Exterior Trim is a Character-defining Feature!

Elements like the fabulous Colonial Revival trim on this spectacular house are vulnerable to the effects of weather and the neglect of people. Hard to reach trim is often neglected and deteriorates until it is removed. Regular maintenance will avoid this.

The exterior trim applied to a historic house always reflects the time in which it was created and identifies the style of the house. Removing trim elements or covering them with new siding will have a negative impact on the house. Replacing them with new trim that does not match in dimensions, details, and material is equally problematic. If your trim is deteriorated, damaged, or missing, there are appropriate ways to restore it.

Exterior trim is covered in Chapter 13 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. The 720-page best selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers (it is currently 31% off on Amazon! http://ow.ly/N7ba50y4PSL).

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author on this site.

Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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