Laminate Flooring AC Ratings: Testing For Quality In Laminate Floors
An AC rating is applied to every line of laminate flooring by an independent
as EPLF, or European Producers of Laminate Flooring. A series of tests are
and carried out in order to test each line of laminate flooring for stress
tests range from resistance to burning, to scratching, to impact, and even
resistance against abrasion caused by castors and other furniture legs. When
are concluded, those lines of laminate flooring are assigned an AC rating,
which is the
measurement of stress as applied to where the laminate flooring is to be
Here is a general guide to the AC rating:
AC1 is suitable for lighter, more infrequent traffic, e.g. a bedroom.
AC2 is suitable for general residential use in living rooms and dining rooms.
AC3 can be applied to more varied locations, such as small offices and other
light commercial locations
AC4 can be installed in higher traffic commercial areas such as boutiques,
busier offices, and restaurants.
AC5 is more durable still and can withstand the traffic of heavier commercial
areas such as department stores and public buildings.
All reputable manufacturers of laminate flooring adhere to these standards
outlined by the industry for the benefit of consumers. It is important for
note the AC rating on the laminate flooring they are considering, particularly
idea of foot traffic, moisture, and other stresses that the laminate flooring
will need to
endure firmly in mind.