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Laminate usage classes

Which laminate floor suits your needs? – When choosing the perfect laminate flooring, appearance plays a major role. After all, laminate offers a wide choice of decors, colours and surface finishes. However, it’s important to remember to take the usage class into account as well. Find out how to find the right usage class for your needs and what you have to pay attention to in order to enjoy our flooring for as long as possible.

You shouldn’t only look at the floor when you are bashful. After all, it is the basis of your home furnishings and has a major influence on the ambience of your home. Here you will find tips on the factors to be considered in order to find a high-quality laminate floor.

What does the usage class number mean?

Depending on the area of use, a floor has to withstand different loads. At the end of the day, floors in areas which are frequented more often such as corridors of open plan offices are subjected to a higher load than in the bedroom or basement.

With the help of the usage class (NK) – also known as the wear class – you can see directly what demands the laminate flooring has to meet. By stating the two-digit usage class in accordance with the standard DIN EN 13329, the manufacturer informs you about the classification of the floor and gives you information about the possible areas of use.  

The first digit indicates whether the floor covering is intended for private use (2), commercial (3) or industrial use (4). The second number 1 - 3 describes the load capacity. The higher the heavier: light – normal – heavy.

An overview of laminate usage classes

Usage class 21 to 23

Laminate floors in these wear classes are intended exclusively for use in private living areas.

Usage class 31 to 33

Floors in this usage class are available for the use of laminate use in public and commercial areas.

LOGOCLIC® laminate 

Our floors have at least usage class 31 and can be used both for residential and commercial areas.

Usage classes in private areas

  • Usage class 31
  • usage class 32
  • usage class 33

For all residential areas with intensive use: Suitable for rooms with low wear such as bedrooms, guest rooms, pantries as well as rooms with moderate use such as children’s rooms, living rooms, dining rooms and rooms which are used intensively such as hallway, kitchen, entrance, stairs

Usage classes for laminate in the commercial sector

Usage class 31: For commercial areas with low wear: for example hotel rooms

Usage class 32: For commercial areas with moderate use: for example conference rooms, offices, doctors’ surgeries, small retail businesses

Usage class 33: For commercial areas with intense use: for example sales outlets, department stores, sales rooms, reception rooms, office hallways

Is usage class the same as abrasion class?

No, even if both classification types make statements about the load-bearing capacity of the laminate floor, they are two different things. Whereas the usage class describes the possible wear of the entire panel – from stabilising layer through coreboard to the surface – the abrasion class only makes a statement about the scratch resistance and wear-resistance of the wear layer. As a rule of thumb, however, it can be assumed that a laminate or vinyl floor with a higher usage class will also have a higher abrasion class. 

Now that you have been enlightened about the basics of laminate classification, you should find out which LOGOCLIC® laminate floors are best suited for which area of the building before you buy.

Which areas is laminate flooring suitable for?

The LOGOCLIC® laminate floor range has the right floor covering for every requirement. Whether it's a hallway, living room, cellar, office or showroom: choose the right usage class, decide on a suitable decor and you can buy the laminate flooring you want at your local BAUHAUS specialist centre.

During installation, the hammer fell on the floor and now a piece of the surface has chipped off. What can we do without replacing the entire floor?

Laminate flooring from LOGOCLIC® is resistant to impact, scratches and abrasion and is very robust. But it is not a miracle floor and so even this flooring can show scratches or dents over time. Yet laminate is very easy to care for – and that includes repairs.