How To Buy Laminate Floors Ashburn | Sterling | Reston | Herndon | Leesburg | Dulles VA

Before you buy your new laminate floors, it’s important that you have an idea of what you need. Laminate flooring comes in such a wide variety of colors and textures that you can easily be overwhelmed. Laminate floors are commonly used to emulate the appearance of more expensive hard surface flooring such as hardwood or even stone. Deciding on the “look” of your laminate floors will be very important.


Another thing to consider when buying laminate flooring is the thickness. Laminate flooring typically comes in the following thicknesses:

  • 7-millimeter

  • 8-millimeter

  • 10-millimeter

  • 12-millimeter

While all laminate floors have around the same amount of resistance to dents, thicker flooring helps stop bending in spots where your subfloor might be uneven or have slight tips. Additionally, you can help reduce the amount of sound generated by going with a thicker option.

AC Rating

The AC rating is how manufacturers rank the durability and wear resistance of laminate floors. The ratings range from 1-5, with 5 being the most durable, and 1 being the least durable.

  • AC 1: Ideal for areas with very little foot traffic such as a bedroom.

  • AC 2: Ideal for areas with a medium amount of foot traffic such as a dining room.

  • AC 3: Ideal for general foot traffic, and can be used all throughout the house. Can be used for high foot traffic areas such as the kitchen or a foyer.

  • AC 4: In addition to high foot traffic areas in the home, floors with this rating are also suitable for some commercial uses as well.

  • AC 5: Ideal for nearly any amount of foot traffic (residential and commercial) including department stores or other high traffic areas.

Floor & Beyond can help you decide what quality of laminate floors will be the best choice for the needs of your home or business. To get started, set up a consultation with us today.