Vinyl or aluminum fascia trim: which works best?

If you are siding your home, one important consideration is the final trimwork. Some contractors combine vinyl siding on the body of the house with aluminum fascia trim, while others use either all vinyl or all aluminum siding products. Both materials have their inherent benefits and a few drawbacks.

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Vinyl fascia trim

Benefits: One of the primary benefits of vinyl fascia is that its coloring is consistent throughout the trim piece, so it provides a freshly painted look year after year. Vinyl siding products are also more resistant to scratching and other wear than aluminum siding. Siding manufacturers consistently champion vinyl siding's maintenance-free qualities--all it requires after installation is a little annual power-washing to knock off accumulated dust and grime.

Drawbacks: Vinyl fascia can become brittle in cold weather. It also tends to expand and contract slightly more than aluminum siding.

Aluminum fascia trim

Benefits: Aluminum is easily worked, so manufacturers can pre-bend fascia and trim pieces into a variety of decorative styles. By purchasing premium .019-gauge aluminum fascia, you can avoid most problems with associated movement and flexing.

Drawbacks: Aluminum siding conducts heat and cold more than vinyl. And since the color of the aluminum trim is baked on, it can show bare metal if scratched; however, a dab of touch-up paint adheres better to aluminum than vinyl. Lastly, even the thickest gauge of aluminum siding can be dented.

Whatever you do, don't ignore completing your siding project with trim. Know that whichever type you choose, either one offers a low-maintenance, low-cost solution.

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