Apparently winter is the new spring, and I’m not complaining for a second. Hi all, it’s Martin here with you this week and these awesome warm temperatures have been keeping me busy outdoors working on projects that I’d normally put off until April—like replacing rotting wood trim on my workshop. When I first bought my house a couple of years ago, the first thing I did was upgrade all of the old wood trim on the exterior to Inteplast’s PVC trim products. I put off upgrading the workshop until now.
So, I know there are some die-hard wood enthusiasts out there who would consider it a sacrilege to use anything but traditional lumber trim products on their homes—or workshops—because I used to be one of them. But after years of scraping, puttying, repainting, or replacing, I decided I wanted to spend more time enjoying life than repairing stuff. And when I discovered that the beauty and workability of Inteplast Building Products matched, and beat, that of traditional wood products, I was a convert, and here’s why.
First and foremost, because they’re made of pure PVC, Inteplast’s trim products won’t rot, split, crack, splinter, or absorb water. They’re also resistant to termites and other destruction and annoying pests. All of this means you won’t have the maintenance headaches of real wood, so you get to enjoy your outdoor living and working spaces more often!
Of course, for a DIY freak like me, one of my main reasons for using Inteplast’s PVC trim is its workability. It installs just like real wood products using your standard woodworking tools. You can also create some one-of-a-kind architecture shapes and curves because Inteplast Building Products Trim is bendable, unlike natural wood. Of course that would require you to use some advanced heat-bending process tools, which, let’s face it, would be awesome.
The one thing you don’t have to give up is the beauty of real wood. Inteplast uses an embossing technology so the wood grain stays intact even after heat bending. And through the state-of-the-art Edge Seal Technology, the trim boards are fully sealed on all four sides for a smooth, dirt, and stain-free surface. The PVC trim products are also flame retardant, and their compliant with national building codes to prevent fire flame spread.
Inteplast Building Products Trim is available in two categories--Celuka and Freefoam—and is the perfect sustainable wood-alternative for window and door trim, and decorative millwork. Use them anywhere you want to add decorative curb appeal, or low-key places like a workshop that you just want to keep maintenance free.
Hope that answers any questions you’ve got about the benefits of PVC trim products. Enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts. Harley’s already cooling off in the pond and it’s not even March. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
It’s Martin again, with another doable DIY project for your backyard or your deck. Even though we are half past summer and most of us finished our landscape projects earlier in the spring, it’s time to think about fall planting. This planter box I’m going to demonstrate this week is made from Inteplast Building Products Fascia Board and Corner Board. Last month I showed you how to make an end table out of Inteplast’s products, so this is very similar in construction - a no brainer for you DIY pros out there, and a great beginner project for you folks who are just getting started. You can place this in your yard without worrying about rotting, splitting, cracking, or pests because Inteplast’s products are moisture resistant. So, let’s get started.
Materials you'll need:
For the deck fascia material, Inteplast has 12 colors to choose from and solid, variegated colors all with wood-grain patterns. I used their Terra Cotta material to build mine, but choose a color and style to suit your tastes, or compliment your existing deck or trim at home.
The first step is to cut the necessary pieces. Start with the 4x4 Inteplast PVC “J” Channel trim to and cut four 12” pieces. Next, pre-install the screws at the ¾” square notch ends on each “J” Channel. Place the screws 3/8” from edge to ensure the holding capacity.
Next, trim the Inteplast Deck Fascia Board to 4 pcs to 2’ long each. Now, align the bottom of the Deck Fascia and “J” Channel, then attach them together with the screws at the four corners. You’ll want to use proper blocking to level the joint before you apply the screws. I enlisted the help of my friend Eric to press the corner board against the fascia for a tighter hold. But if you don’t have a friend in sight, you can use a grip to help add pressure. Next, join the pieces at the corners.
Continue until all corners are joined and you have a square. Finish up by adding the 4” x 4” end caps on the top of the remaining ½” tip of Inteplast PVC “J” Channel. If you use PVC end caps, apply PVC cement to bond the cap. That’s it!
You can make your box any size you like. The diagram below is for a rectangular 2’ x 4’ planter box.
To find Inteplast’s fascia and corner board in your area, check out the Inteplast Building Products product locator tool. What do you think of what I planted in mine? Let me know what you’re gonna plant. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
Have you ever driven or walked by a house and just drooled over its amazing curb appeal? You know the one I’m talking about with the perfect lush landscape, the trendiest paint color, the amazing architectural details, and the brightly brimming flower boxes. Only to get back to your own house and curse it for not measuring up. Well don’t punish your house (or yourself), give it an exterior facelift of enviable proportions with Inteplast Building Products PVC Trim and Moulding.
As a DIYer to the fullest extent of the definition, I’ve taken the exterior of my own house from plain Jane to Cinderella. I rolled up my sleeves, grabbed a ladder, a drill, a nail gun -- just your standard woodworking tools -- and added PVC window and door surrounds, beadboard soffits, corner boards and millwork, brackets, and lattice. Of course you don’t have to go all out, and certainly not all at once. Just by replacing simple window casings and plain brackets with prefinished ornamental trim and moulding profiles and decorative cornices is one of the easiest and less expensive approaches to add impact to your curb appeal.
Inteplast Building Products has a variety of classic and modern trim options to help you add pizazz to your exterior. You can choose from product profiles like trim sheets, beadboard, corner board, starter board, and J-channel. Inteplast’s trim products won’t rot, split, crack, or absorb water, and are resistant to termites and other pests. And unlike wood trim, Inteplast Building Products Trim is bendable to create a variety of unique architectural shapes. Check out these ideas for inspiration from Inteplast’s online trim gallery. You can find Inteplast’s prefinished decorative moulding and trim at many of your local Home Depot stores. You can also check Inteplast’s Where to Buy page to find a dealer or retailer near you. For tips on installing Inteplast’s PVC moulding and trim, check out this how to video.
In addition to giving your house a PVC trim makeover around windows, doors, and rooflines, you can make other updates like adding shutters, window boxes, and new porch railings, all minor improvements that can give you significant results.
See how easy it is for you to create that enviable house in the neighborhood with the perfect curb appeal. And it’s a project that’s doable for most DIYers. Just plan your project, do your shopping, gather your tools, and then get ready to impress the neighborhood. I’m Andrea, thanks for reading!
There is no other time of the year that inspires me to spruce up the exterior of my house than spring. And here are limitless, inexpensive things you can do that can dramatically change your home’s curb appeal. You don’t have to be considering putting your house on the market to do these small improvements. No different than changing your bedroom comforter to a crisp white in Spring to give your attitude a boost, adding curb appeal makes your house inviting to visitors, and creates a pleasing, uplifting space for you and your family. Here are some updates to consider for your own curb appeal.
When my kids were young and still at home, one of our favorite springtime activities to do together was taking a trip to our local nursery and picking out flowers and plants to spruce up the front yard. Small landscaping projects like this are a great way to showcase your yard’s best features and hide its not-so-good ones. To keep your yard looking great all the way through the fall, plant a combination of plants that flower throughout the seasons so you’ll always have something blooming.
Obviously it’s out of most of our budgets to change the exterior color of our houses every spring to fit our mood, but if you’ve got peeling or chipped paint, now is a good time to repaint and boost your curb appeal all at once. Check out the spring and summer paint color pallets at your local paint or home improvement store to get some ideas on color schemes. Whether you’re into classic, historic, or bright colors, you’ll be amazed at the significant difference a change of color can make.
Think about how much of an aesthetic impact moulding and trim can add to the interior of your house, and multiply that impact by ten for the exterior of your house. Inteplast Building Products has a broad range of PVC millwork trim products that includes base trim, crown molding, door jambs, window casings, corner board, starter board, J-channel and window surrounds, all with the visual appeal of wood without the natural flaws. All of their millwork products give you design flexibility to create custom architectural elements like arches and curves. And because they are pure PVC inside and out, you don’t have to worry about rot, warp, splintering, or cracking.
Don’t forget about the small stuff like brightly colored flower pots, outside cushions for your patio furniture or rocking chairs, and rugs for your front porch. Bright pops of color will tie the whole scene together and give passersby a curb to envy. All of the home improvement stores have sales on everything to make your outdoor area more beautiful, check out the Home Depot, Lowe’s and Menards websites for inspiration.
You are now free to sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your spring and summer!
Stay crafty and have fun!