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Will I Save Money with Replacement Windows in Lexington, KY?

  • By Michel Bayard
  • 15 Nov, 2016

Will I Save Money with Replacement Windows?  In a nutshell, yes. But the complete answer is a bit longer.

Factors That Determine How Much Energy You Will Save with Replacement Windows

What type of windows you are replacing – If your home currently has windows with single-paned glass and worn-out seals, you will save more money with new windows than if you are replacing double- or triple-paned windows.

What type of replacement windows you are installing – Replacing a single-paned window with new single-paned windows will probably not result in large savings on your utility bills. Gilkey Windows of Central Kentucky only offers double- and triple-paned replacement windows with double-strength frames to keep cold air out. Their U-values , which rate the window’s effectiveness of keeping warm air inside, are some of the best in the industry, meaning your heat will stay in your home where it belongs.


Size of window – Replacing a large picture window with a window that is more energy-efficient will save you more than replacing a smaller window.


Location of window – We get our fair share of cold, breezy days in Lexington, Kentucky, and old drafty windows that are not sheltered from the wind will let in more cold air than those that are protected. If you are looking to replace only some of your windows, put the ones that are more exposed to the elements toward the top of your list.

Other Ways Replacement Windows Will Save You Money

When people talk about saving money with new windows, they are almost always referencing energy savings. But there are other ways replacement windows can keep your money in your pocket.


Cleaning – If you live in a two-story house with windows that don’t tilt in, chances are you are paying someone to clean at least the outside of your windows. Vinyl replacement windows that can be tilted in mean you can wash them yourself, regardless of how tall your home is. That is money saved.


Safety – With a rating of 40, Gilkey replacement windows are the strongest in the industry when it comes to protecting you against break-ins. And no matter how good your homeowners’ insurance is, having someone break into your home is going to cost you more than not having someone break in.


Strength – Speaking of strength, replacing older windows with stronger replacement windows may help prevent breakage from errant baseballs or other tough blows.


Maintenance – Do your windows still have wood frames on the inside or outside? Do they still require caulking between the glass and frame to keep them from leaking? Vinyl replacement windows never have to be painted, saving you the cost of having someone scrape and paint them or the aggravation and time spent doing it yourself.


Whether you are looking for replacement windows in Lexington, Kentucky to save money or for some other reason, the experts at Gilkey Windows of Central Kentucky can help you find the perfect ones for your home. Visit our showroom at 373 E New Circle Road or call us to set an in-home consultation today.

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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.

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.

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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