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MAUMEE, OHIO – Start at the top of the home with gable vents and louvers, then make your way down with decorative millwork, window and door trim, followed by a balustrade system and porch columns. According to experts at Fypon, trimming out a house “from the top down” with low-maintenance urethane products is a growing trend for busy homeowners looking for easy-care home exteriors.
“Today’s homeowners are selecting products for the outside of the home that are long-lasting and require minimal upkeep,” says Heather Kovacs, product manager for Fypon. “Urethane and PVC products perfectly match the needs of consumers who are looking for stylish home enhancements that resist moisture, insects, cracking, peeling, rotting and warping.
“These products come with several finish options, including smooth for painting, timber for staining and stone cast to replicate concrete. The options encourage people to personalize their home exteriors with products that complement their home’s design while reaping all the benefits of durable, low maintenance materials.”
Top Down Accessories for the Home
At the roofline of the home, Kovacs recommends gable vents and louvers that come in shapes (such as octagons, cathedral, triangle and oval) and sizes to fit most openings. Functional venting louvers feature corrosion-resistant screens to help keep insects out of the home and angled slates to protect interiors from rain while still encouraging ventilation.
Fypon® window and door trim products include pilasters, pediments, crossheads and shutters that enhance key elements of the home exterior. “The windows on the front of a home gain tremendous curb appeal when accented by mouldings, a crosshead, trim and a window panel,” says Kovacs. “Similar pieces — plus pilasters and pediments — can transform a ho-hum entryway into a stunning grand entrance for a home.”
To add the ultimate finishing touch to eaves and window areas on the exterior, Kovacs recommends incorporating brackets, dentil blocks and corbels. These pieces can be positioned under showcase window areas and on porches, and are also typically found under the roofline of a home. A trellis system installed above the garage door or a secondary entryway of the home carries through the decorative elements on the exterior.
“One of the best uses of low-maintenance products I’ve seen comes when people are adding balustrade systems, column wraps and columns to a home exterior,” says Kovacs. “These are products that in the past were made only of wood, requiring endless hours of scraping and refinishing on a regular basis. Now, with an abundance of PVC and urethane options in these product categories, homeowners can almost forget about maintenance woes. An occasional washing is all that’s needed to keep these products looking fresh and new year after year.”
Top Down Colors on the Home
Since Fypon products come with a pre-primed surface ready to stain or paint, the lightweight products are an ideal way to add “top down” color to the home exterior. According to national color expert Kate Smith, author of the ebook FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior, colorful touches on accent pieces can unify the look of a home exterior.
“Painted crossheads or pediments that sit above windows or doors can help draw the entire color palette together for a home while providing instant curb appeal,” says Smith. “While white trim is always striking on a home and can be a great contrast to darker colors, you can paint mouldings, brackets, trellis systems or louvers in a wide array of colors to truly highlight your home exterior. For example, a home with an overall green palette could use cream- or driftwood-colored accent pieces. Or, a Victorian-style home could use mouldings in shades of fuchsia or purples to set off its trim.
“There are so many wonderful color combinations that are striking on different styles of homes. The thing I really like about adding the Fypon products to the home exterior is that these are detailed, architecturally-accurate millwork pieces that give a homeowner unlimited ways to embellish a home’s exterior.”
The specific home styles addressed in the FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior guide include Ranch, Colonial, Bungalow, Victorian, Spanish Mission, European and New American. Smith offers several color combinations for each style’s exterior along with tips for making homes complement their neighborhood settings. The comprehensive and colorful ebook is available for free at http://www.fypon.com/design/.
Fypon offers thousands of decorative millwork elements in a variety of architectural styles to enhance the interior and exterior of homes. Each piece is crafted from tough, weather-proof, high-performance materials that are resistant to decay, insect infestation and water damage for long-lasting beauty and low maintenance. Part of consumer products company Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), Fypon, LLC is owned by Therma-Tru Corp. For additional information, call 800-446-3040 or visit www.fypon.com.
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MAUMEE, OHIO – Looking for holiday decorations that are simple to make and won’t fade over time? Try using Fypon® ceiling medallions to create centerpieces, wreaths and cardholders that are fun, fast family activities.
“Urethane ceiling medallions are lightweight and versatile for these kind of holiday projects,” says Theresa Coleman Clement, host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement talk show. “Normally found on the ceiling to accent a fan or lighting fixture, I find these medallions are ideal for creating unique holiday decorations that look great year-after-year.”
For a new way to display the holiday cards you receive, start by selecting and hand painting or spray painting a decorative ceiling medallion. When dry, use a staple gun to attach hard poster board on the back of the medallion, leaving the sides closest to the outer edges “open” so that when the medallion is flipped over cards can be slipped into the poster board. Staple a loop of ribbon to the back of the medallion to hang on a picture hook or nail.
“I like to use colors that match our walls so that we can reuse this wreath for showcasing birthday cards and pictures throughout the year,” says Clement. “It’s easy to slide the cards in and out of the poster board ‘pockets’ and to change out the backdrop of items regularly.”
To decorate either the home interior or exterior, Clement recommends selecting three similarly-sized Fypon ceiling medallions and spray painting them in holiday colors.
“Choose three or four medallions with large round holes in the middle,” says Clement. “You can pick different styles of medallions, but stay with the same size of medallions to make an arrangement of the finished pieces.”
Clement suggests choosing several words that reflect the holidays, like “Ho-Ho-Ho” or “Joy – Peace – Hope” and then printing them up on the computer. Place one word on the back of each medallion, centering it in the hole and facing outwards. Then tape or staple the word to the medallion, along with a ribbon for hanging the finished piece.
“Across the front of our house exterior we have ‘Ho Ho Ho’ on three medallions hanging from our windows and door,” says Clement. “You can also make an interior wall arrangement of these pieces.
“Best of all, you can change out the words during the year for different holidays. The green-painted medallions could easily have shamrocks in the center for St. Patrick’s Day or the words ‘Fresh – Spring – Fun’ to celebrate the arrival of Springtime!”
Looking for a holiday centerpiece that’s easy to make? Simply paint a ceiling medallion and then add a battery-operated candle in the center “hole” portion of the medallion.
“Imagine a variety of sizes of different colored medallions spread across a long dining room table all twinkling with little lights,” says Clement. “If you have young children, you can have each child paint their own medallion to make it a family project. And, accenting the area around the candles with holiday greenery, ribbons or ornaments can add even more flourish to a simple project.
“After the holidays, the painted medallions can be reused in a variety of ways — as a picture frame or with the word sayings. And, you can even add small mirrors to the center holes to make a unique wall display of mirrored medallions.”
For more home project ideas, home improvement and repair information from Clement, visit www.MyFixitUpLife.com.
Fypon offers thousands of decorative millwork elements in a variety of architectural styles to enhance the interior and exterior of America’s homes. Each piece is crafted from tough, weather-resistant, high-performance materials that are resistant to decay, insect infestation and water damage for long-lasting beauty and low maintenance. Part of consumer products company Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), Fypon, LLC is owned by Therma-Tru Corp. For additional information, call 800-446-3040 or visit www.fypon.com.
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Here’s a treat for your home — a Sour Punch candy spiral wreath! Start with a Fypon Atlanta-style ceiling medallion and add a standard tile adhesive to the center part. Then cut the rope-like candy into equal size pieces and place on the sticky areas in any pattern you like! Spray with a polyurethane coating to preserve the piece for future use.