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Is 7mm or 8mm Laminate Flooring More Durable?

Dear Bob and Betsy,
I am getting ready to buy laminate flooring for my home. It’s going in my living room so I need something durable. Is 7mm or 8mm laminate flooring more durable? Which one should I choose?
-Letricia F.

Dear Letricia,

The thickness of your flooring describes how “tall” the flooring is with all four of its core layers:

  1. The base layer
  2. The wood
  3. The decorative layer
  4. 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, 8mm flooring is a little bit better.

Other Considerations

There are other considerations you can make to determine the durability of your flooring.

AC rating is the best way to determine the durability of your flooring for higher traffic areas. As a general rule, the higher the number, the stronger the AC rating. For homes, we recommend a minimum of AC3 in rooms with quite a bit of traffic.

You will also need to consider the type of underlayment you’ll use. If you are only using a basic type of underlayment, without a moisture or sound barrier, your flooring will not be as protected. However, if you use a stronger, more protective 3-in-1 underlayment, your floors will be able to take a little bit more abuse without getting damaged.

To decide what’s best for your needs, determine how much foot traffic you expect. You should also consider the type of abuse your flooring could see. For example, floors in more water prone areas need extra protection and stronger durability.

Keeping your usage in mind, you’ll be able to shop for and find the right floor for your needs. If you have anymore questions, write them in the comments below! We would love to help!

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