Materials for room acoustics: Cork

 

Cork is one of the most versatile and practical materials for acoustic treatment of your environment. It’s flexible, easily compressed (due to its honeycomb-like structure), and long-lasting – a perfect fit for commercial properties such as offices or restaurants. Cork reduces noise, improves absorption and dissipates sound – ideal for correcting room echo and reverberations. Need more convincing? Here are 5 reasons why this extraordinary material is an excellent choice for room acoustics:

  • It’s a sound (in every way) investment
    Cork is durable, with a high friction coefficient, and can handle repeated rubbing (that’s why you sometimes see cork used on the soles of shoes). Incorporate cork as part of your room acoustics and you can be sure it will be long-lasting and keep its shape – no matter how hot or cold your environment.
  • Cork looks great
    When planning room acoustics, there will be times when you have to balance practicality with aesthetics. The organic nature of cork means it complements other natural materials commonly used in room décor, such as wood, metal and stone.
  • Cork helps to keep buildings warm
    Cork is a 100% natural thermal insulator, made up of many tiny pockets of air. Of course, this is a major reason why it’s ideal for room acoustics. However, there’s an added bonus – it can help increase a building’s energy efficiency rating.
  • Cork is renewable
    Cork is taken from the outer bark of the cork oak tree, rather than its trunk. This minimises damage and means the bark can regrow (a healthy tree can live for 200+ years) and be harvested again and again.
  • Cork is good for your health
    Cork’s anti-static surface means it won’t absorb dust, making it perfect for people with allergies. What’s more, cork is hypoallergenic and ultra-easy to wipe clean.
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