The durability of laminate is measured by an AC rating that is noted on each brand. The flooring must pass a series of tests before entering the marketplace. Planks and tiles are tested for swelling under moist conditions and resistance to abrasion, burns, impact, and stains. Flooring with an AC1 rating is suitable for low-traffic areas of the home, while flooring with an AC2 rating is ideal for general residential use. AC3 flooring withstands heavy residential use. For optimum durability, choose a laminate with an AC3, or even an AC4, rating.
Most laminate flooring brands do not need to be attached to a subfloor. Instead, the planks and tiles are designed to connect, and the floor floats above the subfloor. Therefore, it is easy to install this man-made flooring in the basement and other areas of the home. Underlayment is placed on the subfloor first, and a vapor barrier is included in moisture-prone areas. Underlayment hides minor subfloor imperfections and cushions the impact of footsteps.
he installation team at Kingdon's Home Center can install any type of laminate floor. Eastern Illinois communities that we serve include Watseka, IL, Crescent City, IL, Iroquois, IL, Gilman, IL, Gilman, IL, Milford, IL, Kentland, IN, Onarga, IL, Ashkum, IL, and Donovan, IL. We invite you to take advantage of our laminate flooring expertise. Stop by our showroom
in Watseka and talk to one of our friendly flooring specialists.