NAHB Eye on Housing's Ashok Chaluvadi reports that the most recent Census Bureau's Survey of Construction (SOC) shows vinyl (and vinyl-covered aluminum) was the most popular siding material used on new single-family homes that began construction in 2015.
Vinyl covered 27% of new homes. Stucco, the second most prominent option, was used on 25%. Other popular options included brick or brick veneer (22% each) and fiber cement siding (19%). Wood or wood products accounted for 5%, and stone materials accounted for just 2%.
The Census Bureau’s SOC data are available by the nine census divisions. Vinyl siding was the most widely used primary exterior material in five out of the nine census divisions. In both the Middle Atlantic and New England, 70% of the new homes started in 2015 used vinyl siding. In the East and West North Central divisions, vinyl accounted for more than 50%, while in the South Atlantic, it was used in 30% of all new single family homes started last year. Stucco was the top siding material in the Pacific and Mountain divisions in 2015.