A common question regarding laminate flooring is Can laminate flooring be used in commercial settings?
Laminate flooring can most definitely be used in commercial settings. As commercial flooring, laminate flooring is highly favorable because it requires minimal maintenance and can be made to withstand the heavy traffic that is associated with commercial places.
Some of the most popular uses of laminate are in fitness and yoga studios, offices, salons, boutiques, apartment complexes, photography studios and cafes.
How Do I Know if my Laminate is Commercial Grade?
As we said, laminate flooring can be made to withstand heavy traffic. This means that not all laminate flooring is made for commercial spaces. What you have to do is look at the AC Rating of the floor. This is how you will know if a laminate flooring is made for commercial spaces.
Laminate floors are rated for durability with the AC Rating. AC Ratings are aimed to determine where particular laminate flooring is better suited to be installed by testing the durability of the floor to various amounts of traffic. Laminate floors are rated from AC1 to AC5. The higher the AC rating, the most durable the floor will be.
- AC1 – Modest Residential Use
- AC2 – General Residential Use
- AC3 – Heavy Residential Use
- AC4 – General Commercial Use
- AC5 – Heavy Commercial Use
Knowing the AC rating of the laminate flooring is important based on your project. The higher you expect the use of the laminate flooring to be, the higher of an AC rating you should select.
Laminate flooring is a great option for commercial settings for a few reasons. Here are the top benefits of laminate flooring in a commercial setting:
- Many styles and looks to fit your decor
- Scratch resistant
- Wear Layer that stands up to high traffic areas
- Easy to clean and maintain
Most commercial grade flooring will come with a commercial warranty. If you’re planning on putting this in a retail or business location, be sure to check for this! If there is no commercial warranty, a residential warranty will be void if installed in a business or commercial setting.
If you’re looking to install laminate flooring in a large business, or you’re a contractor that purchases a lot of commercial flooring, call us at 1-800-520-0961 to hear about our special offers!