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:
LightweightSince more than 50% of its volume is air, it is incredibly light. It weighs about 0,16 grams per cubic centimetre.
ElasticCork can be compressed to about half of its width without losing any flexibility features. It returns to its natural shape after decompression.
WaterproofCompletely waterproof and mostly impervious to gases, thanks to its composition and cellular structure.
Thermal insulationCork is one of the oldest insulation materials. The cellular structure absorbs heat and manages to preserve it for more extended periods of time.
Perhaps one of the biggest strengths of cork – it is recyclable and environment-friendly. From the tree to the end-product.
Cork protects against allergies and can be used risk-free by people with asthma and other people susceptible to small airborne particles.
Do not release any dangerous compounds.
It doesn’t spread flame neither releases toxic gases on combustion.
The material is a natural humidity balancer due to the honeycomb-lattice formed between the cells.