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Roof Rake Trim: Material Comparisons and Installation Tips

Roofline gable featuring roof rake trim

While roof rake trim might not be top of mind for homeowners, builders understand its crucial role in both the functionality and aesthetics of a home. From protecting edges to enhancing curb appeal, choosing the right material for roof rake trim is essential. Here, Belco shares various material options, design elements, installation tips, and why our primed and treated SPF natural wood board stands out as an excellent choice for roof rake trim.

Understanding Roof Rake Trim

Roof rake trim, also known as bargeboard, or rake board, is positioned along the edges of the gabled roofline. It serves to protect against water penetration and adds a finishing touch to the overall appearance of your roof. It is important to select materials that can withstand weather elements and decay over time while simultaneously complementing the style of your home.

Material Options: Comparative Analysis of Roof Rake Trim Materials

When considering materials for roof rake trim, be sure to weigh the pros and cons of each option. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of some standard non-lumber options:


  • Pros:
    • Durability and Low Maintenance: Vinyl trim is known for its resistance to rot, decay, and insect damage. It doesn’t require painting and is easy to clean, making it a low-maintenance option.
    • Color and Style Options: Vinyl trim comes in a wide range of colors and styles, allowing for customization to match the aesthetic of your home.
    • Installation Considerations: Vinyl trim is lightweight and easy to work with, making installation relatively straightforward.
  • Cons:
    • Limited Customization: While vinyl trim offers various color and style options, it lacks the ability to achieve the same level of customization as primed white wood, especially when it comes to intricate designs or architectural details.
    • Susceptible to Damage: Despite its durability, vinyl trim can be susceptible to cracking or warping under extreme temperatures or impact, potentially leading to the need for replacement.


  • Pros:
    • Longevity and Weather Resistance: Metal trim, whether made from copper, aluminum, steel, or other alloys, is highly durable and resistant to weather elements such as rain, wind, and UV exposure.
    • Customization Possibilities: Metal trim can be customized through various finishes, including painted or powder-coated options, allowing for versatility.
    • Strength and Stability: Metal trim offers strength and stability, making it suitable for areas prone to high winds or other severe weather conditions.
  • Cons:
    • Cost and Installation Complexity: Metal trim tends to be more expensive than other materials. Installation may require specialized tools and techniques, impacting labor hours. Improper installation can lead to issues such as corrosion or water infiltration.
    • Potential for Dents or Scratches: While metal trim is generally durable, it can be prone to dents or scratches.


  • Pros:
    • Durability and Resistance to Rot: Composite trim is engineered to resist rot, decay, and insect damage, making it a long-lasting option for roof rake trim.
    • Low Maintenance: Similar to vinyl trim, composite trim requires minimal maintenance, as it doesn’t need to be painted or sealed regularly.
    • Environmental Considerations: Composite trim is often made from recycled materials, making it an environmentally friendly choice for homeowners concerned about sustainability.
  • Cons:
    • Limited Color and Style Options: While composite trim comes in various colors and textures, the range may be more limited compared to other materials, potentially limiting customization options.
    • Potential for Fading: Depending on the quality of the material and exposure to sunlight, composite trim may be susceptible to fading over time, impacting its appearance.
    • Cost: Composite trim can be more expensive upfront compared to traditional wood options.
    • Installation & Sustainability Issues: Special safety equipment is required to cut composite and there are often length restrictions impacting installation ease. It is also a less environmentally conscious choice as it is not a renewable resource, and has higher VOC’s (toxic chemicals).

Belco XT® for Roof Rake Trim - A Standout Choice

Now let’s take a look at the standout choice, a treated and primed, SPF natural trim board from Belco Forest Products. Primed white wood is a cost-effective and aesthetically beautiful solution for roof rake trim. In all areas of consideration from project budget adherence and style customization to a sustainably responsible long-lasting solution, every base is covered. 

It comes in convenient 20-foot lengths, making it easy to handle and install. Its sturdiness ensures it can withstand shipping and installation without compromising quality. Additionally, the final finish flexibility makes it ideal for achieving a look that matches your siding seamlessly. However, not all primed white wood manufacturers deliver the same quality product. Belco’s method of applying our innovative wood preservative significantly impacts durability and longevity. Also, our products arrive primed with an industry-leading primer, ready for the final topcoat once installed. Finally, Belco’s 20-year non-prorated warranty provides peace of mind for contractors, and ultimately homeowners.

Belco XT® Roof Rake Trim Installation Tips

Proper installation is key to ensuring the longevity and effectiveness of roof rake trim. When working with Belco XT® primed white wood for rake board trim installation, attention to detail is key. Here are some specific tips and tricks tailored to this material:

  • Choose Optimal Size: For the best application, select a 2×8 size to resist cupping and twisting, ensuring stability in challenging conditions. Thicker material (2 inches) is recommended due to the limited nailing surface available when connecting to 2×4 outlookers.
  • Pre-Cut Angles: Before installation, cut the angle on the peak side of the rake board. By letting the side that meets the fascia run long, adjustments can be made later from a ladder to match the fascia angle perfectly. This method accommodates any imperfections in the cut of the truss tails, ensuring a seamless fit with the Belco XT® Trim.


While there are several material options available for roof rake trim, primed white wood stands out for its cost efficiency, design versatility, and installation ease. With Belco XT® Trim, you can achieve a long-lasting professional finish that matches your siding while staying within budget. Don’t take chances with subpar materials—choose Belco’s Preservative Treated XT® Trim for your roof rake trim needs and ensure long-lasting protection and aesthetic appeal for your roofing projects.

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