Could some of the most in-demand housing markets be cooling off?
Siding is not just a cosmetic part of a home; it is heavily related to insulation, energy efficiency, and keeping moisture from damaging the home's structure. New advances in both siding and insulation in recent years have greatly increased the potential for energy conservation in homes.
Fypon Stone & Timber
Fypon's Stone & Timber collection features either a realistic stone or woodgrain texture on all exposed surfaces.
The new Portsmouth Shake Woodlands color palette from Exterior Portfolio by Crane features a deep grain patterned from real ceda
The new Portsmouth Shake Woodlands color palette from Exterior Portfolio by Crane features a deep grain patterned from real cedar shake, providing a true rustic wood stained look.
Vinyl siding was the most popular choice for new home exteriors in 2010 — the 16th straight year vinyl has been No. 1, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Vinyl has gained market share during the housing downturn, going from 31 percent of new homes in 2005 to 36 percent in 2010.
The largest of the three Show Village homes at 3,060 square feet, the Treasure Sands model is designed specifically for the resort rental market, with accommodations for multiple families and large groups. The four-bedroom house is loaded with a variety of living and entertainment spaces and amenities, including a home theater, hobby room, and master suite retreat.
At a scant 528 square feet, the Eco-Cabana model from Palm Harbor Homes may be small in stature but it is mighty when it comes to green living. Designed to meet DOE’s Builders Challenge energy performance requirements of sub-70 on the HERS Index, the model will be loaded with high-performance, sustainable features.
Measuring just 30 feet in width, the Sea Breeze model is designed specifically for narrow-lot, infill applications for just about any region or environment in the country — from coastal settings and mountainous areas to urban landscapes and traditional suburban neighborhoods.
NAHB Research Center’s latest study identifies wall assemblies that perform the best in mixed-humid climates, such as Washington, D.C., Nashville, and Cincinnati. The claddings used in the study include traditional stucco, fiber-cement siding, brick veneer, manufactured stone, vinyl siding, and insulated vinyl siding.
There are a number of reasons builders might make the decision to switch building products, materials, or systems. A different product may offer first-cost or labor savings over your current product. Or perhaps it will make your homes more energy efficient or green, and thus more marketable to potential buyers. Regardless of the reason, switching products does pose risks and challenges for builders.
The editors of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines are in search of the latest “breakthrough” products for the residential construction industry for our annual 101 Best New Products report.