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In all U.S. regions, 27% of new single-family homes in 2019 had stucco as the principal siding material, according to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC). Vinyl siding followed with 25% and fiber cement siding, such as HardiePlank or HardieBoard, took third with 21%. A very small share of single-family homes started last year had wood or wood products (5%) or stone, rock, or other stone materials (1%).

The Census Bureau’s SOC data is available by the nine census divisions and there are substantial differences in the use of siding across divisions. Vinyl siding was the most widely used primary exterior material in 4 out of 9 census divisions. In the Middle Atlantic and New England, vinyl siding was used in 75 percent and 68 percent of the new homes started in 2019. In the East and West North Central divisions, vinyl siding accounted for 62 and 44 percent respectively.

Stucco was the most common widely used as the primary exterior wall material in the Pacific, Mountain and South Atlantic divisions in 2019: 57 percent, 52 percent and 38 percent, respectively, of the new single-family homes started in those areas used it. Brick or brick veneer was the top choice in East and West South Central divisions. In the West South Central, 62 percent of the new single-family homes started in 2019 used Brick or brick veneer as the primary exterior material, compared to 44 percent in East South Central division.

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