Commercial Flooring Report - Update on CRI 104, Standard for Installation of Commercial Carpet
November 12, 2015 - Flooring
All floorcovering materials have guidelines for installation mandated by the manufacturer of that specific material. There are also floor covering industry standards that are general in nature but specific as to the standard and common practices for installation of that flooring whether hard or soft surface products. The new Carpet and Rug Institute Standard for Installation of Commercial Carpet – CRI 104- has just been published and released (September 2015). CRI 104 (and 105 for residential carpet) is an update for the installation of textile floor covering material that takes into consideration the latest technology in textile flooring materials and what is required to install them properly. CRI-104 can be thought of as an umbrella document for the installation of carpet and repeatedly refers to the manufacturer’s guidelines for more specific information on installation of a particular product. The Carpet and Rug Institute is the national trade association of carpet and rug manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. The installation standards document, which has existed for decades, is updated periodically to bring it into phase with the advancements of the carpet products it covers and with the challenges that exist in the market place that can and will compromise the installation of textile floor covering material. The new CRI-104 Standard was revised and written by individuals in the carpet industry, including manufacturer’s field technical specialists, installation material specialists and commercial flooring contractor’s representatives.