While exterior tile cladding systems have been used in Europe for many years, it is only recently that they have started to be seriously considered for exterior design in the U.S. In an age where green building and sustainability are at the forefront, cladding systems are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they are also energy efficient. Some of the leading tile manufacturers are making a push to architects in the U.S. -- promoting the benefits of using a porcelain cladding system for exterior architecture.
“Trends are very regional,” said Joe Hartzell, Sales Manager for Crossville, Inc., who specializes in exterior cladding for the company. “The fact that porcelain tile is being used more on exteriors is the trend in itself.”