Is Thicker Laminate Flooring Better?

The idea that many people believe is that a thicker laminate is better, the thicker the more durability the product will be. That case is not so true, while laminate is offered in many different thicknesses, it does not describe the products durability. The durability of laminate is found in the top wear layer.

The determination of the durability is associated with the wear layer. The wear layer is given an AC rating. AC rating is the common term for indicating the durability level of laminate flooring, abbreviated for Abrasion Rating System. These ratings are a simplified code of a laminate’s resistance to stress and the difference in durability among laminate products.

A series of tests are carried out to ensure each line of laminate for resistance to burns, scratches, stains and impact. Examination of the effects of furniture and thickness swelling along flooring edges. The laminate will receive a rating as long as it passes all these tests.

AC ratings are divided into two groups with traffic levels of moderate, general and heavy: Residential and Commercial.

AC1/21-Moderate Residential- suitable only for moderate residential use such as a bedroom or a closet.

AC2/22 General Residential- suitable for “normal residential” applications such as living rooms and dining rooms.

AC3/23 Heavy Residential – good for all residential applications.

AC3/31 Moderate Commercial – ideal for all residential applications plus light commercial such as hotel rooms or small offices.

AC4/32 General Commercial- use for all residential plus general commercial applications such as offices, boutiques and cafes.

AC5/33 Heavy Commercial – great for all residential applications plus heavy commercial applications such as public buildings, department stores etc.