Laminate flooring can vie with other eminent flooring products when it comes to its durability and sturdiness. Laminate floors are recommended by Arizona flooring professionals for residential purposes. They are considered to be light weight but top quality laminate can be used for a long time.
The main point that helps to establish the laminate durability, quality of laminate and the toughness is the thickness of the laminate being used. The experts believe that the laminate flooring durability doesn’t always have to depend on the thickness of the laminate. Thinner laminate can be a stronger that the thicker laminate in some instances.
Another way to find out whether the laminate is high quality or no is if you can check the type of laminate. Two kinds of laminate one is HPL (High Pressure Laminate) and the other DPL (Direct Pressure Laminate). HPL has about five layers where as the DPL consists of only 4 layers.
A few advantages of laminate floors that are thicker when compared to the thinner laminate floors.
- Laminates that are thick do not warp or go out of shape when they are exposed to water or when there is an increase in moisture level.
- Laminates that are thick have a high quality fibreboard that can be used in the toughest spaces with heavy traffic and not worry that the floor will fall out, whereas the thinner laminate is easily prone to wear and tear.
- If the materials used are of high-end quality then a thickness of 12mm is good and can be value for money.
All the laminate is given an AC (Abrasion Class) rating; it is used to measure the laminate durability. Depending on the rating, one can determine whether the laminate floor is appropriate. The rating also helps in determining whether the laminate can be used for residential purpose or for commercial purpose.
The laminate is assessed, to check whether it can tolerate lot of force, burns, water puddles, scratches, moisture and other stains.
There are five AC ratings:
AC 1: Laminate with an AC 1 rating can be used in bedrooms and walk in closets.
AC 2: Is best when used in living rooms and dining areas.
AC 3: This is used in places both residential and commercial, areas that have medium to high foot traffic.
AC 4: Laminate with this rating is best for spaces that have high foot traffic.
AC 5: Is best used in high end commercial malls or industrial areas.
Laminate floors were given this AC rating by the European laminate floor producers. This is to measure the resilience and sturdiness of laminate floors. This is by far the only way used in the flooring industry all over the world.
Now that you have the knowledge on what to look for when choosing laminate floors, try to choose wisely and one that suits your environment the best.