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Using the material, cork, for homes

Cork, until not so long ago, was considered as an outdated material that everyone shied away from when decorating their homes. However, it is now evident that this material is highly useful in the world of decorating, especially when it comes to covering walls and floors. Cork has come a long way since it was first introduced in the 80s. Find out more about cork by reading this article. 

One of the main attractions of cork is that it is a completely natural, ecological and sustainable material. In fact, the environment has been taken into account throughout all its production stages. In addition, the prices, which can vary between 5 and 40 euros per square metre, can be considered quite economical when compared with similar alternatives.

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Another very important aspect that plays a key role in the rejuvenation of Cork as a decorative material is its extreme versatility. In general, it performs very well in bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms and children's rooms. What's more, installation is very simple since you just add some glue on the surface before putting the cork board on it. 

Meanwhile, we must not forget the large selections of cork products that are available on the market. In fact, today you can find different varieties on the market with truly original geometric shapes as well as dyes in various colours. This results in a better adaptation to the tastes of the users. Cork is now a highly customisable material to use in your home. However, in most cases, customers tend to opt for natural hue cork. 

But if anything stands out the most with cork, it has to be its excellent insulating qualities. In fact, it is perfectly able to significantly reduce sound and vibration, as well as to maintain a stable temperature inside the home or the premise in which it is used. So much so that, according to various studies, it is able to reduce heating costs by up to 53 per cent.

In any case, the degree of cork's effectiveness mainly depends on its thickness. To start noticing results, it is essential to use sheets or plates that are at least 3 cm thick. Furthermore, it is also essential that you choose the 'honeycomb' structure as it will absorb sound and vibration better.

All these reasons have led to the fact that today, cork is one of the most popular materials for decorating new homes. However, its price is somewhat higher than polystyrene, which is the insulation material most commonly used in new constructions.

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