Add about 5-10% extra materials to account for waste from your flooring project. This doesn’t mean that you’re planning to waste the flooring, but mistakes can happen. If you accidentally break tiles and you have only the exact amount you needed, you may find yourself scrambling to order more materials. Or worse, in the case of some materials, you may find yourself unable to get an exact colour match with the first batch you ordered.
For this reason, flooring professionals recommend ordering 5-10% more materials than the area you’ve calculated. Materials like tile can often be returned if the boxes haven’t been opened or used, so that you can recover a little of your extra cost once the project is complete. However, you may find it helpful to store the extra materials, in case you need to replace tiles or wood planks down the road.
Though learning how to calculate square footage is not difficult, there are shortcuts to the process. You can find online square foot calculators that help you determine your measurements and estimate the amount of various materials you’ll need, for everything from flooring to paint. No matter how you go about it, remember to accurately measure your space as the first step in replacing flooring. Knowing how much flooring you’ll need will give you an idea of how much to budget for the project and how long it will take.