AC Levels

What Are AC Levels?

AC Levels are the most recognized international standards for classifying laminate flooring. According to the different applications of use, laminate flooring includes two types: domestic laminate flooring and commercial laminate flooring.

The appropriate AC level is determined by the abrasion resistance of laminate flooring. Currently, the wear resistance of laminate flooring is classified in five levels AC1-AC5 by EN13329 and AC5 is the top level for use in commercial laminate flooring applications that will encounter very heavy footfall.

Let’s get a bit more technical. As you know, the top layer of laminate flooring is the abrasion resistance layer and contains Al2O3. Per sqm, the percentage composition of Al2O3 affects the abrasion quality and AC Levels. For each thickness of laminate flooring, Sunspeed Flooring can offer 1 through 4 of the 5 AC levels. If you are interested in getting prices for each different level you can either do this in the quote cart or contact us with your request directly.

How the AC Levels Are Measured?

So how do Sunspeed measure the abrasion resistance of the laminate flooring we produce? Well, there is a test named the Taber Test, which is made to specifically test the abrasion resistance of laminate flooring. Through our commitment to consistently provide the best laminate flooring for our customers Sunspeed Flooring as serious laminate flooring manufacturers always do the Taber Test strictly by EN13329. For every order we will select samples at random to put through the Taber Test and note the results.

The procedures of Taber Test are as follows:

  • 1) Cut a small piece of laminate flooring plank and divide the small pieces of flooring into four parts with equal areas.
  • 2) Put the small pieces into the machine.
  • 3) The machine starts to work with the base circle turning whilst the sandpaper grinds from above.
  • 4) When three of the four small parts appear broken on the wear resistance layer and we can touch the decoration paper directly, we should stop the test.
  • 5) Then we calculate the circular rotations shown on the panel of the machine and get the final test results.

What Levels Should I Use?

Generally speaking, AC2 and AC3 laminate flooring is the most widely used for private home decoration. AC4 laminate flooring is the most popular level for commercial laminate flooring. Most customers see AC5 as overkill because AC4 laminate flooring already has enough wear resistance even for the most busy of commercial spaces.

Among the five levels, AC3 laminate flooring is suitable for heavy domestic space, such as a dining room for example and for a moderate commercial site like a small shop. Each AC level has its own scope of applications and it is very important to consider the AC Levels before selecting laminate flooring for your project. Here under is a classification symbols table for your reference. If you are looking for laminate flooring for a particular project and need some advice, please don’t hesitate to contact with us, we will recommend the most suitable domestic or commercial laminate flooring for you.

classification symbols

Sunspeed Recommendation

If you want commercial laminate flooring we recommend laminate oak flooring and walnut laminate floor. These are two classic types of laminate flooring that are used widely all over the world due to their beautiful textures and nature styles. Many customers choose these classic species for use as commercial laminate flooring with an AC4 wear resistance level. For each thickness of laminate flooring, Sunspeed Flooring can offer 1 through 4 of the 5 AC levels. If you are interested in getting prices for each different level you can either do this in the quote cart or contact us with your request directly.

Surface AC Level Grooving Treatment Format (mm) MOQ m²

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