Wrapping exterior house trim
July 4, 2014 9:34 AM Subscribe
Has anyone had any experiences with wrapping exterior wood trim and window frames instead of painting?
posted by dilettante to Home & Garden (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
In 2011, I bought a house that was built in 1939. The exterior trim is now suddenly peeling and chipping, quite badly in some places (probably because the last paint job was half-assed). I contacted painters to get estimates, and the second one to show up explained the relatively recent regulations about removal of lead paint and how these affect the process and cost. The third only talked about lead paint regulations after I asked and still hasn't gotten their estimate to me, but the second one was $3k over the first and I expect the last to be similarly high. However, the guy doing work on the place next door told me that it's possible to wrap the trim and window frames in metal or vinyl and not have to worry about it. I poked around online and found out a little more about this (and it turns out I know someone who had it done at a much simpler house many years ago). Does anyone have any experience with this? If so, how well does it work? Does it avoid the safety issues? Does it end up looking okay? How did the cost work out? What kind of business is best to call for estimates on this? I have one general handyman/renovation guy coming soon for one, but I'm not sure if I should look for general renovation services or gutter places or what.
FWIW, the house itself is stone so it's only the trim and window frames and doors that are an issue, and there's probably no way to wrap the doors.