# Some vital tips for building materials calculation

At the time of working out a job for construction, it is recommended to apply few formulas which will aid in finishing a project effectively. Given below, some importance guidelines so that you can become a master in measuring building materials.

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### Step 1

Compute the concrete - Most building projects are commenced from the ground up and they should start with concrete. Multiply the length with width and height of the base, then divide that number by 27. It will determine the required concrete in cubic yards.

### Step 2

Compute the 2-by-4 lumber for framing walls - Modify the total length of the wall to be constructed into inches (feet multiplied with 12). Now, the length in inches should be divided with 16. It will provide the number of 2-by-4s required for one wall.

### Step 3

Measure wall sheathing - Multiply the length of the wall with height to obtain the square feet of the wall surface. As most sheathing (plywood, drywall, paneling) is available in 4-by-8-foot sheets, select the square feet of one sheet (32) and employ it to divide the square feet of the wall. It will equal the number of 4-by-8 sheets to cover the wall.

### Step 4

Workout the framing and decking for a roof - Divide the total length of the roof with 2 feet to determine the quantity of rafters required to frame the roof. For the decking, multiply the length with the width of the roof, modify to inches and divide with 32, get the square feet of one sheet of plywood. It will equal the number of plywood sheets one will require.

### Step 5

Compute shingles or other roofing materials - Three bundles of shingles are equivalent to one square of shingles. One square of shingles is identical to 100 square feet. Then, multiply the length with the width of the roof and divide that number with 100. It will provide you the amount of material in squares required for roofing. To modify into bundles, multiply that number with three.