Call Gilkey of Lexington Now: (859) 294-9393


Blog

Gilkey Blog

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.
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.

Privacy

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.

Cleanup
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.

Repair
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.


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.
By Brian Dean 17 Mar, 2017

The first thing that greets people as they enter your home is your front door. The front door can also say a lot about your personal style. There is an overwhelming amount of options when it comes to choosing a front door, but a few guidelines can help you choose the right door for your home.

By Michel Bayard 08 Dec, 2016

There are many reasons that you may want to add a window to your home, whether you want to increase the amount of natural light or you want to improve the aesthetics of your home. Luckily, adding windows to your home can be done with the help of trusted professionals, such as the experienced team at Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions .

There are a few steps that need to be completed by a professional in order to add a window to your home.

·        First, you need to pick where you want the window to be located. This location needs to be in between the wall studs and free from any electrical wiring, water pipes or ductwork. If the potential window location has electrical wiring or water pipes, then qualified electricians and plumbers will need to determine if the wires or pipes can be rerouted for the window.

·        Next, the area will need to be prepared for the new window placement. On the exterior, the window location will be marked based on the dimensions of the window. Then, the siding has to be carefully removed from the new window location. This same siding will be reinstalled around the new window once it is installed.

·        Once the area is prepped, the framework for the window will be installed. The rectangle frame will consist of a double header that supports the load, as well as side and bottom wood frame to support the window. It is crucial to properly install the framework to avoid damaging the framing of your home.

·        Then, the window is installed, shimmed to level, and attached to the wall. The window is sealed to prevent water or air from entering the frame. After the window is securely installed, the drywall and siding can be replaced on the inside and outside of your home.

 

Adding windows to your home has many benefits for both the homeowner and the home. The extra windows will increase the amount of natural sunlight and ventilation entering your home, which can brighten an otherwise dark room. Additionally, adding a window can create a focal point in the room instead of the typical furniture or decorative focal points. Finally, adding more windows to your home can increase the curb appeal and value of your home.

 

In most homes, there are many places that can benefit from the addition of another window. Smaller windows in older homes, kitchens or bathrooms can be replaced with larger windows to let in more light.   Bedrooms or home offices can also benefit from extra windows and increased sunlight. In your dining room, living room, or family room, floor to ceiling windows can be added to increase the amount of light while still allowing furniture placement. Finally, entryways or hallways can benefit from added windows to make the spaces brighter and more inviting.

 

At Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions , we understand the benefits of adding windows to your home, and strive to help you achieve those benefits. Our qualified team has years of experience adding windows to homes throughout Lexington, Kentucky and the surrounding areas. We also are equipped to increase the size of your home’s existing windows. Contact us today to learn how we can help you install new windows in your home or replace your current windows in Lexington, Kentucky and the surrounding areas.

More Posts

Gilkey Blog

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.
More Posts
Share by: