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Posted on Jul 26, 2019 by Sam Heer

Local and National Window Brands: Their Pros and Cons

When choosing replacement windows, homeowners always have to ask themselves the question of whether or not they should go for local or national window companies. This isn’t a task you should take lightly as what you choose can affect the quality, durability and longevity of your new window. Thankfully, there are ways you can get around this dilemma.

In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois discusses the pros and cons of local and national window companies.

The Pros and Cons of National Brands

One of the advantages that national brands have above local window companies is that they’re more experienced when it comes to the economical cycles, meaning they can adapt quicker to the ups and downs of the market and continue to stay afloat at the same time. Getting national brand windows for your home can also help you command a better return on investment in the event you want to sell your home in the future. In terms of lifespan, on the other hand, then national brands have an edge since their windows can last up to 25 years due to better materials.

That doesn’t mean that they don’t come with their own disadvantages, however, as middle men will likely be required if you decide on a national brand window. This means the prices of your window and its accompanying installation can be higher than expected. Another disadvantage national window companies will likely have is that they have no monopoly on quality, meaning what you get may not be as good as local brands.

The Pros and Cons of Local Brands

On the other hand, if you’re lucky enough, you might be able to find a local brand with a long track record. Should you succeed in doing so, it means that all the information about their products and service record can be seen, making them a trustworthy company to supply your windows. When it comes to the product’s components and the window installation, meanwhile, it’s likely they’ll have superior knowledge since they have to do it themselves as opposed to big companies who have others to do it for them.

A disadvantage of local brands that you should keep in mind, however, is the replacement parts and service warranty of your window. Should the window company fail to stay afloat due to competition with national brands, they may not be able to supply any replacement parts you need and they may not be able to honor the warranty.

Why Choose Renewal by Andersen?

With Renewal by Andersen, you can get the best of both worlds. Our windows are of quality workmanship, ensuring better longevity, energy efficiency, and durability for your home. We also have something called a Signature Service Promise, meaning you can rest assure that our professionals will give you nothing but the best product and customer experience possible.

To install new windows on your home, look no further than Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois. We are your number one provider of window and door installation services. Give us a call at (866) 693-6707 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve homeowners in Peoria, Champaign and other nearby areas in Illinois.


"I would recommend RBA of Central Illinois for QUALITY windows and doors. Compared to our old cheap, thin vinyl windows, Andersen blows them away. You can easily tell by how well the sliding doors fit and close, and how heavy duty they are. We also cannot hear the wind rushing through the house in inclement weather anymore! And the black window frames we went with are amazing to look at. Aaron, Al, Darrell, and Cory all were professional and went all out to finish the job, given the weather they had to deal with. I would definitely recommend. They were also on top of communicating with me given the weather delays, and what I could expect for them coming out. Five stars!"

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