We're wondering about the gable trim and the porch beam trim. What material should we use? (preferably maintenance-free) And for the gable trim, what dimensions?
Here's some additional information about the house...
Siding: Rollex sage green vinyl clapboard-style Siding corners: Rollex white vinyl corner trim Roof fascia and soffit: white aluminum Window trim: Fypon for top trim and Azek vinyl trim boards for sides and bottoms, all painted white Porch columns: HB&G 8" square composite columns painted white Porch railing system: HB&G PVC white railing and ballusters
So where does the gable trim and porch beam trim fit into this?
Regarding the gable trim, the guy who drew up our plans penciled in "5-in. lineal." Is that a good width? (The fascia is 6" and our window trim is 3-1/2" lineal.) What material would look good wedged between the sage green vinyl and the white aluminum soffit? I was thinking white aluminum like the fascia and soffit material, but how would that be done to avoid a wavy, rippled-looking vinyl-wrapped board look?
Regarding the porch beams, I know they're going to be 8" tall and wide, but what material? Again, since the fascia and soffit are white aluminum, maybe white aluminum would look best? If so, how would that be built? ...just with lumber and then wrapped with aluminum? Again, I'd like to avoid that wavy, rippled vinyl-wrapped wood look if there's risk of that when using aluminum. ...maybe clad in white vnyl Azek boards? Any ideas?
Our builder does not have a strong opinion on these issues, and he's asking us what we want--I think because he knows we're picky. So I'm trying to do some research and find out what would look best combined with the other materials we're using. All feedback is greatly appreciated.