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Carpet Performance Rating

Carpet Performance Rating

Carpet comparison made easy

Carpet performance ratings are a tool used by some manufacturers to help you select the most appropriate carpet for different areas of your home. They can be found on the carpet label.

Rated from 1 to 5, the scale represents the carpet’s ability to withstand extended wear. A carpet with a higher performance rating (such as 5 or 4) is one that will maintain its new appearance longer in various traffic conditions than one with a lower performance rating. A rating of 4.0 is considered outstanding. These carpets are recommended for heavy traffic locations, including family rooms. A rating of 2.5 to 4 is predicted to provide normal durability. These carpets can be used in most homes, if properly maintained. Carpets with rating below 2.5 should be considered for light to moderate traffic areas such as bedrooms.

These ratings do not take into account soiling, poor maintenance or other factors of use; just the change of texture related to matting and crushing that might occur from walking on it. For these reasons, it is not practical to associate years of wear with the performance ratings.

Not all manufacturers or retailers provide this numerical rating, but those who do believe it helps consumers make appropriate carpet selections for their homes. A large family with heavy foot traffic on stairs or hallways might want to choose carpet with a high rating. On the contrary, a small family looking for a carpet for a guest bedroom may wish to choose a carpet with a lower rating.

How the ratings were developed

The Texture Retention Rating Scales cover seven types of carpet: Saxony cut-pile, Berber loop, commercial loop (low profile), cut-pile commercial plush, commercial patterned loop, cut-pile shag, and tip-sheared (with a pattern). The appearance change in carpet is graded on a 5.0 to 1.0 scale, with 5.0 being the lowest degree of surface change and 1.0 the highest degree of surface change.

The reference scales continue to be evaluated by CRI’s Performance Standards Committee. This committee, which comprises carpet industry laboratory and testing experts, spent more than a year fine-tuning the current version of the scales. In addition to the Texture Retention Rating Scales, the test method CRI TM-101 covering the use of the scales is also important.

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