Laminate Floor AC Ratings
Why AC Ratings?
An important step in choosing a laminate floor is determining the level of durability you required for your project. The AC (Abrasion Class) is a certified rating system to gauge how well the flooring will hold up under different conditions.
How are AC ratings determined?
An important factor in determining the AC rating is abrasion resistance. Other factors tested include staining, impact, heat, and moisture. If a laminate floor is not rated it has not been tested or has failed in one of the areas of testing.
Here are the Five Levels of AC Ratings:
- AC1 - laminate flooring is designed for residential areas with light traffic such as bedrooms.
- AC2 - laminate flooring can withstand more traffic than AC1. Good for living rooms and halls and dining rooms.
- AC3 - laminate flooring can withstand heavy residential traffic and may also be used in a professional setting with light traffic.
- AC4 - laminate flooring is designed for commercial applications with moderatel traffic.
- AC5 - laminate flooring is designed for high-traffic commercial areas like department stores, shopping centers, and office buildings. It has a rough finish to withstand greater abuse.
The commercially rated AC4 and AC5 laminates may not be ideal for your home due to a rougher surface. These can cause holes in socks!
If you have additional questions about AC Ratings or selecting the right laminate for your project, simply give us a call at 1-800-568-6005. We are happy to help select the right product for your home.