Exterior Trim; Options, Options and More Options!

Hello! We are so happy you stopped by! All of us here at Reynolds Windows and Doors are so excited for you and your new adventure! Maybe you are a new homeowner who needs to remodel your existing windows to meet code or maybe you have been in your home for a while and need to replace existing exterior trim due to damage. Either way there is no doubt by now you have been delving into the many options the window world has to offer. Sometimes it can seem like you are in another dimension (see what I did there?), but I am here to help you out with that.

You may find yourself wondering, what is exterior trim? Exterior trim is the trim around the outside or exterior of the window. When replacing an existing window typically the siding is cut back to access the nailing fin and remove the window. Once the new window is installed the wider trim is installed around the window where the siding was cut back. It is a lot like a picture frame.

There are a variety of materials that can be used to create this “frame”. The most popular option around the world is wood. However, there are also PVC and Composite options. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride and is a type of synthetic plastic polymer. It is also called vinyl. The composite material is kind of like a plastic wood. It is made of a combination of structural fibers and PVC. This combination makes a composite (a very sturdy) material that can withstand a lot of wear, tear, and weather.

Now that we know what exterior trim is and the types of material it comes in (believe me I am going through this process with you.) let us review our current options.

Option one: Brickmould. Brickmould is a decorative trim that can be ordered as part of the window and can be hand-painted to match a more custom paint job or painted to match from the factory. The brickmould exterior trim option is available in different profiles.

Option two: J-channel. J Channel is good if you do not want large trim around your windows. It can be used where the siding meets the window to give it a superior clean and professional look.

Option three: Flat trim. Flat trim is a type of trim that can be used to create a more modern look. The exterior trim will not poke out from your home in a 3-dimensional way. Instead as the name indicates they will have a flat appearance. This trim can be ordered to match current window colors. It can also be wrapped with either smooth or textured trim coil stock. The trim coil stock comes in a wide variety of colors as well.