Cork

 

Cork

Cork - Honeycomb structure

Honeycomb structure and air pockets

 

 

Cork - A natural product with many virtues

Cork is pure natural product. It is obtained from the bark of the cork oak. But removing this valuable raw material does not involve cutting down or permanently damaging a tree. The bark can be harvested at regular intervals, that is, every 10 years. This involves carefully peeling it off, after which it regenerates. A healthy cork oak can live to the ripe old age of 200. Which makes cork a particularly environmentally friendly product.

Honeycomb structure and air pockets

Not only is cork a natural renewable raw material, this unusual product also has many exceptional properties. For instance, cork has a honeycomb-like structure. A piece of cork the size of a sugar cube contains around 60 million air-filled pockets. No other material can match that. This makes cork extremely elastic. Cork can be pressed to 40% of its volume, but returns to its original size when released.
The honeycomb structure also makes it good for thermal insulation. Cork is a natural heat and noise insulator and has been used to insulate houses for centuries. It has low thermal conductivity and good heat storage properties. It is breathable, antistatic, and very hardwearing.

Resistant to pests and parasites

Moreover, cork contains large deposits of suberin. This water-repelling substance is largely what makes cork resistant to rot. Nor is cork susceptible to woodworm, rodents, or other vermin. Which means it does not need to be specially treated.

Prime choice for many applications

All these virtues make cork a serious contender for any number of applications: it is already successfully used in research, aerospace, industry, medicine, and in sound-proofing and thermal insulation. And, of course, cork is an excellent choice for flooring, too. This ideal natural floor covering leaves no wishes unfulfilled. And gives full scope to your individual design ideas and dreams.

 

 

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