Originally Posted by eg1
Is that an issue of scarcity, durability or aesthetics?
Most single-dwelling exteriors in southern Ontario are brick or brick and siding, the latter either aluminum or vinyl. More rare is stone and/or wood, with stucco making recent inroads.
Its all brick here. My guess is durability, as scarcity should not be the problem. And given that we have our fair share of ugly houses, its not aesthetics either.
Most houses have either brick/brick or brick/concrete block walls, with isolation in between. This is due to regulations, especially new houses have to meet very high isolation standards.
As an example, my mother had a house build during the course of this year. Her windows are triple pane, and the walls are that double brick I mentioned. As a result it is almost too isolated, when the hood above the stove is turned on the room cannot get enough fresh air in, and thus sucks the smoke out of the closed fireplace..