What Are Laminate Flooring AC Ratings?

What Are Laminate Flooring AC Ratings?

Laminate flooring remains a very popular choice among homeowners, with great reasons. It?s durability, waterproof properties, and ease to maintenance makes it an excellent flooring option for both residential and commercial spaces. However, there?s more to consider about laminate flooring than just the looks of it. Apart from appearance, one of the most important qualities of any flooring is durability. How well can it sustain foot traffic and stand the test of wear, tear, and time?

When searching for the perfect laminate flooring, one important factor to consider is its AC rating, which stands for Abrasion Class. An AC rating measures the durability of laminate flooring. It indicates how well the laminate can withstand and resist impact, abrasion, stains, moisture, and burns. When shopping for laminate, it is beneficial to understand what each AC rating signifies and how to determine which is best for you home.

The AC Rating System

The AC rating system initially began in Europe and has now become the worldwide standard to measure durability. The AC rating scale divides into two groups or applications: residential and commercial. Each group is broken down into traffic intensity levels. Starting from least to most durable, the levels are moderate, general, and heavy.

: Suitable for moderate foot traffic. This includes bedrooms and? bathrooms.
: Suitable for general foot traffic. Recommended for dining rooms, living rooms, or kitchens.
: Suitable for heavy foot traffic. Durable enough for all areas of your home.
: Suitable for moderate/general foot traffic in commercial spaces.? Also great for busy homes.
: Suitable for heavy foot traffic in commercial spaces.?

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How is AC Rating Determined?

In order to determine AC rating, laminate flooring goes through rigorous testing, known as the Taber Test. There are many elements that manufacturers keep in mind when testing the durability of laminate. Conducting the Taber test allows manufacturers to produce high quality flooring that is free from defects and proves to maintain superior performance.

Taber tests involve mounting a flat specimen onto a platform that rotates at a fixed speed. Depending on the material being rotated, manufacturers are able to determine how well the laminate can sustain itself. The ability for laminate to pass the resistance test will establish its AC rating. Otherwise, if the laminate fails to pass, it will be labeled ?unrated.? In other words, it is not a reliable flooring for residential and commercial areas.

Laminate flooring is a versatile, environmentally friendly choice that is affordable and easy to clean and maintain. It is able to withstand UV rays, stiletto heels, furniture legs, cleaning solutions, and much more, as the flooring is fade, chemical, burn, wear, impact, and scratch resistant. Additionally, it can resist mold and mildew growth. At Quantum Floors, we can install laminate over many existing flooring types in your home.