THINK LONG TERM
When doing home repairs or even in new construction we have a tendency to consider lower costs as being equal to saving money. Sometimes we don’t take a long term view, in this case, five years or longer. Here in New England it is very hard to get an exterior paint product that still looks good after five years, especially on trim boards, because moisture will often lift the paint off the wooden surface. Whenever we are working with vinyl siding, we always apply a PVC trim product as opposed to wood that is then painted or aluminum coverage, which is applied over the wood. The product is more expensive, but the long term benefits far out way the material cost. In new construction we actually save on labor by eliminating the need for aluminum coverage. PVC trim is white all the way through, which means even if it gets scratched it is still color fast as opposed to aluminum which scratches loses its color and dents as well.
When doing exterior home repairs we recommend PVC trim because it will never rot, does not need to be painted, unless you choose to and holds the paint far better than wood trim.
It may cost a little more in the beginning but the long term savings and peace of mind are well worth it in my opinion.
Anthony P. LaPuma