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Doorbells vs. Door Knockers in Lexington, KY

  • 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.

Doorbells

Doorbells are the standard way of signaling to someone that you have arrived at their home. Most doorbells are fairly small and are placed either on the front door itself or nearby on the adjacent wall. When pressed, they usually make a small noise signaling that someone is at the door, although there are more advanced doorbells available that connect to a speaker or even a small camera so that the person at the door can communicate with whoever is inside the house. Most of the innovations that come with doorbells are technological, as ultimately there are not too many ways to revolutionize the design of doorbells. That being said, aside from texting or calling someone, a doorbell is the most efficient way to signal that you have arrived at someone’s home.

Door Knockers

While not as efficient as doorbells, door knockers more than make up for that with style. Harkening back to castles and Victorian mansions, door knockers can be made in a variety of styles, from the utilitarian to the baroque and can be made to suit any home’s aesthetic. Many smaller door knockers are made for solely decorative purposes and actually accompany a doorbell, but they can serve as a primary way for guests to announce themselves. Particularly if you have a larger, heavy door knocker and a front entryway with great acoustics, a door knocker can actually be louder than a doorbell if organized properly.

 

No matter whether you choose a doorbell or a door knocker, the door experts at Gilkey Windows can help make sure that you get the perfect door for your home. Stop by our location in Lexington, Kentucky today to get started on making the exterior of your home as beautiful as the interior. We also proudly serve the Central Kentucky area.

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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.
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