The Evolution of Wood Windows – Andersen 400 Series

Deciding to replace your windows can be a stressful experience. Especially, when you don’t know what type of replacement window you want. Andersen offers a variety of different lines of windows, styles, colors, grid patterns, and glass. Because there are so many different customizable options, especially when replacing windows, choosing the right window for your home can be intimidating. Today we’ve simplified this by exploring the background and anatomy of one of Andersen’s most popular series the 400 Series.


Andersen 400 Series window is a two-piece constructed window. This window epitomizes the evolution of traditional wooden windows. A wood window is a classical, fully wood window that was popular in the until the 1970s, most commonly as a double-hung. Wood has always been a great structural material. The problem with 100% wood windows is that moisture, debris, weather, and elements over time damage the exterior wood frame, causing the window to rot. Quickly, the paint would chip off and the labor of painting time and time again became a nuisance. To build a better window, Andersen applied an innovative vinyl cladding to the exterior of an all wood window and called it Permashield. The vinyl exterior protects the window from unwanted outside elements, while the interior is still traditional wood. The result is, ultimately, a wooden window that’s built to last. This takes away the nuisances of painting the window and prevents the window from rotting and falling apart. Simply put, the 400 series is two windows in one! Get the beauty and strength of a wood window inside your home and the weather resistance of a vinyl window on the outside.

Casement kitchen window featuring stained pine interior

We’ve covered the material and structure of the Andersen 400 Series. However, the paybacks of the 400 Series line don’t stop there. The Andersen 400 Series Window just like all of Andersen’s windows are energy efficient. Energy efficiency is built into every window. This is intended to retain heat in the winter and keep your home cold in the summer, taking that drafty feeling out of your home and replacing it with the temperature it’s supposed to feel. This can help control the costs of your heating and cooling your home. For added efficiency and insulation value, Andersen 400 Series Windows have different glass options to choose from.


The 400 Series is available in nearly every configuration including Awning Windows, Bow & Bay Windows, Casement Windows, Double Hung Windows, Picture Windows, Gliding Windows, and even Specialty Shape Windows. Once you select your window style, the color options, grille patterns, and glass options are extensive. Thus, leaving room for all the imagination and creativity you need to make your window project a reality.


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