Cork is an extraordinary natural material with the following characteristics :
- It is made of vegetable cell tissues with a density of 40 million microvoids /cm³
> interesting fact : its composition is 95% similar to air.
- That makes it a light and elastic material.
- Superior insulating properties : its Thermal Conductivity Coefficient K = 0.035,
which is equivalent to polystyrene and glass wool.
The effective insulation of a cork panel depends on its thickness and density.
- Temperature-proof : the insulating power of cork remains operational between -150 °C & +130 °C.
- Low capillarity.
It can therefore be washed, with detergent or hot water.
- Fire-resistant and inflammable.
No toxic smoke emissions when burned.
- Imputrescible when dry.
- Certified for contact with food, after adequate treatment.
- Resistant to damage by insects, rodents and termites.
- Insulating against sound, vibrations and electricity.
- Anti-static, does not retain dust.
Cork has been used for centuries as bottle stoppers to preserve wine and champagne.
It is also used as an effective construction material as a result of its insulating properties.
However, due to its many exceptional characteristics, cork is also currently used in many high-tech applications, such as high-speed trains, airplanes, space rockets, satellites, nuclear submarines and sailing boats, etc.