Add curb appeal to your home inspired by architecture

(BPT) – When you drive through your neighborhood, you may notice a variety of architectural styles. There might be a traditional colonial with evenly spaced windows. Down the road may be an ornate Victorian. On the corner there may be a craftsman home with an inviting front porch. Others may include a mixture of different styles combined to create a unique home.

If you want to give your home a fresh new look, it’s easy to update your curb appeal based on the style of architecture you like. No matter the type of home you live in, you can find affordable and unique ways to create a new look for your home.

“A versatile product like trim is a great way to make your home stand out. With a cedar wood grain texture on one side and a smooth finish on the other, a reversible product like MiraTEC Treated Exterior Composite Trim offers even more creative options than traditional wood trim and it works with any type of siding, stone or brick,” says Bob Merrill, executive vice president, sales and marketing, for JELD-WEN, inc. “Traditional wood trim can split, crack and rot over time, but MiraTEC trim was designed to resist moisture rot and termites, so your home will look great for years to come. Plus it’s easy to handle, cut and nail.”

To give your home the look and feel of a colonial, trim can be used to create decorative shutters that are characteristic of this home style. Victorian homes have complex designs with multi-faceted rooflines and ornate details. To add unique Victorian details to your home, trim can be machined into brackets, spindles and gingerbread scrolls. For an added touch, don’t forget to use bright splashes of color.

Craftsman homes are influenced by the arts and crafts movement and often feature front porches with tapered columns, nature-inspired colors and exposed rafter tails and beams. To give your home a distinctive craftsman style, plain porch posts can be transformed with tapered column wraps made from trim. If you have deep roof eaves, trim can also be used to create decorative rafter tails and beams.

To learn more about trim and affordable ways to add curb appeal to your home, visit

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