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    Standard Classification of Wall Coverings by Use Characteristics

    Active Standard ASTM F793 / F793M | Developed by Subcommittee: F15.15

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.11


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This classification provides criteria by which wall coverings of appropriate use characteristics can be chosen for particular residential and commercial decorating applications.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This classification covers the classification of wall coverings by use characteristics, that is, according to their serviceability in use, recognizing that certain wall coverings are designed primarily for decorative effect, while other wall coverings are also designed to achieve a high degree of serviceability.

    1.1.1 This classification applies to any wall covering but some sections apply specifically to vinyl-coated wall covering materials.

    1.1.2 Whenever this classification refers to wall coverings, it is intended also to refer to ceiling coverings of the same type.

    1.1.3 This classification does not apply to wall coverings intended to be applied to exterior walls.

    1.1.4 This classification does not apply to rigid panel products, irrespective of whether or not they include a flexible lining or veneer.

    1.2 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are not necessarily exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems has the potential to result in non-conformance with the standard.

    1.3 This standard is used to measure and describe the properties of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled conditions, but does not by itself incorporate all factors required for fire hazard or fire risk assessment of the materials, products, or assemblies under actual fire conditions.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing

    D685 Practice for Conditioning Paper and Paper Products for Testing

    D751 Test Methods for Coated Fabrics

    D1308 Test Method for Effect of Household Chemicals on Clear and Pigmented Organic Finishes

    D2486 Test Methods for Scrub Resistance of Wall Paints

    E84 Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials

    E2404 Practice for Specimen Preparation and Mounting of Textile, Paper or Polymeric (Including Vinyl) and Wood Wall or Ceiling Coverings, Facings and Veneers, to Assess Surface Burning Characteristics

    G21 Practice for Determining Resistance of Synthetic Polymeric Materials to Fungi

    NFPA Codes and Standards

    NFPA 1 Fire Code

    NFPA 265 Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Room Fire Growth Contribution of Textile Coverings on Full Height Panels and Walls

    NFPA 286

    NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code

    NFPA 701

    ICC Codes

    IBC International Building Code

    IFC International Fire Code

    IRC International Residential Code

    UL Standard

    UL 723 Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials

    Federal Standards

    Fed. Spec. CCC-W-408D Wall Covering, Vinyl-Coated (Dated January 1994, Reinstated December 2003)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.180 (Interior finishing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30161500(Wall finishing materials)


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    DOI: 10.1520/F0793_F0793M-20

    Citation Format

    ASTM F793 / F793M-20, Standard Classification of Wall Coverings by Use Characteristics, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.org

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