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Old 03-05-2015, 01:26 PM   #1
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Replacement of Laminate Floor In Kitchen


I have a laminate floor in my kitchen that is starting to fail, due in large part to bad installation. The click seams are breaking and the panels now flex at the seams when walked on.

My question: Is it possible to replace this laminate floor even though it extends under the kitchen cabinetry without having to remove the cabinets first? The kitchen cabinets were installed over top of the floor.

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#1, Laminate is a very poor choice in the first place for any kitchen, bathroom, laundry room.
One wet event and it's trash.
#2, Never ever should have been installed under the cabinets.
Best bet is to cut it out with a Toe Kick saw and a sawsall with a short course toothed blade and replace it with some other type of flooring.

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Like joe says, use a toe kick saw. Laminate can and has been used in kitchens successfully. You need to glue the joints to make them waterproof but this makes for another problem when a piece needs to be replaced. A flexible, waterproof glue like eurobond is good.
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I have seen a dog's water dish ruin "sealed" laminate.
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I have seen a dog's water dish ruin "sealed" laminate.
Dog's dish should be on a mat and preferably not on wood floors. I've seen high-end engineered oak ruined within a few years. Solid " would do the same eventually.

If a floor might get wet and might not be attended to immediately, use vinyl or ceramic instead.

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I have seen a dog's water dish ruin "sealed" laminate.

Seald how? Obviously not properly. I have seen properly sealed (glued) kitchen laminate last for over 20 years.
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Whatever you think. Most pro installers won't put it in a wet area.
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It might be easier, but it wouldn't be better. A laminate floor has to be free to expand and contract with seasonal changes in humidity, and it can't do that with heavy cabinets resting on top of it. you run the risk of scratching your new floor if you install the cabinets after it's in place. Those are all good reasons to lay a kitchen floor after the cabinets are in.

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