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Replacing Windows in the Winter - Gilkey Windows in Lexington, KY

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 07 Jan, 2016
Replacing windows in the winter is one of the best times to schedule a window replacement. Most homeowners consider putting off window replacement until the spring, but the truth is, you really don’t have to. It makes just as much sense to replace your window in the winter as it does in the spring or summer, and here’s why:

The Benefits of Replacing Windows in the Winter

One of the biggest reasons why window replacement is often easier in the winter is because your window replacement contractor is less busy and you can schedule an appointment faster. If you want to save time and money, winter is a great time to schedule a window replacement. The second reason replacing windows in the winter makes sense, is because, you will notice the energy savings right away. Your home will be warmer and you won’t have to keep the thermostat as high because your new window don’t let the warm air out or allow the colder air in. 

The Main Reasons Homeowners Replace Windows In Winter

Many of these reasons apply to all year, but if you are experiencing these problems, they may be more noticeable in the winter. Here’s the list of reasons people replace their windows:
  • Feeling a cold draft at the windows
  • Condensation in double pane windows
  • Faulty windows
  • Windows that are hard to open and close
  • Need better insulation as a sound barrier
  • Windows leak during bad weather
Leaking windows allow your heat and warm air to escape. They also allow colder air into your home, which causes your heater to run more often and use more energy. This is a common problem we see during the wintertime. As the cold air collects on the windows, double pane windows often show condensation this time of year too. If you notice any of these conditions in your home, winter is the perfect time to have your windows replaced. You can enjoy a more comfortable home with better energy efficiency just by updating your windows. You also will update the look of your home with newer windows.  

What Are You Waiting For?

Winter is a great time to replace your windows. Using the necessary precautions, window replacement is performed as easily in winter as spring or summer. Now is a great time to call your window replacement experts at Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solutions. Don’t wait for the spring to save on energy costs and heating bills. Call today for an estimate on replacing windows in winter and see for yourself what new windows will do for you and the look and feel of your home.

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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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