AC Rating For Laminate Flooring: What It Means

Sep 11, 2021 | Laminate | 0 comments

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AC Rating For Laminate Flooring: What It Means

Think of everything your floor goes through on a daily basis.

Thundering footsteps from kids, the scratching of nails from a pet or two, endless stamping, delivery of items…

And each time, your floor is worn down a little more.

The good news is that all laminate flooring is tough and built to last.

But when the time comes to replacing your flooring, it’s very useful to know the requirements your flooring has, so you can prepare your flooring for your future needs.

In order to do that, we’re going to learn about Laminate Abrasion Class Ratings to make a good decision on your next flooring choice.

AC Rating Laminate? What Is It?

Abrasion Class Ratings (AC ratings) are a way of categorising laminate flooring based on how long-lasting it is.

Laminate colour and design matter little when it comes to its AC rating.

These ratings are not designed to distinguish high from low-quality flooring, but to understand their purpose.

How Is The AC Rating For Laminate Calculated?

Laminate flooring consists of four layers but the AC rating is concerned with only one: the top protective layer.

This is where all of the tests are carried out.
Each floor can then be divided into five categories.

AC Ratings For Laminate Flooring

The Abrasion Class Ratings for laminate flooring are used for all forms of flooring: including commercial and residential.

The five categories are:

AC1 Laminate Flooring

AC1 flooring is designed to cope with light foot traffic only.

AC2 Laminate Flooring

AC2 flooring is for use in rooms that get moderate levels of foot traffic.

AC3 Laminate Flooring

AC3 flooring is used in homes that see a great deal of daily wear and tear, as well as commercial properties with light foot traffic.

AC4 Laminate Flooring

AC4 flooring is not used in homes but for moderate foot traffic in commercial properties.

AC5 Laminate Flooring

AC5 flooring copes with even the busiest commercial areas.

Bear in mind that the AC rating deals only with the durability of laminate wood flooring and does not signify the quality of manufacturing.

Which AC Rating For Laminate Flooring Is Best?

The most important aspects to bear in mind are: What the flooring will be used for and what your budget is.

How Is The Space Used?

As the ratings are divided by the amount of foot traffic they’re likely to experience, you’ll need multiple different types of laminate in your home.

To do this, think of each room requiring laminate flooring in your home and ask yourself how often people pass over it.

For your kitchen, how often do you cook?

Does anyone in your family work from home?

If so, the kitchen will see greater levels of traffic and therefore needs to be stronger and of a higher rating.

Ask these kinds of questions of each of your rooms until you come up with definitive answers.

As a general rule, AC1 floors will be used for those rooms that see little foot traffic.

AC2 for bedrooms or your home office.

AC3 for the busiest rooms in your home, such as the kitchen, living room, and any hallways that adjoin them.

Consider Your Budget

The higher the AC rated laminate flooring you need, the more expensive the purchase will be.

Don’t make the mistake of purchasing low-quality laminate in an effort to save money as you’ll end up having to replace it more frequently, which will only end up costing you more money in the long run.

Conversely, be sure not to purchase a rating too high for your needs.

Decide on each room in your home or business at a time.

We hope you found this article useful in understanding the Abrasion Class Rating for laminate floors.

Call us for a free consultation or check out our services page for more information.

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