Pure Grain. For folks who appreciate the look of wood but prefer the life span of vinyl, CertainTeed has engineered a middle ground. The company's Restoration Millwork exterior trim now includes a line of vinyl one-piece corners and trim boards molded after natural rough-sawn cedar for a more natural appearance. TrueTexture products carry a 25-year warranty and cut easily with traditional woodworking tools. Prices vary by piece. CertainTeed, 800/233-8990, www.certainteed.com

Paint It Black. Makers of cellular PVC exterior trim warn that painting their products dark colors can intensify the effects of expansion and contraction and lead to warping. However, Sherwin-Williams says its new VinylSafe paint has no such effect: According to the company, all 100 shades reflect light so effectively they can be applied to...

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