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GARCO, LLC | Kendall, Florida

From the 100° heat to hurricane force winds and rain, buildings in south Florida are subject to extreme and often punishing weather. For property owners, it’s essential to have exterior facades that can endure the challenging conditions—and look good doing it. The right exterior solutions can directly influence building cost and property value.

The leadership of GARCO, LLC, a custom homebuilder near Miami, are keenly aware of the need for exterior building materials that are substantial, strong, and stylish. When the GARCO company headquarters was relocated to a new facility in Kendall, Florida, the team behind the project specified Crossville’s gauged porcelain tile panels to skin the exterior of the new location. More than just a “pretty facade”, the Crossville porcelain panels serve as a formidable, non-load bearing layer that serves to protect the building from the effects of weather.

With its ability to skin a variety of surfaces, Crossville’s gauged porcelain tile panels offer many unique benefits that made them ideal for this highly visible corporate headquarters. The design team opted to incorporate the aesthetically appealing I Naturali collection to cover the exterior surfaces and columns at the building’s entrance. The I Naturali panels offer a classic, artisanal natural stone look and come in the large size of 1m x 3m. These generous outer dimensions provide efficiency in installation, fewer grout joints, and a more sleek and uninterrupted look.

Tile contractor Ivan “Chino” Herrera, owner of The Miami Floors, is a qualified installer of gauged porcelain tile panels. He attended workshops sponsored by Crossville to be trained in the proper installation methodology and is now very experienced in working with the material through a variety of other projects. For the GARCO installation, Herrera and his team had the porcelain tile panels delivered to the jobsite and hoisted to the roof where they were cut down to 78” x 27” panels for the large areas and 27” x 27” for the columns. The panels were direct bonded to a cement substrate using Laticrete Hydro Ban waterproofing and Laticrete 254 Platinum Thin-set mortar. Joints were filled with Laticrete Latasil Sealant. The result of this skillful effort is a durable facade that offers a nearly seamless natural stone style that will sustain beautifully regardless of the south Florida weather.

It’s fitting that these innovative Crossville gauged porcelain tile panels are the exterior surfacing solution of choice for GARCO’s Kendall headquarters. The company, focused on showcasing the latest in homebuilding options, is now in a stunning facility that greets its guests with the latest advancement for exterior cladding.


Distributor: D&B Tile Distributors
Property Owner: GARCO, LLC
Tile Contractor: The Miami Floor, Ivan Herrera – owner
Photography: G. Richard Booth