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Understanding laminate flooring

You've most likely already decided on laminate flooring because of the high style, affordability, and durability. It's an amazingly realistic mimic of wood, tile, or stone and comes in an almost unlimited number of colors, patterns, styles, and designs. Texturing features are available; you can get appearances such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, or distressed.

WCW Carpet Warehouse has, for over 30 years, been the premier full-service flooring warehouse in Vermont and adjacent states. We carry a full product line for both residential and commercial use. We want to be sure you have plenty of information so you can buy the best possible. After all, we're the "go-to" when it comes to shopping for laminate in Bennington, VT.

Laminate thickness and construction

While thickness impacts visual appeal, it does have some indirect effect on durability. Remember, thicker means less chance of subfloor imperfections telegraphing through to the surface. This ranges from six to 12 mm. If you want the feel of hardwood, go with nine or 10 mm. If cost is an issue, and your subfloor is smooth, you can probably get by with seven or eight mm.

It is the core that affects the moisture-resistant ability and stability of a product. You want to be sure yours is HDF (High-Density Fiberboard). It is more strong, stable, and water-resistant than either a plywood or MDF (medium-density fiberboard) core.

What is the AC Rating?

The AC or Abrasion Criteria Rating is a measure of the durability and impact resistance of the product. Generally, it goes from one to six, with the higher numbers being able to withstand heavier foot traffic and impact. For example, an AC Rating of one means it is fine for the residence of one person, or in a low traffic room such as the bedroom.

AC 2 is fine for a little heavier traffic, but in a moderately low-use room like the living or dining area. AC 3 is what you should have; it stands for heavier traffic in all rooms. Anything higher goes into commercial applications. Be sure to ask your laminate retailer about the AC Rating.

To learn more about laminate flooring, visit the WCW Carpet Warehouse showroom in Bennington, VT. We serve Bennington, West Dover, Manchester, Dorset, Bondville, as well as Williamstown, MA. Our estimates are always free.