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There’s an unfortunate scenario that plays out in many exterior remodeling jobs and it goes something like this: a homeowner invests in a premium exterior siding product only to finish it out with basic, inexpensive trimwork. The result is an uninspired, and often unattractive, siding job.
Remodelers know it’s the trim that really makes or breaks your home’s style. Whether you’re going for a modern, craftsman, traditional, rustic or Victorian style, there are trim upgrades that will enhance the elements that define your home without breaking the bank.
Trim is available in four basic types of material. While each can do the job, some will weather better than others, while others require less – if any – maintenance. Here is a brief overview of each material.
Wood trim is typically made of pine, cedar or cypress and can be stained, clear sealed or painted.
Aluminum trim is manufactured into long strips that are cut to fit, or wrap around, existing or new wood trim. It is also available in hundreds of colors and textures.
Composite trim is a combination of man-made and natural components combined together. There are several types of composite trim:
Vinyl trim is made from PVC and ranges from a basic, inexpensive variety to fluted lineals, gable details and more.
No matter how much you invest in your siding, it will only look as good as the trim you choose to complete the job.
If you want a lot of style for a just little more money, it all comes down to trim. Choose your trim with the same care as your siding. And remember, details count and style matters. Trim is incredibly visible, so it’s important to choose the right elements to fully realize the exterior look you hope to achieve.
There is a corner style to match virtually any style of home: modern, traditional, historic, prairie, etc. Beyond the standard offerings, you’ll find an outstanding array of options to bring out the style of your home.
Many installers opt for universal J-channel around windows and doors. Is it adequate? Absolutely. Will it enhance your home’s design? Maybe not! Think beyond the basics and consider a wider trim with the look of real wood.
Look up under the eaves at the spot where the top course of siding meets your roof. Can that joint be finished with a narrow molding that does nothing more than secure the siding to the wall? Sure. Will it create a memorable finish? Probably not. Consider a wider trim that duplicates the look of real crown molding or opt for a flat finish using lineals for a more contemporary look.