A Complete Guide to Window Trim

Corner Trim

If you want your house to stand out for all the right reasons, the details matter. Trim and molding are an extremely important part of making your Carolina home look it’s very best. While you probably already have baseboards and other standard pieces of trim throughout your residence, you may or may not have window trim. Depending on when your house was built (historic houses almost always have window trim, for instance) and how much money was spent during the initial construction, window trim hasn’t always been deemed necessary. 

In addition to the aesthetic value, window trim provides, though, it has other benefits. It can raise your property value, which is a big perk if you’re planning to list your house or take out a home equity loan anytime soon, and it can even protect against bug and vermin infestations because it seals any openings around your windows. As you read on, you will learn more about window trim and how it functions.

What does window trim look like?

Generally, window trim, which can also be referred to as “casing,” is two to three inches wide and is available in a wide range of styles. Whether the look of your North Carolina or South Carolina residence is sleek and contemporary or plush and traditional, there is sure to be window trim that suits your tastes. You can even have this type of trim custom made if you can’t find any mass-produced options you like. 

What terms do I need to know? 

Window trim consists of a number of different sections. It is important to familiarize yourself with these various components before you start shopping for trim. This will enable you to have more educated conversations with both your installation contractor and various salespeople. 

      • Crown molding – In reference to window trim, “crown molding” refers to a decorative piece on top of a window frame. This molding component is often designed in Georgian or Greek Revival style and is frequently found in historic Carolina residences. 
      • Mitered return – A “mitered return” is a piece of trim that is attached to crown molding to secure it to the wall. 
      • Side casing – As its name implies, “side casing” is installed on the sides of windows and is used to cover the opening that inevitably exists between the edge of the window frame and the framing of the wall.
      • Backband molding – “Backband molding” is designed specifically to add visual interest to plain styles of molding. It is a small, decorative strip of trim that is installed on the edges of basic casing pieces. 
      • Stool – In the window trim industry, the word “stool” refers to a window still. In some cases, homeowners opt to use decorative bits of trim to make this part of a window look more elaborate. 
      • Apron – An “apron” is a purely decorative trim piece that is installed underneath of the stool. 

If you are thinking about having window trim added to some of the windows in your house, or if you would like to have completely new windows put in, contact the Hatch Homes crew today. We offer window installation and repair services throughout the Carolinas. Our skilled team looks forward to giving you the best possible windows for your home!

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