The Top Exterior Finishes for New Homes Are…

September 28, 2015

Vinyl is the clear champ when it comes to the most widely used exterior on new homes, shows Census Bureau's Survey of Construction and an analysis by the National Association of Home Builders.

In 2014, the latest data available, vinyl (including vinyl-covered aluminum) was the most commonly used wall material at 29 percent, followed by stucco and brick or brick veneer at 23 percent each, and fiber cement siding at 18 percent.

Vinyl siding is the most popular exterior material in five out of the nine Census divisions, with the Middle Atlantic and New England areas having the highest prevalence at 76 percent and 72 percent, respectively. In the East and North West Central divisions, vinyl accounted for more than 50 percent. In the South Atlantic, however, vinyl was used in 36 percent of new single-family homes started in 2014.

But other exterior materials can be more common in different regions of the U.S. For example, stucco was the most popular exterior wall material in the Mountain and Pacific divisions at 55 percent and 52 percent, respectively. About 40 percent of homes started in the Pacific used fiber cement siding. In the East and West South Central divisions, brick or brick veneer were popular choices, with at least 59 percent of new single-family homes started in 2014 using it as the primary exterior material.

Source: "Vinyl Is the Most Widely Used Exterior for New Homes," National Association of Home Builders Eye on Housing blog (Sept. 23, 2015)