Cork is a raw material which is so perfect that no industrial or technological processes have yet been able to replicate.
Over 50% of its volume is air, which makes it very light - it weighs just 0.16 grams per cubic centimetre and can float.
ELASTIC AND COMPRESSIBLE
It is the only solid which, when compressed on one side, does not increase in volume on another; and as a result of its elasticity it is able to adapt, for example, to variations in temperature and pressure without suffering alterations.
IMPERMEABLE TO LIQUIDS AND GASES
Thanks to the suberin and ceroids contained in the cell walls, cork is practically impermeable to liquids and gases. Its resistance to moisture enables it to age without deteriorating.
THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATOR
Cork has low conductivity to heat, noise and vibration. This is because the gaseous components contained in cork are enclosed in small impermeable compartments, isolated from each other by a moisture-resistant substance.
Cork is also a natural fire retardant: it burns without a flame and does not emit toxic gases during combustion.
HIGHLY ABRASION RESISTANT
Cork is extremely resistant to abrasion and has a high friction coefficient. Thanks to its honeycomb structure, its resistance to impact or friction is greater than that of other hard surfaces.
Because cork does not absorb dust, it helps protect against allergies and does not pose a risk to asthma sufferers.
The natural texture of cork combines softness and flexibility to the touch with a naturally uneven surface. The variable degree of irregularity is given by the type of cork used and the finish chosen.
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