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How Much Does It Cost To Install Exterior Trim?

Typical Range: $993 - $2,993

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  1. Exterior Trim Cost by Siding Type
  2. What To Be Mindful of When Installing Trim
  3. Exterior Trim Styles
  4. Conclusion

Exterior trim has an incredible number of benefits for your home. Adding it both prevents mold and rot and increases the curb appeal of your home. If you have existing trim, it may still need to be replaced regularly. Trim is particularly vulnerable to storm damage, rot, and other issues. Replacing it quickly will help avoid future problems and upgrade the appearance of your home in the process.

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$1,810
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$993 - $2,993
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$375 - $5,000

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Exterior Trim Cost by Siding Type

Before you undertake an exterior trim replacement project, whether you’re adding it to your home for the first time or upgrading the existing trim, you want to be sure that you have the budget set aside for the project. Your cost will vary widely by material: while vinyl trim can cost as little as $2.50 per square foot, depending on your area, natural stone trim can cost as much as $30 per square foot. Each type of trim, however, comes with its own unique benefits and concerns.

Wood

Wood exterior trim typically runs around $5.00-10.00 per square foot. Wooden trim is the most authentic trim style for many older homes, so anyone in a historic residence should seriously consider this trim style. Popular choices for wood trim include:

  • Western cedar, which resists insects and rot
  • California redwood also resists insects and rot
  • White oak, which is beautiful, but requires more regular maintenance
  • Southern yellow pine is a less-expensive option that also requires frequent maintenance

Stucco

Stucco trim, which is made of cement, lime, and silica layers that form a seal over the trim of the home, can run from $7.50-$10.00 per square foot. Stucco installation is fast, and the highly durable material lasts for a long time, making it the perfect choice for anyone who wants a durable exterior trim: in some cases, it can last for as much as 50 years.

Vinyl

Vinyl exterior trim, which comes in at $2.50-$5.00 per square foot, is a durable option that won’t break the bank. Vinyl is tough, versatile, and long-lasting. Since vinyl is available in a variety of colors and styles, in many cases, you can use it to effectively mimic any look you want for your home. These include:

  • Natural wood in a variety of styles and textures
  • Scallops and Victorian design
  • Log cabin-style boards

Metal

Metal trim—typically aluminum or steel—costs $3.00-$6.00 per square foot. This classic trim material resists bugs, fire, and dents. Like vinyl, it’s often painted to mimic a variety of other materials. Metal, however, isn’t as readily available as it once was, and any dents or dings in the trim are permanent. This can make it a difficult material to install yourself.

Brick

Brick trim typically costs $15-$20 per square foot. If the rest of the home is made of brick, brick trim is the obvious open—and a brick home comes with a number of benefits.

  • Brick is easy to maintain and doesn’t require regular painting.
  • Stains and messes are easy to remove: a simple wash with the hose is enough to take care of it.
  • Brick is a natural material that has been proven over centuries of use, making it a great choice for many homeowners.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement siding trim is a great choice for both durability and appearance. At $5-$10 per square foot, this versatile material can be used to mimic natural wood and stucco. While it will function well in any climate, fiber cement siding is recommended for those in hot, humid regions. It resists fire, insects, wind, and rain, and no matter how wet it gets, it won’t rot, making it a lasting material that requires little upkeep.

Natural Stone

Natural stone trim typically runs $15-$30 per square foot. Manmade stone, on the other hand, will run around $10-$15 per square foot, making it a less expensive option for a similar appearance. Stone is highly durable, designed to stand up to most weather disasters without altering its appearance. This classic material used in many historic homes and buildings, especially around colleges and universities.

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What to Be Mindful Of

When you’re installing trim, there are several considerations to keep in mind. Paying careful attention to these issues will help you make the best possible decision about your trim.

The Age of Your Home

First, be aware of the age of your house and the style of your neighborhood. Trim can drastically change the appearance of your house—and if you’re in an older, historic home, you don’t want to change it too drastically. The older your home is, the thicker the existing trim will be. As often as possible, you should endeavor to keep this style in order to make the most of your design and keep your home looking its best.

Window Trim

If you’ve purchased an older home or one modeled on an older style, window trim should be one of your foremost considerations any time you take on a remodeling project. While modern windows typically have a thin trim, older homes used a thicker trim with a visible sloped sill at the bottom. In any home, your window trim should match the trim used around the rest of the house in order to create the best possible effect.

Cost Considerations

You should also be aware of a few cost considerations when you’re hiring someone to take care of installing your exterior trim. Factor these into your estimate before you begin the project.

  • Removal of the existing trim typically costs an extra $1-$2 per square foot, and you may need to factor disposal costs into your estimate.
  • Many companies also won’t handle small projects, which means that if you’re only installing or repairing a small amount of trim, you may need to choose a handyman instead of a construction company.
  • Thinking about going the DIY route? Keep in mind that contractors will typically be able to save money on the cost of the raw materials for exterior trim. Asking for estimates from local contractors will help you weigh out the cost.

Cost of Maintenance

As you’re deciding on the type of trim that will work for your home, keep the cost of maintenance in mind.

  • Some of the most beautiful wood trims may need to be replaced in just ten years—less if weather emergencies or consistently rainy weather get to the materials.
  • Vinyl and fiber cement can often replicate the appearance of wood at a fraction of the maintenance, making it much easier to keep up with long-term.
  • Many styles of trim require careful attention to joints and other details in order to avoid water getting into delicate areas and damaging the trim. This is particularly important when using wood, which can rot quickly in rainy environments if nail holes and natural openings in the grain of the wood are left unpainted.

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Exterior Trim Styles

There are several gorgeous styles of exterior trim that are currently very popular. As you choose the one that will best add to your home, keep in mind the existing style of your neighborhood and how your home will fit into the picture after its upgrade. No matter how much you love a particular trim style, make sure it fits with your home’s existing style for the best results. Some popular styles include:

  • Wood trim with an angled, textured cut showcases a modern sense of style. Keep in mind that “wood” trim can also be made out of a more durable material that simply replicates the look of wood. Older-style homes often use thick wooden trim, especially around windows.
  • Many Victorian homes use a gingerbread trim style with delicate swirls and curving lines that add a look of elegance and ageless grace to any home. This delicate trim style is particularly popular in old-fashioned neighborhoods and stands in sharp contrast to more modern décor.
  • Stucco trim is often used in conjunction with a stucco exterior. The trim can be displayed in a lighter or darker color: warm beige against off-white or grey against cream, for example.
  • If you have a bright or darker colored home, white trim is always in style, helping your home stand out and look its best. White homes, on the other hand, often use dark trim—natural wood looks, grey, or brick shades, for example—to highlight the appearance of the trim and make windows and doors stand out.
  • Many brick homes use curved archways to highlight the classic beauty of the brick and display the home to full advantage.

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Conclusion

The true beauty of your home is in the details, and the exterior trim you choose will help showcase that natural beauty to full advantage. Whatever trim you select for your home, it’s sure to increase your home’s value and appearance, restoring the natural beauty of your residence with much less effort than painting the entire exterior. Not only that, your trim can help protect your home from the effects of weather and decrease the odds of rot and moisture damage. With so many beautiful choices, your home can be upgraded in no time.

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