An AC rating in flooring stands for Abrasion Class rating, which is a standardized system used to measure the durability of laminate and some other flooring products. It is also sometimes referred to as the "Wear Rating" or "Traffic Rating" of a floor.
AC ratings range from AC1 to AC5, with each level representing a different degree of durability and suitability for various levels of foot traffic and commercial applications. The higher the AC rating, the more durable the floor is and the more suitable it is for heavy traffic and commercial applications.
Here's a breakdown of the AC rating levels:
- AC1: Suitable for low traffic areas, such as bedrooms or closets.
- AC2: Suitable for moderate traffic areas, such as living rooms or dining rooms.
- AC3: Suitable for high traffic areas, such as kitchens, hallways, and entryways in residential settings, as well as light commercial settings.
- AC4: Suitable for heavy traffic areas, such as commercial spaces with moderate foot traffic, such as offices or small retail shops.
- AC5: Suitable for very heavy traffic areas, such as public buildings, department stores, or other commercial spaces with high foot traffic.
When choosing a flooring product, it's important to consider the AC rating and the level of foot traffic the area will receive to ensure the flooring is durable enough to withstand wear and tear over time.