Commercial laminate flooring offers texture of natural hardwood, variety of color and depth at a fraction of the price. It is resistant to fading, scratches, scuff marks and stains. It is as stylish as it is durable.
Quality commercial laminate flooring consists of four layers, with the main material being ahigh density fiberboard filler made of a significant percentage of recycled products. Beneath it is the backing layer which comes in direct contact with the subfloor.
On top of the filler middle is the print decorative surface layer that’s printed to simulate tile or stone or hardwood or any random pattern. Above it is the heat-fused laminate layer. This wear layer is impervious to penetration by liquidsand dirt, protecting the core of the laminate.
It’s important to know how commercial laminate flooring is rated for usebefore purchase. Laminates are rated on an Abrasion Scale [AC] of 1 to 5 based on their ability to resist abrasion among other factors.
AC Ratings of Laminate Flooring
A rating system developed by the European Producers of laminate, it indicates the durability level of laminate flooring. It’s a global standard that measures such factors like; resistance toburns, liquids, moisture, stains,abrasion and impact. These ratings range from AC1 through AC5.
- AC1 is ideal for moderate use in spaces likeclosets and bedrooms.
- AC2 is suited to medium usage areas like dining and living rooms.
- AC3 is suitable formoderate commercial and heavy residential use.
- AC4 is ideal for all commercial areas andresidential spaceswith heavier traffic.
- AC5 is only installed in heavy commercial spaces.
An AC3 or higher rating is strongly recommended by industry experts when purchasing commercial laminate flooring.
Other Important Qualities
Other factoids to quality commercial laminate flooring in addition to the AC ratinginclude;
Additionally, ensure you look for building code effectiveness ratings: ISO9001 for product quality and ISO 14001 for environmental commitment.
Direct Pressure Laminate [DPL] vs. High Pressure Laminate [HPL]
DPL consists of four layers and is less durable than HPL which is comprised of at least five layers. While HPL layers get fused to the core under heat pressure, the process used for DPL assembles all the layers then fills them with hardening melamine resins under heat and pressure. The center core is crucialfor flooring quality and it is usually manufactured from high-density, smooth fiberboard, plastic or particleboard to add resistance to impact. Backings are primarily used for balancing to prevent bowing and cupping.
Matching Laminate to Your Space
Commercial laminate flooring provides the needed flexibility for large and small spaces. With the available variety of tile sizes and plank widths, choose long, wide planks or bold tiles when working with very large areas. When working with smaller spaces, choose narrower planks or tiles. Opting for planks which are too wide makes small rooms look even smaller.
If your floors are likely to get wet on a regularly, consider laminate flooring that is designed to repel water. There are great choices available that feature waterproof cores, and such type of flooring is highly recommended for commercial bathrooms, kitchens and retail spaces with heavy foot traffic.
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