The cork has several characteristics wich made us consider it as the best choice for the finishing of our equipment.
Here are some of it´s main properties:
Impermeable - cork is practically impermeable to liquids and gases. Its resistance to moisture enables it to age without deteriorating.
Compression, elasticity, resilience - cork can be compressed to around half its thickness without losing any flexibility, and recovers its shape and volume as soon as it is released. 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. When it is compressed, the air inside the cell is squeezed to a smaller space. The cell walls are flexible. When pressure is released, compressed cork will bounce back to its original shape.
Shock absorbency - with high speed impact, the cell walls do not have time to deform; energy is absorbed, causing the collapse of the cell structure.
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;
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.
Hypoallergenic - because cork does not absorb dust, it helps to protect against allergies, avoids fungus development and propagation and does not pose a risk to asthma sufferers. It also has an unchangeable constitution that guarantees efficiency.
Stablility - as the temperature and humidity have such a slight effect on cork, so it resists to deterioration and weathering.
Odour, touch - as for its odour, an invisible yet extremely important dimension, whether in its natural state or in the shape of a finished product, cork's characteristic odour is non-intrusive and reminiscent of dry wood. 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. Cork ‘s normal temperature is very close to the human body, which gives a warm feeling.