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3 Tips for Creating a Flooring Budget

by Jason Brubaker

Whether you are looking to add flooring to a newly built commercial space, or are looking to upgrade the floors during a renovation project, you need the best price estimate so you can create a reasonable budget that is within your company's means. There are several cost planning details that you need to take into consideration when figuring our project costs. With careful planning and getting advice from flooring experts, you will be able to learn how to calculate material and installation expenses so you can have the right materials for your commercial space. Here at Nydree Flooring, we have broken down the steps so you can develop the best flooring rough estimate based on your building's needs.

Performing Room Calculations

Most flooring materials are sold by the square foot, although you can purchase certain materials in special widths. So you will have to calculate the size of the room by the area's width as well as its length. Here are several steps in calculating the dimensions of your commercial room:

Request Product Samples

When you have the samples on hand during your cost planning, you can decide on the layout of the plank pieces and reposition them as needed to create the best interior design for your space. This will also allow you to figure out the amount of material you will need in case you are combining two different products in the same commercial space, such as wood flooring and stone tiles.

Square Off the Space

You may have a commercial space that is not entirely a square or rectangular shape. There may be small nooks and spaces that don't extend the full wall length in other areas of the room. You want to square off the area of the room into rectangles or squares so you can make more accurate calculations.

After you have squared off the room, take measurements of the width and length of each squared off. You will be able to figure out the feet and inches of the room as you will multiply those numbers together to know the total square footage dimensions. Once you have these preliminary calculations done, you will be able to figure out how much material you need and the total costs for those materials based on retailer and wholesaler pricing.

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Add in Extra Materials

Sometimes flooring projects go awry during the installation process or during the daily operations of your commercial business. Always purchase more flooring than you need at the beginning of the construction project in case you will need to replace or repair a section of flooring that becomes damaged. This method ensures that you won't run out materials and you will have extra on hand to make repairs.

In addition, you should also have these extra materials available so you won't have to worry about mismatched flooring pieces in case the manufacturer decides to discontinue or change the product line. You will want to figure in at least 10% of extra flooring materials into your calculations.

Evaluating Other Installation Estimates

Estimating your installation flooring costs can be broken down into 4 different topics: demolition and disposal of previous flooring, preparation of subflooring, labor costs and finishing costs. Many people skip out in doing this vital step at the beginning of their construction design phase as they run into problems with their established flooring budgets later on.

Demolition/Disposal Costs

Most contractors and builders will include the costs of demolition and disposal into the main project budget. Yet for small commercial spaces, you may decide to take on this part of the project yourself to cut down on your expenses. The best way to figure out if you should personally perform this DIY project is to figure out the expenses for the demolition and disposal of the old flooring, and then find out how much you will be charged for those tasks by the contractor.

Labor Costs

Installation costs should also take into consideration the labor work that will be needed and any unexpected tasks that may have to be performed. This work may include underlayment, adhesives, extensive subflooring repairs and other factors. By figuring out the labor costs, you can compare bid quotes from contractors to ensure you get the right commercial flooring installation at the best price.

By using Nydree Flooring for your space planning when installing flooring materials, you can work directly with a flooring company that can help figure out the correct calculations so you have a better idea on how much flooring material will be required and the material costs.