How to Measure for Slate Flooring

Slate flooring is very durable and attractive. Since slate is full of pores, it retains heat. This makes it feel better to walk on, compared to cement, with your bare feet. Slate has colors that range from grays to blues to greens. Slate flooring is starting to gain popularity in many homes today. It lasts for years and years with barely any maintenance at all. If you can lay down laminate or ceramic tiles, then laying down slate flooring should be an easy task. Slate can be laid in patterns and using tiles that are different sizes. This being the case, it is extremely important to have the measurements right in order to complete the project. To do measuring for slate flooring, the tools and steps are listed below.

Tools Needed for the Job

  • Measuring Tape
  • Calculator
  • Pencil or Marker
  • Graphed Paper (optional)

Step 1 – Measuring the Length and Width

Measure the length of the floor surface from the top to the bottom, and the width from left to right. It is crucial that you have these measurements correct. Measuring the length and width correctly will help you to find your center point to start tiling.

Step 2 – Rounding

Round the total of the length and width up to the nearest whole number. Mark this total in feet measurement. Rounding to the nearest whole number will more than likely result in you have a little extra material, which is recommended. 

Step 3 – Calculating the Surface Area

To get the total surface area of the floor where the slate flooring will be laid, multiply the total length by the total width. Example: if the flooring is 12 feet long and 14 feet wide, then you will multiply 12 x 14 =168. 168 would be the total surface area of the floor.

Step 4 – Make the Slate Selection

Select the type of slate that will be used. There will be several options available. A note should be made of the size of the tile. 

Step 5 – Calculations from Front to Back

Divide one tile length by the length of the room. If there are tiles or patterns that are 12 inches square, then use this calculation: 10 feet divided by 1 foot = 10 tiles for every row going from top to bottom.

Step 6 – Calculations from Side to Side

Divide the width of one tile by the length of the room. 14 feet divided by 1 foot equals 14 tiles that will be in each row from left to right. Multiply both of the tile numbers for the total tiles. Example: 10 tiles x 14 tiles would be equal to 140 tiles. 

Step 7 – Double Checking Measurements

Double check the measurements and the math used to calculate them. This can be done by drawing the floor area and the tile patterns on graph paper. This is an optional, but very helpful step. To be accurate, make sure it is kept to scale. It is always a good rule of thumb to add 10 percent more tiles. This will help to compensate or make up for any type of breakage or miscalculations.