PVC Roof Trim
A coastal builder’s technique for durable and weathertight fascias and soffits is based on years of experience with plastic trim.
Synopsis: Author John Spier has spent the last thirty years building houses on Block Island, R.I., where wind, rain, sun, and salt spray all take their toll on the exterior elements of a house. Based on his long experience, he always recommends using PVC exterior trim, because it doesn’t rot. This six-page Master Carpenter article details his techniques for trimming the roof line with PVC: how he handles the long lengths, his methods for fastening and gluing it, and how to plan for its thermal expansion and contraction. He discusses tricks for straightening out the underlying frame and his preferred methods for installing the soffits and fascia. Also included are a sidebar on the benefits of painting PVC. Video extra: How to Install Exterior PVC Trim. Photos: Charles Bickford
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