Vinyl and Stucco are the Most Common Siding On New Homes

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The most common exterior wall materials on homes started in 2017 were vinyl and stucco siding. Vinyl siding was used on 27 percent of the new homes started in 2017, followed closely by stucco (25 percent), brick or brick veneer (21 percent), and fiber cement siding (such as Hardiplank or Hardiboard) (20 percent). Far smaller shares of single-family homes started last year had wood or wood products (5 percent) or stone or rock (1 percent) as the principal exterior wall material according to the data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC)

The Census Bureau’s SOC data is available by the nine census divisions and there are substantial differences in the use of siding across divisions. Vinyl siding was the most widely used primary exterior material in 4 out of 9 census divisions. In the Middle Atlantic and New England, 76 percent and 72 percent of the new homes started in 2017 used vinyl siding. In the East and North West Central divisions, vinyl accounted for 61 and 42 percent respectively.

Stucco was the most common widely used as the primary exterior wall material in the Pacific, Mountain and South Atlantic divisions in 2017: 63 percent, 49 percent and 33 percent, respectively, of the new single family homes started in those areas used it. In the South Atlantic, stucco edged out vinyl by a narrow margin. Brick or brick veneer was the top choice in the East and West South Central divisions, where at least 50 percent of the new single family homes started last year used it as the primary exterior material.



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5 replies

  1. Thank you for your article, I was not aware that stucco was so popular in the United States. I live in an area where most of the homes are brick so I’ve always associated stucco with the west coast. My wife has wanted to replace our siding, I’ll have to show her this article.

  2. While it’s true that vinyl and stucco are the most commonly used primary materials, what about use as a primary OR secondary material? Your headline implies that this is what you’re writing about. If you looked at both primary and secondary usage, I think your headline would need to be revised.

    • For secondary materials, 26% of new homes were classified in the “other” category, with 12% using brick. This places brick in the lead for secondary materials for new homes, as used on 93,000 new single-family homes.

      • The “other” category includes manufactured stone, and I have to think that this product represents the overwhelming portion of the “other” in the secondary category. In fact, I think that there is a good chance that manufactured stone is used more frequently than brick and has been for some time – even if the US Census doesn’t break it out yet.

        But as far as what material is used most frequently on houses as either a primary or secondary material, the data points out that brick is the most frequently used material, which is totally different from the headline in this article.

  3. Thanks for this. I got a quote from Conservation Construction of Houston and I was sold of James Hardie siding, but this article makes me think that I may need to do more research and that maybe stucco might be a good option for my home

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