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## Choosing Vinyl Flooring

An important part of any home-décoration scheme is the choice of flooring. Modern, easy-to-clean and lay, smooth-surfaced floorings provide a wide range of colours and designs which are attractive, versatile and hard-wearing. Choosing, calculating and laying techniques are described in this article.

When choosing plastic tiles or sheeting for your floor covering, the first step is to find out the amount of material you need to cover the area.

### Calculating How Many Tiles You Need

To calculate the number of tiles needed, draw a scale plan of the floor to be covered, on graph paper.

First, measure the floor area of the room. Next, draw the outline, to scale, on the graph paper.

Count the number of squares and part squares within the outline. Each square or part of a square, represents a tile and this gives the number of tiles needed.

If a pattern is required, plan out the design on the graph paper, using a different colour for the motif tiles. These can be counted separately or deducted from the total number of tiles for the area.

### Sheet flooring

The amount of sheet flooring or linoleum can be calculated quite easily. It is normally made in widths of l.22m, 1.52m or 1.83m and in length of up to 27.45m.

Measure the total floor area. Multiply the length by the width to obtain the area in square metres. Where a patterned covering, with repeats at 230mm, 305mm or 460mm, is to be used, allow for the pattern repeat on each strip of flooring.

Generally, the sheet is laid so that the pattern appears to recede from the room entrance, unless a pattern is laid across a room specifically to give an illusion of width.

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