Floor Tile Estimator Estimating Your Floor Tile Needs

Floor Tile Estimator Estimating Your Floor Tile Needs

Estimating Your Floor Tile Needs

It goes without saying that it’s extremely important to have the right amount of floor tile on hand to complete your project. Regardless of whether you’re installing travertine, marble or onyx flooring tile, keep in mind that you will be working with a natural product that will have differences in vein patterns and coloration. To insure as much consistency as possible (and the best ‘match’), you’ll want to be sure to order enough natural stone floor tile for the entire job.

Guidelines for Determining How Much Floor Tile to Order

We’ll gladly assist you in figuring out the amount of travertine, marble or onyx floor tile you will need for your project, however it’s really not rocket science and something you can very easily calculate on your own. Here are some guidelines to use in managing this process yourself.

When calculating the amount of floor tile needed for a particular area, the rule is:

Length x Width + Waste = Amount of Tile Needed

Waste is defined as the tile that has to be cut down to fit the dimensions of the area to be covered and should include an additional allowance for breakage. The amount of waste will vary based upon the configuration of the floor space, the size of the tile, the tile layout, the pattern, etc.

A good rule of thumb is to allow between 5% and 15% for waste as follows:

5% if the tile is to be professionally installed

  • 10% if you plan to do the job yourself

  • 15% if you plan to install the tile diagonally or in a room that has lots of jogs, curves or corners. These configurations require more cuts and therefore more waste.

  • It’s always a good idea to over-estimate waste so you might consider 10% (perhaps more), as an absolute minimum, regardless of who’s installing the tile. That way you’ll be sure to have plenty of tile on hand to allow for the unexpected. and any extra floor tile can always be saved in the event you may need to replace a few tiles at some point in the future.

    How To Calculate Square Footage

    Assuming the floor space that’s to be covered does not have a lot of jogs, curves or corners, here are 3 easy steps to determine square footage and the total amount of flooring tile that will be needed to complete the job:

    Measure the length and width of the room

    Multiple these numbers together. This will give you the total square feet for the room.

    Multiple the total square feet of the room by the waste allowance* to arrive at the total number of square feet of tile you will need to order.

    *waste allowance factors:

    - 5% waste, multiple the room’s square footage by 1.05

    - 10% waste, multiply square footage by 1.10

    Here’s an example using a 10% waste allowance:

    Actual room size = 20 feet long | 15 feet wide

    20 ft x 15 ft = 300 square feet

    300 sq ft x 1.10 waste = 330 square feet of floor tile needed

    Free Online Floor Tile Estimator

    To further assist you in calculating your floor tile needs as accurately as possible, we have a free online floor tile estimator that is especially useful for calculating the square footage of irregularly shaped rooms and/or rooms that have lots of jogs, curves, corners and cut-outs as part of their configuration.

    Before you begin using this tool, you’ll want to make a rough sketch of the room to be tiled and notate the exact wall by wall measurements that make up the room’s footprint. Once that’s accomplished, be sure to have your sketch on hand for use with this tool.

    To access our free floor tile estimator now, simply click on the link below and use your browser’s back button to return to this page.

    Whether you calculate your tile flooring needs by hand or use the online estimator, it’s always a good idea to double check your calculations and have them reviewed by an experienced floor tile professional. Regardless of whether your intend to install the tile yourself or contract the services of a professional installer, you’ll want to be sure your numbers are absolutely correct before ordering your natural stone tile.

    Natural Stone Floor Tile

    While you’re here, be sure to check out our beautiful collection of all natural, Mexican Floor Tile. Whether your project calls for the warm, earthy tones of Travertine Tile. the traditional, elegant look of Marble Tile. or the luxurious, incomparable beauty of Onyx Tile. you’re bound to find exactly what you need among our natural stone floor tile selections!


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