3 Things You Need Before Ordering Flooring

We spoke with our customer service representatives and asked them how we can make our customer’s ordering process even easier. They came back with a list of the top 3 things you need before ordering flooring! Knowing these three key pieces of information will help speed up your ordering time and get you going!

1. Square Footage

Have the square footage of your project ready. This way we can calculate how many boxes you will need for your project. Remember to add between 5% and 10% extra to the square footage for waste. Calculating how much you will need is very simple, but if you need help getting started, you can view our article on How to Calculate Square Footage of a Room.

How to calculate square footage of the room?

2. Sub-Floor Type

To find out what type of underlayment you will need we need to know if the flooring will be installed over concrete or wood sub-floor. This is the most simple question to answer. All you have to do is pull up a section of carpet, tile, or other flooring and see what is underneath! Most subfloors above ground level are wood subfloors. Concrete is what you will see mostly in basements or some ground level rooms.

concrete vs wood subfloor

3. Transition Moldings

This might be the trickiest of the 3 questions to answer as there are two parts to this question:

  • Which transition moldings do you need?
  • What is the linear footage for the transition moldings you need?

To tackle the first question, you need to know what kind of floor you will be transitioning to: same height floors, different heights, carpet or steps. There are different moldings for each of these circumstances. As for the second question, most moldings come in 96″ linear feet pieces. You will need to measure out the total linear feet you will need to cover the transition areas you need. For more in-depth information, read this article on the Types of Moldings for Laminate Flooring Installation to see which moldings you will need. Then simply measure the spaces you will be adding them to and there you go!


We understand you may still have some questions when you call our sales representatives and that’s alright! They are here to help you make knowledgeable decisions about ordering your floor and everything that comes with it. Call them at 1-800-520-0961 to order or to start the process!

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