The laminate Wear or Abrasion Class (AC) ratings is a very important feature of laminate flooring and should be considered carefully when choosing appropriate laminate material for your home. The table below will help you to make a good, well-informed decision.
Laminate is given an AC rating to measure resistance to moisture, burns, abrasions, impact and stains. The AC determines whether the product is suitable for a particular residential or commercial areas.
Abrasion Class Ratings
|AC1||Moderate Residential||Suits light traffic areas such as bedrooms and closets|
|AC2||General Residential||Suits medium traffic areas such as living rooms and dining rooms|
|AC3||Heavy Residential/ Moderate Commercial||Suits all rooms in a home and light traffic commercial spaces|
|AC4||General Commercial||Suits all rooms in a home and medium traffic commercial spaces|
|AC5||Heavy Commercial||Suits high traffic commercial spaces such as department stores|
Most residential rooms need no more than an AC rating of 3, which is also suitable for commercial use as well.