Andersen vs. Renewal by Andersen: What’s the Difference?

Andersen® and Renewal by Andersen® are two distinct brands of fenestration products. Both of them carry the name “Andersen” because they belong to the Andersen Corporation.


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Each subsidiary enjoys the solid reputation of its parent company with about 120 years of industry excellence and has carved out a niche for itself in the business. But how exactly do they differ? Which brand should you pick for home remodeling?

Let’s see the main differences between the two.

Project Suitability

Either Andersen or Renewal by Andersen is a perfect choice for window and door upgrades. However, the former is more suitable for new construction, DIY installation and partial replacement. Whereas the latter is the full-service replacement division of Andersen Corporation.


Andersen products are available at large home improvement retail brands, like The Home Depot, and small local dealers. On the other hand, Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors are accessible through authorized retailers only.

Materials Used

Andersen offers more choice; this brand sells windows made with different combinations of exterior and interior materials.

Each Andersen Window Series boasts unique design. But overall, this mass manufacturer uses wood, aluminum, vinyl, and composites like Andersen Corporation’s very own Fibrex®. This brand makes fiberglass exterior door systems too.

When it comes to Renewal by Andersen windows, Fibrex is your only option. But the The full-service installer uses different materials for its doors.

Renewal by Andersen’s traditional French door systems are made of wood and protected by a urethane base finish. The brand’s contemporary sliding models feature vinyl-clad frames with an engineered wood core.

Product Sizing

Andersen offers products in standard sizes and provides a sizing tool for customization.

Although Renewal by Andersen doesn’t manufacture fenestration units ahead of orders, the brand will send a project technician to take actual measurements of your window and door openings.

Warranty Coverage

The warranties of both brands include 20-year coverage on glass and 10-year coverage on non-glass components. Since Renewal by Andersen handles the installation, it provides a workmanship guarantee too.

Neither one is inherently better than the other, for each fills a different hole in the market.

If you want to update all of your windows and doors, set up a meeting with Renewal by Andersen® of Sacramento to learn about your product and customization options. Call us at (916) 779-5800 to schedule your free, in-home consultation in Sacramento, CA.