Property of Cork

  • Aesthetically Pleasing
  • Sound dampening qualities
  • Hardwearing surface
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Warm under foot
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Antistatic properties
  • Self-regenerating renewable resource
  • Water resistant

The building industry employs cork as a thermal barrier, sound insulator, vibration dampener and fire retardant. Cork’s properties can be utilized in roofs and ceilings, walls and floors. Its versatility makes it an excellent choice for use in the interior as well as the exterior of buildings.

Cork’s unique physical and mechanical properties allow it to compress and immediately regain its original size under all weather and temperature conditions. This “memory” makes cork particularly useful in expansion and compression joints and in concrete structures such as dams, tunnels, runways and highways. Because of these properties, cork is also used as underlayment for wood, ceramic and stone coverings.

One of cork’s most useful properties is its ability to dampen, or reduce, sound. As flooring material cork has been in use for many years. Only recently has it been used in, or on, walls in high traffic areas, such as libraries, classrooms, hospitals and museums to reduce echoes in large industrial spaces. More and more Strata buildings are employing cork underlay (6mm thickness) as a cost effective measure against sound intrusion while at the same time increasing the building’s “R” rating or insulation value. By simply installing cork underlay in buildings allows builders and Strata councils to maximize their resources while meeting or exceeding current building codes.

Cork’s insulating properties do not end with sound. The thermal insulating properties of cork have brought it to the attention of the industrial refrigeration industry. As a cheap, naturally renewable resource the industry is turning to cork as an important energy saving material. Cork’s heat retention also makes it ideal for use in housing and commercial interiors. Flooring made from cork is warm, quiet, easy on the joints and easy to clean.

In the home, cork is appropriate for bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms. Gone are the days when cork was not recommended for high humidity areas. New innovations with cork tile products and their adhesives make cork extremely versatile and easy to install in the kitchen and in the bathroom.

With cork’s ability to compress, it makes walking and standing on cork easy on the legs and back. Couple that with cork’s natural anti-slip property, and you have the perfect flooring solution for seniors and their living areas. Caregivers, such as nurses and other health professionals, find cork to be the answer to their aches and pains; not to mention cork’s protective qualities should a fall occur.

Benefits of Cork
  1. It is environmentally friendly
  3. Natural insulator
  4. Low maintenance 
  5. Wear- resistant
  6. anti static
  7. Easy to install
  8. Sound –absorbent & quiet
  9. Unique dimensions and color
  10. Something for every style and taste
  11. Anti-static
  12. Hypoallergenic
  13. Water-Proof
  14. Comfortable
  15. Durable
  16. Resilient
  17. Inviting and warm

Cork's many unique properties make it a natural choice for many different applications. High traffic commercial or retail environments can benefit from cork flooring. Since cork has anti-static properties, it is ideal for computer work stations. Cork also enhances both the warmth and feel of any room.

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