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How to Transform your Front Doorway in Lexington, KY

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 12 Apr, 2016

Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions

A door is the entryway to your home, and perhaps the first item that people notice. To give your home the entrance it deserves, creatively updating your front door can drastically change the appearance of your front entrance. Gilkey Windows in Lexington, Kentucky is a family owned and operated local business ready to help you transform your doorway today with the aid of their professional staff.

Choose Light

With an assortment of doors to choose from, it can be difficult knowing which direction is appropriate for your personal style that fits your homes existing décor. By replacing your exterior door, you’re not only giving your home more curb appeal, but you’re also increasing your home’s value as well. When transforming your entryway, consider opening up the space by choosing a lighted door, or one with small windows. The addition of glass in the door can give your home an elegant look and add plenty of visual appeal, but it can also allow your door to appear larger while letting in more light, especially if your existing door shuts out natural sunlight. If you don’t like the idea of windows inside your door, installing them surrounding your entrance is another way to open up the space and highlight your door by accenting it with lights. Whether you choose side lights, top lights, or both, Gilkey Windows offers in-home consultations for decisions such as this, offering their professional opinion at your convenience for the best doorway possible.

Add Color

It is amazing what color can do for a door and your home’s overall appearance. If your home is a neutral color, with brick or vinyl siding, painting the doorway can bring the vivid color and excitement to your front entrance. Choose a color, such as red, that grabs the attention your home deserves and highlights the entryway for a stimulating new look. If you don’t want to take the risk of purchasing a brightly colored door or painting it yourself, there are other simple and less permanent ways to add color and bring attention to your front entrance. Adding patio furniture is an excellent idea if there is space available, but if not, potted plants or hanging baskets with colorful flowers are a great way to provide color without painting. Adding a decorative light fixture next to your doorway can also make the entrance stand out. Brightening your entryway with color is an exciting way to update your home while allowing your personal style to make an exterior statement.


If choosing color for your front door doesn’t reflect your style, selecting a material with design or glass inserts can add the perfect amount of subtle flare. There are various styles of doors to choose from, such as those constructed of steel or fiberglass. A steel door offers the ultimate protection by providing strength and also holds up against the elements with little maintenance. Luckily, steel doors can come with glass inserts also. Fiberglass doors can mimic the appearance of many designs, like wood, or can be colored to give your home the color scheme you’re looking for. They can also come with glass inserts and fiberglass is an excellent material for withstanding sunlight damage or extreme temperatures. If you’re choosing glass inserts, be sure to consider the impact resistance glass for safety. Colored or textured glass inserts can provide a unique look while also providing privacy. Gilkey Windows in Lexington KY offers a wide selection of doors, form the Gilkey Doors which are manufactured locally, to the energy efficient Marvin Doors, to accommodate any style.   Contact   the professional staff of Gilkey Window today for professional installation to help transform your front door from boring to boastful.

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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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