Vinyl, wood, brick, fiber-cement and stucco are popular siding materials, according to the website of Home and Garden TV. Stone and stone-veneer siding are also popular, due to their natural looks.
Vinyl siding is popular due to its versatility and easy maintenance, although some homeowners find that vinyl products have a plastic look and do not like them, states HGTV. It is available in home improvement stores in a variety of colors and styles and requires only a few tools to install.
Wood siding is commonly used in bungalow, Cape Cod and cottage exteriors and offers a rich look. It is durable if maintained with periodic chalking, painting or staining to prevent weather damage. Homeowners also need to protect wood sidings from insects and rodents. Being attractive and durable, western red cedar and redwood are considered the best choices.
Brick is common in Colonial, Tudor and English cottage home. Brick installation is relatively more expensive but can last a long time. Fiber-cement is easy to maintain, non-flammable and resistant to termites. Stucco is made from sand, cement, lime and water and is found in Mediterranean, ranch and Spanish-mission exteriors. Natural stones such as granite are durable and add texture to the exterior.