Protect Your Warranty: Check These 7 Things After Installation Is Complete
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Protect Your Warranty: Check These 7 Things After Installation Is Complete

When fiber cement cladding is properly installed, it provides unbeatable and long-lasting protection that building owners everywhere are after. Your cladding will maintain its high-performing style for years to come, so you can stay confident in any commercial building design for the life of its fiber cement cladding warranty. 

Want to guarantee that you get the most from your fiber cement design? Keep these seven things on your task list after installation is complete, and you’ll be set. 

Keeping Your Fiber Cement Cladding Warranty Valid 

Fiber cement architectural wall panels from Nichiha can come with up to a 15-year warranty, depending on which products you specify. Nichiha’s architectural wall panels have a warranty to cover their replacement up to a certain point, but the cladding also comes with a life expectancy well beyond that (some designs can last up to 50 years). 

Help guarantee the success of your design — and protect your warranty long after installation — when you inspect the next seven things:

1. Proper Panel Placement

Take care to inspect around the entire facility after installation is complete. You’ll want to make sure the panels have adjusted properly and have some allowance to shift over time, by ensuring all standard expansion and compression flashing are installed in the appropriate places. 

You can fill any excessive gaps with exterior grade (ASTM C-834 or ASTM C-920 rated) caulking. (If you are unsure how or where compression of expansion joints should be located, contact Nichiha's technical team here.) 

2. Check Transitions

“Siding systems generally fail where they start, stop, and change direction,” according to Scribeware, a technology that supports construction inspectors. “How the siding is flashed around a window or against a patio or at a roof to wall juncture can distinguish success from failure.” 

Installers should take extra care around doors and windows to ensure the panels fit correctly: Any gaps or cracks will tell you if you can expect leaking or moisture issues (not far) down the road. 

3. Inspect the Finish

After installation, the panels’ appearance should be inspected for consistency across the entire exterior. 

Installers should ensure that any exposed panel edges, including any field-cut butt joints or cuts around the doors and windows, have been sealed with an exterior grade paint or sealant. The installation and maintenance guides for Nichiha recommend using a 100% acrylic latex paint for any finishes used. 

4. Check for Surface Damage and Gaps

All construction sites harbor risks, and installations don’t always go according to plan. Installers should keep an eye out for minor surface damage to the fiber cement cladding. 

Any dents or scratches should be repaired with exterior-grade putty or cementitious patching. If you come across any gaps in the installation, use an ASTM C-834 or ASTM C-920 rated caulk to repair the gap

5. Fiber Cement Cladding Maintenance 

Facility managers and building owners love fiber cement cladding as an exterior solution, simply because it’s so low maintenance. After installation, the panels will only need an occasional inspection and upkeep. 

A yearly wash should keep the cladding looking new by using a mild soap-and-water solution to remove any debris or dirt from the exterior.

6. Protecting Your Fiber Cement

Building owners should also check gutters and downspouts on the exterior to make sure there’s no overflow onto the cladding panels. 

Plants or trees that are near the building should be pruned back to prevent damage from overgrowth. A ground clearance of six inches is recommended to prevent any build-up of decorative mulch, stone, etc.

7. Fasten or Replace Loose Panels

Make sure your exterior performs how you need it to, and be sure to repair or replace any loose or damaged panels over time. Nichiha’s clip installation makes replacement easy on building owners, should they require any repairs on their exterior. 

Protect Your Fiber Cement Cladding Warranty

Building owners can rest easy when their facility is protected with a warranty like Nichiha’s. Whether your commercial building is in a wet climate like Florida or a dry climate like California, the fiber cement cladding is designed to protect your exterior for the life of the building. 

Working with fiber cement cladding that lasts is easier on building owners looking for low-maintenance and durable exterior cladding solutions. When you take the time to inspect your installation, you help protect your fiber cement cladding warranty and design success for decades.

Ready to register your warranty? Head over to Nichiha’s Warranty Registration Form to get started. 

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