Years ago houses were pretty much all made the same way. When it came to trimming the exterior of a home, you would finish the trim with wood. For generations the same method of installation was used when it came to outside siding trim. This method was great for its time, but now we need more than just wood and carpentry skills. When it comes to home improvement, it is important to know the proper pieces of siding trim to use on your home. There is a lot of terminology throughout the home improvement industry, so to get you started here is a list of the top siding trim terms along with their products.
Before you can even begin choosing the right siding trim, or trying to decide if finishing siding or outdoor trim is best for your project, you need to know the terms of siding and what they mean. This will help you make the best decision when choosing siding, and knowing what each term means will help you to know if your siding needs to be replaced or not.
- Weep Holes: This is a hole that has been introduced into a siding panel or trim piece that allows the water to drain away from the panel.
- Soffit: This is the area below or to the inside of the rafters that is on the outside of the house. This area must be protected from the weather or pests that could enter your home.
- Drip Cap: The Drip Cap is a piece of siding trim that is used to deflect water away from the top of vertical siding. This will prevent any water or moisture from getting in behind the siding. In some cases, a drip cap may be used over windows and doors as well to defect water run-off.
- Channel: This is the term for the location on a piece of trim or post like an inside or outside corner or a J or F channel that is designed to accept the insertion of a piece of siding.
- Plaster Channel Screed
- Smooth Finish Channel
- Fascia: These are the trim pieces that help finish the look of your home. Tis provides an aesthetic finished edge to a siding panel or soffit panels.
Why wood is no longer the best option for finishing trim
With mother nature becoming more and more fierce throughout the years, our homes have needed to become more reinforced in order to keep out the elements. While wood does serve as an option for finishing trim, it is not the best because:
- Warping: Warping happens when one side of your trim dries faster than the other. This gives the trim a not-so-eye-pleasing effect. So after years of warping, the finishing boards will need to be replaced.
- Molding: Rain and snow are tortue on wood finishing trim. After several days of rain or snow, your boards will slowly begin to rot throughout time and need to be replaced.
Aluminum trim is the best trim for your home
Aluminum is the best option for all you exterior trim needs. When you choose aluminum for your house, you are choosing longevity. Aluminum can withstand the elements and won’t warp or mold over time. Aluminum trims will also create the aesthetic look that will help make your house look the best on the block.
Flannery Trim has been helping builders find the best options for trim for over 40 years. We can help you choose the best trim to make your house look great while lasting years to come. Contact us today and let us get you the trim you need to withstand anything life throws at it.