i don't care for vinyl siding, for lots of reasons. partly because i don't like the idea of being encased in plastic, but mainly for enviro reasons. local builder i talked to today sounded like there really aren't any sensible alternatives. if i want shingles, he said he'd put up vinyl siding that looks like shingles. so, what i am asking is, what are the alternatives? i know about board and batten and like the look. is there any other siding besides vinyl? am i stuck with it, because nothing else is reasonable and available?