Laminate Flooring is one of the convenient ways to get your house floored. It’s cheap, easy to install and has fewer hassles in maintenance and can be one of the best flooring options for the entire house. If you are the Do-It-Yourself type, then laminate flooring would be an out-of-the-box flooring solution for you as it requires tiny technicality.
Components of Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring imitates either hardwood flooring or stone flooring as a result of the imprints that they come with. They are manufactured with melamine resins and aluminum oxide. This creates a sturdy surface that makes it resistant to a lot of factors that can affect floor changes over time.
Laminate flooring is usually made of four layers. The bottom-most layer is called the Backing layer, the next layer on it is called the HDF core or board, the next overlay is referred to as the Decorative Paper and the topmost layer is called the Wear or Overlay layer. These layers are all pressed together at a high temperature of about 300⁰F (149⁰C) and also high pressure.
Calculating the Amount of Laminate Flooring that you Need
This calculation is not difficult in any way. The steps for this process are below.
- What’s the Space Configuration that you intend to cover with laminate flooring – The space configuration is essential. Laminate flooring is produced in rectangular shapes. If by some chance you may be covering an oval or circular area you may have to order especially a circular laminate flooring.
- Calculate the Area of Space – Regardless of the configuration, you would have to calculate the area that you intend to cover. Your space may or may not be a perfect rectangle. If it is complete, all you have to do is calculate the length and the breadth of the room and multiply both figures together. If the room is slightly irregular, you can divide the space into small rectangles and calculate the area of each rectangle by multiplying the length and breadth of each rectangle then add all the areas of the individual rectangles that you divided the whole room into. You could also implement this for your circular room if you intend to use rectangular boards.
- Factor in Waste – that include:
a. Accidental mistakes of over-cutting
b. Damage during laminate flooring installation
c. Error in calculation
A 5% to 10% margin of the total amount of area that was calculated for usage is the rule of thumb range for arriving at waste factor figures.
- Converting from the Units of Measurement to Amount of Flooring Boxes Needed – Whatever units that you used in calculating the area of the space that you intend to cover has to be converted to the number of laminate boxes that you would need to cover your floor. The boxes of laminate flooring that you plan to use come with an amount of area that they can cover inscribed on it. So you arrive at the number of boxes that you need by just dividing the total amount of area you intend to cover (with the waste factor factored in) by the amount written on it. This is straightforward if you have your area calculated in the same metric units as the manufacturer, if not you would need to convert to similar units so you can arrive at the right amount of boxes that you need. You have to be careful and ensure you get this done right if you are in this situation so that you don’t end up with an excess numbers of laminate floor boxes or maybe less than what you would have wanted.
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Sample Calculation for a Rectangular Room Needing Laminate Flooring
A room of length of 20 feet and 35 feet breadth needs laminate flooring. How much of laminate flooring would be required if the manufacturer where the flooring would be got from has 25 square feet of laminate flooring per box?
Find the Area of the Room
20 feet x 35 feet = 700 square feet
Find the Waste Factor
Assuming a waste factor of 5%
(0.05) x 700 square feet = 35 square feet
Total Estimated Area
700 square feet + 35 square feet = 735 square feet
Calculate the number of boxes
735 square feet ÷ 25 square feet/box = 29.4 boxes ≈ approx. 29 to 30 boxes
It’s an easy process to calculate the number of laminate boxes you need if you decide to go through with it.
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