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What Does an AC Rating Mean?

What Does an AC Rating Mean?

Dear Joshua, The flooring you choose for your home is an important decision. You want something that’s affordable, but more importantly, you want something that will last for the long haul and stay looking great for years to come. The AC rating helps with that. What Does an AC Rating Mean? The European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) created standards for ... Read More »

What is the History of Laminate Flooring?

What is the History of Laminate Flooring?

Dear Bruce, You might be surprised to learn that laminate flooring is a relatively new type of flooring. In the beginning, laminate was used primarily on countertops. This was because the material is so durable against scratches and moisture. As the material became increasingly popular, it was developed into flooring. The History of Laminate Flooring The first laminate flooring was created ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

What Does Direct Pressure Laminate Flooring Mean?

What Does Direct Pressure Laminate Flooring Mean?

Dear James, Direct pressure signifies the type of pressure used when making the laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is made using four main layers. The protective layer The decorative layer The inner layer The backing layer To create a plank, these four layers must be pressed together with enough pressure to turn them into one piece of flooring. There are two ... Read More »

Is 7mm or 8mm Laminate Flooring More Durable?

Is 7mm or 8mm Laminate Flooring More Durable?

Dear Letricia, The thickness of your flooring describes how “tall” the flooring is with all four of its core layers: The base layer The wood The decorative layer The protective layer The difference between 7mm and 8mm laminate flooring is very slight but it can make a difference depending on where your flooring is used. Usually for higher traffic areas, ... Read More »

What is a Laminate Flooring AC Rating?

What is a Laminate Flooring AC Rating?

Dear Megan, Before you buy something as long lasting as flooring, the manufacturers want to be sure they send you something that’ll last. To do this, they run each type of flooring through a series of vigorous tests. When they’re finished, they determine how durable each plank is and assign an AC rating based on those results. When shopping for ... Read More »

What is an AC rating for laminate flooring?

What is an AC rating for laminate flooring?

The AC rating for laminate flooring is how the durability of your flooring is measured. Every laminate is rated based on a series of rigorous tests, including an abrasion test, burn resistance, impact resistance, stain resistance, and swelling under moist conditions. What are the AC Ratings? AC1 /21-Moderate Residential– suitable only for moderate residential use such as a bedroom or ... Read More »

Does laminate flooring thickness determine the durability of the laminate?

Does laminate flooring thickness determine the durability of the laminate?

Laminate flooring thickness and laminate flooring durability are two different aspects of the floor. In short, no laminate thickness does not determine the durability of the laminate. You may be scratching your head at this point, so please, let us explain: Thickness Thicker flooring is sturdier and more structurally sound, which can be instinctively associated with durability. If you are ... Read More »

What is the laminate flooring wear layer?

What is the laminate flooring wear layer?

There is no such thing as a laminate flooring wear layer. The durability of laminate flooring is measured with the AC rating, which is an abrasion rating system. The wear layer is what is used to measure the durability of vinyl plank flooring. The higher the AC rating, the more durable the flooring will be. AC1 /21-Moderate Residential– suitable only ... Read More »

AC Rating For Laminate Flooring

AC Rating For Laminate Flooring

What is AC Rating? When buying laminate flooring, it is important to be familiar with all of the features. The AC rating is the universal measurement for determining how durable a flooring is in the laminate flooring world. The AC rating for laminate flooring was created by the European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF®). The abrasion rating system is a guidance tool ... Read More »