What is an AC rating?

AC rating is the common term for indicating the durability level of laminate flooring, abbreviated for Abrasion Rating System. These ratings are a simplified code of a laminate’s resistance to stress and the difference in durability among laminate products.

A series of tests are carried out to ensure each line of laminate for resistance to burns, scratches, stains and impact. Examination of the effects of furniture and thickness swelling along flooring edges. The laminate will receive a rating as long as it passes all these tests.

AC ratings are divided into two groups with traffic levels of moderate, general and heavy: Residential and Commercial.


AC1 /21-Moderate Residential- suitable only for moderate residential use such as a bedroom or a closet

AC2/22 General Residential- suitable for “normal residential” applications such as living rooms and dining rooms.

AC3 /23 Heavy Residential – good for all residential applications

AC3 /31 Moderate Commercial – ideal for all residential applications plus light commercial such as hotel rooms or small offices

AC4 /32 General Commercial- use for all residential plus general commercial applications such as offices, boutiques and cafes

AC5 /33 Heavy Commercial – great for all residential applications plus heavy commercial applications such as public buildings, department stores etc.