The Nichiha Sierra Premium Smooth (primed) is part of the siding
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, siding
models like the Sierra Premium Smooth (primed) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Thickness is as measured by our testers.
Cold impacts is resistance to damage from blows at 0 degree Fahrenheit.
Warm impacts is resistance to damage at roughly 70 degree Fahrenheit. Impacts mimic blows from fallen objects and other mishaps.
Features & Specs - Nichiha Sierra Premium Smooth (primed)
Foam-backed Foam backing that may increase the insulating value of the siding (we did not test for this), but will also afford other aesthetic benefits, like crush resistance.
Longer lengths Available in lengths longer than the typical 12 to 13-foot vinyl siding panel, so it will have less vertical seams on long windowless walls.
Deep profile The front edge extends at least 3/4-inch from the face of the panel providing a wider shadow line and making the siding seem more like real wood.
Double hem Nailing hem is folded over (doubles the thickness of the material) increasing attachment strength and reducing the chances of the siding being blown off the wall by very high winds.
Nichiha Sieera Premium Shake was installed on my house in 2009. The south and west sides (with the most sun exposure)have separated, buckled, warped, and split. House wrap is exposed and already deteriorating. The degradation is beginning to occur on the east and north sides. I have since found at least 10 other houses on Coronado with equally defective Nichiha siding less than 8 years old -- some horribly repaired with visible nail holes and discolored butt caulking. I am currently pursuing a warranty claim. I have heard that Nichiha has since reformulated their cement fibre product line but I have not been able to confirm that. Avoid.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Silverton, Oregon
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Nichiha Premium siding
I had Nichiha Premium siding installed on my new home in 2008, after learning about it from my siding installer. It looks beautiful on three sides of my house, but has failed in numerous places on the West Side of my house. I live in Oregon's Willamette Valley, known for its mild climate. After 3 months of communication with Nishiha, a cursory inspection by their inspector, my warranty claim was rejected and my installer was blamed by Nichiha. Until now I have been a proponent for this company, but their warranty denial process, proved frustrating and I caution those considering their products.