MAUMEE, OHIO – Most homeowners enter their houses by driving into their garage more frequently than any other door in the home, so why not make it welcoming? To add pizzazz to the exterior of a garage door during National Curb Appeal Month in August, the experts at Fypon recommend installing decorative urethane trim pieces, such as mouldings, crossheads, pediments and keystones to the garage door surround on the home.
“People focus a great deal of attention on the curb appeal of a home, but oftentimes they don’t use their main entry door nearly as often as they do their garage door,” says Anita Piety marketing specialist for Fypon. “We recommend that homeowners treat themselves by making their garage door entrance more aesthetically appealing by adding synthetic trim pieces. This is a simple do-it-yourself project with great results!"
Piety suggests that the first basic element is to surround the entire garage door entry with weather-resistant polyurethane moulding or PVC trim. The pieces are easy to cut and install, plus they resist insect infestations, warping, splitting and humidity. Polyurethane products come with a pre-primed surface that is ready to paint or stain, so no sanding or additional priming is needed before installation. PVC trim pieces do not need to be painted.
As an option to moulding and trim, more detailed pilasters, which usually stand vertically to frame out an entry door, are a great way to add dimension and beauty to the sides of the garage entryway. After installing these, look at the top of the garage entrance.
“If homeowners have at least two feet of space between the top of the garage and the roofline, they can get creative by ‘topping off’ the garage entry with a crosshead,” says Piety. “These come in very long lengths --- up to 207 inches in width --- to accommodate large garage openings. Or, two smaller pieces can be ordered, installed side-by-side and the ‘gap’ covered with a keystone decorative element placed in the center.”
Because Fypon products are lightweight yet durable, installation is fast and easy for homeowners. Simple tools, including premium adhesive, saw, measuring tape, hammer, nails, a level, a ladder and safety eyewear are all that are needed to completely transform the garage door décor on a home.
Another way to enhance the garage door is with an award-winning Fypon® PVC Trellis System. Available in two sizes to accommodate either single- or double-car garages, each trellis system comes as a complete kit including durable outlookers, attractive beams, lattice and hardware. The trellis system adds architectural distinction to any home and comes in smooth white or stainable woodgrain.
“One of the best aspects of adding synthetic millwork and trim to the exterior of the home is that these products out-perform wood in so many ways,” says Piety. “Both polyurethane and PVC trim are made of a closed-cell product, making them resistant to moisture and insects. Each of the pieces also resists rotting, peeling and crumbling, so once the garage door surround is installed there’s virtually no maintenance required to keep it looking warm and welcoming for years to come!”
Fypon offers thousands of 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 www.fypon.com.