Celebrating National Women’s History Month

A Tribute to the Women of the Andersen Family3.01.17

March is National Women’s History Month. We owe a lot to the female trailblazers, innovators, leaders and overall contributors who have influenced Andersen Corporation’s growth and development. While it would be difficult to name each individually, we take this opportunity to honor five women in particular who helped shape Andersen into the thriving business it is today.

Sarah “Sadie” Andersen

In 1896, five years after the death of his first wife, Hans Andersen married Sarah “Sadie” McDonald and the two began to build their lives in Hudson, Wis. It was there that Andersen Lumber Company was created in 1903 – but Hans did not do it alone. Sadie was a founding partner; her ideas helped influence the launch of the young enterprise. After Hans passed away suddenly in 1914, Sadie remained part of Hudson’s tight-knit community until her death in 1934.

 Mary “Molly” Andersen

Molly Andersen was one of three children and the only daughter of Hans Andersen. It’s no surprise that the sister to Fred and Herbert — two men who would go on to take over the Andersen presidency and vice presidency, respectively — would bring energy and creative thoughts to the business. Outside of her work with the company, Molly created the first American Field Service recreation camp for U.S. military nurses in Europe during World War I.

Molly lived to watch Andersen rank as the world’s largest specialized window frame factory (1924), change its name to Andersen Frame Company (1929) and then to Andersen Corporation (1937), and hire its first female factory workers (1943). 

 Kitty B. Andersen

During World War II, more than 250 Andersen employees joined the service, leaving many empty positions in the factory. Fred Andersen, the company’s second president and Hans’ son, married a woman by the name of Katherine “Kitty” Blount, who would go on to help the company adjust to the times. She was responsible for directing the hiring of women into the factory workforce. 

As the female employees’ “personnel director” during the first few months, Kitty Andersen made life in the factory more pleasant for everyone and very comfortable for the new female employees through initiatives such as overhead music, a new heating system and hot lunches.

Kitty was a major influence in the corporation, serving on the Board of Directors for a half-century. A philanthropist and community organizer, she devoted much of her time to civic causes such as blood drives, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, senior citizen events, and the Bayport Public Library.

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Mary “Betty” Andersen Hulings

Another strong influence on the Andersen Board of Directors was Betty Andersen Hulings, who served an astounding 60 years on the board. 

Betty was the granddaughter of Hans Andersen and wife of Bill Hulings, the company’s fourth president. She joined the Board of Directors in 1937—the same year the company changed its name to Andersen Corporation. 

Betty frequently represented the company at trade shows and other events. Like Kitty, Betty believed strongly in generosity and philanthropy. Together, she and her husband lived by the principle, “From those to whom much has been given, much shall be required.” 

Sarah Andersen

As the daughter of Hans Andersen’s grandson Hugh and Hugh’s wife Jane Krause Andersen, herself a member of the Andersen board, Sarah Andersen grew up immersed in the company culture.

After finishing her education at Carleton College, Sarah served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations while also accompanying her mother to Andersen shareholder meetings. Over the course of five years, Sarah listened, learned and studied the structure and workings of Andersen’s Board of Directors.

In January 1983, Sarah joined the board and began working to transform it into an actual governing body. Because of her dedication and work, the board began to focus on long-term planning and succession for the company’s continued success.

Unsurprisingly, she was elected chair of the board in 1993 and has since become one of the company’s strongest proponents of change.

“Our products make people’s homes and lives better,” Sarah says. “It’s important to me that our business accomplishes something positive and is socially responsible."

In addition to Kitty, Betty, Jane and Sarah, there were several additional women in the Andersen family who served on the Board of Directors: Mary Hulings Rice and Martha Hulings Kaemmer, daughters of Bill and Betty Hulings, and Christine Andersen, daughter of Hugh and Jane Andersen.

As the full-service window replacement division of Andersen Corporation, a company that has revolutionized the window and door business for more than 110 years, Renewal by Andersen is proud to honor the women who have influenced and continue to influence the corporation today.

 

The True Cost of Replacement Windows: 5 Questions to Ask

When comparing the cost of replacement windows, what are you really getting for your money?

Windows play an integral role in your home’s overall utility costs, comfort level, and appeal. If your windows are low quality, you could be throwing money out the window (and if you’re not sure, here are 7 signs you need to replace your windows). Like most large home improvement projects, replacing your windows is a big investment, so it’s important who you choose to do this project. During the research phase, you may be inclined to focus solely on comparing the numbers on the price tag. But what are you really paying for? If you’re considering replacing your windows and have begun to research your options, here are five questions you should be asking:

1. What type of material is the window made of? 

When you think of replacement windows, you may think of vinyl—and why not? It seems to be ubiquitous. But have you researched other options?  The material your windows are made of will impact the efficiency, strength and durability, maintenance, and even your choice of colors and styles. So, how does each replacement-window material make a difference?  

Material matters.

Our exclusive Fibrex® composite material is a revolutionary window-frame option that offers the strength and stability of wood and the low-maintenance features of vinyl, while also reducing the thermal transfer found on other popular materials such as aluminum.

Pick a performance metric—efficiency, strength and durability, maintenance, beauty—whichever factor is most important to you (and we hope they all are), Fibrex® material can make a difference in every instance. Have you heard about our 20-year durability test? It’s a must-see video if you’re considering replacing your windows.

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2. Is installation included, and if so, how experienced are the installers?

During the replacement window research phase, most people consider things like style, color choices, frame materials, hardware options, and price…but there’s often one major component homeowner’s overlook: installation. While the installation of a replacement window is one of the most important factors in the entire process, it’s often the last thing on a homeowner’s mind. A sloppy installation can lead to cracked joints, loss of heated or cooled air, exposure to the elements and pests, and water infiltration, which can lead to serious damage to the windows and structure of your home. Installers must be prepared for a number of situations that may occur, such as different types of building constructions, variations in wall materials and thickness, and unforeseen structural damage.

A great window is only as good as the installer behind it.

We’ve long understood that a quality experience is in the details. All of the care, pride, professionalism, and craftsmanship we put into our products would mean little without the very best installation.

That’s why we include professional installation as a key part of our window-replacement process. Our Certified Master Installer program takes “professional” to the next level by placing your windows and patio doors in the hands of skilled installers.

Our Certified Master Installers are required to demonstrate their knowledge of construction materials, building codes, and installation methods to obtain their credentials, and are highly suited to handle the windows built just for you.

3.What can you expect the window replacement process to look like?

For most homeowners, window replacement isn’t a project they’ve done before. And it can get confusing, especially when there are a number of parties involved. Window replacement is a large investment, and it can be daunting if the project is filled with conflicting information, numerous steps, and multiple points of contact throughout the job. That’s why it’s important to ask the company to explain the process to you in detail so you and your family know what to expect throughout the entire project.

A seamless process from start to finish.

At Renewal by Andersen, we’re different from the other companies out there. We’re a full-service window and patio door replacement company, meaning we own the entire process from start to finish. From initial design consult to custom manufacturing; from installation and service to warranty coverage…it’s all Renewal by Andersen. It’s important that when researching replacement windows, you find a company that gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing there is one-company accountability and a single point of contact for decades to come.¹

4. What happens if you need assistance with your windows down the road?

The promises you hear when you replace your windows are only as good as the company that stands behind them. When researching replacement windows, make sure the company you choose has a warranty included with their product—and that you understand the terms of that warranty. It’s also important to ask about your access to the customer service team in case you find that your new patio door needs adjusting, you’ve forgotten how to operate a particular piece of hardware, or maybe, down the road, your casement window doesn’t crank as smoothly as it once did.

A 100-year tradition of quality and care, and a robust limited warranty.

Renewal by Andersen is backed by a century’s worth of window-making knowledge and expertise, and it’s safe to say, we’re not going anywhere. When we say one-company accountability, we mean accountability at all stages of the process. Our robust limited warranty covers the glass, the frame and hardware, AND the installation. It’s one of the most robust warranties you’ll find on any window or door, and it’s non-prorated and fully-transferable.

What do we mean by fully-transferable? It means that should you sell your home, not only will you have the added value of the Andersen name, you will also have the value of a limited warranty that can carry to the next homeowner—an important feature for many buyers.

5. Will you need to replace your windows again soon because of the quality or lack of efficiency?

Let’s look down the road. Where do you see your windows in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? You want your replacement windows to be as energy efficient, maintenance-free, and high quality as possible, right? These are all significant factors to look for when researching replacement windows.

Long-term savings.

Every day we replace windows that are less than 10 years old. Unlike those products, our low-maintenance windows are designed, crafted, and warranted to stand the test of time (again, you need to see this 20 year durability study).[1]

And poor performing windows are an energy drain—and a money drain. Our replacement windows will help you save money on your energy bill. Our High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™glass is the most energy-efficient glass option we have ever offered. It’s 70% more energy efficient in the summer and 49% more energy efficient in the winter as compared to ordinary dual pane glass.[2]

If you plan to sell your home, your prospective buyers will be as pleased as you are about your window’s warranty, beauty, durability, and energy efficiency!

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The best window and patio door projects are the ones featuring design options that fit YOUR home, YOUR timeline, and YOUR bottom line. Schedule a free consultation with one of our design consultants to kick off your home-improvement project.

Frequently Asked Questions about our Window Replacement Process

From one-company accountability and industry-leading limited warranty to our exceptional people and impressive technology, we’ve answered our customer’s top questions about our superior process.12.01.16

I’m researching replacement windows and considering Renewal by Andersen. What’s the first step I need to take?

First, you’ll schedule your free design consultation. Give us a call or fill out our form on our website, and we’ll set up a specific time that works for you (no vague appointment windows). During your individual design consultation, we’ll get to know you and your home, identify its particular challenges or issues, and then talk about ways we can address them. At the end of your consultation, you’ll be left with a printed (or electronic), detailed estimate with pricing good for one year.

Why is the individual design consultation so important?

There’s no home exactly like yours, so you shouldn’t expect a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to your windows. All of our windows are custom crafted and made-to-order to fit your home’s exact needs. Therefore, before our trained design consultants can give you an estimate, they need to learn about your situation. Your consultant will meet with you in the comfort of your home, at a time that fits your schedule. He/she will walk through the details of your particular situation, listen to your needs, talk with you about a number of options, and provide you with pricing for your specific project that will allow you to review your options and make the best decision for your home and your budget. Because your home is unique, it shouldn’t be treated like any other house on the block—that’s why your design consultation is so important.

What happens during the free consultation?

Some of our homeowners know exactly what they want when our consultants walk in the door—they know the number of windows, what style, what colors, even which hardware. But for many homeowners, this is uncharted territory. When you schedule your free in-home design consultation, here’s what will happen:

  1. First, we’ll listen to you about your goals and the vision you have for your new windows.
  2. We’ll inspect your home’s current window situation and identify any unique design and installation challenges.
  3. We’ll talk with you about ways to balance beauty and budget, and come up with a design solution(s) that fits your home, your timeline, and your bottom line.
  4. He/she will answer any and all questions you have—whether they are about style (“Can you do a dark exterior trim to match my siding?” or “What’s the right look for an Arts and Crafts bungalow?”), logistics (“It’s fall…do I have to wait until spring?”), or function (“What do you recommend for an elderly woman who has mobility issues?”).
  5. Your design consultant will look for the best possible deal for you—letting you know of any current specials or offers running, configuring bulk or quantity discounts, and walking you through all of our flexible payment options.
  6. Your consultant will draw up an electronic contract through our iPad® app and have it ready for you along with a detailed estimate and pricing good for one year.

I’m having a hard time imagining all of the window styles, grilles, colors, and hardware options. How can you help?

Your design consultant will be bringing actual product samples as well as color swatches so you can see, touch, and feel everything first-hand. What’s more, our 3D iPad® app can help you actually visualize OUR windows on YOUR home—from both the inside and the outside. You can experiment with colors, window styles, grilles, trim sizes, hardware options, interior stain colors, and more!

Where are my windows built? Who builds them?

After you decide you move forward with Renewal by Andersen, your project specs are sent to ournewly expanded state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Cottage Grove, MN—only a few miles down the river from where Andersen Corporation came to life over 100 years ago.  Your windows are custom crafted and made-to-order with precision and care by our dedicated employees who take great pride in their work.

One thing that makes production special to us is that we only make to order. Every unit that we make has an order and a name attached to it. When an order comes down the line, our plant workers take care of your project because we know that this is YOUR window, not just an anonymous order.

What makes your installers the best in the business?

Installation of a replacement window isn’t simply a matter of putting a standard-size window into a hole in the wall. It’s a matter of expertly fitting YOUR custom window into YOUR home. Replacement window installers need to be prepared to handle any number of challenges such as variations in wall materials and thickness, various types of casings or sill constructions, changes from house settling, and even unforeseen structural damage. This is why we only hire the best installers—folks who are professional craftspeople experienced in installing windows in homes of all shapes, sizes, and styles. Our installers are proud of the work they do and the products they install, and they’re dedicated to working with individual homeowners and going the extra mile whenever necessary (and often even when it’s not). Here’s what you can expect to happen on installation day.

What is a Certified Master Installer?

Our Certified Master Installer program takes “professional” to the next level with meticulous training, extensive supervision, and high expectations. Prior to certification, we require all trainers and installers to demonstrate their knowledge of construction materials, building codes, and installation methods. Learn more about what it means to be a Certified Master Installer.

What happens if I need service on my Renewal by Andersen® replacement windows?

Our windows come with our toll-free number and a unique ID number on each one. Should you have any issues, give us a call and our in-house Customer Care Representatives will be able to identify your exact window (using that unique ID number) and help you get your concerns remedied.

What does the limited warranty cover?

When we say we’re with you from start to finish and beyond, we mean it. Our industry-leading limited warranty covers the glass, the frame and hardware, AND the installation. It’s a warranty that is made as a promise to you, and backed by extensive testing.

What happens to my warranty if I sell my home?

Don’t worry—the limited warranty on your Renewal by Andersen® products is fully transferable, should you sell your home.

How many people will I be in contact with throughout the process?

We know it can be confusing when there are a lot of parties involved in an important home improvement project like replacing your windows. That’s why we take pride in providing you with a start-to-finish solution. From design and sales through installation and service, it’s all Renewal by Andersen. Our family of specialists is here to make your window replacement project the most streamlined home improvement project you’ve ever done. After you decide to purchase, here are our specialists you may come in contact with:

  1. Design consultant (assess, measure, educate, demonstrate, solutions, pricing)
  2. Project Technician (re-measure and re-assess for accuracy)
  3. Professional Installers (remove old windows, prepare, install new windows, clean up)
  4. Customer Care Reps or Service Technicians (should any issues arise down the road)

Can’t find your question in our list above? Give us a call or schedule your free consultation—we’ll be sure to answer any and all questions you may have so you can make an educated decision and move forward with your window replacement project. It’s important who you choose to do this project—you’re not going to do it very often; most people only do it once. So do it right.

5 Reasons Why Andersen’s Exclusive Fibrex® Material is the Difference Maker

Pick a performance metric: efficiency, strength and durability, maintenance, beauty…whichever factor is most important to you, Fibrex® material can make a difference in every instance.

When you think of window material, you may think of vinyl or wood. And why not? They seem to be ubiquitous. But have you researched other material options? By sacrificing quality for an inexpensive solution, will you really save money in the end? It begs the question, what are you really getting for your money?

Renewal by Andersen® windows are made from Fibrex® material, an Andersen-exclusive composite that combines the strength and stability of wood with the low-maintenance features of vinyl. Designed for energy efficiency, durability, beauty, and minimal maintenance, our revolutionary composite material provides the best of both worlds. Here are 5 reasons why homeowners should be paying attention to Andersen’s exclusive Fibrex® material:

1. Fibrex® material is twice as strong as vinyl and its durable nature means it can stand up to even the most extreme temperature swings, maintaining its stability and rigidity in all climates.

2. The strength of this composite material means narrower frames; narrower frames mean more glass area—and more view! Just imagine the possibilities (but really, watch this)!

3. Our special extrusion process allows us to craft your windows to any shape, meaning you can match the architectural style of your home or choose to define a new look. In this same process, the color is fused into the material, offering you a wide palette of long-lasting[1] colors to choose from—even dark exterior colors not found with most other replacement windows.

4. Our windows are warranted not to flake, rust, blister, peel, crack, pit, or corrode.1 And thanks to extensive testing, they’ve proven to stand the test of time and are as easy to operate after twenty years as the day they were installed.[2]

5. The superior thermal insulating properties of windows made with Fibrex® material helps your home stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer, plus will help you save money on your energy bills.

Ready to learn more about how Renewal by Andersen® replacement windows made with Fibrex® material will stand the test of time in your home, enhance the look of your home, can help you save money on your energybills, and all while keeping your corner of the world just a little bit greener? Schedule your free consultation with one of our design experts and we’ll help you kick-off your home improvement project.

Make Your Patio Stand Out with the Right Glass Door

There’s just something marvelous and charming about having glass doors for your patio area. These doors offer continuity of space, as the transparent panels give you a view of both the interior and exterior of your home. The question is, “How do you know which type of glass door is the right one for your patio?”

That’s where we come in – Renewal by Andersen®, trusted provider of Orlando, FL, provides these tips when choosing your glass patio doors:

Look for a door that matches your home’s theme

It’s only natural that you’d want to choose a door that suits the theme of your home. After all, it would look extremely awkward if you have a French door for a home with a modern design. The quality of your patio door should complement the style of your home.

Mind the quality of the door

Much like your siding, the quality and material of your patio door are equally important because it is mostly exposed to the elements. Look for a patio door that is durable and easy to maintain – vinyl and fiberglass make great options for your storm door in Central Florida.

Find a door that has a wide opening

Don’t limit passage to and from your patio. It’s better to choose a patio door with a wide opening, so you have a stronger connection between your interior and exterior – in this case, a sliding patio door from Renewal by Andersen of Central Florida is your best bet.

Check for energy efficiency and UV protection

Aesthetics is not the only factor you should consider; look at the energy-efficiency qualities of the door. Get a patio door that offers UV protection, as well.

Contrary to what people think, a great deal of deliberation goes into a patio door purchase. This is so you can maximize the function of your new patio door. If you need advice on choosing patio or entry doors in Central Florida, feel free to fill out this form or contact us at (407) 362-9949.