The Carpet and Rug Institute Unveils Important Changes to Leading Carpet Installation Standards

— Industry-Led Updates to CRI’s 104/105 Carpet Installation Standards Focus on
Proper Planning and Preparation —

Carpet & Rug InstituteThe Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) today announced important updates to its CRI-104 and CRI-105 Installation Standards for Commercial and Residential Carpet. Developed by a team of industry leaders, these changes address industry innovations that require new approaches to carpet installation, particularly planning and subfloor preparation.

“Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen a flood of new carpet products, materials and technologies in the market. Carpet installers need updated guidance to ensure customers fully benefit from these advances and receive high quality installation,” said Joe Yarbrough, president of The Carpet and Rug Institute. “These important updates reinforce the industry’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, and will ensure the CRI guidelines continue to serve as the industry’s gold standard resource for carpet installation.”

Proper carpet installation is critical to the overall quality and life of carpet. Best installation practices have evolved as new products have entered the marketplace, such as new carpet backing systems that require installers to emphasize subfloor preparation.  The Carpet and Rug Institute’s refreshed 104/105 standards emphasize proper planning, preparation and testing of subflooring to ensure high quality commercial and residential carpet installation.  The updated standards also are formatted in a user-friendly, easy-to-read document.

“We didn’t start from scratch. Industry leaders worked together to enhance the industry’s most widely regarded standards to ensure installers, retailers and builders have the best guidelines for commercial and residential carpet planning and installation,” said Jim Walker, founder of Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) and president of American Floor Covering Institute.  “If it doesn’t start right, it will not finish right.  This is an industry that supports all parties working together for the common goal of customer satisfaction, starting at the time of the sale through the finished installation.”

To update The Carpet and Rug Institute’s 104/105 carpet installation standards, industry leaders drew upon practical experience and research and information obtained from carpet manufacturers, retailers, installers, customers, testing laboratories and other experts. The standards will be evaluated periodically to ensure continued relevance.

To view and download The Carpet and Rug Institute’s updated 104/105 installation standards for commercial and residential carpet, visit

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Stephanie Libby

About The Carpet and Rug Institute
The Carpet and Rug Institute is the leading industry source for science-based information and insight on how carpet and rugs create a better environment-for living, working, learning and healing. The Institute’s mission is to serve the carpet industry and public by providing facts that help people make informed choices. Its best practices promote a balance between social, economic and environmental responsibility for the long term. CRI does this for its industry, yet it strives to be a model corporate citizen for all industries.


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