Today’s Best Exterior Trim
A veteran carpenter sorts through 10 of the latest engineered options.
Synopsis: Exterior trim has changed a lot since veteran carpenter Gary Katz surveyed the category for Fine Homebuilding more than 10 years ago. There is now a wide variety of engineered materials that didn’t exist when Katz first wrote about the subject, and choosing the right exterior trim for your project can be overwhelming. Katz looks critically at the various options and describes their installation, best uses, finishing techniques, and pricing. A comprehensive chart allows readers to compare products and provides a wealth of information at a glance. Individual product write-ups provide additional details on the various materials, so you can choose the right product for your next exterior-trim project.
Not too long ago, the only material used for exterior trim was old-growth lumber — Douglas fir and redwood on the West Coast; yellow pine, white pine, and cedar on the East Coast; southern yellow pine and cypress in the…