Windows are useful for more than just giving you a nice view of the street outside your home. Choosing the right window is also important if you want to save on energy or simply re-decorate your home. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, your energy bill can be up to 25% higher due to heat seeping out of your windows.

That’s something you can easily prevent by replacing your old windows with new ones.

What are Your Choices?

Fortunately, there is no lack of choices when you’re deciding to replace your windows. Here are a few of the more popular.

  1. Wood

The classic wood windows will not only look great, but are also a natural insulator and will make sure the temperature in your home is always perfect.

The problem with wood as a material for windows is that it requires a good deal of maintenance. As your windows grow older, they’ll crack more often, the paint will fade and the wood will start to rot eventually. As a result, you’ll have to repaint them more often and their installation takes longer than other types of windows, particularly vinyl.

  1. Vinyl

Speaking of vinyl, these windows are the most popular type you see on modern, newly-built homes. A lot of that has to do with their cost and ease of installation, which makes them a good choice for lower appraised homes.

Maintaining vinyl windows is easy, as they don’t crack, fade or peel. On the other hand, color choices are a bit limited since vinyl can’t be repainted and the material is not as strong as wood.

  1. Composite windows

Composite windows consist of more than one material. Two of the more popular types of these windows are fiberglass and Fibrex, which combine the strength of wood with the low maintenance of vinyl.

The only real downside of composite windows is the price. These windows are not for low-budget customers, but if they are in your budget, they’re probably your best choice for a replacement window.