Introduction to Gable Decorations
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We think unadorned gables are like windows without curtains or drapes!
Gable Decorations are one of the quickest ways to change your home's overall appearance. In fact, Gable Decorations may add more impact per dollar than anything else you can do outside!
The focal point of your home from a curb appeal standpoint can be greatly influenced with a Gable Decoration that adds character and charm to your home. At left: Flying Circle Gable Decoration.
It is very common for Gable Decorations to be quite different from the rest of the decorative items on a house. This was certainly also true 100 years ago, during the heyday of architectural detailing. Because the gable is typically somewhat distant from the porch, it can be a separate but important focal point.
Dormers are also overlooked when decorating the exterior of many homes. The dormers are typically smaller and can be a different design from Gable Decoration chosen for the main gable. Dormers are not only a source of light and ventilation for top floors, they are also used to give a house a more impressive appearance. The appearance can be enhanced with decorative trim such as our Gable Decorations. The photo on the right shows how the dormer was dressed up with our Standard Old Lace Gable Decoration.
Also, keep in mind that if a Dormer has a 12/12 pitch, a single Bracket can be used for decoration. The 12/12 roof pitch is also known as a square pitch roof, since a 90 degree angle is formed at the peak of such roofs. Because of the right angle they form, any Bracket that is symmetrical (equal on both sides) can be used as decoration. The drawing at left shows our Three Square Bracket in a dormer.
Running Trim Gable Decoration
Running Trim can be used along the eaves of your gable, either below a Gable Decorations or by themselves. If Running Trim is going to be used, we strongly recommend upgrading to PVC to minimize the upkeep. Photo on left features Gable Wings with Fleur Running Trim below it along the eaves.
Running Trim makes great Bargeboards for the eaves of your gable. Use an optional Gable Drop in the center, as shown to the right, or just miter the upper ends of the Running Trim to fit snuggly into the apex.
Shingle Gable Decoration
Gables and dormers can also be decorated with Fancy Cut Cedar Shingles. Both of these gables have Round Fancy Cut Cedar Shingles, but using more than one pattern gives almost limitless design possibilities.
When properly applied, Cut Shingles require little maintenance. Use Polyurethane Vents to keep the low maintenance theme going. The photo above has a round Polyurethane Vent. The photo at right features our Flying Circle Gable Decoration, Round Cut Shingles, and a Curved Top Vent.