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When Should I Replace My Windows? - Gilkey Windows in Lexington, KY

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 24 Oct, 2015
If you are asking this question, you probably already are experiencing some problems with your windows. This could be in the form of decay and rot around the frame, jammed sashes or broken parts. If your windows are older than 15 years, it probably is a good idea to have them replaced. If you are wondering if it’s time to replace your windows, here are a few things to consider: 

High Energy Bills

If you notice extra high-energy bills during the winter or summer, new window replacements may help. Older windows were not built to be energy efficient like today’s replacement windows. According to the Department of Energy, professionally installed replacement windows will lower your heating and cooling bill and provide better natural lighting. ( ) Single pain windows were commonly used in older homes and are not energy efficient. They are often cool to the touch and can form ice on the windows that lead to windows breaking. 

Water Damage

If you notice signs that water has penetrated around the frame of your windows, now may be a good time to replace your windows. Insulated windows that form condensation between the glass layers or a white film often need to be replaced to fix the problem.  

Drafty Windows

If you notice drafty windows or air coming into the home, you probably need to replace your windows. Wood windows can warp and become too tight or leave gaps that allow drafts to enter. Weather stripping and caulking the windows can provide temporary help but these sealants expand and contract leading to gaps returning. Drafty windows cause your heating and cooling systems to run constantly and increase your utilities.

Damaged Windows

Windows that don’t open properly can cause a variety of problems. If everyone in your home cannot open your windows easily, this could be a problem during a fire. If your windows don’t close properly or lock, this could be an open invitation to a home invasion. Windows that don’t open and close may have a broken balance that cannot be repaired.

Lead Paint

If your home was built before 1960 you may have a problem with lead paint around your windows. Opening and closing these windows can result in lead dust being released. This can be poisonous to small children. An experienced installer should replace single pain windows of this type.

You're Tired of Your Old Windows

If you’re tired of the way your windows look and want a more modern appearance, replacement windows will look better and still match the architecture of your home. Old wooden frames that need to be peeled and painted can be replaced with maintenance free window frames. You can eliminate the need for storm windows and replace your windows with easy to clean replacement windows that tilt in for easy cleaning. Modern window replacements are more convenient and look great.

Benefits of Replacement Windows

Your new replacement windows are designed to be energy efficient, look amazing and be easy to care for. Here are a few of the benefits of new replacement windows:
  • Appearance and curb appeal
  •  No drafts or air leaks
  • Noise reduction
  •  UV protection
  • Eliminate the hassle of storm windows
  •  Easier to clean
  •  Easier to use

When Should I Replace My windows?

If you notice any of the common window problems mentioned above, you should consider replacing your windows. Window replacement can save you money and pay for themselves over time. You will love your new windows because they operate better, are easier to clean and provide a nicer look for your home. If you have questions about when to replace your windows or you would like to see our window replacement options, call Gilkey Replacement Windows and Exterior Solutions today. We would love to help you. 

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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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