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In my article “Installing Engineered Horizontal Siding” (May/15), I wrote that preassembling exterior trim details can streamline the siding process. It can also dramatically improve the quality of the installations. We fabricate door and window trim, corner boards, and sometimes soffits and cornices safely on the ground or in the shop and then install them in one piece.
Many flanged or block-frame windows have a minimalist “modern” look when installed, and we often dress them up with additional trim. I first measure all but the biggest windows that we’ll be trimming (larger windows are easier to trim on site), and I develop a cut list for each unit.