siding can increase flame resistance while protecting against moisture
Illustration: Ian Dingman
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Siding

Brick, prevalent in the Midwest and East, can be fired locally, and its natural flame resistance makes it a top choice in cities where houses share exterior walls. Cut from redwoods on the West Coast or white cedars in New England, overlapping clapboards and shingles cast off rain and provide a seal against wind. Natural stucco coats adobe houses in the Southwest and wood-frame revival styles throughout the country, protecting the underlying structures from moisture.
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