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Choose Exterior Siding Materials for Your House

You're building a new home or remodeling. What materials should you use? Explore these pages for information about vinyl, concrete, and other siding materials. Find out which siding materials provide the most protection during storms, which are easiest to maintain, and which are the most economical.

What Is "Stucco"?
Definition, information, and photo for the term "Stucco"

What is "Austin Stone"?
Definition and photo for the term "Austin Stone"

Exterior Siding Options
If you plan to install new siding on your home, you may be confused by all the choices. Wood or vinyl? Stucco or stone? Learn the pros and cons of these and other types of exterior siding.

HardiPlank and HardiPanel: Fiber Cement Siding
For new home construction, durable fiber cement siding is a popular alternative to wood and vinyl.

Concrete Homes Withstand Storms
Researchers explore the best way to build storm-resistant housing.

What You Need To Know About Vinyl Siding
Before you install vinyl siding over wood clapboard or cedar shingles, consider these important factors.

Stucco
Traditional stucco is a cement mixture used for siding.Many homes built after the 1950s use a variety of synthetic materials that resemble stucco. Here are facts about stucco and mock stucco, with information about stucco repairs.

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