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With a market share just above 30 percent (brick and stucco stand at 25 percent each), vinyl leads the category, but the product has its detractors. Generally, architects—who often are purists who prefer wood—are not among its fans. The problem, they say, is that the product tries to be something that it’s not—in this case, wood. They also say that vinyl feels flimsy. Production and large-volume builders, however, love vinyl, especially the cost. According to RSMeans Residential Cost Data 2009, vinyl has an installed cost of $182 per square (or a 10-foot-by-10-foot area). The closest competitor—fiber cement—costs $297 per square. Nevertheless, the industry insists price is not the only driver.

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“It’s clear that vinyl has the lowest installed cost, but that’s not the only reason [it’s No. 1],” says Jery Huntley, president of the Vinyl Siding Institute in Washington, D.C. Huntley points to vinyl’s diverse range of profiles and colors, its durability and weather resistance, and its low-­maintenance benefits. The brick industry often hears the flip side of that argument—that its installed cost of $1,038 per square is too expensive for most buyers, which may explain why some builders use brick on the front elevation and another material, usually vinyl, on the remaining three sides Click Here for Full Article