# How to Compute the Cost of Installing Laminate Flooring

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Compared to other flooring options, laminate flooring is a simpler way to update a room or rooms in your home. You have a choice of styles, price ranges and grain patterns. With interlocking tongue-and-groove designs, modern laminate flooring does not require noxious glues or labor-intensive floor preparation. A homeowner with basic skills and common do-it-yourself tools can accurately estimate the total cost for this project.

## Step 1

Measure the length and width of the room or rooms where you plan to install the laminate flooring. For accuracy, you should measure twice.

## Step 2

Multiply the room's length by its width to calculate the total square footage of the floor. Note any irregularities in the shape of the room that will make it necessary to have additional laminate boards. Calculate the area of this type of room by marking rectangles on the floor and measuring each one separately. Add the measurements of the rectangles together to get the total length and width.

## Step 3

Add a waste allowance of about 10 percent to your square footage to calculate the total amount of laminate flooring you need to cover the room.

## Step 4

Calculate your material cost for the flooring by multiplying the square footage price for the laminate that you chose by the total required square footage.

## Step 5

Estimate the cost for professional installation at 50 percent of the materials cost. This is not necessary for do-it-yourself installation.