Wood Trim Repair and Replacement

Exterior Wood Trim Repair

 

At Monk’s Home Improvements, our expert carpenters and craftsmen can get your wooden trim and molding in tip-top shape. We can dress up your current trim, install new trim, or repair cracks and missing pieces. After repairing your trim, we can finalize the look with a coat of paint from our highly skilled painting crew.

Trim boards are the part of your home that usually surround your windows, doors, soffits and corners of your home.  They are usually painted white.

Wood Trim Replacement

If you have a house built since 1995, there is a good chance your pine trim is suffering from rot. The unfortunate reality is that we all have used up the majority of the old growth forests over the last 100 years. One of the industry’s first attempts to handle the shortage of wood trim was to create finger jointed trim out of primed pine as shown below.

 

This is an example of finger jointed trim.

This process involved taking much smaller pieces of wood and gluing them together in a factory and then selling them as one piece of wood. This seemed like a good idea until about 2005 when most of this trim started to rot. The newer the wood trim, the less time it lasts. It is our opinion that any contractor still installing pre-primed pine on the exterior of houses in New Jersey is irresponsible or simply doesn’t understand enough about home maintenance to be working on exteriors. At this time, we consider any finger jointed pre-primed pine trim installed after 2001 to be a guaranteed failure in the near future.

Rotted pine window trim - The wrinkled wood at the end of a joint is the tell tale sign for this type of rotten wood.
Wrinkled wood at the joint end signals rot.
Trim Repair
A door frame in need of trim repair.
Rotten exterior trim
Rotten exterior trim.

 

 

Composite Alternative to Wood Trim

There are several composite alternatives that maintain the look and feel of wood without the possibility of rot.  The only drawback we have found with composite is that it expands and shrinks more than wood, causing the caulk lines to pop more often. Composite comes in most of the typical dimensions of wood, and once painted it is almost impossible for a homeowner to tell the difference between composite trim and pine trim.

 

Wood Trim Repair

 

Why Painting Your Composite is a Good Idea

Some contractors will tell you that you do not need to paint composite. While technically true, you need to understand that your composite trim will not look good for very long if it is not painted.  The finished sides of the composite will wear well, but the cut edges, the ends, the nail holes, and caulk lines will all turn black as shown in the photos below.

Unpainted Azek. Notice how the ends, caulk lines, and nail holes do not wear well.
Unpainted Composite
Unpainted Azek. Notice how the ends, caulk lines and nail holes do not wear well.
Unpainted Composite. Notice how the ends, caulk lines, and nail holes do not wear well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit our Trim Repair Gallery to see examples of our work.

Call Monk’s at 973-635-7900 for your fast, free estimate regarding trim repair and replacement. We also do painting, so one call covers your entire trim project. Monk’s Home Improvements is fully licensed and insured.