AC Rating

AC rating, or Abrasion Criteria rating, is a measure of a laminate floor’s durability and ability to withstand wear and tear.

It is an industry-standard rating system that helps consumers and professionals assess the suitability of laminate flooring for different applications. The rating is determined by a series of tests that simulate the wear and tear that the flooring may experience in different settings, such as in a residential or commercial environment.

The AC rating scale ranges from AC1 to AC5, with AC1 being the lowest and AC5 being the highest level of durability.

The AC rating is an important consideration when choosing a flooring type, especially for high-traffic areas or commercial settings.

A higher AC rating generally means that the flooring will be more durable and resistant to scratches, dents, and other types of damage. 

What to consider when choosing a product with a specific AC Rating?

When choosing a flooring product with a specific AC rating, it’s important to consider the level of foot traffic and wear and tear that the floor will be exposed to in the space where it will be installed.

Here’s a breakdown of the AC rating scale:

  • AC1: Light Residential Use: Suitable for low-traffic residential areas such as closets or bedrooms.
  • AC2: General Residential Use: Suitable for moderate-traffic residential areas such as living rooms or dining rooms.
  • AC3: Heavy Residential/Moderate Commercial Use: Suitable for high-traffic residential areas or moderate-traffic commercial spaces like offices or small shops.
  • AC4: General Commercial Use: Suitable for high-traffic commercial areas such as retail stores, cafes, or small offices.
  • AC5: Heavy Commercial Use: Suitable for intense-traffic commercial areas such as department stores, public buildings, or busy offices.

It’s also important to consider the durability of the product as well as the manufacturer’s warranty to ensure that it will hold up over time.

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Is a higher AC Rating always better?

Choosing a specific product merely because it has a high AC Rating isn’t always the best approach.

Firstly, a higher AC rating does not necessarily mean that the flooring is better quality overall.

Also, other factors such as water resistance, ease of installation, and style are also important to take into consideration when selecting a floor product.

Furthermore, a high AC Rating is really most important for areas with high foot traffic. Since a high AC rating generally indicates more durability and abrasion-resistance, it’s more ideal for high-traffic areas such as commercial spaces or homes with kids and pets.

In contrast, a higher AC rating may not be necessary for lower traffic residential areas such as bedrooms or studies.

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