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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 02 Aug, 2017
Screens, or no screens – that is the question. Well, at Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions , we’re here to help you answer this quandary. You might be contemplating whether or not it’s worth it to install window screens in your home’s windows. And we’re here to tell you that it most certainly is! Summers in Kentucky are great for enjoying a day at the lake or lounging by the pool but with summer comes bugs. Pesky mosquitos, flies and moths are just some of the little critters that can get into your home without you knowing. But when you install window screens, you don’t have to worry about these pests buzzing around inside. With window screens, you have the freedom to open your windows wide on a breezy, summer night.

Protect Your Home

Without window screens, when you open your windows, you’re unknowingly inviting all kinds of unwanted guests into your home. You may be just trying to enjoy the nice summer breeze, but spiders, flies and beetles could be secretly invading. But with window screens, you can sleep peacefully at night knowing these critters are outside where they belong. Not only bugs, but according to Replacement Windows , they also protect your home from debris, dirt, animals and leaves. Anything that you wouldn’t want in your home, window screens help to keep out. These screens also protect your home from the elements. If you happen to leave your windows open during a rainstorm, you don’t have to worry about your valuables getting ruined. An open window with a screen will allow less water to get inside compared to one without screen protection.

Reduce Summer Heat

Not only do screens protect you from creepy crawlers, but also they also help to reduce sunlight and heat gain in your home. And if you live in Kentucky, you know how hot and humid the summers can be! This keeps you from having to constantly crank your thermostat lower and lower, which will save you a boatload on cooling costs. And since screens reduce sunlight, it helps prevent the sun from damaging your flooring, furniture and valuables.


Screens are also great for giving your home a little additional privacy. With window screens, the visibility is reduced from the outside so that it becomes difficult to see inside. You can see and enjoy the views of the great outdoors, but your neighbors can’t see in!

We hope that we’ve given you a little bit more knowledge about the benefits of adding window screens. Keep bugs, the summer heat and peeping toms out when you install window screens in your home today! If you’ve think you’ve made up your mind and are ready to install screens in your home, or you’d just like some more information, feel free to stop by our storefront in Lexington, Kentucky or visit our website . At Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions, we’re proud to serve Lexington and the surrounding areas.
By Elizabeth Burton 11 Jul, 2017
At some point in time, we will all be faced with the hassle of dealing with a broken window. Broken windows can be a major nuisance because not only can they lead to a major mess if the window is shattered, but they can also lead to temperature leakage, water damage, and a major security issue for your home. At Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions of Lexington, Kentucky, we want to show you the best steps to take when dealing with a broken window, to help you make the process as simple as possible.

Determine What Caused the Break
If you believe that your window was broken because of a crime, report the incident immediately. Call the local authorities and so the issue is documented and file the appropriate papers for insurance claims. If the window was broken by a stray golf ball, baseball, or other toy, and it was not from someone in your home, try to discover where the cause originated from. If the break was accidental, make sure to report that on your insurance report as well.

If your window was shattered and there is glass in your home and outside your home, make sure you clean the area thoroughly and safely. Wear protective gloves and remove all glass shards from your home and yard. Keep animals, children, and other members of your family away from the area until you are sure it is clean. Make sure to vacuum or sweep the entire room because glass travels easily and is hard to spot.

Whether your window is shattered or just cracked, make sure that you cover and secure the window opening until someone can come and fix it. Leaving your window unsecured is dangerous, will cause you to lose money on your heating and cooling costs, and could lead to water damage if there is rain.

Call a Professional
If you have ensured the safety of your home with the above steps, and you believe that your window needs to be replaced, it is time to call a professional to have the problem resolved. Glass experts, like the professionals at Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions, can help you repair or replace your windows in a timely manner.

Why choose Gilkey?
Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions is a locally owned and operated business. When you choose Gilkey, you are choosing a company that will work for you and provide you with top quality service and products that cannot be compared. With our affordable pricing, wide range of product options, and superior service and installation process, we can guarantee that your window repair or replacement experience will be great. If you are located in Lexington or any of the surrounding areas, and are in need of a window repair, contact the experts at Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions today!
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.

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