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6 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Front Door in Lexington, KY

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 11 Oct, 2016

Although often forgotten about by homeowners, the front door is a focal point of any home because it is one of the first things that visitors notice. On a daily basis, your front door endures normal wear and tear that eventually requires repair or replacement.  Upgrading your front door, or even just applying a fresh coat of paint, can greatly enhance the look of your front door and your home. Here are six common signs that it is time to replace your front door in Lexington, KY:

  1. Operation Difficulties –  A telltale sign that it is time to replace your front door is if it is difficult to open and close the door. This could be due to a variety of issues, including improper initial installation or hinges that are wearing down. Generally, when hinges begin to break down, they begin to squeak.   Additionally, over the years, wood or metal doors can expand or contract in the different season temperatures, which can lead to operation difficulties.
  2. Surface Cracks –  When noticeable surface cracks develop in your front door, it is time to replace your front door in Lexington. Cracks can mean that your door is structurally weaker, which could become a safety concern for your home. Additionally, cracks can decrease the insulating properties of the door or let pests into your home.
  3. Scrapes Along the Floor –  Over time, doors can warp or sag with age, which can scrape or scratch the floor. Every time the door is opened or closed, you are damaging your door and your floors. At a minimum, the door should be rehung, but it most likely should be replaced to avoid further damage to your front door or floors.  
  4. Drafts –  A major sign that your front door should be replaced is when drafts enter your home through the cracks around your front door. Cold or warm air entering your home around your front door can decrease the efficiency of your home. If you stand near the door and can feel air or see light, then it is time to replace the front door.
  5. Ants or Pests Entering Your Home –  Similar to drafts, if you have ants or pests entering your home through the cracks in or around your front door, it is time to replace your front door. Also, if the hinges are falling or the door is warped, the ants or pests can enter through the improperly closing front door.
  6. Out of Style –  Like most fashions, front door styles go in and out of style over the years.   Upgrading your front door can give your home a more modern look. Also, replacing your front door to a more modern door can increase your home’s curb appeal and improve the resale value.

If your front door is experiencing any of the common signs of replacement, it is easy to upgrade your door at   Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions .   Our experienced team at Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions can work with you to determine the right front door for your home. Contact us today to see how we can serve your home with replacement doors in Lexington and the surrounding areas.

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By Elizabeth Burton 13 Jun, 2017
Is it time to freshen up the outside of your home? If so, there’s no better place to start than where your visitors do – at the front door . Make your entryway welcoming, energy-efficient, and safe while maintaining your sense of style. Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solutions of Central Kentucky carries an extensive variety of entryway doors.

A Front Door That Meets Your Needs

Much like windows , doors to the outside can be a major drain on energy efficiency. When selecting a new front door, make sure it is the right size and have it professionally installed to ensure a proper fit to avoid air leaks.

If you have an east- or west-facing front door, take into account the large amount of sunlight it will have to tolerate each day. Steel doors easily withstand the heat and rarely require maintenance. If you don’t have a roof over your front door, consider adding a small roof or awning to cut down on the sun exposure. An added bonus: it will add curb appeal and protect visitors from the elements.

For a front door to be the right fit, it needs to fit within your budget. With the numerous materials used for doors, finding one that’s affordable for you is not hard to do. While solid wood doors tend to be the most expensive, you don’t have to forgo the wood look altogether. Fiberglass doors mimic the look of real wood but aren’t as costly. But be sure you don’t go so cheap that you are sacrificing usefulness, energy-efficiency, or safety.

A Front Door That Fits Your Style

Your front entryway is the first thing people see, even before they come into your home. Make it inviting with a door that fits the style of your home and you.

Front doors can stand alone, be doubled up for a grand entrance, or be flanked by one or two sidelights. Sidelights increase the natural light inside a home, which can be good if you want more light, or bad if you don’t want the extra heat and sunlight in the summer. Adding a new door in a different color or material can give your entryway a new look for less of an investment than changing shutters or siding. It’s also the perfect place to add a wreath or other decoration that can be changed according to the seasons.

For a cohesive look, coordinate your new door and the other items surrounding it. Match the metal finishes of your new door’s hardware with your porch lighting or house numbers if mounted nearby. If you have the space, continue the welcoming look on your front porch with plants and inviting furniture.

Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solutions in Lexington, Kentucky carries top-quality doors and sidelights from Gilkey, Marvin, and ProVia. They are available with or without glass inserts and come in so many styles there is sure to be more than one to fit your needs. If you’re not sure what you want, our expert project planners are here to help. Stop by our showroom or contact us to schedule an in-home consultation.


By Brian Dean 03 May, 2017

Your front door is often the first thing visitors notice about your home, and is quite literally how they are going to enter your home. Because of this, putting effort into the design and style of your front door is equivalent to making a good first impression on potential visitors. This can manifest in a number of ways, from the size, shape, material, color, and windows of your door, but there is one small detail you may have forgotten: how people are going to signal that they’re at your door. Most contemporary homes have doorbells, and so you may not have thought about alternatives, but the home exterior experts at Gilkey Windows of Central Kentucky are here to help you figure out the best way to deck out your front door.

By James Robert Cook 10 Apr, 2017
Your home’s windows are some of the most important features of its architecture. After all, windows are how natural light gets into your home, and so they can have a tangible impact on how your home feels to both you and your family as well as visitors. But, because windows allow natural light into your home, they can also cause some problems as well. Because of this, you will want to make sure that you are controlling the light in your home with window treatments, rather than just leaving them totally bare. If you aren’t sure what the best way is to dress the windows in your home, here are some tips from the window experts at Gilkey Windows of Central Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.
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