Cork characteristics

Cork is the Quercus Suber tree outer layer, and it’s 100% natural and vegetal. It’s versatility is unmatched. Here are some of its key characteristics, that set it apart from other wooden materials:

Lightweight
Lightweight
Since more than 50% of its volume is air, it is incredibly light. It weighs about 0,16 grams per cubic centimetre.
Elastic
Elastic
Cork can be compressed to about half of its width without losing any flexibility features. It returns to its natural shape after decompression.
Waterproof
Waterproof
Completely waterproof and mostly impervious to gases, thanks to its composition and cellular structure.
Thermal insulation
Thermal insulation
Cork is one of the oldest insulation materials. The cellular structure absorbs heat and manages to preserve it for more extended periods of time.
Acoustic insulation
Acoustic insulationFrom noisy children’s playrooms to studios, offices, bars, and restaurants – corks’ sound management is very effective.
Recyclable
Recyclable

Perhaps one of the biggest strengths of cork – it is recyclable and environment-friendly. From the tree to the end-product.

Hypoallergenic
Hypoallergenic

Cork protects against allergies and can be used risk-free by people with asthma and other people susceptible to small airborne particles.

Nontoxic
Nontoxic

Do not release any dangerous compounds.

Fire resistant
Fire resistant

It doesn’t spread flame neither releases toxic gases on combustion.

Humidity balancer
Humidity balancer

The material is a natural humidity balancer due to the honeycomb-lattice formed between the cells.