CALCULATING SQUARE FOOTAGE
Estimating Tile Quantities – Our Square Footage calculator calculates the amount of tile needed (including 10% waste)
When measuring for floor tile the rule is:
Length x Width + Waste = Amount Needed
Waste Factor will vary based upon tile size, layout, configuration of room, patterns, etc. Typical waste factor is about 10%.
Actual Area: 8 ft 7 in x 5 ft 2 in
Convert to inches, actual area: 103 in x 62 in
103″ x 62″= 6386 inches / 144 (1 sf) = 44.50 sf + waste factor (44.50 x 1.10) = 49 sf
The same method is used when measuring walls. Measure the area to be tiled on each wall. Add them together and figure the square footage. Add your waste factor and this is the amount needed.
Most vertical applications will require trim pieces which have finished edges, this requires a linear measurement. Trim pieces will be used:
1. Where a tiled surface ends on an open wall leaving an exposed tile edge,
2. Where a vertical surface meets a horizontal, like on the edge of a countertop,
3. Where a vertical surface turns a corner, like on the outside corner of a wall.