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6 Things to Know Before Replacing Your Windows in Lexington, KY

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 04 Mar, 2016

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1.     Should you do-it-yourself or hire a professional?

Replacing your windows can be a big project, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional. The window type and fit can greatly affect the ease or difficulty of window installation.  The most important question to ask is if you are capable of measuring, installing, and sealing the window with the right tools. If you do not think you have the necessary expertise, you should hire a professional. Before hiring a professional, be sure to research the company’s reputation and to confirm there is a warranty on labor and parts.

2.     Read the window label.

Before buying any windows, check the window label for third party endorsements, including Good Housekeeping, AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association), NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council), and the ENERGY STAR label, to confirm the quality of the window.

3.     Confirm any warranties on the window .

  • It is important to confirm any available warranties on the new windows, including:
  • Does the warranty cover air leaks from broken seals?
  • Does the warranty cover glass breakage?
  • Is the labor to install the windows covered?
  • Is the window warranty transferrable to the next homeowner?
  • Does the window company carry liability insurance?


4.     Are new construction windows or retrofit windows better?

Windows can either be replaced through new construction or retrofit windows. New construction windows involve cutting back the exterior house material, removing the flashing paper, and replacing the old window. While new windows are the same size as the old windows, they can cause noticeable changes to the exterior or interior walls. New windows also typically cost more than retrofit windows.

Retrofit windows, on the other hand, are designed to fit inside of the existing window’s frame, allowing them to be installed without disrupting the interior or exterior walls. Retrofit can also be installed quickly, saving time, money, and the surrounding trim and molding.

5.     What frame materials are best?

  • Vinyl windows are the most common type of window frame because they insulate nicely and operate smoothly. Also, they are relatively inexpensive and essentially maintenance free. The biggest downfall to vinyl windows is that they only come in white or tan and cannot be painted.
  • Fiberglass windows also insulate very well and are essentially maintenance free. They can come in a variety of colors and can be painted to match décor. However, they are very expensive, especially compared to vinyl windows.
  • Aluminum windows are typically only used to match contemporary styles of mid-century homes; however, they have poor insulation qualities.
  • Wood windows usually need to be retrofitted for custom sized windows. Even though wood windows can have low-maintenance exterior cladding, they still require regular painting to maintain them. Additionally, wood windows are expensive.


6.     What glass option suits you?

  • Single, Double, or Triple Glazed  -   Glass windows can have one, two, or three layers of glass separated by a gap of insulating air to cut down on heat loss. The more layers of glass a window has, the greater the insulating properties.
  • Low-E glass  -   Low-E glass, or low emissivity glass, consists of microscopically thin metal placed in the window to allow more or less solar heat through the window.
  • Argon or Krypton Gas  -   Argon or krypton gas can be placed in-between glass panes to increase the insulating properties and the amount of heat transferred. Krypton gas is more rare; therefore, it is more expensive than argon gas.
  •   True Divided Lites, Simulated Divided Lites, or GBG Internal Grids  -   Windows can have true divided lites, simulated divided lites or grids between the insulated glass (GBG).  True divided lites consist of several individual panes of glass set within mullins that divide the frame. Simulated divided lites consist of one pane of glass with the frame permanently adhered to the outside surface. GBG’s consist of frames within the glass for easy cleaning.

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By Elizabeth Burton 10 Nov, 2017
When you live in a location that has four seasons, it is ideal to have clothes and the proper seasonal items to help you adapt. Let’s talk about a design for your home that will keep your family warm and cozy for the upcoming winter season. The simple design addition of insulated glass for your windows plays a big part in doing just that. Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solutions wants to keep you and your family warm during low temperatures outside and cool when it gets hot beyond measure outside. We have been in business for over 30 years, and we value our customers! We are located in the Bluegrass state and are specifically located in Lexington, KY, but we also proudly serve the surrounding areas.

Savings in disguise

Yes! You can unknowingly save money if you choose the correct type of glass for your windows. You may have not known that a good option is choosing insulating glass for your home’s windows. When windows are insulated they make your whole home more energy efficient. They prevent heat loss and keep the cold air in when the season calls for it. We are talking about saving money on heating your home, big or small, by insulating windows! That is why we want to make sure all of our customers know the benefits of this great innovation. In addition to being energy efficient, insulated window glass has the ability to reduce the noisy outside world. So now maybe you can sleep in on weekends without being bothered by chirping birds and enjoy your evening meal without the distraction of traffic sounds. Here at Gilkey Windows, we have highly trained professionals that are ready to make your home beautiful both inside and out. Installation will only take about 30 - 45 minutes so you can continue the rest of your day and appreciate your new insulated windows to the fullest. When you have chosen to purchase insulated glass windows from Gilkey Windows, you will be able to place them on any preexisting window opening in your home, and not just your typical rectangular shape. They can also be any style like sliding or double hung windows. These windows can also protect you and your home furnishings from harmful UV rays from the sun.

We want to keep our customers satisfied from their first visit to their last. To accomplish that, we offer free in home estimates! Insulating your glass will be one of the best interior design choices you could make for your home, and will also add a touch of fine craftsmanship from the exterior, saving you money every day and keeping your home the temperature you want it.
By Elizabeth Burton 10 Oct, 2017
To make sure your home’s gutters can keep up with the rain, you must be sure you are maintaining them properly. At Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solutions , we provide our customers with excellent service at a fair and honest price. Since our main goal is to provide you with convenience, the following list of ideas and tips can help you maintain your gutters and keep your home safe from water damage.

Walk around your home and inspect the gutters themselves. Look for any obvious damage such as corrosion, leaks, or dented or bent pieces. Rust can cause your gutters to break or corrode. If you notice any of these potential dangers, it is time to call a professional for maintenance or cleaning. It is essential that your home’s gutters are looking nice and working properly without any broken or missing parts to ensure that they will protect your home from excess water.

After inspecting your home’s gutters, you may have realized that they need a good cleaning . For your home’s gutters to work most efficiently, they must be clean and clear of debris. Rain water cannot easily flow through them if there is a large buildup of leaves and debris. A leaf blower is a great tool to eliminate the debris collecting in your gutters, and they are fairly affordable. If you find that you are unable or are having trouble eliminating the buildup with your leaf blower, do not stress!

Another way to remove clogs from your gutters is to use a tool called a gutter scoop. A gutter scoop removes any compacted debris very efficiently, but you must avoid pushing the debris together. Pushing the debris together can potentially cause a larger clog at the elbow or downspout of the gutter. If this larger clog does occur, it may be necessary to remove the elbow and use a garden hose to push the debris out. At Gilkey Window and Exterior Solutions, we provide an Exterior Solutions Gutter System that is clog-free and guaranteed not to pull away from your home! If you are tired of working overtime on your gutters and want to simplify your life, call us for more information about our Exterior Solutions Clog Free Gutter System.

Gutter maintenance involves more than just a good cleaning to ensure that your gutters can keep up with the rain. If you notice any damage to your gutters, your entire gutter system may need to be replaced, or you may just need to repair or replace small sections. Let the experts at Gilkey Window and Exterior Solutions help you assess all your needs to ensure your gutters are properly maintained.

At Gilkey Window and Exterior Solutions, we have something for everyone! Our expert team wants to help you make sure your home’s gutters are working properly for years to come. We have many different services and options available for all of your gutter and other exterior home needs. Our professionals are experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly. Our showroom is conveniently located in Lexington, KY, and we proudly serve the surrounding areas. Call us today to be sure your home’s gutters will be able to keep up with the rain.
By Elizabeth Burton 06 Sep, 2017
Maintaining the siding on your home not only keeps your exterior looking fresh and clean but it also saves you money in the long run. At Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solutions we want to simplify your life which is why we provide tips for maintaining your homes siding.
It is essential to keep up with the maintenance of your home’s interior and exterior, but when looking at the structure of your home you’ll find caring for and maintaining your home’s siding is especially important. If siding is not properly cared for it can cause a home to have a cluttered or unattractive appearance. Siding that is in poor condition could also become hazardous. If you are looking for ways to maintain your home’s siding you must first look into the type of siding you have. Your home is one of your biggest investments, it is crucial to keep up with your home’s siding. If it is time for your siding to be replaced, let the experts at Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solution help you make the most informed decision.

Vinyl Siding

The most popular type of siding is vinyl. Vinyl siding offers strength and stability that will transform the look of your home. If a piece of your vinyl siding comes unattached it is important to have it fixed promptly. If it is allowed to move in the wind it could become bent and will need to be replaced completely. Pressure washing can be done to maintain a pleasant and clean look. Typically vinyl siding lasts 10 years depending on weather and environment. Wood siding needs to be treated every 4 -6 years and often sooner in harsh climates.

Other Kinds of Siding

Holes in wood siding can lead to problems with moisture and pests. If metal siding starts to look rusted it can typically be painted, and if the paint is peeling or cracking, repainting will preserve the life of that coat. Stucco siding is often attacked by woodpeckers, which can cause damage quickly, deter the birds from returning to prevent further destruction. Since stucco siding is very porous it can overgrow with mold or tree sap rapidly. Walking around your home every couple years and remove stains and blemishes with a brush and degreaser will typically solve this problem. There are many things you can do to help preserve the beauty of your home’s siding. For even the most knowledgeable client, replacing siding can be a challenging task to do on your own. When jobs will require specific safety gear and special equipment, it is best to call a trustworthy professional such as Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solution.

Whether you are looking for traditional, rustic, elegant or modern doors, siding, or replacement windows, Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solution has something for you. We offer sturdy and reliable siding that comes in a large variety of styles to fit every unique home. Our professionals and Gilkey Window and Exterior Solutions are friendly and knowledge. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and your satisfaction is our guarantee. We proudly serve Lexington, Kentucky and the surrounding areas with project planning services for replacement siding and so much more. Call Gilkey Window and Exterior Solution today to get started on your next home project.
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