Depending on the quality and proper installation, laminate wood flooring can last up to 25 years.
It's long been considered an affordable, attractive alternative to genuine wood. It keeps evolving with better graphics, seaming, and embossing that creates texturing.
Just one test failure can knock the rating down a point. Describe your project and ask about the laminate flooring product’s AC Rating.
What is the AC Rating, and why is it important?
The AC (Abrasion Criteria) rating determines the product's strength levels at various conditions. It is a series of tests; for example, how something holds up at different levels of foot traffic or under pressure, such as furniture legs.
Breaking down the AC Ratings
This is a one-to-six rating system. As the numbers go up, so does the strength of the laminate flooring.
AC-1 and AC-2 should only be used for low-traffic areas, such as walls, closets, interior rooms, etc. AC-3, which we mainly carry, is appropriate for most residential use.
AC-4 is for heavier residential and light commercial use. AC-5 and AC-6 are used for public buildings, schools, stores, etc.
Laminate surfaces range from 6 to 12 mm. It is best to choose one at least 8 mm.
Come into our showroom when looking for the best laminate flooring in Auburn, WA, Lynwood, WA, or Bellevue, WA. You'll also see some beautiful products, such as Carrolton Antique Barn Plank by Mohawk.
A more robust surface lasts longer, is quieter, and offers more design options. However, remember that subfloor imperfections can quickly telegraph to the surface floor.
Over 75 years of flooring expertise
We all want value today. The professional staff at Nielsen Bros & Sons will ensure you get a quality laminate flooring installation that you'll love for many years.
We've been in operation since 1946. Visit us at any of our three locations: Bellevue, Auburn, and Lynnwood, where you'll see additional designs from Shaw or National Products.
We can also come to you with our fully stocked mobile showroom for our “shop at home” option. We service Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, and the surrounding areas.