Have pets? Wear high heels? Then scratches can be a real threat to your flooring! With laminate’s construction, it is built to resist claws, shoes, and other damaging products that could leave your floors full of unsightly scratch marks.
Dropping something as heavy as a baking sheet or a picture frame can dent, or worse, crack some types of floors. With laminate, dent resistant properties are at its core to provide some peace of mind through every day accidents.
Laminate flooring might not be waterproof, but it is water resistant. Underlayment protects your floors from damaging effects of moisture from the subfloor and sealing the laminate edges can help prevent moisture from damaging the locking system. As long as you keep puddles of water from sitting on the floor for extended periods of time, your laminate will stay looking fresh, clean, and new for years to come.
With laminate flooring’s aluminum oxide finishing layer, it can withstand everyday household products and even industrial strength solutions. This comes in handy when a guest spills a glass of red wine or there is an accidental nail polish spill.
There’s nothing quite like opening your windows on a sunny day and filling your home with natural light. The problem is, the UV rays can quickly fade your floors if they are not fade resistant, especially expensive hardwoods. Laminate can take a beating from the sun and still look amazing due to the UV resistant technology in the wear layer.
Tests for Durability
Reputable manufacturers want to ensure that each plank sold stands up to the admirable reputation laminate flooring holds. That’s why they undergo thorough tests to ensure the quality is up to par.
To determine just how durable each type of laminate flooring is, manufacturers use the Taber Rotary Platform Abraser. This test determines how much wear and tear the flooring can take before the top layer becomes dented, damaged, faded, or scratched.
Based on the results, a rating – called the AC rating – is assigned.