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More and more customers are insisting on low-maintenance exteriors, while builders are facing rising prices for quality lumber. So when it comes time to choose exterior trim, many builders are considering new engineered alternatives to solid wood. Some builders may be looking for a lower-cost alternative to clear cedar or redwood. Others may be willing to pay extra for a premium product that promises to outlast wood. In all cases, builders are looking for something that won't need to be painted frequently. There are a bewildering number of products available. These products can be grouped into three general categories: engineered wood, fiber-cement, and plastics. In general, engineered wood and fiber-cement are less expensive than solid wood, and much less expensive than the