When it comes to assessing the performance and longevity of your carpet, you need a clear and objective way to measure its durability.
Many industries require products to pass rigorous independent certifications, but in the carpet industry many manufacturers rely on in-house testing rather than third-party assessment. These tests can be a helpful indication of a carpet tile’s durability, but as each manufacturer has their own testing criteria,it is difficult to accurately compare the durability of products between one manufacturer and another.
Fortunately, there is an independent, third-party test used by several carpet manufacturers to offer an objective durability rating: TARR.
Texture Appearance Retention Rating (TARR)
The Texture Appearance Retention Rating gives buyers an indication of how well a specific carpet tile will perform in a specific end-use situation under expected levels of foot traffic.
Carpet tiles are tested by simulating the impact of wear on the carpet over time- and it’s this type of holistic testing that offers the best prediction of a carpet’s performance over its lifetime.
TARR ratings differ from manufacturers’ in-house tests not only by providing an independent, third-party assessment, but also by taking a holistic approach to carpet tile testing. This means that the tests take the whole carpet tile into account: the tile backing, as well as the carpet fibers.
Traffic Level Classifications
The TARR classification typically puts carpet tiles into one of three usage categories: Moderate (at the bottom of the scale), Heavy, and Severe (at the top). Each category is designed to reflect a different level of foot traffic and use. As a general rule, the higher the end use rating of your chosen tile, the more durable it is.
A fourth usage category – Extreme – is reserved for flooring in public places such as airports, which will be subject to abnormally high levels of wear compared with normal carpet usage.
The descriptions above are designed as a guide - your organization will have unique requirements and levels of foot traffic that will determine the necessary TARR rating for your carpet tiles.
How TARR Can Help You Choose the Best Carpet for Your Organization
When choosing carpet tiles for your organization, appearance retention and carpet durability are likely to be your top priorities.
TARR traffic rating should be one of the first things you ask your carpet tile manufacturers about.The TARR rating will help you identify carpet tile options which are appropriate for different areas within your organization, according to the different levels of foot traffic they’ll be exposed to.
For example, an executive office will be subject to much lower levels of foot traffic than a corridor. While you may need a carpet with a Severe rating for busy corridors, a carpet tile with a Moderate rating may suffice for the executive office.
It’s for these reasons Milliken has been using TARR ratings for years. We’re in good company – with many government specifications requiring TARR ratings to this day.
As well as helping you choose appropriately durable carpet tiles, TARR ratings also provide you with an objective, direct comparison between different manufacturers’ carpet tiles. This will help you differentiate between carpet tile options, and help you make purchasing decisions based on independent, third-party insights.
Learn more about how to choose durable, long-lasting carpet tiles, and download our whitepaper below.