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Impact Resistance

Flooring properties

Definition of Impact Resistance

Impact resistance refers to a flooring material’s ability to hold up to impact and force without breaking or cracking. It’s among the most important features you must consider when choosing flooring for high-traffic areas.

Impact resistance is measured in joules or pounds per square inch. The higher the rating, the more capable a flooring material is of withstanding impact and force without damage. 

Impact resistance is determined by the flooring material and several other factors:

  • Density
  • Thickness 
  • Hardness 
  • Composition

Example of Impact Resistance in a Sentence

“Thick, hard, and dense flooring materials, like porcelain and ceramic, have more impact resistance than soft and low-density materials like carpet or vinyl.”

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