(HIT) – Whether you are buying a new home or are selling your existing one, first impressions are everything. And, nothing makes a worse initial impression than exterior trim that is cracked, rotted, peeling or falling apart.

Wood, one of the traditional trim materials, may look fine when first installed, but it can split and swell, and is prone to knots and defects. Other materials, like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) trim and fiber cement trim have performance limitations, may pose installation challenges and may not be kind on your pocketbook or the environment. PVC is made from non-renewable natural resources and cutting fiber cement releases silica, which is a known carcinogen.

Today, homeowners and remodelers are turning to advanced building materials to get long-term performance from their exterior trim. Locally, and nationwide, many homeowners have found MiraTEC® Treated Exterior Composite Trim offers the ideal combination of the beauty of wood and the durability of an engineered product. It provides the perfect accent to any exterior cladding your house may have: vinyl, fiber cement, brick, OSB, stone, stucco, wood or hardboard.

With a clear, wood grain texture on one side and contemporary smooth finish on the other, MiraTEC trim is ideal for any home style. From new home construction to remodeling and repair projects, MiraTEC is used for roofline fascia, soffits, window and door trim, corner trim, dentil, gables, column wraps, trim along porches and other non-structural applications.traditional home plan

Green Building Benefits

There is a strong demand for green building products. Many homeowners want to know the environmental impact of products used to build or remodel their homes, such as formaldehyde emission levels and wood sources.

At very high levels, formaldehyde is considered toxic and is an irritant to the eyes and mucus membranes. MiraTEC trim has no added urea formaldehyde. This is certified by Scientific Certification Systems, an international third-party certification organization. Wood composite products that do not contain urea resins, such as MiraTEC trim, are recognized in the building products industry as meeting the strictest formaldehyde emission levels and can contribute toward one Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credit under Indoor Environmental Quality 4.4.

No old growth wood is used to manufacture MiraTEC trim. Instead it is made from wood that is of no commercial timber value and is the byproduct of other operations. IT ALSO comes from within a 200-mile radius of CMI’s Towanda, Pa., production facility. MiraTEC trim is primed with a mildew resistant low VOC primer, which is among the most environmentally preferable of all paint products available.

Durability and Low Maintenanceexterior trim

Because of its durability and low maintenance requirements, homebuilders across the country use MiraTEC trim in a variety of applications.

Dick Collier of R.E. Collier, Inc., a builder in Richmond, Va., uses MiraTEC trim for a variety of projects, including residential town homes and low-rise multifamily buildings. He has found it to be an excellent complement to fiber cement siding applications. “Prior to MiraTEC, we primarily used wood products, including cedar and pine, but we’ve found that MiraTEC is better than wood. MiraTEC is easy to install and paints well. Plus, we really like how it holds up in our weather and that it offers termite resistance.”

According to Steve Kothman, general manager, Hanson Builders, Inc., a custom home and townhome builder in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., “We use MiraTEC on all exterior trim applications for one simple reason—performance. It resists swelling and moisture better than any other exterior trim product we’ve used, and it holds paint very well.”

Another builder who also uses MiraTEC for all his exterior trim is Mike Reilly of Reilly Homes in Leavenworth, Kansas. Located in the rolling hills of northeastern Kansas on the Missouri River, the Leavenworth/Lansing area is relatively humid, which can lead to moisture problems with wood products. “We were looking for a better answer to issues with wood rot that we’ve experienced with cedar and pine trim, particularly around windows. MiraTEC solved the problem,” Reilly said. “Incorporating MiraTEC into all our exterior trim applications has helped us create a truly low maintenance home.”

Beyond its sheer beauty, MiraTEC is backed by an industry-best 30-year warranty that covers hail and termite damage, delamination, splitting and more.

If you’re looking to add curb appeal or are remodeling your home, look for MiraTEC trim at most local building material suppliers. For more information about MiraTEC trim, call 1-800-255-0785 or visit www.miratectrim.com.

Courtesy: Home Improvement News and Information Center

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