Replace kitchen floors?


Remove existing kitchen flooring (laminate and under cabinets and appliances 😫)and replace with new flooring? Help!!

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Laminate flooring layed on top of a lanolium floor

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  • Annie Annie on Apr 26, 2020

    Your laminate might be easy to take up, if they didn't use much (or any) glue underneath. You need to remove that one wood board. It doesn't look like there is a separate transition piece there? Is that just the edge of the wood board I see?

    Are you sure the laminate runs under the cabinets and right to the wall?

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    • Annie Annie on Apr 26, 2020

      That would be great if the lino comes up easily. As for it being run up to the cabinets....if u don't want to take out the cabinets (and who would?) just remove the trim piece there.

      Then run the flooring up to base of cabinets and put on a new quarter round piece of trim.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 26, 2020

    When we moved a cabinet we discovered that our sheet vinyl wasn't continued under that. Seems like the folks that build our home took as many shortcuts as possible.

    If this is glued down (and odds are that it is) it will require a heavy duty long pole scrapper to get this up. And it is not easy work unless you luck out and the person that installed it hardly used any glue.

    First check to see how far the flooring goes.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Apr 26, 2020

    Sorry, just a little confused if you could clarify. I am assuming the linoleum flooring is the kitchen? It is hard to tell in the pic. Or is that a different room and the wood flooring is what you want to take out? Or are you talking about removing all of it?

    If they laid that wood flooring over the laminate and you want to keep the wood, I would cut the linoleum right at the edge of the wood plank. Then tear up the flooring from that spot if you can. Then when you replace the linoleum, you would butt it up against the wood and get a threshold.

    OR....if you are talking about replacing all of it, rip it all out and put the new flooring material over the subflooring.

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    • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Apr 26, 2020

      Thanks for the clarification! What Ken said below is a great description of what I would do too

  • on Apr 26, 2020

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  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Apr 26, 2020

    You can take a circular saw with depth set slightly deeper than the floor thickness. Cut out a section and start pulling the flooring up. You may be able to pull planks out from under cabinets. Appliances need to be removed to do the job. You may need a trim saw to get planks out from under cabinets. Base molding probably may need to be installed at edges. New floor shouldn't go under cabinets.

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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 27, 2020

    You should either purchase or rent a scraper to remove the floor. Use a vibrating saw to cut at the edge of your cabinets so that you do not have to remove cabinets. Then install new flooring up to the cabinets and add shoe molding to finish the look.

  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Apr 27, 2020

    This job might not be as daunting as you’re thinking. First off, laminate flooring isn’t glued down. This is why it’s called a ‘floating floor’. It just lays on top of what’s already there so it can expand and contract with humidity changes. remove the existing flooring first pull off the base and quarter round molding, then pull up the existing laminate one piece at a time. When you get to the cabinets use a oscillating tool to cut through the existing flooring. Rental stores might have one, or you can buy or perhaps borrow one. Now you’re ready to lay your new floor. Here’s a picture of a multi-tool and a link to buy one.

  • Seth Seth on Apr 28, 2020

    You may need to remove the toe kick trim at the bottom of the. cabinets. You may find the flooring barely goes under the toe kick, just enough to have the edge hidden, and you can easily remove it. If not, Zard's suggestion of using an oscillating tool will work. Also, many types of laminate can be scored with a sharp utility knife blade and snapped off cleanly.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Apr 30, 2020

    I would just install laminate all through to even all out

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Sep 29, 2021

    you dont want to lift up your cabinets .. just make sure you have new tiles under dishwasher and refrigerator

  • Deb K Deb K on Nov 05, 2021

    Hi Crystal, when we got our flooring they just put a thin subfloor over the existing linoleum. As long as the flooring is level, you should be able to just go right over it.