A trend emerging in recent years in metal design is the adoption and application of garage cladding systems and screening. As architects adopt the process into their designs, it has become clear that the adherence to the concept of cohesion is important to both the entire building campus visibility and thematic intent. This trend has brought about several new types of garage screens and cladding systems that help not only the aesthetic value of the project, but also provide benefits to the structure and its use.
There are multiple types of these systems, each chosen over the other based on the visual tie into the rest of the building or campus, giving little to no ulterior benefits. While these systems can be added to existing garages, it is more common to see them included in the budget during the initial design process as part of the overall plan concept. This trend is in an effort to do away with the outdated old-fashioned look of traditional parking garages that appear as a contrast to the well-designed and intentional look of the buildings they feed. These types of systems include: