Laminated floor are rated according to standards developed by the Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF)

Laminated floor are rated according to standards developed by the Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF).

This AC Rating is based on a series of tests that are carried out on various laminated floorings to see how well they cope with specific conditions.

These quality control checks take in area’s such as the flooring’s resistance to abrasion, impact, stains and burns, the consequences of furniture marks, and swelling damage along the edges. The lowest possible rating is for a laminated floor is AC1 and the highest AC5. When a floor laminate is tested, if it even fails just one test, then it does not get rated.

AC1 rated laminated floors are suitable only for rooms where there is little or no “traffic”, such as spare bedrooms, AC2 for general residential use such as bedrooms and living rooms, AC3 for heavy home traffic such as hallways and home office, AC4 for offices and shops, and AC5 for heavier commercial use such as public buildings.