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Professional Window Cleaning Tips - Gilkey Windows in Lexington, KY

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 06 Dec, 2015
Your home’s windows allow you to enjoy natural lighting and a clear view outside your house. They can also be one of the hardest areas of your home to keep clean. “I Don’t Do Windows!” used to be a joke we often told about the maid who didn’t want to tackle a hard task. We can help you keep your windows clean without all the hassle with these professional window cleaning tips.

Remove the Screens

Don’t attempt to clean your windows without removing the screens first. You should remove screens and clean them separately at least once or twice a year. You can thoroughly clean your screens by soaking them in soapy water and then rinsing them with a hose.

Hose Your Windows Down First

Before attempting to wash your windows, rinse them with plenty of water. This will dislodge some of the debris like spider webs and dirt or dust. You can rinse them with the hose by spraying them. Don’t spray a heavy stream directly at the window but spray at an angle or with a soft spray. This will protect your windows. You can also use a bucket of water to rinse the windows.

Separate Removable Panels

If your windows have panes that can be removed from the frame, go ahead and remove them before you begin the cleaning process. Be careful as you handle the glass panes. Wash them thoroughly with low-suds soapy water or glass cleaner. Too much soap can leave a soap residue or cause a dingy film to appear on your windows when they dry.

Cleaning the Outside of Your Windows

The outsides of your windows are normally the dirtiest and hardest to clean. Avoid using paper towels that will leave behind fibers that attract dirt. Instead apply the soap or detergent with a rag or sponge. Scrub the window to dislodge any remaining dirt. Once your windowpane is clean, you can hose it down to remove the suds. Use a squeegee to remove the water or remaining suds. Squeegees come in many different sizes and have different handle lengths to help with tall or wide windows.

Cleaning the Inside of Your Windows

The inside is easier to clean and often is best cleaned with a rag and window cleaner. You will find paper towels can leave behind lint but in the inside windowpanes, it rarely causes a problem. Avoid over soaping your windows as too much detergent or cleaner will leave a residue. If you have modern windows they will tilt down for easy cleaning.

Professional Window Cleaning Tips

If you have oversized windows or you have a problem cleaning some of your windows, you can ask your window replacement company if they have any suggestions for cleaning these windows. Gilkey Windows and Exterior Solutions will be happy to answer any questions you might have. 

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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.

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.


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