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.
Measure the length and width of the room or rooms where you plan to install the laminate flooring. For accuracy, you should measure twice.
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.
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.
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.
Estimate the cost for professional installation at 50 percent of the materials cost. This is not necessary for do-it-yourself installation.
- Select one or two samples of laminate flooring that are within your price range and take them home to see if they match your existing décor.
- Consider buying an extra box of the laminate that you choose. You will already have matching flooring from the same production lot if you need to make repairs to your floor.
- The average price for laminate can depend on the suppliers that you have access to in your area. You can save money on material costs by visiting flooring discounters or warehouses, but these suppliers might not have enough of one style for your needs because they specialize in closeouts and odd lots.
- A do-it-yourself installation that looks professional requires that you remove your baseboards before you measure your floor. Although fitting your new laminate under baseboards and door frames is optional, decide how you plan to proceed before you buy the flooring.
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