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Does vinyl flooring have an AC rating?

Does vinyl flooring have an AC rating?

You know all about laminate flooring, thanks to our extensive posts about it. However, you’ve come to the decision that vinyl flooring will better stand up to your crazy, beautiful family. But how do you know which vinyl flooring will hold up the best? Does vinyl flooring have an AC rating?

No, It Does Not

Vinyl flooring does not have an AC rating. However, it does have a durability measure known as the wear layer. The wear layer can range from 0.10mm (4 Mil) to 0.5mm (20 Mil). Similarly to the AC rating on laminate flooring, the wear layer is the additional coating applied on the top of the vinyl planks to add durability and protect the floor against scratches, stains and scuff marks.

Vinyl flooring cutaway layers diagram

Vinyl Floor Layer Diagram courtesy of

Which Wear Layer Will Hold Up Best?

When shopping for vinyl plank flooring, keep in mind that the higher the wear layer, the more durable the flooring will be. If you are installing in an area that will have high traffic, or a busy home, it is suggested that you choose a higher wear layer for optimal durability. If you are simply installing it in a bedroom or closet, you can get away with a lower durability, which will still last you a long time, but will be easier on your budget.

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