What type of wood to use for trimming

Old 06-22-07, 10:12 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Aurora
Posts: 5
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
What type of wood to use for trimming

I need to replace some exterior trim around a window. Is there a particlar type of wood that is best for this.

Just bought my first home and learning a TON from this forum.

Thanks in advance!

Old 06-23-07, 07:05 AM
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Taylors, SC
Posts: 9,483
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Good results may be had from clear fir.
Old 06-23-07, 07:32 AM
michaelshortt's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Washington State
Posts: 789
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
I prefer to use cedar for my trim. They have whiteboard that is used for most new construction. I think it is fir and is preprimed white.
Old 06-23-07, 08:00 AM
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: WI/MN
Posts: 20,107
Received 1,033 Votes on 992 Posts
Is the wood painted or stained?
Old 06-23-07, 10:55 AM
XSleeper's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 28,964
Received 1,444 Votes on 1,300 Posts
Yes, as Mitch asked, we would need to know what your plans are for the exterior finish. Also, what style and size of trim are you going for? Sometimes the style or thickness of the material limits what your choices are.

If the wood will be stained or painted, cedar is an excellent choice as with most species it performs best when it can be primed and painted on all 6 sides prior to installation. Clear fir is also a good choice, and southern yellow pine is also good, depending on its availability in your area.

Other non-wood choices include materials like Miritec or Azek which can be worked and painted just like wood.

If the trim will be clad with aluminum trim coil, standard SPF dimensional lumber can be used.
Old 06-23-07, 11:34 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Aurora
Posts: 5
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Thanks all. Yes, the trim will be painted. XSleeper, you've given me some great suggestions. Thanks!
Old 06-23-07, 06:39 PM
chandler's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 39,964
Received 9 Votes on 8 Posts
My daughter lives in Aurora and the trim on her house needs it, too. I suggested Miratek, as did XSleeper, but for window and door trim, for your climate, I would go to one of the extruded foam products. The Miratek comes with a guarantee, and with all the snow piles, then the dry air of the summer, you have the variables that wood can't stand.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: