To achieve an elegant and distinguished look with the window and door trim of your home exterior, crossheads are a must. Crossheads are the protruding horizontal pieces at the tops of doors and windows. Often used in combination with pilasters along the sides of a door or window, they create welcoming entryways.
Crossheads began as the bases for pediments and other detailed architectural designs in the Classical period, and continue to be used for similar purposes today. Although crossheads don't have a large amount of variation in their basic design, they are often combined with pediments for a unique look. Pediments commonly have scrolling, sunburst, or triangular designs. Adding crossheads to windows or doors is an easy way to give your home a finished, stylish look, and may be done inexpensively. Don't limit your home improvement ideas to the home exterior though – crossheads are commonly used on doors and windows in the home interior as well. Consider using crossheads as door or window trim in kitchens, living areas, or even a master bathroom for beautiful detail. These types of details can increase the value of your home.
Crossheads all have a somewhat similar shape, basically looking like a protruding shelf. They vary in width and height though, and have many different patterns throughout the crosshead. The style of crosshead that you choose should coordinate with other window and door trim in your home. If this will be the first millwork you choose for your home exterior, consider the scale of your home when choosing a crosshead height or style. Accessories such as trim and keystones make a crosshead unique. Crossheads are available in different materials, with wood and urethane being the most common. Urethane is both less expensive than wood and more resistant to damage from water and the sun. Urethane millwork is a perfect choice for any exterior door and window trim, while the low price makes it a great choice for interior door and window trim as well. The Architectural Depot offers many different styles of urethane crossheads to fit any door or window width and style of home.