View Full Version : Exterior Window Trim
07-17-2006, 09:09 AM
I just put in two new Jeld-wen single hung windows. I'm needing to do the window trim now.
Does anyone know where I can find some diagrams for this? Are the corners generaly mitred or straight?
I'm planning on using Azek for the trim. That way I never ever have to paint it.
07-17-2006, 09:50 AM
Nevermind...thanks James Hardie!!
Amazing that the James Hardie web page offers pretty much the only picture of exterior window trim.
For Hardie siding, do you guys prefer the siding to butt up to the trim or go under the trim?
I actually like the over the siding look. This way the trim is pushed out a bit beyond the window.
07-17-2006, 10:56 AM
I like the siding to butt into it. I think it gives it a cleaner look.
How are you cutting the fiber cement siding?
Please use shears, etc..
07-17-2006, 11:02 AM
That was a question asked in the tools section. I'm thinking it will probably be a good investment even if I only ever use them on my house. Are shears that much faster?
07-17-2006, 07:35 PM
Not much faster but they produce no dust which is a great thing when you are working with fiber cement siding.
07-18-2006, 04:18 AM
Good stuff. Too hot to wear respirators in Florida anyhow.
07-18-2006, 08:08 AM
The flush look is much nicer, IMHO. My trim overlaps the siding and my friends' house has the flush look. I like theirs better.
07-20-2006, 12:26 PM
What do you guys think about raised window trim? It would mean that I would have to stack another board on top of the one fitted into the window edge but would it look good?
07-20-2006, 02:08 PM
I have never seen it.
It will probably make your windows pop out more.
Basically, it will give you the look you like with the trim over the siding.
07-21-2006, 04:57 AM
I was thinking of the raised window trim mainly just so the window would be recessed in the opening. Kind of like how a window in a block house is slightly recessed. This would allow me more options with storm shutters I think. I think if all the lines are caulked and painted noone would be able to tell any difference.
07-21-2006, 02:44 PM
I can't think of any reason why you couldn't make the trim as thick as you want (within reason. . . a few inches, say.) It's making me re-think the trim on my place (Great! Now I've gotta go a do a bunch more research! ;))
07-24-2006, 09:39 AM
The lip on the exterior side of the windows allows for a 5/8 (I think) piece of trim to be fitted neatly in place. This will actually make for ridiculously simple installation. I could use a smooth finish trim piece for the first board and then mount a second piece of the 5/8 on top of that. So my entire thickness would really be like an 1.25"? Thats not much. The hardi planks are 5/16" so the exposed trim work would be less than 1". It would add to the cost though.
07-24-2006, 04:07 PM
That would make for a flush look, since the 5/16 lap to make a 5/8 thickness. So go flush. :lol:
07-26-2006, 04:19 PM
Couldn't find anything on the Hardie site but here's a few pics from LP (SmartSide trim).
07-27-2006, 05:06 AM
It turns out i think i'm going to need 3/4" trim. Not really that big of a deal. I'm definitely going with the narrow trim look. But I'm still debating if I want to make it thick to give the window a recessed look. The good news is that I can always do the first layer and take a step back to see how I feel about it.
07-27-2006, 07:41 AM
In a year from now, I don't think you'll notice the difference of either choice. :)
07-27-2006, 07:42 AM
I bet you're right.
08-03-2006, 08:59 AM
I also have a few JeldWen windows installed and I'm preparing to trim out. I finally found the page on the Hardie site - figure 9 in the link below:
That style is what I had in mind, but almost everyone around here puts a sill on as well. When I pointed that out to my wife, she wanted one too. I've done a few dozen searches and followed hundreads of links trying to find out how that would be put together but no luck. You guys have certainly seen a million of these up close, so I appologize for yet another dumb question. I'm guessing it goes together something like the pic below? Since the sill is wider than the vertical trim pieces I suppose the sill could be attached after the siding? Maybe nail and glue the sill to the top of the bottom trim and install as one piece? Thanks.
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