AC Rating: What it Means for Your Flooring

AC Rating: What it Means for Your Flooring

Tiffany Stevens

When it comes to choosing the perfect flooring, navigating through the jargon can feel like a flooring maze. One term you'll encounter on your journey is "AC Rating." But fear not, we're here to demystify this acronym and empower you with knowledge. AC Rating, or Abrasion Criteria, is a crucial indicator of your flooring's durability. This helps you make an informed decision tailored to your space's unique needs. Be sure to read the 5 mistakes to avoid when choosing your new flooring.

Understanding AC Rating: The Basics

AC Rating is essentially a durability scale for laminate and some types of engineered wood flooring. The scale ranges from AC1 to AC5, each level designed for different settings. Let's break it down:

  • AC1 - Light Residential: Best suited for low-traffic residential areas like bedrooms. Think of it as the cozy carpet for your feet in less bustling spaces.
  • AC2 - General Residential: Ideal for more active residential areas such as living rooms or dining rooms. It can handle a bit more foot traffic without breaking a sweat.
  • AC3 - Heavy Residential/Moderate Commercial: A versatile option that can grace your busy home spaces, like your kitchen, or low-traffic commercial areas like offices or small boutiques.
  • AC4 - General Commercial: Stepping into the commercial zone, this rating is perfect for spaces with moderate foot traffic, like cafes or salons.
  • AC5 - Heavy Commercial: The heavy lifter, suitable for intense foot traffic in spaces like department stores or busy offices.

Why Does AC Rating Matter

Choosing the right rating is like finding the perfect pair of shoes for different occasions. It ensures your flooring can handle the demands of your space without wearing out too soon. So, whether you're decking out your serene bedroom or a bustling office lobby, knowing the rating is your key to a durable and stylish floor.

Pro Tips for AC Rating Success

  • Consider the daily activity in the space – a busy kitchen might need a higher AC Rating than a guest bedroom.
  • Factor in potential hazards – spaces prone to spills or heavy furniture may benefit from a more robust rating.
  • Match your lifestyle – if your home is a hub of constant activity, lean towards a higher AC Rating for peace of mind.


As we unravel the mystery behind AC Ratings, we discover more than just a scale – it's a roadmap to longevity and resilience for your floors. Choosing the right AC Rating isn't merely a decision; it's a commitment to flooring that aligns with the ebb and flow of your life. Whether it's the soft footsteps of a bedroom retreat or the lively hum of a bustling office, understanding AC Ratings empowers you to make choices that stand the test of time. 

Read the North American Laminate Floor Association's explanation of AC Rating.

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