When it comes to exterior cladding, homes require more than siding to protect them from the elements. Fascia and trim are two key elements that work together to create a protective barrier around the home, serving as a first line of defense along with siding. To do so effectively, fascia and trim must be durable. We’ll dig in to the best options for durable wood fascia and trim later on.
To understand their roles, let’s first compare trim vs. fascia. Trim is the material used to encase windows and doors, among other features, on a home’s exterior. Fascia is a horizontal or angled board that encloses the edge or face of the projecting eaves.
What Is Exterior Trim on a House?
Trim helps define features of a structure, creating focal points that add interest and curb appeal. They may look simply cosmetic, but trim and fascia play an important role in finishing seams around windows and doors, helping to keep moisture out (along with durable siding).
Trim and fascia work together to create a finished, appealing look for a home’s exterior, but they must also be durable to accomplish the purposes for which they’re installed. Soffit is another element of a home’s exterior that helps to keep moisture out—it’s the underside of a roof’s overhang. Together, soffit, fascia and trim give homes a safeguard against water intrusion, while also providing a cohesive finished appearance.
Is Fascia Considered Trim?
Fascia and trim are both exterior elements of a home that contribute to moisture prevention and curb appeal. Loosely defined, trim is used as fascia, and some may refer to it as “fascia trim,” showing that these two terms are often confused due to their similar purposes. But fascia, strictly speaking, is a board that is installed at the edge or face of the overhang.
Gutters are typically attached to the fascia, which are especially important for directing water away from the home helping to manage runoff water from the roof.
Why Durability Is Key for Trim and Fascia
Along with other parts of the building envelope, both trim and fascia help manage and resist moisture that can infiltrate the structure, while keeping other elements out. Along with the roof and siding, soffit, trim and fascia are all key exterior elements representing a home’s first line of defense—which means they can be susceptible to damage.
LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding represents one of the most durable siding options on the market, and additional products, like fascia, offer the same advanced durability you can rely on. When you’re looking for the most durable siding, trim and fascia, look no further than LP SmartSide products. They’re manufactured with LP’s proprietary SmartGuard® process that incorporates four components of protection for strength, moisture resistance and more.
Choose LP® SmartSide® Trim and Fascia for Durability, Beauty and Workability
When you’re discussing the most durable siding options with your clients and homeowners, be sure to highlight trim and fascia as key additional elements that contribute to the home’s ability to withstand weather. Though built for durability, LP SmartSide trim and fascia also give homes unique style, clean curb appeal, and a look to be proud of. When it comes to your work on the jobsite, LP SmartSide products are easier to install with longer lengths, less waste and less breakage.
Check out our siding and trim product page to explore our variety of timeless, durable LP SmartSide product offerings.
Our purpose, Building a Better World™, had guided us in the years prior to 2020, but it was uniquely tested with this year’s challenges. As the comfort of home became increasingly important we sought to put our communities and customers first in new ways, serving them with the need for resiliency and safety in mind.Continue Reading
In fire-prone geographies, such as wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas, fire protection for roofs may be a critical part of a comprehensive approach to slowing the spread of fire and fire damage in homes. A fire classification roof system is required in WUI areas to protect your build and clients’ peace of mind—and with the right products, the installation process can be simple. Let’s take a look at fire-resistant roof sheathing and how it can help you approach building better in fire-prone areas.
Bugs in wood siding, whether behind engineered wood siding or in traditional wood products, aren’t just troublesome for homeowners—building professionals must deal with them on the jobsite, during renovations, and as they plan their builds. When clients turn to you for guidance on removing insects, replacing siding or ensuring their new durable siding is protected against bugs, it’s important to know how to address these issues.
2020 was—in a word—unpredictable. In many ways the COVID-19 pandemic defined the year within the building industry, but LP Building Solutions also launched new products, worked toward innovation and established partnerships, all reinforcing the company’s purpose of Building a Better World™. We caught up with several of our leaders to look back on the year, the changes it brought, and the wins we celebrated together