Several manufacturers have recently introduced products in man-made materials that deliver low maintenance, simpler installation, and good looks with a nod to traditional styles. Meanwhile, new wood millwork introductions offer the natural materials many homeowners crave.
HB&G's PermaWrap Columns, manufactured from cellular PVC, are engineered with a one-piece, wraparound square design and mitered joints that are taped for protection during installation. A tongue-and-groove joint locks them together to provide a nail-free finish. 800.264.4424. www.hbgcolumns.com.
Available in 8-foot-square and 10-foot-square sizes, the standard Pergola Kit from Dixie-Pacific features components made from low-maintenance materials, including four plain round DuraCast fiberglass columns, PVC rafters and rafter end caps, PVC lintels/beams and lintel/beam end caps, PVC pergola clips, and PVC glue. Four styles of decorative capital are available. 800.468.5993. www.dixiepacific.com.
Essenza Collection micro-cellular foam moldings are designed to provide simple, easy profiles to use at the edges of false ceilings or to create illuminated linear elements. The moldings incorporate white or blue lighting and are fast and easy to install, according to the manufacturer, NMC Deco USA. 866.349.4662. www.nmcdecousa.com.
Windsor Mill's mantel designs, based on the company's WindsorONE Moldings Collection, are designed to make it easier to match mantels to specific architectural styles. The mantel designs are consistent with the design and period of each of the four styles in the WindsorONE Collection, which include Colonial Revival and Classic Colonial. 888.229.7900. www.windsorone.com.
Koma Trim Products' Koma Wood Grain PVC trims feature a natural-looking rough-sawn grain. The trimboards' white color extends throughout the material, is UV-protected, and never needs painting. Koma Wood Grain trims will not swell, rot, split, delaminate, cup, or craze, the firm says. 800.330.2239. www.komatrimboards.com.
Contact Lumber's knotty alder veneer-wrapped finger-jointed wood moldings provide stability, strength, and longer lengths than are available from natural alder sources. Surface character marks provide a rustic appearance. Lengths up to 16 feet are available. 800.547.1038. www.contactlumber.com.
Fypon's William E. Poole Collection of polyurethane decorative and structural mill-work includes balustrade systems, cupolas, newel posts, window and door trims, louvers, gables, dormers, and cornice details reflecting a wide variety of traditional architectural styles. The collection can be used for interior and exterior applications. 800.446.3040. www.fypon.com.
Hand-carved decorative wood corbels, columns, and trim elements from Foster Woodwork are ideal for adding finishing touches throughout the home. Available in paint-and stain-grade aspen whitewood and stain-grade red oak, maple, and cherry, the line includes three corbel styles, nine ornamental carved onlays, six column designs, and two styles of carved moldings. 800.285.8551. www.mantels.net.
The Polyurethane Balustrade Series from Chadsworth's 1.800.Columns is made from steel-reinforced polyurethane for weather-, rot-, and insect-resistance and is constructed without seams. An integral barrier coat and topcoat primer provide protection against UV degradation. 800.265.8667. www.columns.net.
AZEK's cellular PVC Architectural Beadboard replicates the appearance of traditional wooden beadboard. Available in 18-foot lengths, the beadboard offers more surface area for gluing. The beadboard is ideal for wainscoting, porch ceilings, and other trim applications, the manufacturer says. 877.275.2935. www.azek.com
White River Hardwoods' Adornments collection includes moldings, corbels, friezes, capitals, onlays, and cabinet parts in American maple and cherry. The hand-carved elements are based on European designs and come in various sizes with patterns in appropriate scales. 800.558.0119. www.mouldings.com.