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The Benefits of Replacing Your Windows in Central KY

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 12 Jul, 2016

There are plenty of things around your house that you probably think about replacing or updating all the time. But unless they have been shattered, most people do not even give a passing thought to purchasing new windows. Well, even if they do not look like they are in bad shape, there are plenty of great reasons why you should consider replacing your windows this summer.

New Windows Save Money!

The most obvious reason for sprucing up your home’s windows is all the money you will save on your energy bills . Old windows can let in all sorts of drafts even when they are closed, and that runs up your heating and electricity bills to astronomical heights. The worst part is that you might not even notice the air sneaking through, meaning your wallet is getting pilfered and you have no clue. Most older windows are single paned and therefore lack any type of tint or coating. That means that they let in hot air during the summer and can leak out ambient heat in the winter, so it is hot when you want it to be cold and cold when you want it to be hot. Also, as an extra bonus on top of that, newer windows will protect your furniture and other possessions from fading and discoloration due to sunlight.

New Windows Look Great!

Another great reason to install new windows is that you will not have to spend as much time maintaining their condition. With so many technological advances in recent years, newer windows hold up much better than older ones. Aluminum frames are extremely durable and often are scratch resistant as well. Vinyl and fiberglass frames also offer strong support and thermal resistance. Even new wood frames are much more durable than the old ones.

New Windows Add Value To Your Home

Also, putting in brand new windows will help raise the value of your home. If you put in new, high quality windows, not only will it make your home more valuable because it is energy efficient, but also your home will look newer and nicer. There are so many different frame and style options out there that you will certainly find something that will bump up your home’s curb appeal. On top of that, new windows will also help beef up the security on your home. Most break-ins occur through the windows. Putting in new windows will make them harder to unlock and open from the outside, and the glass is more durable, making it harder to break. So throwing in new windows not only makes your house look nicer, but it also helps make it a little more secure, as well.

So if you decide that your home could use some new windows to help make it a better place to live, go to Gilkey Windows of Central Kentucky , for the best replacement windows in Lexington, Kentucky.

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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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