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Window Types and Styles for your Lexington, KY Home

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 08 Aug, 2016

Many people enjoy the variety of seasons that come with living in the middle of the U.S., but wide-ranging weather and temperatures can make it difficult to choose the right replacement windows. Homeowners in this region can experience extreme heat and humidity, bone-chilling winters, severe thunderstorms, tornado-strength winds, and even the aftereffects of far-reaching hurricanes. For those replacing windows in Lexington Kentucky, experts recommend double-paned gas-filled glass to block out the cold and heat, and vinyl frames that aren’t conductive like aluminum.

Once you find the right type of window to fit your climate needs, it’s time for the fun part – deciding what style of window you want. Below is a list of different window styles and the benefits of each.list

Sliding Windows

Double-hung – Double-hung windows are classic and go with many house styles. They can be open from the top and bottom, providing excellent air circulation. Cleaning them is easy because both panes tilt in, and they work well with exterior screens.

Single-hung – Single-hung windows are similar in appearance to double-hung windows. They are less expensive to purchase, and because the top pane is immobile, there is minimal air leakage around it and you don’t have to worry about it sliding down the frame.

Horizontal slider – Horizontal sliding windows work the same way as double-hung windows except that they open side-to-side instead of up and down. They are ideal for taller windows and may be a bit easier to open than double-hung since they don’t need to be lifted to open.

Crank Windows

Awning windows – Normally longer than they are tall, awning windows open on a top hinge with a crank, making them easy to open and close. They don’t allow rain in when open and provide and uninterrupted view. Because they look good in smaller sizes than a single or double-hung window, they can be placed higher or lower than other styles.

Casement – Casement windows operate similar to awning windows, except they are hinged on one side instead of across the top. One of the most energy-efficient varieties, they can be used in many home types and can have decorative grilles added for visual interest. With their panes opening out at an angle, this style is better for catching breezes not coming directly toward the house.

Static Windows

Picture window – Picture windows are much lighter because they don’t have the hardware needed to allow a window to open and close. They are a great option for high windows, and can be made in an endless number of shapes and sizes.

Skylight – Skylights are great for adding light to rooms with no exterior walls or windows. While some varieties can open and close, most skylights are not designed to open, because of their inaccessibility and to prevent potential leaking.

Decorative glass windows – Decorative glass windows are similar to picture windows, but are constructed of colored or patterned glass. They are great for adding privacy and character to a room.

Bay and Garden Windows

Bay windows let in a lot of light because they protrude out from a wall, providing more surfaces for the light to penetrate. Their shape can create a sitting area perfect for reading a book or drinking a cup of coffee. A garden window is similar in shape and style, but is smaller. Often installed over kitchen sinks; its shelf can be used for growing houseplants and herbs, or ripening a tomato.

If you want windows that fit the style of your Lexington, Kentucky home, are energy-efficient, and are as maintenance-free as possible, visit Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions, the Central Kentucky replacement window experts .

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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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