How Laminate Floors Are Tested Internationally

Today is something of an educational day perhaps, at least for some of you out there.   For others, it’s kind of a brief review.

As you know, all laminate flooring is tested, and then given what’s called an AC Rating, which is short for ‘abrasion class’.  And here’s Marc to go over some of the major tests which we will of course imitate. Well, sort of imitate…


The reason the EPLF (European Producers of Laminate Flooring, that is) test floors is to give the consumer some idea as to where a particular laminate flooring product is best installed.

For instance, you wouldn’t want to install an AC2 floor in a main hallway of a home.  AC2 is for lower traffic areas of a household.  For general use, you’d want at least an AC3.  But, you don’t want an AC3 floor if you’re installing in a shopping mall.  For that, you’re looking at an AC5 floor.

You get the idea.

So, when you’re shopping for that too-good-to-be-true laminate flooring which is dirt cheap, ask about AC ratings and make sure what you’re getting for the fabulous price you’ve been offered.  If necessary, it’s better to spend a bit more now, than a lot more later.

The EPLF have conducted the testing to protect the investment of the consumer.  That’s kind of our purpose too.  But, our tests will have the added bonus of also being a bit nuts.

There is no AC Rating for an outdoor installation.  Because an outdoor installation just wouldn’t be a good idea…

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