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6 Things to Know Before Replacing Your Windows in Lexington, KY

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 04 Mar, 2016

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1.     Should you do-it-yourself or hire a professional?

Replacing your windows can be a big project, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional. The window type and fit can greatly affect the ease or difficulty of window installation.  The most important question to ask is if you are capable of measuring, installing, and sealing the window with the right tools. If you do not think you have the necessary expertise, you should hire a professional. Before hiring a professional, be sure to research the company’s reputation and to confirm there is a warranty on labor and parts.

2.     Read the window label.

Before buying any windows, check the window label for third party endorsements, including Good Housekeeping, AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association), NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council), and the ENERGY STAR label, to confirm the quality of the window.

3.     Confirm any warranties on the window .

  • It is important to confirm any available warranties on the new windows, including:
  • Does the warranty cover air leaks from broken seals?
  • Does the warranty cover glass breakage?
  • Is the labor to install the windows covered?
  • Is the window warranty transferrable to the next homeowner?
  • Does the window company carry liability insurance?


4.     Are new construction windows or retrofit windows better?

Windows can either be replaced through new construction or retrofit windows. New construction windows involve cutting back the exterior house material, removing the flashing paper, and replacing the old window. While new windows are the same size as the old windows, they can cause noticeable changes to the exterior or interior walls. New windows also typically cost more than retrofit windows.

Retrofit windows, on the other hand, are designed to fit inside of the existing window’s frame, allowing them to be installed without disrupting the interior or exterior walls. Retrofit can also be installed quickly, saving time, money, and the surrounding trim and molding.

5.     What frame materials are best?

  • Vinyl windows are the most common type of window frame because they insulate nicely and operate smoothly. Also, they are relatively inexpensive and essentially maintenance free. The biggest downfall to vinyl windows is that they only come in white or tan and cannot be painted.
  • Fiberglass windows also insulate very well and are essentially maintenance free. They can come in a variety of colors and can be painted to match décor. However, they are very expensive, especially compared to vinyl windows.
  • Aluminum windows are typically only used to match contemporary styles of mid-century homes; however, they have poor insulation qualities.
  • Wood windows usually need to be retrofitted for custom sized windows. Even though wood windows can have low-maintenance exterior cladding, they still require regular painting to maintain them. Additionally, wood windows are expensive.


6.     What glass option suits you?

  • Single, Double, or Triple Glazed  -   Glass windows can have one, two, or three layers of glass separated by a gap of insulating air to cut down on heat loss. The more layers of glass a window has, the greater the insulating properties.
  • Low-E glass  -   Low-E glass, or low emissivity glass, consists of microscopically thin metal placed in the window to allow more or less solar heat through the window.
  • Argon or Krypton Gas  -   Argon or krypton gas can be placed in-between glass panes to increase the insulating properties and the amount of heat transferred. Krypton gas is more rare; therefore, it is more expensive than argon gas.
  •   True Divided Lites, Simulated Divided Lites, or GBG Internal Grids  -   Windows can have true divided lites, simulated divided lites or grids between the insulated glass (GBG).  True divided lites consist of several individual panes of glass set within mullins that divide the frame. Simulated divided lites consist of one pane of glass with the frame permanently adhered to the outside surface. GBG’s consist of frames within the glass for easy cleaning.

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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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