Easy-to-Install Window Trim Options

A supplier of synthetic trim and moulding products overviews basic styles

On the “what’s in and what’s out” list for homeowners, naked window exteriors are definitely “out,” according to Fypon, the manufacturer of synthetic millwork and trim products. Easy-to-install decorative accents like mouldings, window crossheads and shutters are now on the “in” list.

Installing crossheads and other window surround components can greatly enhance the look of a home. 

“With so many options for enhancing window exteriors using lightweight polyurethane products, even the most novice do-it-yourselfer can change a window exterior from boring to beautiful in a short time,” says Fypon's Niki Decker. “If you can use a tape measure, a hammer and a caulk gun, you can transform your window exteriors.”

Decker explains that her company offers a choice of three different styles of lightweight window enhancements–in smooth paintable white, in stainable woodgrain texture, and in a realistic stone to resemble traditional cast concrete. Each piece comes pre-primed and ready to install. And, all products are designed resist moisture, insect infestations, rotting, warping, cracking and splitting.

“There are hundreds of Fypon products designed to enhance window exteriors,” says Decker. “They’re created to complement a variety of architectural home styles and require almost no maintenance after they’re installed. And, polyurethane is a closed-cell product, making it ideal for all types of climates and weather conditions.”

Window accent pieces available include:

  • Crossheads–Decorative crossheads “sit” on the top of a window and add a regal “come look at me” feel to windows. They can be plain or detailed…with keystones in the center to draw attention or dentil trim along the length of the crosshead to suit traditional home styles. There are also crosshead arches and eyebrow crossheads that provide a softer, curved look when installed above a window.
  • Pediments–Stylish and eye-catching, pediments also sit above windows. From curved and peaked sunbursts to triangular peaked cap, acorn and rams head styles, pediments are the most dramatic way to draw attention to your window exteriors.
  • Pilasters–Not all window enhancements sit on top of the window unit. Usually intended to flank the sides of entry doors, pilasters can also be cut down to run vertically up the sides of windows. Pilasters can be smooth and plain, or have a “fluted” recessed design. They generally have plinths at the top and bottom to balance out the window design and add style to the window surround.
  • Mouldings–Perhaps the easiest way to surround a window is with flat or decorative trim and plinth blocks. This fast project requires no miter cuts because the plinth blocks are put in all four corners of the window exterior and butt up to straight cuts of smooth, paintable trim pieces. Many homeowners use this technique as a “starting point” and then add in other elements such as pediments and shutters to create their own personal window statement.
  • Shutters–Another popular way to draw attention to the sides of windows is to add a set of decorative shutters. Available in louvered and raised panel styles that are smooth and paintable, shutters provide the perfect way to carry an accent color throughout the exterior of your home. Or, timber shutters in board, plank and louvered styles can be stained to imitate the look of wood on a home without all the maintenance hassles of real wood.
  • Window Panels–To add depth to the look of a window, flat and raised panels can be added below the window unit and then enclosed entirely with trim. Window panels tend to fill in space between the bottom of the window and the ground, helping the windows gain more “presence” and focus on a home exterior.
  • Pot Shelves–Available in both timber and stone styles, a pot shelf is placed below the bottom window sill. Oftentimes they’re used to balance out an entire window surround with a finished look.
  • Dormer Trim System–To accent high dormer windows on a home, Fypon offers a dormer trim system consisting a triangular-shaped pediment to go above the window, a set of pre-measured side trim pieces and return moulding to finish off the window surround.

The Fypon website features sections devoted to installation instructions and tips and inspiration and ideas for enhancements to the home.