The front entrance, garden landscaping and the condition of exterior paint or siding are some of the most influential factors in curb appeal. Curb appeal, a consistent element of most marketable real estate, gives potential homebuyers a valuable impression of properties before they even step inside. Fortunately, enhancing the visual interest of your home is not rocket science — it is a balance between remaining true to your unique personal style and incorporating a few design tips from experts. You can finally achieve a home décor magazine look while taking full advantage of a superior siding product.
HardieTrim® is the ideal finish touch to any James Hardie siding installation project. In this article, we will include numerous product benefits and features of HardieTrim boards that can help maximize the aesthetic appeal of your home exterior.
Benefits of HardieTrim
Understanding how to use HardieTrim and its visual charm correctly is a singular portion of the overall appeal of the product. As a homeowner, you will appreciate the several benefits it provides.
- It is highly durable and weather-resistant. Like other James Hardie siding products, HardieTrim boards are made with fiber cement, which is known to be one of the most durable and weather-resistant siding materials for a building. This material offers excellent resistance to heat and cold, making it a suitable wall cladding for homes in different climates, such as hot and humid or damp and freezing. It can also withstand insect damage and impact damage from sharp-hitting hailstones and wind-driven debris. It is fire- and moisture-resistant as well.
- It offers long-lasting beauty. HardieTrim features ColorPlus® technology. This innovative, factory-applied color system utilizes approximately 50% more coats of paint than regular exterior paint products. The coating is, in fact, baked-on, meaning it possesses strong resistance to harmful ultraviolet rays, helping the color of your exterior remain fresh and vibrant for many years to come.
- It has a wide range of styles and requires minimal maintenance. Trim boards from James Hardie come in various colors, textures and styles to compliment every architectural style. There are also an array of products that are suitable for special applications, like batten boards and crown molding. Further, HardieTrim will never require scraping or repainting, reducing the effort, time and money spent to maintain your exterior.
How to Increase Curb Appeal with HardieTrim
1. Add an accent color.
A home exterior can get dull and monotonous when the trim color does not stand out or remain too similar to the rest of the siding. If your home exterior has interesting features that you want to put emphasis on, picking an accent color for the trim can get the job done.
Adding molding of a different shade to the visually captivating areas of your exterior lifts it from a flat, boring surface to a multi-faceted, architecturally pleasing home. Keep in mind, however, that a splash of color does not necessarily translate to bold and intense colors, like red or orange. If your style is leaning toward the muted shade range, opt for a contrasting neutral, like nude, beige, or tan.
Designed using James Hardie’s ColorPlus technology, all HardieTrim products boast a superior color consistency and resistance to fading, allowing your trim to stay vibrant over the course of time. You do not have to worry about losing the lustrous appearance of your trim when you select HardieTrim for your siding installation.
2. Frame windows and doors.
Exterior windows and doors are a crucial and highly appealing aspect of your residential place. The good news is, HardieTrim can be used to highlight these distinguishing features by framing the areas around them to a tee. Incorporating trim to these exterior elements does not only help accentuate their look but also brings them to the forefront of your home’s facade.
Most professionals recommend putting keen attention to the entrance of homes. The front door, for example, should create a strong statement as it serves as the introduction to your home from the outside world. Making sure that these areas are highlighted will give a dramatic visual benefit and elevated sophistication to your living space.
3. Accentuate features.
Just like in other facets of life, it is important to keep your best foot forward. Letting your trim accentuate the greatest features and soft-pedal the unfavorable areas will do that for your house.
Opting to frame the wall cladding of your home, connect corners, add dimension to the overall appearance of the exterior using HardieTrim can boost your residential property’s curb appeal like no other. Other courses of action to implement include framing garage doors and trimming the connecting area from the roof to the siding on gabled roofs. All of these will help distinguish the purpose and look of important exterior features.
Moreover, trim can be used to stitch two distinct siding styles or profiles, like a vertical shingle siding and a horizontal panel siding, together in a seamless and eye-catching manner. Trim can also be used to put a soft spotlight on outdoor spaces, like porches and balconies.
4. Focus on function.
Functionality is often overlooked when it comes to enhancing curb appeal, but it is one of the most important. No matter how cosmopolitan or eccentric your home looks right after an upgrade, the impression will not last for a long, long time without performing proper maintenance or utilizing the correct product. The minimal maintenance feature consistent with James Hardie products makes HardieTrim an exciting choice for homeowners. After all, everybody wants to install an exterior trim that will look attractive and brand new longer than other siding trim options available on the market — but without the hassles of regular upkeep and maintenance.
5. Stick to your style.
Choose a HardieTrim design that fits perfectly with your needs. If your home is more traditional, like a Cape Cod or Colonial, select a trim that accentuates that architectural style. If your home is more modern, with a low-pitched gable roof and large glass windows, opt for a trim with clean, sleek lines. If your home is butted up against a rugged terrain or setting, keep that rustic feel consistent with a rustic trim. Maintaining the primary aesthetic of your house allows the trim to execute its task, drawing the eye to specific areas of the exterior you would like to highlight and breaking up the pattern of your siding in a clear, stylish fashion.
You can choose from various style options of HardieTrim, including rustic, smooth, smooth batten boards, rustic grain batten boards and crown molding. Each of these comes in a range of colors, so you can easily find the exact style that can complement your home.
Peninsula Siding Can Help You Achieve Your Dream Exterior
For top-rated siding solutions in and around San Mateo, CA, look no further than Peninsula Siding Company, Inc. Our certified and trained professionals install James Hardie fiber cement products, such as HardieTrim boards, ColorPlus technology paint finish, HardiePlank® lap siding and HardiePanel® vertical siding. We are committed to providing the comfort and efficiency every residential client needs through industry-leading products and outstanding customer service. Call us today at (650) 529-6798 or fill out our contact form to request a free, no-obligation estimate. We look forward to transforming your dream home into reality!