Design Details Matter:Taking trim to the next level

When updating their home exterior, homeowners typically start with replacing siding or windows. Yet, even these projects will only look as their finishing touches – which help to complete the look.

For instance, trim materials are designed to be used around windows, doors, eaves and gables, and for application on 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 very affordable and can make a big difference in your 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 roofline 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 typically include a wood grain or smooth finish option, natural wood dimensions and resistance to rotting, cracking and splitting. With a warranty set up to last as long as your mortgage, paint will also adhere better and stay bright longer than painted wood.


To help provide 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

Want to see how your home would look with a makeover? Tools like The Designed Exterior Studio on allow homeowners to virtually customize exterior home designs.

If you’re considering an exterior remodel or new build project, do your research to find the best options and speak with your contractor to make the most of your investment – from trim to siding to windows and beyond.

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