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Installing cabinets atop laminate flooring

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KMS Woodworks Last reply on Sep 17, 2012

I've heard two opposing viewpoints and am confused. If you do install cabinets first should you build up subfloor to height of flooring? This is new construction.

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  • Designs by BSB
    Designs by BSB Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 15, 2012

    how thick is the laminate flooring? It is most common that all subfloor materials be installed under the cabinetry. If your flooring is 1/4" or more I would also put it under the cabinetry. Otherwise you start decreasing the height of your toe space on the cabinets in addition lowering the height of your counter tops. You really want 36" (cabinets are 34-1/2+1-1/2" top). Most flooring companies prefer to put down the finished floor before the cabinets so they are not cutting out the floor to fit the puzzle.

  • LandlightS
    LandlightS Roswell, GA
    on Sep 15, 2012

    Yes. You want a matching thickness underlayment for the cabinets and any open areas for the dishwasher, trash compactor and refrigerator. This way the appliances can slide into and out of place easily for installation and repair. Enjoy your new kitchen: Gary

  • Marianne Radley
    Marianne Radley
    on Sep 16, 2012

    I guess the debate stems from laminate needing to "float". Makes sense but also makes sense to have it run underneath. Both methods came from the helpful folks at Home Depot and Lowes. Seemed that it depends on who you talk to because we asked at both stores on different days with different employees and got different answers. The installer said it didn't matter. I find that hard to believe. It should be a do or don't to me.

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 16, 2012

    Gary makes a very very good point. Trust me! We found out the hard way the importance of that when recently replacing a dishwasher. I also agree with Becky Sue about decreasing the height of your counters and toe area. Though we haven't noticed any problem there in hind sight it would have been better to at the very least add extra sheeting under the cabinets so as to not have the problem we did with the dishwasher. This could also work out if you want the laminate to "float".

  • Designs by BSB
    Designs by BSB Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 16, 2012

    Floating laminate is typically after the cabinets are installed. Subfloor - under the cabinets for sure.

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Sep 16, 2012

    Keep in mind that laminates are considered disposable floors, and that after just a few years will look pretty sad...if these are installed UNDER the cabinets is is going to be a real bugger to replace them. I prefer to install tile in Kitchens...which would then be installed under everything...here the flooring lifespan can match that of the cabinets.

  • Marianne Radley
    Marianne Radley
    on Sep 17, 2012

    I prefer tile also, but this is my brother - in - laws. Can't seem to get him to make a move unless its his way!

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Sep 17, 2012

    Yup...stubborn people often have to deal with more problems down the road because they seem to refuse to accept the wisdom and common sense of experience.

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