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How to Winterize Your Windows and Doors in Lexington, KY

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 05 Sep, 2016
Since the last few winters in Lexington brought cold air and large amounts of snow, it is more important than ever to winterize your home in Lexington, KY and the surrounding areas. Winterizing your home sounds difficult, but it can be achieved with a few simple steps. Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions serves Lexington and the surrounding cities with the expertise to winterize your home. Our team can assist you with winterizing your home by following the tips described here:
  • Clean around the windows and doors – Excess dirt and debris built up in outdoor sills prevent windows and doors from sealing tightly. When the seal is not tight, air can come in through the cracks. An easy way to winterize your windows and doors is by cleaning any dirt and debris for a tight seal.
  • Apply weather stripping – By applying weather stripping around windows and doors, you can prevent cold air from entering your home in the winter. When applying weather stripping, make sure to cover all edges of the windowsills and doorsills.
  • Apply caulk or sealant – Any small cracks and holes around your windows and doors can allow cold air into your home. Locating these cracks and sealing them with caulk or sealant can prevent this cold air from entering.
  • Add seasonal window coverings – Hanging dark, heavy window coverings are an easy way to prevent cold air drafts from entering your home during the winter. Just make sure the window treatments can be opened on sunny days to allow the warm sunlight to enter the home.
  • Repair damaged exterior surfaces – It is important to winterize both the interior and exterior windows and doors. Any cracked or damaged wood should be repaired or replaced to prevent cold air from entering into your home.
  • Replace old windows and doors – A very effective way to winterize your home is by replacing your old windows and doors with more energy-efficient options. Old windows or windows with single panes allow more drafts than double or triple pane glass windows. If you replace old windows and doors, you can reduce the amount of drafts.
  • * Install storm doors – Similar to replacing old doors, installing storm doors can also help winterize your home. Storm doors add an extra layer of protection against harsh winter air and also prevent moisture leakage.
Gilkey Windows & Exterior Solutions offers many different options to aid in the winterizing of your windows and doors. We offer new or replacement windows with double or triple pane glass to increase energy-efficiency in the winter. We also offer energy-efficient doors and storm doors to help reduce drafts that may enter your home. Contact our team of qualified experts to see how we can help you winterize your home with replacement windows and replacement doors in Lexington and the surrounding cities.

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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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