Trim is becoming increasingly sophisticated, with manufacturers making sure their products' shades match nearly everyone else's, and expanding widths and thicknesses to meet the needs of the smallest to the largest jobs. Paintable, textured, and insulated trims also increase options for contractors, making it easier to spruce up trouble spots. “We have window sills, window crown mold, and 5-inch corner boards that make the home look more authentic,” says Mark Axelrod, Director of Marketing for Crane Performance Siding. These advances in trim design help to create a full look for a home, increasing curb appeal and client satisfaction.
RoughSawn Cedar EZ siding promises to reduce installation time by up to 25%, according to the manufacturer. It installs by sliding from the bottom straight up, locking into the proper position. Featuring the same rough-cut shingle look of the company's RoughSawn Cedar Classic panels, the siding and its two matching corner options are offered in 11 colors. 888.300.0070. www.nailite.com.
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Ribbed extruded foam backing helps make DuraPlank reinforced siding more rigid, resulting in straighter walls and higher energy savings, the maker says. The foam has a drainage system and ventilating air pockets to help protect against moisture damage. DuraPlank is Energy Star rated. 800.387.2789. www.royalbuildingproducts.com.
Promising superior colorfast performance, the company has added two new darker colors to its Sequoia Select vinyl siding line. Venetian red (shown) and classic brown have “fade-defying” technology that retains color and improves the siding's resistance to dings and abrasions, according to the maker. Four profiles are available. 800.548.4542. www.gentekinc.com.
The company's Free-Foam cellular PVC trimboard is now offered in a reversible board featuring Timber Ridge Texture on one side. The boards are available in sizes ranging from a nominal 4- to 16-inch width, and in 5/8-, 1-, and 5/4-inch nominal thickness. 724.266.7928. www.versatex.com.
The Color Select series of aluminum trim coil comes in multiple shades to blend with popular siding colors from other manufacturers. The coil is designed for use on vinyl and aluminum siding and soffit projects to cover exposed wood like fascia boards and for flashing interior and exterior corners. The 24-inch wide coil comes in 50-foot rolls. 800.251.3300. www.rollex.com.
For tastes ranging from slightly off-kilter to totally off the wall, DreamColor's 700 shades are anything but typical. In addition to its baseline colors, the company also offers a custom-match program. The Studio A design center service provides homeowners with home exterior designs, customized color palettes, and before and after images. 800.962.6973. www.alcoahomes.com.
Cornertrim, a one-piece seamless corner board with square edges, is one component in a line of paintable PVC trimboards. All trim pieces come with a 25-year limited warranty and are waterproof, insect-proof, and rot-resistant, according to the maker. 800.330.2239. www.komatrimboards.com.
Perfection Shingles capture the look of split cedar shingles with their authentic deep grain and matte finish. Both square and scalloped shingles are available in 22 colors, 8 of which are from the popular Norman Rockwell collection. Structural ribs and reinforcements around nail hems and perimeter locks provide extra protection against warping and ensure a secure fit, the maker says. 888.820.0325. www.lpvinyl.lpcorp.com.
Part of an ever-expanding line of accessories, the Solid Core Fluted Lineal increases design options and combinations. The Aspen White lineal comes with either a 1 1/8- or ¾-inch pocket in 20-foot lengths. Every piece of the Architectural Essentials trim system has insulated Solid Core backing. 800.366.8472. www.cranesiding.com.