Vinyl Tops The List Of Most Widely Used Exterior For New Homes

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July 07, 2016

Just because vinyl records have been completely replaced outside of collectors and hipsters, that doesn’t mean the material hasn’t thrived elsewhere. In fact, for 2015, vinyl (including vinyl-covered aluminum) were the most commonly used principal siding material for new single-family homes, NAHB’s Eye on Housing blog reports.

27 percent of new homes started in 2015 used vinyl, followed by stucco at 25 percent, brick and brick veneer at 22 percent, and fiber cement siding at 19 percent. Wood or wood products made up 5 percent of the total and stone, rock, or other stone materials accounted for 2 percent.

In New England and the Middle Atlantic regions, 70 percent of new homes used vinyl, the most of any region. Wood came in second in New England at 24 percent while brick and brick veneer was second in the Middle Atlantic at 15 percent.

The West North Central and East North Central regions (otherwise known as the Midwest) also saw vinyl as the most commonly used exterior. Stucco and brick or brick veneer were the only other two building materials to represent the top share of exterior wall materials for any region.

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