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Bathroom, Kitchen, Basement Design & Remodeling Ideas for the Nicest Home or Business on the Block
Bathroom, Kitchen, Basement Design & Remodeling Ideas for the Nicest Home or Business on the Block

Project Spotlight: Adding a Front Storm Door & Maintenance Free Trim Moulding

Before – Wood Front Storm Door with Wood Trim
After - Aluminum Provia Front Storm with PVC trim
After – Aluminum Provia Front Storm with PVC trim

The problem: Jules (a homeowner in Euclid Ohio) had a couple of problems at the front entrance of his home. One was a badly deteriorated wood storm door that was peeling paint and had no screen – which prevented him from getting ventilation through the storm door. The other problem was the trim moulding around the doors. This molding was failing, buckled, and rotted out (particularly at the bottom of the door). In short the front storm door and wood trim surrounding the door detracted from the looks of the home and required a lot maintenance.

The solution: John Murphy (Sales Representative from Cleveland Design & Remodeling & Cleveland Window Company) suggested two new products for Jules to solve these problems. The first was the use of Azek trim boards/ crown mouldings vs. the traditional wood trim Jules had in the home. The second was replacing the wood storm door with a high-grade aluminum storm door.

Here’s some of the benefits these product selections provided:

Azek PVC Polymer Based Trim & Crown Molding  

Wood trim requires a lot of maintenance and painting over the life of a home – and even then there is no guarantee wood will stay looking like new given the impact of the extreme weather conditions in Ohio. Azek (which is a brand of PVC polymer based trim and molding products) provided these advantages to Jules:

  • The product is virtually moisture resistant and insect resistant


  • Azek trim can be used even where there is contact with the ground. The door toe kick in this case can be maintenance free.


  • The trim boards were custom milled to create the architectural design desired by Jules by Steve Vlk and John Exton using standard woodworking equipment.


  • Trim does not require paint for protection – Since Jules was using white trim the Azek material did not need to be painted but since the material was routed and milled out the final trim was primed and painted white.


Other advantages of using PVC based trims and mouldings include the ability to heat the materials to create unique shapes and designs around doors and windows.

Provia Storm Doors  

Not all storm doors are created equal! The professional grade ProVia line Jules selected offered the following advantages and improvements over the wood storm door he had:

  • Increased durability through the use of 20% thicker aluminum vs. a standard door and aluminum requires no maintenance vs. a wood door.


  • Ventilation– The ProVia door Jules selected came with a full self storing screen. So when Jules wants air flow he can use the screen option and in the winter season he can slide up the glass to protect the front door from the elements and save on fuel costs. 


  • Multiple paint, hardware and art glass options are available. For this project Jules chose a Deluxe series door in a montainberry color in a Crossbuck style to keep the character of the previous door.


Do you have any questions or problems with a  storm door and trim work? Have you completed a project like this and would like to share your lessons learned? Please comment below.

If you need help with a storm door or exterior trim or moldings visit Cleveland Design and Remodeling (216-658-1270) , or Columbus Design & Remodeling (614-252-7294) or Clear Choice Window & Door of Cincinnati (513-744-2172) – divisions of Innovate Building Solutions.  

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Mike Foti

President of Innovate Building Solutions a nationwide supplier and regional (Cleveland and Columbus) remodeling contractors. Some of our product lines include glass counters, floors, backsplashes, glass blocks and grout free shower and tub wall panels

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