In the same way that duvets are rated using a tog system and electrical equipment performance is expressed across a coding range from A to G, laminate flooring is graded to help you make the right choices. Levels, ratings, grades, call them what you will, are a great way of helping you to make sure you choose the right product for your specific needs.

When it comes to laminate flooring, all flooring that is sold in the UK and internationally is given an AC rating. AC stands for Abrasion Criteria and basically tells you what you can expect in terms of wear and tear from the floor you choose. As you are no doubt aware, certain rooms in your home suffer a whole lot more footfall than others, and when you choose your new floor, you need to know that it will stand up to what your life throws at it. That’s why it’s really important to look beyond price and style when choosing laminate flooring and consider AC when making your selection.

Laminate AC ratings

Laminate AC ratings range from AC1 to AC6. The rating that is allocated to a floor is the result of what is called a Taber Test. This test calculates how much abrasion a laminate floor will withstand before losing its surface layer. Abrasion is what your floor suffers when you walk on it and the amount of abrasion it will suffer before losing its surface layer is a great way of knowing how much footfall your floor will withstand before looking tired and worn out.

AC ratings at a glance

As we’ve already mentioned, AC ratings range from AC1 to AC6 and here is an ‘at a glance’ overview to help you ascertain what sort of AC rating you should be looking for.


If you have very light footfall then an AC1 rating should be sufficient for your needs. This is likely to be the case in the likes of adult or guest bedrooms.


If you have light to moderate footfall or traffic, such as in dining rooms, then AC2 should suffice for your needs.


AC3 laminate flooring is ideal if you’re looking for laminate flooring that is suitable for rooms with a moderate amount of footfall or traffic. Such rooms might include living rooms, hallways or kitchens.


AC4 laminate flooring is the first level of laminate that is recommended for commercial use. What this means is that you can use it in the likes of offices, shops or cafés that don’t have a huge amount of traffic but that are busier than most homes. You can also safely use it in busy domestic rooms.


AC5 level laminate flooring is perfect for any domestic or commercial setting that is setting itself up for high levels of traffic or heavy footfall. This is a really safe choice if you want to be sure that your laminate flooring will last.

Wood and Beyond chooses AC5 laminate flooring

At Wood and Beyond we have a great range of laminate flooring which you can find of superior quality. As you can see, we have a superb choice of colours spanning from off-white to almost black, so there truly is something for everyone. And the best news is that all our laminates are level AC5, which means that you can choose them safely in the knowledge that they’ll stand up to what your life has to throw at them; no matter how busy your home is.

If you’d like help to choose the right laminate floor, or indeed any other floor for your project, why not get in touch? At Wood and Beyond we’re here to help and just love sharing ideas so you can find a great solution at a great price, that you mightn’t otherwise have thought of.