I personally like vinyl siding for relatively modern homes. The relative low cost coupled with the minimal maintenance makes it very appealing to me. I have it on my own home and have installed it on many other applications (mostly small churches). I also am quite partial to Hardieplank siding for painted applications. It is a cement fibre product which is termite proof, fire and rot resistant and holds paint much better than wood. I have used it on my pre-Civil War farm house in rural Mississippi to replace rotted pine clapboards.