Cork originally gained its popularity because of its connection to wine, but in reality, it is a one of a kind, all-natural and versatile material used for interior decoration. Today, many design projects want to use materials which are good for the environment, therefore architects and designers choose cork as a leading material for building the interior. Aesthetically, cork is a product delivered to us by nature itself. Surface materials from cork are remarkably diverse, depicted in many textures and colors. Here are a few facts about cork that highlight its useful properties:
Congenital regenerability of the bark from the cork oak tree is considered its best property. How can it be collected from the outer bark of cork oak without causing harm and allowing the tree to regenerate? Before the bark can be collected, the tree must ripen for 25 years, so that the cellular structure of the bark is ready and able to realize all the thermal and acoustic properties. Cork oak bark is removed once every 9 years, thereby increasing the lifespan of trees up to 250 years. According to the World Wildlife Federation, cork oak, which has a bark removed every nine years, can absorb five times more CO2 than a similar tree which bark was not removed.
The natural properties of cork and its antistatic surface prevents the formation of dust while absorbing the toxins, which makes it ideal for human use. Cork is a material conducive to clean, fresh air. Durability in combination with softness and resilience, moisture absorption, warmth, and ani-sliding properties create a pleasant feeling when walking, reducing the load on your body and beneficially affecting human health.
Durability and Toughness
Due to its durability, cork retains its properties for up to 50 years when used in the interior, due to its resistance to pressure, which makes it suitable for rooms of high use, such as corridors or in the kitchen. Cork is widely used as a substrate for many other materials due to its heat and sound insulating properties.
In addition to floor and wall coverings, cork is often combined with furniture items in the design of luxury interiors. Cork is waterproof, so the use of cork flooring in bathrooms and kitchens is quite popular. Its insulating properties allow it to retain heat, and its acoustic properties promote the use of cork in commercial buildings.