Is PVC trim expensive?
It was common practice to build homes throughout the early 2000’s using pine wood trim. Pine wood trim is used on the exterior of the windows, doors and trim of the house. There are even some builders who are still building new homes with pine exterior trim. But with the advances in technology better options have become available at reasonable price points.
PVC Trim Popularity
Although pine may seem like a cost-effective choice initially, it requires maintenance and has a limited lifespan. As time passes, the paint may begin to peel, and exposure to water can lead to rot. Additionally, soft wood products are vulnerable to infestations from termites or ants. Which is why PVC trim boards have become so popular over the last decade, but is it too expensive? NO!
What is PVC?
First, we should review what PVC or Polyvinyl chloride is. It is synthetic plastic polymer, and about 40 million tons of PVC are produced each year. PVC comes in two basic forms: rigid and flexible. The rigid form of PVC is used in construction for pipe and in profile applications such as doors and windows
PVC trim is a wood replacement product made of PVC, molded into forms while in a different state than normal PVC, enabling it to be cut and shaped much like wood without wood’s disadvantages.
Addressing Your Concerns
Our team at Almar talks to a lot of homeowners, like you who are looking to have the rotted trim on their windows addressed. Windows are generally the first area of the home where you will start to see rot right where the casing meets the exterior sill of the window. With the PVC products that are available it is easy to match the size and style of the existing trim on your house.
Typically, we see only about a 10% difference in price when comparing costs between pine and PVC, on a typical standard double hung window project with all the added benefits of low maintenance and being essential rot proof.
Azek Building Products
Companies like Azek Building Products make PVC trim that will match almost any profile or design of the exterior trim on your home. There are molding or different thicknesses of boards that will allow us to change the exterior trim of your home, but not compromise design.
Our team is always here to help and guide you thru the process, and if you need additional help, we can connect you with a great designer to help walk you thru this specific portion of the remodeling experience.