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Choosing A Front Door That Reflects Your Style in Lexington, KY

  • 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.

Style

Take into account the architecture of your home. Make sure the style of the door fits the architectural style of the rest of your home’s exterior. This is a great opportunity to let your personal style shine. Choose a door color, entryway accessories and hardware that reflect your personality. Consider glass, stained glass inserts or even an arched door.

Material

There are several options when it comes to front door materials.

Wood: Natural wood doors with a rich, organic appearance and visible wood grain, reflect a traditional home decor style. They can have raised panels or a glass insert installed to fit your personal preference.

Steel: Steel offers a more affordable option than solid wood. Steel is also an incredibly durable material. It won’t crack, peel or warp and is resistant to dents. These doors can be constructed with an insulated core to help with energy efficiency. Steel doors have a smooth appearance but can be personalized with panel and paint color choices.

Fiberglass: Fiberglass is also an affordable and durable option. They rarely need touchups and due to their foam core, they don’t conduct heat so they are a good choice in extreme climates.

Size

There are several choices and things to take into consideration when choosing the right size door. Take into account the size of your entryway. Will a standard single door of 32”-36” fit? Do you have a larger than normal doorway that can accommodate an extra wide single door? Anything beyond 42” will require a double door configuration. Have you taken into account decorative tiles and ornamental elements around the sides of the doors? These things will require proper measurements as well as framing for support.

Cost

Choosing the perfect front door that reflects your style is an investment in your home. Keep in mind the both initial and long term costs. Consider how well the door insulates and the impact it will have on your home energy costs. Consider the standard life expectancy of the door and how much maintenance will be required to keep it looking great.

Iron doors typically reside at the upper end of the price spectrum. Choosing wrought iron designs should be done very carefully to ensure that the ironwork complements the style and architecture of the exterior of your home and your entryway or foyer. Real wrought iron doors can add considerable value to your home that can stand the test of time if properly designed. Double entry doors present perhaps the best canvas for an artful iron design. If the cost is unwarranted in your plan, you will find many less expensive glass doors that provide a similar aesthetic to wrought iron.

 

For expert advice on the right front door for your home, contact the professional at Gilkey Windows of Central Kentucky. Contact us today or stop by our showroom to set up an in-home consultation. We proudly serve Lexington, Kentucky and the surrounding areas with project planning services for replacement doors and windows.  

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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.

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