FAQ Planning

FAQ Planning AC Rating Basements Carpet Direct-Pressure Laminate Fireplace/Wood Stove Fish Tank/Water Bed Floating Floor Hallways Kitchen Appliances Mobile Homes Moving a Floor Pets (birds, fish, dogs, etc.) Plants Rental Property Sound Quality Square Footage Stairs Surface Texture Thickness Underfloor Heating Wall Covering Wires and Cables _   AC Rating: What does an AC Rating indicate? Swiss Krono is a member the North American Laminate Floor Association (NALFA). This cooperative effort was formed to develop industry standards and provide consumers a means of identifying the usage level of various laminate-flooring products. The common term used to denote the durability level of laminate flooring is its “AC” rating. AC ratings are an abbreviated representation of a laminate’s resistance to abrasion, impact, stains and cigarette burns. The ratings also indicate that the product has been tested for the effects of furniture legs, castors and swelling along its edges. If a laminate-flooring product has a rating, then it has passed all of the test criteria. Failing just one test disqualifies a product. Rating levels are designated AC1 through AC5. Each is represented by international icon reflecting the product’s application and durability. The primary application is divided into two groups: residential and commercial. Each group is further divided into traffic intensity levels: moderate, general or heavy. The residential rating is designated by an icon of a house and the commercial rating by a building. To the right of those, corresponding to the traffic-intensity levels, are one, two, or three people. Below these icons is a numerical representation of the same information: The first number indicates the primary application: 2 = residential, 3 =... Read More