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How Nichiha Makes HOA Directors’ Lives Easier

With high-design, ultra low-maintenance, and distinctive-yet-consistent options available, Nichiha fiber cement siding is the perfect solution for the modern HOA community. While traditionally there can be tension between an HOA’s Design Review approval process and residents, Nichiha puts an end to the strife with options that meet HOA architectural controls for home exteriors and can make both the homeowners and the HOA happy in the long run. 

Our Architectural Wall Panels can check HOA board directors’ resilience, durability, fire, aesthetic and materiality boxes while simultaneously giving homeowners the design diversity they crave.


Fiber cement siding is one of the most resilient materials on the market. It’s easier and less expensive to maintain than cedar, redwood, IPE, and the old fan favorite, stucco. This durable siding doesn’t chip and colors don’t degrade over time like other products: Its longevity is unparalleled.

Fiber cement, such as our VintageWood line, offers the same warmth and tradition as natural wood siding but comes with the durability of a cement composite. Plus, unlike stucco, it isn’t wavy, won’t crack or warp from prolonged heat or moisture exposure (especially with Nichiha’s built-in rainscreen), or be affected by high wind loads or fire. It also stands up to pests such as termites, woodpeckers, carpenter ants and bats. 


Weather and Fire Resistance

In the Southwest, homeowners are required to have documentation on Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) approval and National Fire Prevention Agency (NFPA) 285 to satisfy local regulation or Firewise requirement rigors. Nichiha meets all of these requirements.

When tested to the ASTM E-84 standard for surface burning characteristics, Nichiha siding qualifies as a Class A building material because it has a flame spread index of zero. It will not easily ignite or spread flames, protecting homes from ravaging wildfires. With warranties ranging from 15 years to 30 years, Nichiha’s fiber cement panels will keep your neighborhood protected with peace of mind.

Fiber cement can also withstand hurricanes or wind storms up to 130mph or higher. Nichiha meets U.S. wind load requirements, including the extremely strict Miami Dade codes, and fend off strong wind impact damage, sun exposure and salt spray.


Low Maintenance 

Introducing these thicker fiber cement siding panels into the compliant materials list for your HOA means you and your homeowners have the benefits of a high-end design without the maintenance, lead time or costs of other designer siding materials. 

Fiber cement will not easily crack, buckle, fade or rot so your neighborhood can avoid product failures, costly maintenance, sidewalks filled with construction debris, and noise complaints early in the morning thanks to upkeep or repairs. It’s the perfect siding system for today’s modern home and will keep exterior infractions at a minimum. Plus, its longevity means your neighborhood will look as beautiful as the day it was built for years to come.


Builders lay masonry block units and have to use a messy mortar mixture for binding and these are often mixed on job sites, which requires more people to install, more time to make sure materials are installed correctly, more noise and filled with delays due to weather installation requirements. In comparison to brick, stucco or stone, while fiber cement construction will still require some cleanup, it will be much less labor-intensive and can be installed in any weather by any tradesperson. This speeds the construction process, minimizing disruption in the community. 



We know that some upscale HOA community covenants frown upon most fiber cement because some manufacturers design it thin. But Nichiha’s Savannah Smooth cement clapboard siding is 60% thicker than others at 1/2”, and our modern Architectural Wall Panels rainscreen cladding starts at 5/8” thick, versus competitors 5/16”, providing high-design, high-performance, durability and fire resistance.

Many homeowners are sick of typical stucco and want more differentiation. In a market where people are choosier than ever before in where they settle down and build a family, allowing homeowners fiber cement siding as an option that offers different high-end aesthetics in designing their dream home is a smart choice.

Stucco’s neutral tones make it seem like it should be the ideal Southwestern design canvas, which is why so many HOA’s only allow stucco. But it varies on texture, never has a completely smooth finish, can’t be painted, needs repair frequently, impacts every decision for building updates, is susceptible to weather, and has long term maintenance fees that inflate the initial low cost.

Nichiha fiber cement siding offers:


Design Diversity

We know it’s necessary for HOAs to have certain color or material regulations to guide the long-term design of their communities. Nichiha is able to create custom colors for their architectural wall panels to make sure homeowners are able to comply with any specific color palettes. The panels are available in a wide array of textures and finishes to suit your neighborhood, no matter the HOA-compliant requirements voted into place.

Fiber cement easily mimics the appearance of natural materials such as wood, brick and stone without the maintenance worries or fire risk. The material is so versatile that it can be installed in a variety of configurations to accommodate any design.

Nichiha’s Fiber Cement Siding Makes Life Easier

Get inspired and see how many different style options are available by clicking here to see our gallery. Or click here for answers to our most frequently asked questions. 

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