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Wear classes

Wear classes for laminate flooring are specified in the European standard EN 13329 (“Laminate floor coverings - Elements with a surface layer based on aminoplastic thermosetting resins - Specifications, requirements and test methods”). There is a differentiation between domestic and commercial usage.

In private use areas, the classification ranges from 21 (light use, e.g. in bedrooms) to 23 (intense use, e.g. in hallways). In commercial use areas the classification ranges from 31 (light use, e.g. hotel rooms or conference rooms) to 33 (intense use, e.g. in large offices, shopping malls or public buildings.) or even 34 (for commercial areas with very intense use).   

The following classification chart shows area of use, intensity of use, types of wear and examples of use:

 

Class

Area of use

Intensity of use

Description of use

Examples of use

21

Domestic
Private use areas

moderate

light use

bedrooms
guest rooms

22

Domestic
Private use areas

average

normal, everyday use

living room
dining room
hallways

23

Domestic
Private use areas

high

high-traffic, intense use

Stairways
entry halls
kitchen

31

Commercial
Private and public use areas

moderate

light use

Hotel rooms
conference rooms
small offices

32

Commercial
Private and public use areas

average

normal, everyday use

Kindergarten
offices
waiting areas
hotel lobbies
stores

33 + 34

Commercial
Private and public use areas

high

high-traffic, intense use

Hallways
large offices
shopping malls
classrooms

 

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