we have 2-3 more companies coming to provide quotes.

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    1. The Roof Guy Post author

      Hi Scott,

      Since these are replacement windows, we are most likely talking about Renewal by Andersen here. Renewal by Andersen windows are normally installed by independent dealers / independent contractors. That said, the prices are definitely negotiable, but the reason why the price is high is because you are being charged a huge premium for the Andersen brand.

      All replacement windows including the standard ones, are normally made to measure. This means that regardless of what brand or installer you choose to go with, your windows will almost always be custom made-to-measure windows.

      In our view, the prices you were quoted are pretty ridiculous, but not surprising. You should be able to get these windows replaced for well under $20,000 with one of the competing brands. Even for Renewal by Andersen, you should not be charged more than $25,000 – $30,000 for these replacement windows.

      Needless to say, Renewal by Andersen Fibrex windows are nice, but that is not to say that you can’t get other quality replacement windows from competing brands. You most certainly can.

      Consider double pane versus triple pane. Check the R value (heat loss) and U value (heat gain) numbers. Most windows sold nowadays are “low E”, which is what you want. Check the numbers for UV blocking, higher is better. Check for Argon or Krypton gas filling in the dead air space between the panes.

      Also don’t fall for the scare tactics and misinformation such as “vinyl windows will warp and fail within 5 years.” That is a complete lie and purposeful warping of facts. With replacement windows, it’s almost 100% about the quality of installation. You can get very high quality windows from brands such as Alside, Harvey Industries, and many others. Again, it’s the quality of installation, which carries the highest premium in our view.

      Hope this is helpful!

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  12. Chris Crow

    This is a very helpful post. I have a bid of $12,380 for 10 Pella 450 Proline double pane, double hung windows with full screens and exterior aluminum cladding. Also, low-e glazing, argon fill, and grilles between glass.

    I have seven 36×62″ windows, two 24×62″ windows, and one 36×38″ window. Based on my understanding of the info you have here, this seems to me to be a fairly high bid. We do live in a nice town near Princeton, New Jersey. Oh, and they are offering a $1,000 rebate if I act in the next four days. What do you think? Thanks so much!

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    1. The Roof Guy Post author

      Hi Chris, so with a $1,000.00 rebate, you get a total ticket price of $11,380. Even in Princeton, NJ, we are confident you can get the whole job done for under $10,000.

      That said, you could probably get replacement windows of comparable quality such as double-pane, double Low-E, etc. for under $8,000. The key is to work with a small, local installer who takes a great pride in the quality of their work aka installation, which is arguably the most important factor impacting durability, longevity, and homeowners’ enjoyment of their windows.

      Note: there is a pricing premium placed on the replacement windows from a brand like Pella, but you can probably get windows that are on par in terms of their quality from a brand such as Alside or Harvey’s, without the multiple layers of middlemen driving up the price. — Just a small contractor who buys their windows directly and does a great job installing them.

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  13. Lynn Vineyard

    Thank you for this post, it was extremely helpful. We just got a quote from Renewal by Anderson (replacing 21 windows, 1 door), I was shocked by the total cost of $71,000 prior to their discounts. Wish I would have seen this post prior to our consultation on Sunday. Of the 21 windows there’s 5 that are 27w x 76h, the rest are pretty standard. Does this price tag seem high to you, I assumed it would be roughly 40 to 50k.

    Once again, thank you for this valuable information.

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    1. The Roof Guy Post author

      Hi Lynn,

      The price tag for the project you describe is definitely on the expensive side. That said your home’s location and the local real estate values certainly play a role and can affect the price. Based on what we’re given, a price point of around $45,000 to $55,000 would be a lot more appropriate in our view. For a project of this size, negotiation is certainly expected.

      Also note that oftentimes, the initial quote you get from a company like Renewals by Andersen is the “dream deal price” the sales person is hoping to get. With many companies competing for your business, there is usually plenty of room to negotiate the price down.

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  14. CNC

    This is the most valuable information I have come across regarding Fibrex. Thank you so much for creating this post. In the past two days, I have received three estimates for windows and visited Home Depot to understand average pricing and what I gain from different types of windows.

    I was ready to put my entire project on hold because it became overwhelming. I want the best for my home, but I’m also on a budget because I have other repairs to make that are equally important. Your post has added a lot of clarity for me. Thanks again.

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    1. The Roof Guy Post author

      Glad you found this helpful and best of luck with your home improvement journey!

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    2. Martha

      I wonder if Fibrex would be vulnerable to the termites we have in desert AZ. Do you have any views on this?

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      1. The Roof Guy Post author

        Hi Martha,

        Fibrex is a composite produced by combining wood fiber with premium thermoplastic polymer, resulting in a compound that is stronger than wood. Harsh weather conditions will not cause Fibrex to warp, chip or rot, and it is not affected by termites.

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