Understanding Carpet Ratings – Flooring Direct Greenlane

Understanding Carpet Ratings

Article by Godfrey Hirst

Understand carpet face weight.

Carpet face weight is defined as the weight of the carpet pile per metre of carpet, measured in ounces.


A quality fibre in a heavy weight should perform a lot better than a lighter weight option in the same fibre. If you are unsure, it is a good idea to ask what performance rating the carpet has achieved.


For example, a carpet that achieves a residential, extra heavy duty including stairs rating is superior to a carpet that achieves a residential extra heavy duty rating.


If you have stairs it is recommended that you purchase a carpet that is rated as suitable for stairs.

Each carpet is tested and classified according to its suitability for use in varying traffic levels. 

Quality & Environment

Quality Control

All Godfrey Hirst carpets are manufactured under a quality management system certified as complying with ISO 9001.


This certification ensures strict quality control through every step of the manufacturing process, right through to finished goods and after sales support focusing upon the identification and rectification of root cause of any quality issues and the desire to continuously improve and develop.

Environmental Responsibilities

All Godfrey Hirst carpets are manufactured under an environmental management system certified as complying with ISO 14001. This certification helps our organisation to enhance our environmental performance and manage our environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.

Carbon Management

Carbon Management

All Godfrey Hirst carpets are manufactured under an environmental management system certified as complying with ISO 14001. This certification helps our organisation to enhance our environmental performance and manage our environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.

All Godfrey Hirst carpets made in New Zealand by Godfrey Hirst NZ Limited are manufactured in a facility that has a management system certified as being in conformance with all three levels of the Carbon Warranty, having measured and reported it’s manufacturing emissions in compliance with the requirements of ISO 14064-1:2006 and having reduced its manufacturing emissions by implementing a GHG management and reduction plan.


Godfrey Hirst has also offset the remaining GHG Emissions by purchasing credible carbon credits to enable the organisation to become Carbon Neutral.

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