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There are still a few carpenters out there who are old enough to remember when it was possible to walk into any lumberyard and buy high-quality wood trim and siding at a reasonable price — but the memory is gradually sliding into the realm of myth. Quality and price aside, wood has other shortcomings: Knots and other defects increase waste and breed callbacks when resin bleeds through paint. The supply can be inconsistent, and prices fluctuate wildly — or remain high for the best material. Wood trim and siding require regular maintenance if they’re to stay looking good — something many timestrapped, paint-averse modern homeowners simply don’t want to deal with. As a result, more and more builders are turning