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What is the laminate flooring waste factor?

What is the laminate flooring waste factor?

It is important to know what the laminate flooring waste factor is when purchasing and installing laminate flooring. Essentially, the laminate flooring waste factor is the estimated amount of flooring you will waste during an installation due to improper cuts, damage, or extra cuts you may need. It is good to also keep extra planks on hand in case there is damage later on due to water or scratches. This way, you can easily replace planks without having to worry about your flooring being discontinued or the locking system changing.

Once you have calculated your total square footage you will need to cover your room, you will add between 5-10% of your total square footage as the laminate flooring waste factor.

Calculating this additional flooring is simple:

To Calculate for 5% Waste:

  1. Calculate the Waste Amount with the following equation: Total Room SQFT x 0.05 = Waste Amount
  2. Add the Waste Amount to your Total Room SQFT to find the final amount of flooring you need to purchase: Waste Amount + Total Room SQFT = Final Square Footage

Example:
150 sqft x 0.05= 7.5 sqft
150 sq.ft + 7.5 sq.ft = 157.5 sq.ft – final square footage

To Calculate for 10% Waste:

  1. Calculate the Waste Amount with the following equation: Total Room SQFT x 0.10 = Waste Amount
  2. Add the Waste Amount to your Total Room SQFT to find the final amount of flooring you need to purchase: Waste Amount + Total Room SQFT = Final Square Footage

Example:
150 sqft x 0.10 = 15 sqft
150 sq.ft + 15 sq.ft = 165 sq.ft – final square footage

Boyd Hedin installing laminate flooring over Floor Muffler underlayment

It is much better to order a little too much flooring and have leftovers, than to run out and pay for additional shipping or be left with a product that is out of stock. If you have a hard time calculating square footage or the overage that you need, feel free to call Bestlaminate at 1-800-520-0961 and speak to one of our flooring specialists to calculate your project!

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