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Old 10-26-2013, 08:31 PM   #1
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Jamb meets casing... Is it necessary to have a reveal?


My house has a modern look to it, and as I am about to start trimming out doors I have recently installed, I was wondering if it is necessary to leave a reveal on the jamb where it meets the casing, i.e. have zero reveal.

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It is customary to have one, but no, it is not necessary. However on your interior side, you may need clearance for the barrels of your hinges.
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To me, trim without a reveal just looks "wrong." But if you have added some doors, I'd think you'd want their trim to match the rest of the house, however it is done.
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yes, if its not it creates a line that will show up in the paint and look horrible even more so if its not perfectly flush all the way around

it creates a shadow line which makes it look like its supposed to be there just make sure you keep it consistant all the way around and from one window to the next.

also on doors if the casing is flush it will cause the leafs on the hinges to rub restricting hte doors ability to swing freely, this becomes even worse when using thick casings
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It is customary to have one, but no, it is not necessary. However on your interior side, you may need clearance for the barrels of your hinges.
Ahhh, yes. I knew there was a good reason... Thanks for the heads up!
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Before I knew better, I trimmed out a large window in our living room with no reveal. It looks OK. No one has ever looked at it and said "That looks bad. Where's the reveal?" Years later, I trimmed a set of french doors at the other end of the same room. Same molding, with a proper reveal. It looks better.
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