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Old 03-29-2007, 11:00 AM   #1
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Engineered Flooring in Kitchen


HI, I have a new construction project and I have above grade concrete slab on the first floor. Will have someone install the flooring(vapor barrier, foam underlayment, floating floor).

I will go with engineered wood flooring on the first floor and I was advised to put down 3/4" plywood underneath the kitchen cabinets.

I am using a concrete sealer to take out any moisture issues underneath the cabinets and leveling out the concrete slab which isn't too bad.

My question is:

Should I leave out the plywood "subfloor" for the stove and dishwasher for the floor guy to install the floating wood flooring in those areas? I am only concerned that the plywood might show through when the finished flooring is complete. Or maybe I cut in 3 inches to eliminate that issue?

I have mocked up the base cabinets over the plywood to make sure that it doesnt extend over the kick boards of the cabinets.

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I would leave out the plywood for the dishwasher area and stove area. It will just look better and cause less issues down the road it there is flooring in those areas.

I would however go with a plywood subfloor that is the same thickness as your flooring. If it's a full 3/4 engineered flooring then by all means go with the 3/4 underlayment if it's only 1/2 inch flooring then drop back to 1/2 inch underlayment.

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