After analyzing results from the Census on exterior finishes on single-family homes, Fixr created a video infographic showing the historical use of siding materials, such as wood, brick, stucco, vinyl, fiber, and other options starting in 1977 and ending in 2017. As the video plays, you can see the percentages of certain materials increase or decrease in size, depending on its popularity that year. The popularity not only factored the material’s looks, but also availability, cost, and practicality.

From a trend perspective, each finish dominated a specific decade, in terms of houses completed in that finish. Brick dominated the 70s, wood dominated the 80s, vinyl, which only became available in the 90s, dominated that decade, and stucco and fiber cement dominated the 2000s. ‘Other’ materials also saw their highest use during the late 80s and 90s.

Wood had the highest percentage of market share overall, from 1981-82, with 44%. Vinyl was the only other material to gain a similarly high total market share in 2002 with a 40% share. At the height of its popularity, brick managed a high market share of 35% in 1973, though wood still dominated the market overall that year. Stucco and fiber cement have not managed to dominate the siding material market yet; the top percentage share of stucco, of 24% in 2015, was beaten by vinyl’s market share of 27% and fiber cement’s highest share of 20% in 2016, was also beaten by Vinyl with 27%, Stucco with 24% and brick with 22%.

Check out the video infographic at Fixr.

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