Vinyl siding was first invented by scientists at DuPont during World War II. They were investigating ways to use leftover plastic scrap, and developed a plastic that was lightweight, waterproof, and durable.
In the postwar suburban boom, vinyl siding became increasingly popular both in new home construction and old home renovation, due to the ease by which it could be installed over existing wood siding. It quickly became the siding of choice for new homes and remains popular to this day. Read more