Laminate AC Ratings

Laminate flooring is both practical and beautiful. Colour, texture and overall appearance are the main attributes most people look for when choosing new laminate flooring for their home. However, knowing the AC Rating of your selection will give you the added confidence that you are making the right choice for your home, business and your budget.

What is an AC Rating?

The Abrasion Class is more commonly referred to in the laminate flooring marketplace as the AC Rating. AC rating is a standardised system used to determine the laminate’s strength and durability in a series of tests. Laminate flooring is rated from AC1 to AC5.

The AC Rating is a good measure as to how well a laminate flooring product will perform in your residential or commercial site, so it’s a good idea when you’re searching for laminate floor options to know what each AC Rating is.

How is a Laminate Floor Rated?

Laminate flooring is given an AC Rating based on their performance under a number of key stress points such as resistance to staining, impact, heat, moisture, scuffs and scratches. The laminate’s performance is established based on the results of the tests. If a laminate floor should fail any of these durability tests, it is automatically labelled as unrated.

Individual AC Ratings

There are a variety of ways in which laminate flooring are listed. Frequently, a laminate manufacturer will simply label it as AC1, AC2, AC3, AC4 or AC5.

AC1

AC1

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AC1

AC1 Rating laminate flooring is an excellent choice for bedrooms and guestrooms with light to moderate traffic.

AC2

AC2

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AC2

AC2 Rating laminate is a good choice for lounge and living room areas with moderate to slightly higher traffic.

AC3

AC3

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AC3

AC3 laminate is suitable for residential or commercial use. This type of laminate is an ideal choice for hotel rooms, offices and any area of your home with moderate to heavy traffic.

AC4

AC4

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AC4

AC4 laminate is a preferred choice for commercial use. This type of laminate flooring can be successfully used in busy shops, offices, cafes, hair salons and hotel reception areas with a higher traffic volume.

AC5

AC5

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AC5

AC5 rated laminate floors are recommended for commercial use in areas such as airports, shopping malls and busy department stores.