What’s the Real Lifespan of a ‘Lifetime’ Window Warranty?

What’s the Real Lifespan of a ‘Lifetime’ Window Warranty?

May 04, 2021

When buying a product that includes a lifetime warranty, many people assume it will be warranted against defects for their lifetime, or at least that of the manufacturing company. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with many lifetime warranties, including those offered by multiple window companies. The problem is that although some states have attempted to establish minimum requirements, “lifetime” doesn’t have a consistent legal description. In California, for example, a lifetime warranty has a mere three-year minimum requirement. You read that correctly: three years!

Why ‘Lifetime’ Rarely Means Lifetime

Surprisingly, there’s no federal law or regulation that establishes one set meaning for the term “lifetime.” Lifetime warranties are often very different – and cover much less – than people expect. “Lifetime” might mean the life of the original owner, the length of time the installer is in business or the customary lifespan of the product – it’s all in the fine print. A manufacturer is free to limit or guarantee their lifetime warranty for as long as they’d like, as long as they conspicuously disclose what “lifetime” means. In short, “lifetime” can mean any amount of time the manufacturer chooses.

How the Renewal by Andersen® Warranty Is Different

The terms of the Renewal by Andersen® warranty are clear and unambiguous. All Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and doors are warranted under a fully transferable limited warranty, which covers parts, labor and original installation services by an authorized installer.

  • Twenty (20) year limited warranty for glass and Fibrex® material.
  • Five (5) year limited warranty on installation.
  • Ten (10) year limited warranty for additional non-glass components (hardware, hinges, handles, etc.).

For more details about the Renewal by Andersen warranty, please visit our warranty information page.

Trust Our Proven Professionals

For replacement windows in your area, there’s no better place to go than Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA, a locally-owned and -operated company. We’re proud that Andersen has been designing and manufacturing innovative windows for more than 115 years. You can count on our company to provide honest, trustworthy warranty coverage without confusing terms or misleading fine print. Our commitment to our customers has even earned us many prestigious Green Diamond Awards based on homeowner satisfaction ratings.

To learn more about our window and door products and services, contact Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA at [company_phone] to schedule a free in-home consultation and estimate. Let us show you the difference!


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I cannot say any more then I have, everyone that came from Renewal by Anderson has been one of the best experiences I’ve had dealing with a company. A big thank you.

The entire team was excellent, professional, respectful, thoughtful, and was always attentive of our needs. They always asked questions before they started to make sure we were on the same page. We already noticed savings on our electricity. We are so happy we chose Renewal by Andersen.

From George, the salesman giving me a balance of wants and needs to Rosko and his team members doing a fantastic job on the window replacement and install. To the post inspection process and thank you package with additional information for cleaning and maintenance. All was great!

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