What is a laser tape measure — and is one better than a standard tape measure?

Laser tape measure in hand against white wall
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What is a laser tape measure is an interesting question. The humble tape measure has been an essential companion for DIYers, self builders, home renovators and trades for years so what does a laser tape measure offer that a standard tape measure doesn’t?

Well, you won’t need to worry about how far it can extend without bending and twisting like a traditional tape. But on the other hand you won't be asking yourself ‘What is the diamond on a tape measure? because it won’t have one.  

Here we look at what is a laser tape measure, how to use a laser tape measure, why you might need one and if they worth it. 

What is a laser tape measure?

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.