You wouldn't dream of covering your house in vinyl, but you'd rather spend your weekends lying on the beach than repainting the cedar clapboards. There is a middle ground. NuCedar's prefinished siding is milled from solid PVC boards that resist insects, rot, and decay. Up close the stuff looks like wood, but it's without wood's maintenance headaches. Boards come in
22 standard colors (including 5 historic options) and more than 1,400 custom shades, and in 4-, 6-, and 8-inch exposures. $400–$500 per square (10 by 10 feet).
Chicopee, Massachusetts; 866-393-8883;