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Old 10-26-2011, 12:26 PM   #1
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Kitchen Cabinets on top of finish floor?


In a kitchen remodel, should the Cabinets go on top of the finish floor? (vinyl or tile) I've heard different opinions from local contractors/craftsmen on this point.

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In my view it depends on the flooring or your budget - it doesn't really matter. You should decide based on what is more important to you.

If it's expensive: not flooring under your cabinets can save you possibly hundreds of dollars.
If it's thin and cheap like laminate: easier to roll it out to the corners as cabinets set in place just inhibit the use of it.
If it's fragile or easily scratched or messed up: lay the flooring after - any installation of anything can damage it and cause problems which can cost money sometimes. . . nothing sucks more than that!

So - cost, ease of install, preserving the quality. What you do relies on what's more important to you.

I - personally - am doing cheap thin vinyl flooring tiles - to save money (though not much) I won't be putting it under the cabinets and this will also spare me the annoyance of any potential damages - which can be fixed - but not without getting under my skin first.

The only problem that comes from not flooring under counters is water-damage . . . this area should be water-proofed like a bathroom (above code - nontraditional - but an unprotected floor is potential water damage and bucco bucks later on.)

If you're installing a thick flooring (like hardwood or tile) it's common to fill the area under the cabinets with a cheap flooring material (osb, ply, etc) that's the same thickness so you save cost - but the real flooring isn't overlapping too much of the cabinetry which makes it easier to remodel the kitchen at some point.
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I always put the whole floor down before the cabinets go in.
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yes I agree with you ron we also put floor down before cabinets..ben
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