A majority of Laminates on the market today will have an ‘AC rating’ known as the Abrasion Class. This particular grading is purely based on the performance of individual Laminates under various tests, which concentrate on impact, heat, moisture, scratches, sound and so on. The outcome of the test determines the AC rating, which in turn indicates the durability and how well a Laminate can withstand foot traffic. The AC grading is therefore an important factor, especially for those who look for durability when it comes to making a decision.
AC1 (Moderate Residential)
Laminate products with this rating are only suitable for light residential use, e.g. appropriate for guest rooms, closets, utility rooms etc.
AC2 (General Residential)
Laminate products with this rating are suitable for general residential use such as bedrooms, and landing spaces where there isn’t a great deal of foot traffic.
AC3 (Heavy Residential)
Laminate products with this rating are able to withstand all forms of residential use, including high traffic areas such as hallways and living rooms.
AC4 (Light Commercial)
Laminate products with this rating are built to endure hefty residential use, as well as covering light commercial spaces such as small offices and boutiques.
Laminate products with this rating are built for any commercial usage; especially areas with medium to heavy traffic such as retail stores, salons, showrooms and restaurants.
AC6 (Intensive Commercial)
Laminate products with this rating are fairly rare, and offer complete confidence and assured durability across all heavy commercial spaces. They are known to perform best in heavy trafficked areas such as train stations, airport terminals, supermarkets and hotels.