Standard vinyl vs. 400 Series wood

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You can't test drive your windows, So we did it for you.

Sure, vinyl is affordable. But is it the right choice for your home? To find out, we took a beautiful 90-year-old home and replaced its original wood windows—twice. First with standard vinyl and then with 400 Series insert windows with wood interiors. We documented the process so you could experience the SideXSide difference for yourself.

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traditional livingroom with white vinyl andersen windows
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STANDARD VINYL VS. BEAUTIFUL WOOD

When it comes to aesthetics, vinyl simply can’t compare to the beauty of real wood. Available in multiple wood interiors Andersen makes it easy to maintain your home’s original character.

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400 Series wood
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closeup of window latch on white vinyl window
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MORE HARDWARE STYLES. MORE FINISHES.

You shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to windows. That’s why Andersen® windows and patio doors come with more hardware options than vinyl alternatives. Choose from an impressive selection of hardware styles and finishes to match your home’s style.

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400 Series wood
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traditional window with white vinyl insert
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NO FRILLS VS. CUSTOM DESIGNS

While vinyl windows can only hope to imitate your home’s original wood designs, Andersen® 400 Series windows deliver true wood grilles and authentic art glass. So don’t just replace your windows, improve your home.

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400 Series wood
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closeup of craftsmen window latch white vinyl
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ROUGH AESTHETICS VS ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Andersen® 400 Series windows and patio doors are handcrafted by skilled tradesmen who create beautiful, seamless joints. Vinyl windows—with imperfect joints and visible weather strips—simply can’t compete.

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400 Series wood
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traditional home windows white vinyl with wood trim
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VINYL CAN’T GIVE YOU OVER 110 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE.

We’ve been crafting windows and patio doors for more than a century and we’re here to stay. We recognize that our name is on the line. That earning awards and contractor’s preference means something. And that our limited warranty makes a difference. Most vinyl window companies can’t say the same.

Vinyl
400 Series wood
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exterior view of white vinyl windows on traditional home
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VINYL CAN’T GIVE YOU OVER 110 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE.

We’ve been crafting windows and patio doors for more than a century and we’re here to stay. We recognize that our name is on the line. That earning awards and contractor’s preference means something. And that our limited warranty makes a difference. Most vinyl window companies can’t say the same.

Vinyl
400 Series wood

Andersen 400 Series window case study house

Take a closer look at the SideXSide details of our Saint Paul, MN case study home below.

Where to start

Replacing your windows doesn't have to be hard. Now that you know how Andersen 400 Series stack up against vinyl, it's time to take the first step.

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Discover more about 400 Series

Andersen Windows

Find a showroom

Two ways to visit: Find a showroom in your area, or visit a virtual showroom and explore windows from the comfort of your home.
Andersen Windows

Get a free consultation

Not sure where to start? We'll connect you with an expert that can answer all of your window questions.