Laminate floor AC levels explained

If you’ve ever bought a duvet before, you’ll know that they are rated using a tog system, and this is so that customers can make the right choice.

This is similar to gradings in laminate flooring, as every laminate floor in the UK is given a AC rating, which stands for Abrasion Criteria.

What does Abrasion Criteria mean?

The Abrasion Criteria of a laminate floor tells you how much general wear and tear it can take.

This is important, as you may know, some floors in certain rooms (such as the kitchen), will experience more traffic than in others.

Laminate AC ratings

Laminate AC ratings generally range from AC1 to AC5, with each one being matched against the results of what is known as the Taber Test.

This test calculates how much abrasion a laminate floor can withstand before the surface layer is lost.

Taking a look at AC ratings

Just so you know what to look out for when you’re searching for a beautiful new laminate floor, take a look at what each rating means, below:


For rooms that expect very light footfall, (such as a spare bedroom), a laminate floor with a rating of AC1 should be suitable here.


For floors that expect a little more traffic, such as a study or a dining room, then you should be fine with a laminate floor rating of AC2.


If you’re searching for a new floor for a hallway, living room, or even your kitchen, a floor with a rating of AC3 should be suitable for your needs.


Recommended for commercial use, such as in offices, shops, or restaurants, laminate flooring with a rating of AC4 should be able to take a large amount of traffic.

If you wanted to of course, you could also use a laminate floor with a rating of AC4 in your home.


For floors that are expected to have very heavy footfall, whether in a commercial or domestic setting, then a laminate floor with an AC5 rating should definitely be something that you might want to consider.

Choosing the best laminate flooring for you with Best at Flooring

If you want to know more about laminate flooring, and what different types we have in store, you’ll be glad to know that we have some of the best flooring experts in the industry to help you make the best and most informed choice about your flooring needs.

What’s more, we only work with and stock some of the best laminate flooring brands in the industry, including Kronoswiss, Kronotex Laminate,  Elka Laminate, Quick-Step Laminate, and a range of waterproof laminate flooring from a number of different brands.

If you have any questions about laminate flooring, or any other of our many flooring types, contact us on 0113 882 3973, or check out our contact page.