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Standard Vinyl vs. 400 Series Wood

Side x Side

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.


Interior options

Pine

Pine

Maple

Pine

Oak

Pine

Our wood species options are ready to accept any stain to match
your home's interior.

White

Our low-maintenance white interior saves you the time and trouble of painting.

White Interiors

While our SideXSide comparison showcases the beauty of natural wood, our white finishes give you all of the benefits of wood and match your painted white interiors.

Not all wood species are available in every window style.
Naturally occurring variations in grain, color and texture of wood make each window and patio door one of a kind.

VINYL

400 SERIES WOOD

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.

Window Hardware

Choose from a variety of hardware styles and finishes.

Window Lifts

Choose from hand lifts or finger lifts in three styles and a variety of finishes.

Door Hardware

When you choose Andersen® patio doors, you'll enjoy a wider selection of hardware styles and finishes than you'll find with just about any other manufacturer.

VINYL

400 SERIES WOOD

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.

Glass Types

We offer several energy-saving glass types optimized for various climates to reduce energy usage and costs. Choose from Low-E4 glass, SmartSun™ glass, Sun glass and more.

Art Glass

If you can dream it, we can make it. Choose from standard patterns or create your own custom design.

Grilles

Grilles offer a timeless, handcrafted style to your home. We can match virtually any existing grille with a variety of grille patterns, widths and configurations.

VINYL

400 SERIES WOOD

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.

To give you an authentic look, our sash joints simulate traditional mortise-and-tenon construction inside and out.

Wood covers most operating hardware for a seamless design.

Divided lights cast warm shadows across your home, mimicking traditional window aesthetics for an authentic appearance.

VINYL

400 SERIES WOOD

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.

Andersen is the brand of windows and patio doors trade professionals recommend most.*

Andersen® 400 Series windows have been named a Best Buy for Window Replacement by Consumers Digest.

Our warranty coverage transfers from one owner to the next, adding value when you sell.

Andersen offers products that meet ENERGY STAR® performance requirements.

The Andersen national service network includes over 900 factory-trained service provider companies to resolve both warranty and non-warranty requests.

*2014 Hanley Wood Brand Perception Study.
The Best Buy Seal and other licensed materials are registered certification marks and trademarks of Consumers Digest Communications, LLC, used under license. For award information, visit ConsumersDigest.com

VINYL

400 SERIES WOOD

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.

Exterior window colors

Choose from seven window colors to create the ideal look for your home.

Exterior trim colors

For more curb appeal, add exterior trim. Made of Fibrex® material, our trim never needs painting, and it won't fade, flake, blister, chalk or peel no matter what the climate.*

*See the limited warranty for details.

VINYL

400 SERIES WOOD-CLAD

Limited Color Options vs. Custom Combinations

Many vinyl windows offer only two exterior color options, which can be limiting when you’re looking to enhance curb appeal. Andersen® 400 Series' Perma-Shield® exterior lets you create a custom look with seven window colors and eleven trim colors available.


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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