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Old 02-04-2012, 09:02 AM   #1
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Is it best to install kitchen cabinets on top of Duraroc or tiled floor?
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If there's a dishwasher involved the only thing your looking for is to make up for the added height the tile board and tile add to the floor.
You could use plywood, Advantec, tile board and tile almost anything to get the needed height.
There going to be 50/50 on how to do this.
Using tile, waste tile and if the cabinets are sitting on top of it and you want to change the tile at some point your faced with having to figure out how to cut it to remove the old tile.
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1) The chances of damaging the finished tile floor when installing the cabinets afterward is a big consideration. 2) You either have to install tile under where all the cabinets will go and spend more for tile or make sure the tile extend under all base cabinets at least. This requires good communication between tile setters and cabinet planners. 3) It is very hard to get a tight fit between the base cabinets and the finished tile floor. Even using base shoe leaves gaps underneath and big gaps under the grout joints.

Installing the tile afterward gives a better finished product if the tile installers do a good job of fitting and grouting.
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Thanks for the tips.
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I agree with MNsawyergp,

I did a whole kitchen remodel with "brick" flooring (looks like authentic used bricks but are really pavers). I simply installed plywood sheets slightly less than the thickness of the tiles and the backer board on areas where the base cabinets sat on. This allows proper openings for the dishwasher, refrigerator, etc. A plus is I removed the old plywood that sat on the 1 x 3 diagonal boards which allows me to keep the finished surface with the adjoining wood floor as close as possible.
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