Estimating Materials – The Best Ways to Figure Out How Much Flooring You Will Need

Determining how much hardwood flooring material you may need for a project can be tricky. On one hand, you don’t want to purchase too much material and be left with a ton of useless extra pieces. On the other hand, buying too little will slow down the installation process once you run out of materials. So how can you accurately estimate the amount of hardwood flooring you will need? That’s easy. Follow the following simple steps and your flooring estimate should be as accurate as you could possibly get it.

White Oak Flooring
Proper estimating techniques, like the ones used on this white oak floor, will help you reduce waste and cut costs.

Use Precise Measurements
You’d be surprised by how many people don’t accurately measure the rooms in which they are planning to install hardwood floors. “Guesstimating” or not getting precise measurements may not seem like a big deal at the time of measurement, but even an inaccuracy of a few inches can lead to the wrong total square footage. Get it right the first time.

Account For Variables
Does your room have a window nook? An extended wall? A closet? Then you’ve got square footage variables. The best way to approach a room with a number of variables is take the total square footage, measure each variable individually and either add or subtract it from the total.

Anticipate Waste
It’s a good idea to add an additional 10% of your room’s total square footage to the order. This covers waste factors that naturally occur during hardwood installation, such as the start and finish runs of flooring and the occasional piece you simply don’t want to use.

Use a Flooring Calculator
It may seem like cheating, but using an online flooring calculator can really help you determine how much building material you’ll need. Most calculator tools are simple and easy to use, so don’t be afraid to get online and try them out.

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