What are the Differences Between Wood Trim and Vinyl Trim?

Wood and vinyl trim are commonly used to enhance the exterior of your windows and doors. Many homeowners choose wood trim for aesthetic purposes, and it’s appealing to those who prefer natural materials. On the other hand, vinyl trim is extremely low-maintenance and resistant to damage from insects, water, mold and mildew, etc.

Wood Trim: Traditional

Wood is one of the materials that has truly passed the test of time! It has been used for centuries in home construction and many homeowners still use wood today for siding, trim, roofing, windows, and doors. Whether cedar, redwood, white oak, or pine, wood trim offers unique beauty and can boost the curb appeal of any home. Many prefer the knots and natural appeal of wood compared to other materials, namely vinyl (PVC).

Vinyl Trim: Modern Alternative

Vinyl trim has quickly become one of the most popular wood trim alternatives in the home industry. In fact, vinyl is used for siding, windows, doors, flooring, and more. Although vinyl trim doesn’t have the natural charm wood trim does, it offers a number of benefits. Vinyl is:

  • Virtually maintenance-free
  • Extremely durable
  • Resistant to water damage like rotting, mold and mildew growth, etc.
  • Resistant to insect damage, warping, cracking, delamination, etc.
  • Flexible, which makes it easy to trim arches and curves

Shanco can install cedar siding, AZEK vinyl trim, Tyvek home wrap, and custom wrap exterior trim with PVC-coated aluminum. If you need trim installation in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia, give us a call!



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