Stucco and vinyl remain the most common primary siding materials for new homes in 2021
Stucco remained the most common primary siding material on new single-family homes started in 2021, according to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC). According to the SOC, 28% of homes started in 2021 had stucco as their primary siding material, on par with the share of homes with stucco as their primary siding material in 2020. Vinyl siding’s share decreased by 2 points percentage over one year. on an annual basis to 24%, while the share of homes started with fiber cement siding increased by 2 percentage points to 23%. Brick or brick veneer (19%) remained the fourth most common primary exterior material on new single-family homes in 2021.
Much smaller shares of single-family homes started last year had wood or wood products (4%) and stone, rock or other stone materials (1%) as their primary exterior wall material .
Census Bureau SOC data is available for all nine census divisions, and there are substantial differences in coating usage from division to division. Although stucco is the most common siding material across the country, its popularity is concentrated in a few regions of the country. In 2021, vinyl siding was the most widely used primary exterior material in four northern census divisions. Vinyl siding was used on 74% of new homes started in Mid-Atlantic, 66% in New England, 63% in Central-Northeast, and 45% in Central-Northwest.
Stucco was the most commonly used primary exterior wall material in the Pacific, Mountain, and South Atlantic divisions in 2021: 63%, 53%, and 40%, respectively, of new single-family homes started in those areas used it.