Drive-By Dilemma: Adding Curb Appeal to Different Home Styles

            MAUMEE, OHIO - Forget about mismatched home exteriors. The Fypon Style Guide provides expert guidance on adding polyurethane products to homes in a wide variety of styles to perfectly achieve eye-catching curb appeal.

            "This free guide makes it easy for homeowners, builders and remodelers to add stylish architecturally-accurate accent pieces to home exteriors," says JJ Rogers, sales operations manager with Fypon. "These are lightweight, easy-to-install products that are designed to complement different styles of homes and eliminate people shuddering as they drive by a home!"

            Curb appeal products and tips found in the Style Guide relating to specific home styles include:

Classic (including Georgian, Federal and Victorian styles) - Earmarked by a strong symmetry and design elements that remain timeless, Classic style homes have impressive curb appeal because of their well-balanced front elevations. Exteriors are highlighted by columns, shutters, door surrounds and crossheads. Newly-introduced Fypon classic rails and newel posts with trim collars, rail blocks and baluster panels are ideal for these house exteriors.

Arts & Crafts - Popularly referred to as Arts & Crafts, Mission or Prairie style homes, these simplistic house designs feature booth woodgrain and smooth textures on the exterior. A new Fypon solid woodgrain closed-ended beam with a rafter end and a woodgrain bracket can enhance a porch, which is commonly included on these home styles. A square top and bottom rail combined with a rail support block can help create a porch system when matched with Fypon's square balusters. Dentil blocks, a timber trellis and fishscale panels can all be used to fully create eye-popping curb appeal on an Arts & Crafts exterior.

Mediterranean - Often associated with the 1920s and 1930s, Mediterranean style homes can be found in Spanish, Greek and Italianate home designs. Known for having stucco walls and low-pitched roofs, Mediterranean style homes feature layouts inspired by lush gardens, courtyards, pools and fountains. Fypon offers curb appeal pieces including tile vents, corbels for under the roofline, woodgrain plank shutters, columns and decorative accents for doorways.

Country/Cottage (including Farmhouse and Cape Cod styles) - These simplistic homes --- often with sprawling porches --- offer comfort and efficiency to homeowners across the country.  For farmhouse style homes with simple trim details, Fypon offers louvered shutters, porch posts, louvers and symmetrical brackets. Flat trim, crossheads and plain porch posts complete the farmhouse style. To add curb appeal to a Cape Cod style home, Fypon offers newel posts in straight and corner panel styles that can be coupled with a classic square baluster system. This straight-forward home design looks best when enhanced with crossheads over first-floor windows and dormer kits used to trim out second floor dormer windows.

Today's Traditional - Rooted in historical styles, Today's Traditional homes mix style with practicality, and Old World touches with updated charm. Asymmetric entry doors and windows can be topped with crossheads to add instant curb appeal. Straight columns with minimal details at the base and cap flank the entryway, while small porches featuring square balustrade systems allow a place to relax. Raised panel shutters and eyebrow louvers enhance the exterior of Today's Traditional homes that often sport window boxes of colorful flowers to complete the home's overall curb appeal.

            Duket Architects Planners in Toledo, Ohio assisted with the creation of the Fypon Style Guide, which can be ordered by calling1-800-446-3040 or by downloading online for free at

About Fypon

            Fypon offers more than 2,600 synthetic pieces in the categories of Window & Door Trim, Mouldings, E-Vent Systems, Decorative Millwork, Louvers & Gable Vents, Balustrade Systems, and Porch Posts, Columns & Wraps.

            Fypon manufactures decorative millwork elements in a variety of architectural styles to enhance the interior and exterior of homes. Each piece is crafted from tough, weather-resistant, high-performance materials that are resistant to decay, insect infestation and water damage for long-lasting beauty and low maintenance. Part of consumer products company Fortune Brands Home & Security (NYSE: FBHS), Fypon, LLC is owned by Therma-Tru Corp. For additional information, call 800-446-3040 or visit