Not counting things like geodesic domes and igloos, all houses have at least four outside corners. These are important design elements, and the treatment they receive can have a big effect on a structure's appearance. Let's take a look at three common corner details used with wood siding: corner boards, woven corners, and mitered corners.

The simplest and most popular approach to finishing outside corners is by installing corner boards. There's good reason for this: Corner boards provide a visual break from the horizontal lines of siding, in much the same way that corner pilasters and columns do. The effect can be reinforced by painting or staining the corner boards a different...

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