Builders are Stuck on Stucco in the West, In Tune with Vinyl in the Northeast

Filed in Design, Economics by on October 25, 2019 8 Comments

The most common exterior wall materials on homes started in 2018 were vinyl siding and stucco, according to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC). Vinyl siding and stucco were each used on 26% of new homes started in 2018, followed closely by brick or brick veneer at 21% and fiber cement siding (such as Hardiplank or Hardiboard) at 20%.

Far smaller shares of single-family homes started last year had wood or wood products (5%) or stone or rock (1%) as the principal exterior wall material.

The Census Bureau’s SOC data are available by the nine census divisions, and there are substantial differences in the use of exterior materials across the geographic areas. For example, vinyl rules in the Middle Atlantic and New England, with 74% of the new homes started in 2018 using this building material.

Meanwhile, stucco was the most widely used primary exterior wall material in the Pacific, Mountain and South Atlantic divisions in 2018, with a 59%, 52% and 35% market share, respectively.

Brick or brick veneer was the top choice in East and West South Central divisions. In the West South Central, 69% of the new single-family homes started in 2018 used brick or brick veneer as the primary exterior material, compared to 46% in East South Central division.

NAHB economist Ashok Chaluvadi provides more analysis in this Eye on Housing blog post.

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  1. Thank you for this article.

  2. Nice regional metrics. Very insightful. Thanks for putting this together.

  3. Mitch says:

    Thank you for this take on the regional popularity of stucco. I have seen its popularity increase in my area as well.

  4. No matter what material you use for your siding, make sure to keep your sprinklers from contacting your building. Continual contact with water on almost anything is never good.

  5. Frisco says:

    Didn’t realize Stucco was big in the South Atlantic region. Definitely see the love brick in the South.

  6. Nancy says:

    West vs Northwest when it comes to stucco and vinyl is pretty much many many other things like the clor of houses for instance, but you really slammed down on the essence of this stereotype. I’m always surprised every time I see stucco in 2020 period!

  7. Milton says:

    I guess it depends on what materials are most available in the area. The average temperature also seems to play an effect.

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