Getting a CRRC Product Rating

If you have not already become licensed with the CRRC, you will need to do so before you can obtain a CRRC Product Rating. Please click here for more information on becoming a licensee. Email product rating forms to info@coolroofs.org.

Product Rating Overview

Once you are licensed with the CRRC, there are a few other required steps to obtain a product rating:

  1. Prepare your product sample in accordance with Chapter 3.5 of the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual and Appendix 6: Product Rating Procedure Details: Initial and Aged Testing.

  2. Choose an AITL, and send your product sample along with a Test Results Report and Test Farm Notification (see below) to the lab for an initial testing.  Please call the AITL directly to coordinate testing of samples and fees for their services.

  3. Contact a CRRC Test Farm to coordinate 3-year weathering (and fees for service) with them.

  4. When your selected AITL has completed initial testing, they will send the Test Results Report to you, and send your specimens directly to the Test Farm for 3-year weathering.

  5. Once you have received the Test Results Report back, return your application packet and fees to the CRRC (please see below for all the necessary forms). Upon acceptance and approval by the CRRC, the product will be added to the CRRC Rated Products Directory with initial ratings listed and aged 3-year ratings noted as "pending" until the 3-year aging process is completed. Processing may take up to 30 days.

  • Note: Once your company's 3-year weathering specimens have aged for their duration, you will need to coordinate again with an AITL of your choice to retest your product for an aged rating.  See below for information on the aged rating process.

There are a few types of product ratings: Standard, Private Labeled, Color Family Groups, Aged, and Compound. Details for each product rating type are organized in the following tabs.

Interested in a Standard Product Rating?

Using the following forms, fees, and sample selection and prepraration instructions, follow the above steps in the Product Rating Overview to get a standard product rating.

Forms and fees

To obtain a CRRC Product Rating, you will need to fill out and return the following in your application packet:

If your company is rating an LS product*, your products will be eligible for selection by the CRRC Random Testing Program. Random Testing details are found in Chapter 3.6 of the CRRC-1 Program Manual and Appendix 5: Random Testing Procedures.

Note: If you are rating an Other Manufacturer (OM) product**, you may not use the CRRC Product Label. If you are rating an LS product, once your product has been processed, a CRRC staffperson will e-mail you the CRRC Product Label files.

Sample Selection and Preparation

For each Standard Roofing Product being tested, except composition shingles and variegated capsheets tested under CRRC Test Method #1, prepare a total of nine (9) specimens in accordance with CRRC-1 Program Manual section 3.5.1 including randomly selecting specimens from two batches of your products. Specimen selection should be distributed as follows:

  1. Three specimens from one batch;

  2. Three specimens from second batch; and

  3. Three specimens, for which both batches must be represented.

For composition shingles and variegated product sample selection and preparation guidance, ​see section 3.5.5 of the CRRC-1 Program Manual.

Rated products logo

If you would like to use the Rated Products Logo to promote your CRRC Rated Product, please also sign and return the following agreement (CRRC-A-8). For more information about the Rated Products Logo, you can read the instructional document "How Do I Use the CRRC Logo?".

Rated Products Logo License Agreement (CRRC-A-8)

*LS product: the term CRRC uses to describe a company that manufactures a product, and sells that product to market under its own brand name.

**OM product: the term CRRC uses to describe a company that sells a finished product or product component to another licensed seller, who then brings the product to market.

INTERESTED IN A PRIVATE LABEL PRODUCT RATING?

Licensing requirements for a private label product rating situation are as follows:

  • The company that manufactures the product must first be registered as a Licensed OM. If this company is already a Licensed Seller, it need only submit a Licensed OM Application and Agreement and pay the higher of the two licensing fees. This company can then submit is product for rating with CRRC.
  • The company bringing the private labeled product to market must be registered as a Licensed Seller and complete all necessary requirements thereof. This company can then rely on the Test Reults from the Licensed OM.

Licensed Seller rating

The following forms must be submitted for a Licensed Seller to rate a private-labeled product. We recommend downloading forms rather than completing them in the browser to ensure proper functionality of all fillable fields.

  • Product Rating Application (CRRC-F-3)
  • OM Rating Authorization (CRRC-F-6) (LS must make sure that the radiative properties displayed here reflect the same measured values as those listed for the OM product on the Rated Product Directory)
  • Product Specification Sheet and Material Safety Data Sheet (only required for Field-Applied Coatings)
  • Standard Product Initial Rating Application fee ($250 per product)

Your products will be eligible for selection by the CRRC Random Testing Program. Random Testing details are found in Chapter 3.6 of the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual and Appendix 5: Random Testing Procedures.

*LS product: the term CRRC uses to describe a company that manufactures a product, and sells that product to market under its own brand name.

**OM product: the term CRRC uses to describe a company that sells a finished product or product component to another licensed seller, who then brings the product to market.

INTERESTED IN A COLOR FAMILY PRODUCT RATING?

The Color Family Program is designed for types of products that have thousands of colors within a narrowly defined color range (for example, factory-coated metal). The CRRC allows groups of colors that fit within this narrow range and are of a given binder/resin material technology to be rated as one group that shares a CRRC ID number.

As there is a lot that goes into a color family product rating, it is recommended that you read the CRRC instructional document "How do I Get a Color Family Product Rating?" as well as Chapter 3.5.5 of the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual and Appendix 7: Color Family Program Procedures.

Initial Rating

A designated Color Family Representative Element must be rated first before a company can establish a color family.  For the initial rating of a Color Family Representative Element, submit the following in your application packet:

If your company is rating an LS product*, your products will be eligible for selection by the CRRC Random Testing Program. Random Testing details are found in Chapter 3.6 of the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual and in Appendix 5: Random Testing Procedures.

 

Color Family Additional Elements

Once this intial rating has been completed, the following must be submitted for Color Family Additional Elements (a Color Family Element that is not the Color Family Representative Element).

If your company is rating an LS product*, your products will be eligible for selection by the CRRC Random Testing Program.

*LS product: the term CRRC uses to describe a company that manufactures a product, and sells that product to market under its own brand name.

**OM product: the term CRRC uses to describe a company that sells a finished product or product component to another licensed seller, who then brings the product to market.

INTERESTED IN A COMPOUND RATING?

Compound Product Rating: A compound product rating consists of two or more products that have the same surface formulation, the same radiative properties, and are listed as one product entry on the CRRC Rated Products Directory.

A compound rating consists of two or more products with descriptions listed in the “model” column of the Rated Products Directory, and requires that the worst performer of the group be tested.

Qualifying Product Types: Single-ply, Shingle Products, Modified Bitumen Products, Polymer Molded Shake/Slate/Tile Shaped Products, Wood Roofing Products. See CRRC-1 Program Manual for specific requirements.

Products submitted under a Compound Rating

  • For single-ply products the thinnest product must be tested.
  • For shingle or mod-bit products the representative product must be submitted for testing.
  • For polymer shake, slate or tiles, all the shapes must be measured to determine the lowest reflectance. The shapes with the lowest reflectance will be used as the CRRC initial and aged values. The lowest reflectance profiled product will be sent to weather at the test farm.

Forms and Fees

For Compound Ratings, you will need to fill out and return the following in your application packet:

If your company is rating an LS product*, your products will be eligible for selection by the CRRC Random Testing Program. Random Testing details are found in Chapter 3.6 the CRRC-1 Product Rating Program Manual and Appendix 5: Random Testing Procedures.

 

*LS product: the term CRRC uses to describe a company that manufactures a product, and sells that product to market under its own brand name.

**OM product: the term CRRC uses to describe a company that sells a finished product or product component to another licensed seller, who then brings the product to market.

READY FOR AN AGED PRODUCT RATING?

Once your company's 3-year weathering specimens have aged for their duration, you will need to coordinate again with an AITL of your choice to retest your product for an aged rating. The following steps guide you to obtain an aged product rating:

  1. Upon completion of 3-year exposure at the Test Farm, inform the Test Farm which AITL product sample(s) should be sent (it need not be the same AITL used for initial ratings). You also need to complete the appropriate sections of the Aged Test Results Report and send it to the selected AITL.

  2. Once aged rating testing is completed by the AITL, the AITL will send you the completed Aged Test Reults Report and the Test Farm Notification Form (CRRC-F-7), which will show aged testing stop date and removal information.

  3. Once the Aged Test Results Report is received, submit the completed Aged Product Rating Application packet to CRRC. See "Forms and Fees" below for packet requirements.

  4. Upon acceptance and approval of aged ratings by the CRRC, the product's listing in the CRRC Rated Products Direcory will be updated with the 3-year aged data. 

    • For Color Family Representative Elements, aged values are subsequently established for the Color Family Group as either the measured aged values of the Color Family Representative Element or the intial Color Family default values, whichever is lower.

    • Upon posting to the Rated Products Directory, the Licensed Seller is authorized to print CRRC Product Labels with aged rating information.

FORMS AND FEES

The following must be submitted for an aged rating:

Note: The CRRC must receive aged rating documents within 90 days of the product's removal from the test farm (e.g. if your product is removed on September 21, we must receive necessary documentation by December 21). The CRRC will consider suspending your product's rating if this deadline lapses.

 

*LS product: the term CRRC uses to describe a company that manufactures a product, and sells that product to market under its own brand name.

**OM product: the term CRRC uses to describe a company that sells a finished product or product component to another licensed seller, who then brings the product to market.

INTERESTED IN AN INTERIM LABORATORY-AGED RATING?

A key part of the CRRC Product Rating Program is the three-year weathering process which informs consumers of product performance in the field over time. In order to accelerate product development and assist manufacturers in getting their products to market sooner, CRRC has developed a Rapid Ratings process to produce interim laboratory-aged values.

CRRC Rapid Ratings is an optional product rating process which develops interim laboratory-aged values for roofing materials. This process allows LSs and OMs to list the laboratory-aged radiative property values at an accelerated rate—the aging simulation is completed in less than a week!

Rapid Ratings do not replace three-year weathering. These interim values are displayed in the CRRC Rated Products Directory and on the CRRC product label until the product completes the required three-year weathering process. Upon completion of the three-year weathering process, the field-exposed aged values will replace the laboratory-aged values for the product.

Forms and Fees:

To obtain a CRRC Rapid Rating, you will need to fill out and return the following in your application packet:

If you are submitting a Rapid Ratings application for a product that has not yet received an initial product rating, you must also follow the appropriate steps for submitting the initial product rating application for the correct roofing product type:

Testing Requirements:

The Practice for Laboratory Aging of Roofing Materials must be completed by an approved CRRC Rapid Ratings Laboratory. A list of approved CRRC Rapid Ratings laboratories is maintained in the product testing section of our website. In addition to the specimens sent for initial testing and to the test farms for three-year aging, an additional three (3) 10cm x 10cm (4in x 4in) specimens are required for Rapid Ratings testing.

Note: Once your product has been processed, the CRRC will email you the CRRC Rapid Rating Product Label files.