A client recently asked me to replace the elaborate trim around the front door of her older home. The door and door jambs were in good shape, but the trim had deteriorated on account of inadequate flashing and sealing. The project also created a great opportunity to make sure the door was weathered-in properly at the same time.The original trim consisted of wide, layered casings with plinths and capitals that mimicked columns, and a classic built-up entablature above the door. I suggested replacing it all with PVC—wood requires more attention to detail during installation to achieve the best results—but the...

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