AC Ratings – Determining Durability
The Abrasion Class rating system (also known as AC rating), is the industry standard for determining the durability of a laminate product. AC ratings are assigned after extensive product testing, including testing for impact resistance and potential abrasion from furniture legs and castors. If a floor meets or exceeds the basic requirements in all of these areas, it is assigned an AC rating between 1 and 5, with 5 being the highest and thus most durable (suitable for heavy commercial traffic). Below is a quick overview of the 5 AC ratings:
- AC1: Suitable for home use with minimal foot traffic, such as in guest rooms.
- AC2: Suitable for home use with medium foot traffic, such as in a dining room or living room.
- AC3: Suitable for home use with all levels of foot traffic, including high-traffic areas such as entryways, kitchens, family rooms, and playrooms.
- AC4: Suitable for home use in all traffic areas and for standard commercial use, such as in office buildings.
- AC5: Suitable for heavy commercial traffic, such as in hotels or department stores.
Laminate floors that fail any of the durability tests are not AC certifiable and are thus labelled ‘Unrated’ and generally will not hold up well under long-term use. You can feel confident knowing Imagine Floors by Airstep laminate floors are certified AC3 to AC5 which is suitable and durable for home use in all levels of traffic areas. To view our popular Laminate ranges available CLICK HERE.