FHA – HUD Carpet Standards UM 44d
FHA HUD Carpet Standards UM 44, serve as quality control guidelines and performance criteria requirements for new carpet production. HUD Carpet Standards HUD UM 44 and cushion standards HUD UM72, set minimum requirements and test methods for carpet products to be acceptable under FHA/HUD programs. NVLAP – National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program developed the HUD program for testing carpet products.
HUD Carpet Standards are listed under the HUD/FHA document “Use of Materials Bulletin No. UM 44d. This HUD standard applies to pile yarn floor covering materials designated as first quality, tufted, woven, bonded or knitted carpet, free from objectionable visual blemishes and physical defects. The standards includes the backing material, secondary, unitary, attached cushion (foam-backed), fibers used in the pile and extended into the backing, structure of the yarns, and weight and density of the yarn material.
HUD Carpet Standards/Requirements and Test Methods list the minimum carpet performance criteria used by carpet manufacturers as a quality control standard. Carpets that meet these minimum standards are considered to meet industry standards for ordinary use as well as being in compliance with HUD/FHA requirements.
The HUD Carpet Standards Bulletin, assumes that the end user of carpet abides by the carpet manufacturers maintenance schedules. Carpet manufactures warranties stress that their guarantees are not valid when adequate maintenance procedures are not followed.
The Weinheimer Group has found that three of the more common complaints are performance, tuft bind and delamination. The following is an example of the type of HUD carpet standards that you will find in this bulletin:
Pile Yarn Weight oz. sq. yd. See Types and Classes ASTM D 418
Density oz. sq. yd. See Types and Classes N/A
Tuft Bind 6.25 lb. loop ASTM D 1335
6.25 lb. cut & loop
3.0 lb. cut pile only
Delamination Strength 2.5 lb. ASTM D 3936