DALTON, GA — The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) recently announced updates to its 104 (commercial) and 105 (residential) Carpet Installation Standards, which “address industry innovations that require new approaches to carpet installation, particularly planning and subfloor preparation,” according to a press release.

The changes come in response to the industry changes. But the old ways weren’t thrown out the window.

“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,” Jim Walker, founder of Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) and president of American Floor Covering Institute, said in the release. “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.”

The industry leaders who worked together to update the standards drew upon research from manufacturers, retailers, installers, customers, testing laboratories and others to make their update choices.

“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,” CRI President Joe Yarbrough added in the release. “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.”

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