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The New Forest of Man-Made Trim


Alternative trim may not be cost-effective when you buy it, but it becomes cost-effective after you’ve saved money on maintenance or replacement

According to many builders, wood trim isn’t what it used to be. Today’s wood trim cracks, warps, checks, and doesn’t seem to hold paint the way it used to. In this article, we examine four popular alternatives: PVC, composites, compressed fiber, and engineered wood (OSB and plywood). We rate each material according to workability, available sizes, cost, and warranty. All four have advantages, but only one is right for you.


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