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Commercial Grade vs. Residential Grade Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring products are categorized by AC ratings that indicate the durability levels of the product and its ability to resist abrasion, impact, burns, and stains. The rating system ranks the flooring on a scale ranging from AC1 to AC5. Laminate flooring rated AC1 or AC2 is better suited for residential applications, while AC4 or AC5 flooring have a slightly abrasive surface wear layer, making them better choices when choosing a laminate flooring for commercial areas. AC3 flooring will suffice for light commercial settings, and it is sometimes installed as an upgrade for residential applications where greater durability is required.

AC1 is good for bedrooms, and low traffic residential areas, but is not recommended for commercial use.

AC2 is suited to public residential areas such as living rooms and dining rooms, but it is not suited for commercial use.

AC3 is good for all residential flooring needs and can be used in light-traffic commercial settings.

AC4 is manufactured specifically for light- to moderate-traffic commercial use. However, the abrasive wear layer does not make it comfortable for residential use.

AC is designed to handle moderate to high traffic commercial environments including department stores, offices, and shopping centers. But it is too abrasive for residential use.

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