Replacing the windows in your home is a necessary evil. New windows prevent leaks and save you a lot of money on energy, but not all new windows are created equal. Faced with all of your options--from aluminum, to wood, to composite--you may not know which type of windows to choose. Here are five reasons why vinyl windows are generally the best choice.

1. They're inexpensive.

Vinyl is easy to make and the windows made with vinyl are lightweight. For these reasons, vinyl windows tend to cost less than those made from wood or composite. Window replacement is not cheap, but vinyl allows you to outfit your home with new windows without breaking the bank.

2. They don't require maintenance.

Wood windows do have the potential to last for years, but you must provide them with a ton of maintenance if you want them to last. As soon as they start chipping or peeling, you must sand or scrape them and re-paint them. Otherwise, rot will set in. This maintenance can get to be a lot over the years. Luckily, vinyl windows do not require such maintenance. You don't have to paint or stain them. Insects are not even attracted to them, so there is no need for insecticides.

3. They are energy efficient.

Vinyl is a pretty good insulator. In other words, not a lot of heat passes through it. Aluminum windows, by comparison, allow a lot of heat to leak through because aluminum is a good conductor. It heats up and cools easily. Vinyl windows will leave you with lower energy bills in the summer and the winter, making them a smart investment.

4. They are easy to install.

When your window installation experts arrive, they can install vinyl windows quickly and easily. There is less risk of cracking or scraping the window than there is with wood or composite windows since the vinyl is less fragile. The windows are also lighter, so they can be lifted and placed by a single person.

5. They come in many colors.

Vinyl windows come in almost any color you imagine--from white to bright green. However, the color is incorporated into the vinyl itself so it does not scrape off or wear away. This makes it easy to coordinate your windows with the color of your home. 

When it comes to replacement windows, the best choice is clear: vinyl. Contact a local window contractor to help you with your vinyl windows.