Product Deep Dive: Architectural Wall Panels
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Product Deep Dive: Architectural Wall Panels

When it comes to selecting the right siding for your next residential project, there’s a number of factors to consider. 

Design is, of course, a big one. Siding will impact the whole look of your project, so you want something that reflects your vision to the world. But you’ll also want to consider factors that will increase the appeal of the home to customers, such as durability, maintenance and cost. 

That’s why so many builders and designers are turning to fiber-cement siding as their top choice. Nearly 15% of new homes are clad with fiber-cement siding, and it’s a popular renovation choice, too. 

What Is Fiber-Cement Siding?

Fiber-cement siding is a composite material made from wood fiber, Portland cement, water and sometimes other materials, such as sand. Its flexibility means cement-fiber siding products can give you strength, performance, cost-efficiency — and a high-end look that both you and buyers will love. 

The Power of Possibilities 

When you’re committed to delivering excellence, you want to select the materials that can bring your vision to life. Nichiha Architectural Wall Panels are an innovative, high-end building material, offered in a comprehensive range of designs and finishes, ready to match your ambition. 

Perhaps you want to incorporate the warmth of wood into your design but your customers are put off by the high cost and high maintenance of wood as a building material. After all, we’ve all seen those houses with expensive wood cladding that has blackened just a year or two after installation. With Nichiha’s VintageWood Architectural Wall Panels, you don’t have to sacrifice your design vision or your clients’ practical requirements. 

In the example below, you can see how this home combines materials to create a modern design that echoes the classic design elements of the past through the use of VintageWood panels. Perfect for both modern and vintage designs, like all Nichiha’s Architectural Wall Panels, there’s a range of finishes for you to choose from.

If you’re searching for a modern aesthetic, perhaps you’ll be drawn to the simplicity of the ArchitecturalBlock range. Bring a touch of sophistication to your project with this versatile look and create a seamless design by pairing it with other design features such as stainless steel, glass or wood finishes. 

Take a look at the sleek lines and upscale finish of the home pictured below, where ArchitecturalBlock has been used. 

And there’s no need to be limited to exterior applications. One of the hottest current design trends is to bring the outside in. Below, you can see how Nichiha’s EmpireBlock wall panels have been used to create a crisp, clean backdrop in this modern, yet warm, interior.  

The Advantages of Architectural Wall Panels

If you’re won over by the limitless aesthetic possibilities of architectural wall panels, you’ll want to know what’s “under the hood.” What are the key features and benefits of installing Nichiha’s fiber-cement panels in your next project?

Easy Installation

Nichiha’s Architectural Wall Panels are easy and quick to install, saving you both time and labor. Our wall panels are 17 7/8 inches high and 71 9/16 long, covering more space so you use less product and waste less time during installation.

Plus, our large panels use our award-winning Ultimate Clip Technology so you and your team won’t require specialized tools to complete the job. With the flexibility to install over a variety of substrates, Nichiha provides a range of hardware options available to cover a range of applications. 


One of the advantages of fiber-cement siding over other materials is its durability and longevity. Nichiha’s panels feature integrated patented rainscreen technology, which is a sophisticated drained and back-ventilated moisture management system, making the panels resistant to rotting and warping. 

AWP is made of cement with wood fiber reinforcement, giving it both compressive and flexural strength. All panel sides are factory sealed and the finish coats guard against weathering from rain, snow and UV light. This means the finish of your panel, whether high-gloss, semi-gloss or matte, will last for decades. And the high-performance installation hardware is corrosion resistant while able to secure the panels against the effects of severe windstorms.

These panels are also more resistant to pests than other siding options and will hold up in even the most severe climates. With Nichiha’s commitment to high-performance, your reputation for quality workmanship will be secure.


Wildfires are an increasing concern across North America, which means more and more buyers will be looking with an eye to safety. With Nichiha’s products, your customers get more than just a house that looks good — they get the peace of mind of a product that boasts impressive fire-resistant properties


You want to deliver a home to customers that’s easy to live in and will be a testament to your work for the long-haul. 

But in order to keep their look, many siding materials need heavy maintenance on the part of owners. For example, wood may be a beautiful and traditional building material but in order to preserve it, homeowners need to be diligent about the upkeep. 

Building materials also need to be able to withstand the elements, and no matter what region you’re building in, there are risk factors to be considered. If you’re in a region with annual freeze-thaw cycles, you’ll know that vinyl siding can be prone to cracking, while wood-based and metal options may buckle. In warmer, more humid climates, rot, fungi, termites and sun exposure can all require sustained efforts to preserve year-after-year.

Fiber-cement siding is resistant to humidity and changes in temperature. One of the most durable options on the market, Nichiha’s Architectural Wall Panels are also one of the easiest to keep looking great over the long-term. 

Homebuyers will love the ease of taking care of a home with fiber-cement siding, a low-maintenance, high-end alternative to other more costly, less durable siding options. And you can keep using the home in your portfolio, knowing that it’ll still look great if prospective buyers want to do a drive-by to see how it’s holding up.


For added peace of mind, with Nichiha homeowners are protected with a 15-year Limited Product Guarantee on all Architectural Wall Panels. 

A Worthwhile Investment 

In a competitive market, discerning home buyers are looking for the best. While there may be cheaper siding materials on the market, the beauty and performance of Nichiha’s Architectural Wall Panels are an investment in quality and design for the long-term. 

Build homes that your customers will love, without sacrificing either vision or durability. 

Ready to Start? 

Continue to fuel your imagination by exploring Nichiha’s full-range of Architectural Wall Panels. And, when you’re ready to begin your next project, check out our estimator to begin budgeting for your project. 

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