The Most Common Siding Materials on New Homes

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Home with stucco siding
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The nation’s housing shortage continues, and builders are struggling to meet the demand for new homes. As they ramp up efforts, which types of siding material are they using on these projects?

Recently, the National Association of Home Builders looked at U.S. Census Bureau data from 2022 to discover the most common types of siding materials being used on new single-family homes.

Here are the most popular choices.

1. Stucco

Home entrance with stucco siding
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New homes built with this as the principal siding material: 28%

Stucco is a cement-like product with a smooth or textured finish. Builders apply it to the exterior of a home in layers to about 1 inch in total thickness.

2. Vinyl and vinyl-covered aluminum

Construction workers installing vinyl siding on a house in Los Angeles, California
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New homes built with this as the principal siding material: 26%

Vinyl is a durable form of plastic exterior wrapping that is easy to maintain. Builders like it for its weatherproofing and appealing aesthetics.

3. Fiber cement

Man installing fibrous cement siding on a home
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New homes built with this as the principal siding material: 21%

Fiber cement siding combines attractiveness with durability. In addition, it is affordable.

Other types of siding used today

Home with brick siding
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Here are some other popular siding choices for today’s builders:

  • Brick or brick veneer: 18%
  • Wood or wood products: 5%
  • Stone, rock or other stone materials: 1%
  • Concrete block (not including stucco): 0.09%

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