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)
Hi all, Martin here. For those of you who read my posts often, you know all about my 120 lb. rescue sidekick Harley. He’s a big shaggy loveable mutt, so I do everything I can to keep him cool and comfortable in the summer months. So when a newly opened local park asked me if I’d build them a water station for dogs visiting the park, of course I said yes. Since it’ll be sitting out in the open, obviously I went with Inteplast Building Products PVC trim and planking which is moisture resistant so the park grounds keepers don’t have to worry about rotting, splitting, cracking, or mold and mildew.
I’m gonna warn you, this project may not be for the beginning DIYer. There is some knowledge and know-how that may require some extra skill notching and miter cutting, but don’t let that scare you off. The station I made for the park won’t contain food, but I went ahead and made it a storage bin as well so they can keep extra bowls or bowl cleaning supplies in it. If you’re making this for your home, the extra storage is good for not only food, but leashes, dog bags, etc. So, let’s get started.
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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!
Hello and welcome back! We’re excited to re-introduce you to Design Next Door, reimagined by Inteplast Building Products, the company behind all these inspirational Do-It-Yourself projects over the past several months.
We’d like to officially introduce ourselves! We are Inteplast Building Products and we’d love to help you realize your visions, dreams, and inspirations for your exterior and interior living spaces. Our complete line of outdoor and indoor building products is made to meet your needs for both beauty and quality while providing a low-maintenance lifestyle. From our exterior decking, porch, trim and millwork products, to our interior decorative moulding, we combine our expertise in aesthetic beauty, durable construction, and smart design to give homeowners one portfolio of whole-house modern wood-alternative lifestyle products to create the perfect home.
Inteplast Building Products Decks are made to be durable, moisture resistant, low-maintenance, lightweight and beautiful! There are no special tools required to work with our products because they work the same as traditional lumber. Our wide variety of variegated and solid colors offers design options for both traditional and modern tastes. And the best part, you get the beauty of real wood without the maintenance hassles. Check out our Deck Gallery on our new website!
When it comes to your home décor, it’s all about the finishing details. Our decorative moulding comes in a variety of classic and modern profiles, and it’s prefinished and ready to install, with no special tools required. It has the same workability of wood, but greater uniformity and flexibility. Ceiling, door, window, wall, and floor, no matter where you add it, moulding adds character to any room. We have a great gallery of different rooms with moulding on our website here.
Talk about curb appeal. Add one-of-a-kind style to your exterior with our millwork, trimboard, trim sheet, and beadboard products with all the workability and beauty of real wood without the maintenance headaches of real wood. Our trim products won’t rot, split, crack, or absorb water, and they’re resistant to termites and other pests. And unlike wood trim, Inteplast Trim is bendable to create a variety of architectural shapes. Check out our beautiful trim products in our Trim Gallery.
Enjoy your outdoor living space without the worry of splinters or a lot of maintenance! With the same beautiful look of wood, Inteplast Building Products Porches come in two color collections – variegated and solid color, and are both fully-reversible in oak or straight grain finishes. And each board has a built-in scratch and stain protection for long-lasting low-maintenance beauty. Add some character, color and longevity to your porch with our beautiful porch boards!
We’ve launched a brand new website at InteplastBuild.com where you can find ideas for your next deck, porch, siding, or moulding, or trim project in our Inspiration Gallery. While you are there browse through our free deck and porch design plans and take a look at our Visualizer Tool where you can select the design style and colors that match your home and tastes.
From low-maintenance, realistic natural wood grained decks and porches, to ready-to-install pre-finished trim and moulding in a broad range of complementary colors that brings everything together, this blending of know-how gives Inteplast customers a complete decorative solution that helps to create a house you can be proud to call home. Passion for beauty, engineering, and quality is the essence of the Inteplast DNA. Welcome to our family!
Stop by booth #6343 if you are at the 2016 NHBA International Builder’s Show and see why Inteplast Building Products is the best solution for adding long-lasting beauty and character to your home.