The wear layer is the clear top layer of the floor, it is the part of the floor that is actually walked on and that the Polyurethane covers. The thicker the wear layer, the more wear the floor can handle. Wear layers can range from 3 mil – 40 mil.
In Residential settings, customers prefer products ranging from 6 mil – 28 mil depending on how much foot traffic is anticipated, the size of pets that live on the floor, etc.
In Commercial settings, it is recommended that the flooring have no less than a 20 mil wear layer to withstand the wear and tear of these demanding environments.