Before I get into the review of this window, let me first tell you a bit about my background. I’m a custom builder who works exclusively on homes designed by Architects. I don’t often specify the windows that go into the houses I build, but I do occasionally get to influence the decision. Over the past 20 years of building I’ve worked with Vinyl, Wood, Clad Wood, Fiberglass, and Aluminum windows from most of the major brand names.
I was first introduced to the Andersen 100 series when they came to market in 2009 and was immediately impressed. I believe this house I built in 2009 was one of the first ones to get A100’s in Texas. Since 2009 I’ve put them into a dozen new homes and remodels.
|I love this recessed window detail we did on this house.|
Price Comparisons: The Andersen 100 series window is a composite frame window. Andersen makes them from a mixture of Vinyl and Wood they call Fibrex(similar to a composite deck). I also like that the wood in these windows is recycled wood fiber scraps from their wood window operations! The upgrade in price to the A100 is not much compared to Vinyl and you get a much better product. I consider this window to be a Vinyl killer. There is no reason to use Vinyl now that you can buy A100’s. They are also less expensive than Fiberglass windows and perform on par. Wood windows are much more expensive and again the performance is similar.
Energy Ratings & Performance: Look at the label from this Andersen 100 Casement my crew installed last week on a new house.
In Texas we’re looking for a SHGC number below .25 (lower is better) and a U-Factor (which measures overall insulation value) of .3 or lower. This Casement has an incredibly low .19 SHGC and a U-Factor of .28. This is a very high performing window! The Fibrex frame also makes this an incredibly durable window, and is not subject to rot. They come in 5 exterior colors but by far the most popular color for the Architects we work with is Dark Bronze. The inside is standard white color but it can be painted unlike a Vinyl window.
Beauty: Some windows are meant to be a feature, other stand out for being low quality. This is neither. The A100 is a window that blends into the background. It’s really a happy compromise: Relatively thin frame, generally crisp details, and paintable. I’m amazed how this cost-effective window looks great in a variety of styles of houses. Here’s some other photos of homes in construction or completed where we’ve used A100’s.
|Modern house. Love the fixed next to casement design on the top floor.|
|The bottom floor of this house has Aluminum sliders that go nicely with the A100 Bronze windows upstairs.|
|I’m a big fan of casement and fixed glass. Here’s A100’s in both styles|
|Farmhouse with Bronze A100’s and crisp white siding.|
If you’re looking for some install instructions here’s a video of how to install them properly.
In conclusion, I really like these Andersen 100 series windows. For the price point, they are really tough to beat. I highly recommend you check them out at a showroom near you. If you are in Austin or Houston Texas, I buy mine from Mirror Gallery. I’ve also seen them sold through Home Depot.
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