What’s an AC Rating?


Considering some new laminate thanks to your coupon? You may think the thicker the laminate, the better, and the longer the warranty the longer it will last! That isn’t always the case, though. So how do you know which laminate will last in your home (or commercial space)? Luckily, the European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) developed the Abrasion Rating System to give us a way of determining durability and recommended usage level of different laminate floors. The common term used to denote the durability level of laminate flooring is the Abrasion Criteria or “AC” rating.

So, what exactly do AC ratings tell us? They represent a laminate’s resistance to abrasion, impact, stains and cigarette burns. AC ratings also indicate that the product has been tested for the effects of furniture legs, castors, and swelling along its edges. When a laminate flooring product has a rating, then it has passed all of the test criteria. Failing just one test will disqualify a product.

The AC rating levels are designated AC1 through AC5, each reflecting the product’s application and durability.

Application is divided into two groups: residential and commercial.

Each application is then divided by traffic intensity level: moderate, general or heavy.

Below is a breakdown of AC ratings. The left picture will be either a house (representing residential use) or a building (for commercial use). The picture to the right will show one, two or three people, depicting the traffic intensity level of moderate (1), general (2) or heavy (3).

Laminate AC Rating image

An AC3 for residential use is perfectly adequate. Typically the higher the laminate flooring rating, the higher the price may be.

AC4 and AC5 products could also be used in all residential areas, but in some cases the course surface texture may be too rough for bare feet. In fact, there have been reports of people wearing holes in their socks from laminate with AC ratings higher than AC3! Ouch!

AC ratings allow you to compare products as you shop for the perfect laminate. If you’re tempted by some very cheap laminate flooring, be cautious! It might not have any type of AC rating, which indicates it failed to meet the minimum industry requirements. You can find the AC rating of Lumber Liquidators’ laminates by going to the product page and clicking on the “Specs”? tab.

See you soon with your coupon for 12mm laminate flooring, found at lumberliquidators.com!


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