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TGP Offers Neoparies® and Neoparies® LT

Modern alternative to stone surfacing material

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. - Technical Glass Products (TGP) is pleased to offer Neopariés® and Neopariés® LT crystallized glass ceramic architectural panels, both of which provide architects and designers with a beautiful and durable surfacing material for a wide-range of interior and exterior design needs. Neopariés is lighter and stronger than granite and more resistant to scratching and abrasion than marble. Neopariés LT is a sheet glass product that is adaptable to a wide range of uses.

Commonly used for cladding interior and exterior walls, and for counters and tabletops, Neopariés and Neopariés LT can be installed on buildings or other structures made of reinforced concrete, steel structure or a combination of both. The materials can be formed into curved panels for columns and flowing wall designs, as well as straight panels.

Neopariés and Neopariés LT are non-porous and not subject to penetration by many staining substances. They are more resistant to acids, alkalis, oils and other chemical substances than either marble or granite. The unique, "wipe clean" composition of Neopariés and Neopariés LT ensures that the surface and physical properties of the materials do not degrade, even after years of use. Contaminants are easily removed during regular building maintenance and even graffiti can be cleaned off without difficulties.

Both products are available in a variety of colors, including white, and provide a consistent, continuous color without the veining or streaking common in other alternatives. The materials provide a highly polished, modern appearance that reflects light brilliantly, making them a good choice for use in daylighting designs.

With an extremely low coefficient of expansion, Neopariés and Neopariés LT are not subject to the thermal cracking that can affect other cladding materials. They are also not subject to the fissure and fracture patterns that commonly occur in quarried stone. With greater flexural strength, they also can be fabricated into thinner panels than natural stone (Neopariés is 5/8" thick and Neopariés LT is 5/16" thick).

Developed by Nippon Electric Glass, Neopariés and Neopariés LT are made using a highly specialized technique that crystallizes glass. This process produces tiny needle-shaped crystals that give Neopariés its soft color and marble-like texture. Neopariés LT possesses a uniform surface appearance similar to porcelain tile.

About Technical Glass Products

Technical Glass Products (TGP) is your one source for fire-rated glass and framing systems, along with specialty architectural glass products. The company offers AIA-registered continuing education, project consultation, product specifications, CAD drawings and rapid-response quoting. For more information about TGP's products and services, call (800) 426-0279 or visit (fire-rated glass) or (architectural glass).

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