- Cedar (real wood) trim- Cedar has long been a popular choice for exterior trim as it weathers well. It will eventually deteriorate, but its natural ability to resist decay and moisture makes it a decent choice over other wood products such as pine and fir. Cedar is a popular choice for trim on homes for both wood and vinyl siding.
- Fiber cement trim – Fiber cement exterior trim, made by the likes of James Hardie and Certainteed was developed to compliment one of the most popular, modern siding option: Fiber cement siding. Fiber cement enjoys insect and moisture resistance as well as being fire resistant. The product is a mixture of cement and wood fibers, along with some additional additives. Another benefit of fiber cement exterior trim is it takes and holds paint very well as it is dimensional stable. This extends time betweeen re-paints, thus saving some money in the long run, when compared to wood siding and its maintenance.
- PVC Trim – Advances in plastics technology have led to the rise in use of PVC exterior trim. PVC based trim, such as products made by Azek, is not only a popular choice for exterior trim, but is used for decking as well. Plastic based trim will not rot and can be routed and carved into anything, just like wood. PVC trim products can be bonded to each other with special glues that chemically bond each piece together. Like fiber cement trim, PVC trim is paintable.
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