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Are Remodelers Taking a Fresh Look at Vinyl Siding? Recently, Tess Wittler wrote an article for Professional Remodeler Magazine examining the decline of vinyl siding. According to the article, "Vinyl siding has lost traction in the exterior cladding market every year since 2007. While vinyl siding is still the top choice across the U.S. and Canada, its market share fell from 39 percent in 2003 to 27 percent by 2013." While vinyl siding is the first thing to pops into your head when considering an exterior remodel, the fast emerging option is Hardi-Plank cement fiber. Including installation, vinyl siding is approximately $100 less per square foot. So how do Neil Parsons and the Design Build Planners accommodate the desire to move away from vinyl, but still be cognizant of the budget? As Neil states in the article, “Everyone’s got a budget, but I also look at their personality, the condition of the existing house, and their long-term plans for residing in their home." What the Design Build Planners do is present homeowners with three design packages: robust, modest, and wow. “Normally, on the modest and robust packages, unless the home is in bad shape, we’ll show a design matching the existing exterior, which is typically vinyl siding. In the wow package, we show a full-exterior makeover, which includes an upgraded material such as fiber cement or a stone veneer.” You can read about the Design Build Planners process here and read the full article referenced in this blog here. Additional photos of exterior remodels can be found below.