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Andersen Windows vs. Home Guard Windows

Does your home have older windows that are starting to let in drafts? Are the frames chipping and peeling? If you answered yes to either question, then RJW Exteriors has the solution for you—our exceptional Home Guard replacement windows.

Our BBB-accredited company is proud to use top-rated Home Guard Windows for all of our replacement jobs, as we believe they provide the absolute best product and value for our customers, especially when compared to expensive, big-name competitors like Renewal by Andersen.

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Choose RJW For All Your Replacement Window Needs

RJW has been replacing windows for more than 28 years, and we are confident that we offer the quickest and most efficient installation methods for every project that we tackle. Our replacement windows and products are well known for their impressive style and proven durability, and every member of our installation team is licensed and insured for your peace of mind. Home Guard only works with hand-picked companies of the highest quality, so you can rest assured that your window replacement is in good hands with RJW. Contact us today for a free consultation!
Home Guard
Andersen windows & doors logo.
Window Materials
Sunshield virgin vinyl.
Wood-based composite, “Fibrex.”
Available
Home Guard currently offers 7 different styles of replacement windows.
Andersen currently offers 7 different styles of replacement windows.
Customization Options
Different colors
Different finishes
State-of-the-art FlexScreen
Different colors
Different finishes
Various latch-types
Various grid-types
Glass
All of Home Guard’s glass options are made by Cardinal, a premium glassmaker.

They offer several glass options for varying levels of energy efficiency.
All of Andersen’s glass options are made by Cardinal, a premium glassmaker.

Despite being made by the same manufacturer, Andersen charges more for their glass than Home Guard.
Insulation
Argon gas makes up 98% of Home Guard’s window insulation.

Home Guard’s warranties cover any argon gas leaks, as well.
Argon gas makes up 98% of Pella’s window insulation.
Energy Efficiency
Home Guard’s high efficiency insulated glass system/doublepane clarity has:

a U-Factor rating of 0.20
an air infiltration rating of .01
The lower the U-factor and air infiltration rate, the more energy efficient a window is.

Andersen’s double-hung windows have:


a U-Factor rating of .34
an air infiltration rating of .12
The lower the U-factor and air-infiltration rate, the more energy efficient a window is.

Warranty
Home Guard windows carry an all inclusive, transferable, lifetime warranty, the same as all of the more expensive brands.

All Home Guard windows carry the exclusive glass breakage warranty.
Their frames, hardware, moving parts, insulated glass and screens are covered by limited warranties that typically only last between 10 and 20 years, depending on the product.
Pricing
Typically $1,200-$2,000 per window.
Typically $3,000-$4,500 per window.

What Sets Home Guard Apart From Andersen?

Renewal by Andersen is a brand that is synonymous with windows. They are a recognizable name and have a massive advertising budget. But what about the quality of their products?

Home Guard’s replacement windows have substantially better energy-efficient ratings, stronger lifetime non-prorated guarantees, and a much more attractive price point.

With Andersen, you’re paying for the name. With Home Guard, you’re paying for the best replacement windows and warranties any company in the field offers.

Home Guard Windows vs. Andersen Windows

Although we can tell you that Home Guard’s replacement windows and the benefits that come with them are better than Renewal by Andersen’s, you can see the difference yourself with some direct comparisons.
Window Materials
Home Guard’s replacement windows are made with Sunshield virgin vinyl, making them exceptionally durable and reliable. Andersen tends to discourage vinyl window frames, opting instead for their own wood-based composite material known as “fibrex.” They claim that vinyl window frames will fail within 5 to 8 years, but that is simply not the case: Home Guard’s vinyl frames are not only better performing and better insulated than Andersen’s, but they’re also designed to last for a lifetime and backed with a lifetime non-prorated, transferable warranty.
Available Styles & Customization Options
Both companies offer seven styles of windows, along with substantial customization options, such as different colors, finishes, and more. That said, we’ve recently started using the state-of-the-art FlexScreen window screens in all of our replacement window projects, which gives Home Guard an extra edge over the competition.
Glass
Both Andersen and Home Guard use glass made by Cardinal, a premium glassmaker known around the world for their windows. Despite the fact that both companies are using similar, high-quality glass in their windows, Renewal by Andersen’s price point is much higher.
Insulation
Home Guard and Andersen both use Argon gas as an insulator for their replacement windows. Where lower-end windows use between 35-50% argon fill for their insulation (with other gasses picking up the slack), Home Guard uses argon for 98% fill of their insulation. Not only does Home Guard have arguably better-insulated glass, but they set themselves apart by replacing any lost or leaking argon gas that has escaped from their windows, even going as far as to cover the gas in their warranties. Home Guard also provides a lifetime glass breakage warranty – even if it’s the consumer’s fault.
Energy Efficiency
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) tracks and rates the energy performance of windows for consumers. Two of these values are “U-factor” and “air infiltration.” A “U-Factor” is the rate at which a window transmits non-solar heat flow. The lower the U-factor, the more energy-efficient a given window will be. Home Guard’s high-efficiency windows have a U- factor rating of .20, while Andersen’s is significantly higher, totaling at .01, meaning it is far less energy efficient. “Air infiltration” is the term for air leaking through a window, and it is measured by how many cubic feet of air will leak through in a given timeframe. The lower a window’s air infiltration rate, the more airtight it will be. With that in mind, Home Guard’s high-energy replacement window has an air infiltration rating of .01, while Andersen’s 400 series has a notably higher rating of .12. Put simply, Andersen’s windows suffer from much greater air leakage than Home Guard’s.
Warranty
Without a doubt, Home Guard Windows offers the best all-inclusive, transferable, lifetime warranty in the industry! All Home Guard windows carry an exclusive glass breakage warranty, as well. Andersen, on the other hand, only offers limited warranties for their frames, hardware, moving parts, insulated glass, and screens, lasting between 10 or 20 years, depending on the product in question.
Pricing
Renewal by Andersen’s windows typically costs between $3000 and $4500 a window, which is far more than Home Guard’s $1200 – $2000 per window, despite offering less warranty coverage. As you can see, when you pay for replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen, you’re really just paying for the name brand, rather than a superior product. Despite the relative lack of brand recognition, Home Guard has developed high-quality replacement windows that contain all the benefits of windows made by Andersen (along with other competitors, such as Pella or Marvin), but at a much better value, with better service and even better warranties.

Choose RJW For All Your Replacement Window Needs

RJW has been replacing windows for more than 28 years, and we are confident that we offer the quickest and most efficient installation methods for every project that we tackle. We offer an exceptional selection of durable, energy-efficient replacement windows from top brands such as Home Guard Windows & Doors, and we can help you decide what type of replacement window is best for your situation. Not to mention every member of our installation team is licensed and insured for your peace of mind! Home Guard only works with hand-picked companies of the highest quality, so you can rest assured that your window replacement is in good hands with RJW. Contact us today for a free consultation!