Design Details Matter: Taking Trim to the Next Level

When updating the outside of a house, homeowners typically start with replacing siding or windows. Yet, even these projects will only look complete after adding finishing touches, like trim.

For instance, trim is most often used around windows, doors, eaves and gables, and around your home’s corners and porch columns. Many installers opt for basic corner posts, J-channels and finishing accessories, which are functional, but can also detract from the home’s style. Going beyond the basics is actually extremely affordable and can make a big difference in your trim investment.

“One mistake that homeowners and contractors often make in an exterior remodel is finishing a beautiful window and siding replacement with basic or inexpensive trimwork,” says Steve Moore, architect with BSB Design. “Working with your contractor to accessorize with high-quality, low-maintenance trim around windows, doors and the roof line helps complete the look and enhance architectural features. Trim and mouldings are the glue that ties the look together.”

For the look of real wood without the maintenance or replacement needs of wood, Ply Gem cellular PVC trim is a great solution. Features of this material can include a wood grain or smooth finish option, natural wood dimensions and resistance to rotting, cracking and splitting. All of this paired with a warranty that will last as long as your mortgage.

To help provide trim inspiration, design guides are available for recommendations on how to make the most of cellular PVC trim and other exterior products with various architectural styles. Once you have a style, consider ways to accessorize your home with trim:

  • Accent arched windows on Georgian or French architectural styles.
  • Differentiate with decorative gable details for home styles such as folk, shingle, Victorian or craftsman.
  • Add wide trim with a keystone to carry out a Tuscan look when combined with arched windows and stucco siding.
  • Use cellular PVC sheet in wide areas, such as wainscoting, on bay windows or under eaves for a gingerbread look.
  • Detail porch columns with pre-formed post wraps.