Does Vinyl Flooring Have An AC Rating?

Vinyl flooring does not have an AC rating because this durability system is an exclusive rating to the laminate flooring. European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) has developed the Abrasion Rating System, also called AC Rating, and all laminate floors are tested and rated on series of rigorous tests, including tabor abrasion test, burn resistance, impact resistance, stain resistance, and swelling. This systematic rating help buyers understand the differences in durability among laminate flooring products.

While vinyl does not have an AC rating, it does contain a wearlayer. The wear layer is built into the vinyl planks and plays an important role in durability of the vinyl floors. 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.

The most popular type of wear layer is a urethane based coating is the most popular type of the wear layer, keeping the original appearance of the floor longer while providing maintenance free finish without polishing or buffing.  The thickness of the wear-layer varies with each vinyl product collection, or series, and is generally measured in mils or millimeters. While searching vinyl flooring by wear layer please note: the higher wear layer - the higher durability.