Renewal by Andersen — Not trustworthy Information
As a subsidiary of Andersen Windows & Doors, RBA has several functions.
1) They manufacture replacement windows for their own list of privately owned franchises that have names like Renewal by Andersen of the Hudson Valley & Huff N Puff.
2) They manufacture a replacement window and a new construction window (The Andersen 100) for a list of privately owned construction companies located in most areas of the country.
3) They manufacture a replacement window and a new construction window (The Woodwright) that is sold in all the Andersen retail outlets in the country.
The franchises charge the most and have the high pressure selling. The Andersen 100 costs 1/4 of the cost as a franchise window while The Woodwright costs 1/2 the cost of the franchise window. The Woodwright anyone can install (Andersen even provides instructions) while the 100 and the franchise windows must be installed by the retail outlet. The Woodwright is a wood frame window with Fibrex (wood composite) on the exterior and the 100 and the franchise window are all Fibrex. With just a few slight differences in manufacturing, the 100 and the franchise window are basically identical.
The franchises market themselves as the "exclusive" replacement window division of Andersen Windows & Doors.
This is false and misleading marketing.
RBA manufactures replacement as well as new construction windows.
RBA sells to not only to their privately owned franchises but also to other construction companies as well as to thousands of retail outlets (like Home Depot) nationwide.
RBA has only one exclusivity - their privately owned franchises have an exclusive territory to sell RBA franchise windows in.
RBA makes no patio door nor entry door. The franchises sell Andersen (main company) doors just like thousands of retail outlets nationwide. The franchises also sell Pro Via entry doors without informing the customer it is a seperate and privately owned company that has an extensive marketing and distribution system of its own.
With The Woodwright being stronger and more attractive, less expensive, no high pressure selling and install friendly, I see no reason to give your hard earned money to a franchise that misrepresents who they are as well as what they do. Stay away from RBA franchises.