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Old 07-05-2007, 06:03 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone,

I have a question that is bothering me:

Laminate floor is supposed to be floating. But if you put your refriegerator and stove on top of it, why can't you do the same thing with cabinets.

The weight of the frig and stove should be more than cabinets. I thought/read that cabinets were fastened to the wall.

I understand the whole thing about the dishwasher, that if it leaks, my bad choice of putting the dishwasher on top of the laminate.

So if you fasten the cabinets to the wall, and the weight of the frig, the weight of the stove and the weight of the dishwasher, couldn't you still laminate the entire kitchen floor?

Or is it that I'm not seeing the light bulb. I'm planning to gut/replace my entire kitchen and this is the one topic that I can't a good answer to.

Thanks to everyone that reply's.

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Has someone told you that you can't put your cabinets on laminate flooring?

It's my understanding and correct me if I'm wrong, that a floating floor refers to the fact that it is neither fastened nor glued to any substrate, it floats.

I can't see any reason not to run your flooring under the cabinets unless you want to save money by not purchasing the added flooring it takes. It's easier to assemble this way and takes the time and frustration away from cutting around the cabinets.

As far as I am aware there aren't any weight restrictions other than what you would consider common sense.

By all means...have at it, lay the floor first.

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I've not heard anyone saying it shouldn't be done. My understanding is that this is very popular in Europe. But I suspect some may recommend against it as water damage can be an issue as you noted.

I personally like tile in the kitchen for this reason... Some big spill will happen and wouldn't want to go through the hassle of a repair.
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the best is not to use laminate... use hardwood or tiles... laminate does not add value to your home on important places like kitchen...

but if you insist... yes, laminate the whole kitchen to avoid those headached at edges... I know they talk about expansion space...stuff... I am yet to see a laminate fail because of expansion... may be 1 in a million... but you sure will have enough expansions on some of the edges..
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It is not recommended to install cabinets over laminate flooring. The floor expands and contracts. You may cause buckling in the floor.

Examples:

"Do not install cabinets over laminate flooring....."
http://www.flooring.dupont.com/en/install/wood/wood.pdf

"There must be a gap between walls and any other obstacle..."
http://ezinearticles.com/?Installing...nts!&id=307282

"We recommend that cabinets be installed before installing Pergo. Run the Pergo up to the kick plate, leaving an expansion space and cover the space with a Pergo quarter round or end molding. However, cabinets may be installed after the floor is in place IF they are NOT fixed or attached to the Pergo floor. Cabinets and islands can be anchored to the subfloor. Should any anchoring bolts or screws be placed through Pergo, the drilled holes must be larger than the diameter of the bolts to allow for the required floating floor expansion space."
http://www.pergo.com/US_Installation_FAQ.aspx

"If you are installing laminate flooring in your kitchen, you should have the cabinets in place beforehand. This is not the case when installing hardwood flooring, but you have to remember that the hardwood is solid wood, whereas laminate flooring is made from engineered wood. It does not have the same level of hardness. This means that you will have to learn how to install laminate flooring around the cabinets. This is also why you need to have a saw to cut the planks when you need smaller sizes and pieces to fit around the cabinets." -http://www.ezilon.com/articles/artic...llation-Easier

There are other matters to consider and do, when installing laminate in a kitchen (or bath). Example: All exposed edges should be siliconed so as to protect the flooring material's core from moisture. Read up on ALL the important installation instructions, including acclaimation of the flooring itself.....

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Hello Everyone,

Thanks for all information!!

You have made my decision on what and what not to do with the flooring in the kitchen.

I need to install the cabinets first and then the flooring.

Thanks again for the information!

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It is not recommended to install cabinets over laminate flooring. The floor expands and contracts. You may cause buckling in the floor.

Examples:

"Do not install cabinets over laminate flooring....."
http://www.flooring.dupont.com/en/install/wood/wood.pdf

"There must be a gap between walls and any other obstacle..."
http://ezinearticles.com/?Installing...nts!&id=307282

"We recommend that cabinets be installed before installing Pergo. Run the Pergo up to the kick plate, leaving an expansion space and cover the space with a Pergo quarter round or end molding. However, cabinets may be installed after the floor is in place IF they are NOT fixed or attached to the Pergo floor. Cabinets and islands can be anchored to the subfloor. Should any anchoring bolts or screws be placed through Pergo, the drilled holes must be larger than the diameter of the bolts to allow for the required floating floor expansion space."
http://www.pergo.com/US_Installation_FAQ.aspx

"If you are installing laminate flooring in your kitchen, you should have the cabinets in place beforehand. This is not the case when installing hardwood flooring, but you have to remember that the hardwood is solid wood, whereas laminate flooring is made from engineered wood. It does not have the same level of hardness. This means that you will have to learn how to install laminate flooring around the cabinets. This is also why you need to have a saw to cut the planks when you need smaller sizes and pieces to fit around the cabinets." -http://www.ezilon.com/articles/artic...llation-Easier

There are other matters to consider and do, when installing laminate in a kitchen (or bath). Example: All exposed edges should be siliconed so as to protect the flooring material's core from moisture. Read up on ALL the important installation instructions, including acclaimation of the flooring itself.....
I did not know that...thanks for the correction!

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