The AC rating on laminate flooring is used to inform buyers of the durability and performance of a laminate floor. There are five ratings:
AC1 - laminate flooring is designed for residential areas with light traffic. Great for bedrooms.
AC2 - laminate flooring can withstand more traffic than AC1. Suitable for living rooms and dining rooms.
AC3 - laminate flooring can withstand any type of heavy residential traffic and may also be used in a professional setting with light traffic.
AC4 - laminate flooring is designed for commercial applications with moderately intense traffic. Ideal for small shops and offices.
AC5 - laminate flooring is designed for high-traffic commercial areas like department stores, shopping centers, and office buildings. It has a rough finish that can withstand the most abuse.