Vinyl siding is the most popular residential siding material, providing excellent affordability, durability, and versatility. Vinyl is very low maintenance and easy to clean. There are a wide variety of colors and styles to choose from, so you can design just about any look you can think of your home. Even better, vinyl can be made to match the appearance of materials such as cedar shingles.
Fiber cement is made from a mixture of cement, sand, wood fiber, and clay, and is one of the most durable siding materials available. Fiber cement is often used to replicate the appearance of materials such as wood, stone, and stucco. You can easily paint fiber cement any color you choose, though weather exposure will eventually cause it to require re-painting. Fiber cement holds up very well against severe weather, and it is also fire and insect resistant.
With its reasonable cost, variety of applications, and many recipes for making it, stucco has been in use for hundreds of years. Traditional stucco is a cement-type mixture added to sand or lime. Generally, a wooden wall is covered with galvanized metal screening and tarpaper, then covered with stucco.