What type of wood to use for trimming


Old 06-22-07, 10:12 PM
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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.

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Good results may be had from clear fir.
Old 06-23-07, 07:32 AM
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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.
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Is the wood painted or stained?
Old 06-23-07, 10:55 AM
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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.
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Thanks all. Yes, the trim will be painted. XSleeper, you've given me some great suggestions. Thanks!
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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.
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