Vinyl flooring is getting more and more popular with the technological advances of the product. The market has grown to include WPC vinyl, hybrid floors and sophisticated waterproof vinyl flooring options. But how do you know which vinyl flooring will hold up the best? Does vinyl flooring have an AC rating?
Traditional Vinyl Does Not
Traditional 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.
Advanced Products DO
The flooring market is continually evolving and creating products with the consumer in mind. With that said, flooring manufacturers are starting to combine the technology in laminate flooring and vinyl to create floors with waterproof capabilities mixed with the AC rated aluminum oxide coating. This coating is used to prevent stains, UV fading, denting and scratching.
Brands such as Falquon offer a waterproof floor with an AC4 rating. Most of these floors will be labeled as a hybrid or specialty vinyl floor.
Wear Layer vs. AC Rating
Vinyl and laminate flooring are both known for their durability, however, there are some major differences between the two finishing coats. A vinyl floor is typically a softer material that is coated with a urethane based coating, which is susceptible to UV fading, chemical stains and denting. When it comes to an AC rated laminate floor, this is a much harder surface that gets cured with an aluminum oxide coating. This prevents fading, scratching, staining and denting. Although both layers will stand the test of time, an aluminum oxide coating is a better option for all-around durability.
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