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Question DetailsAsked on 10/29/2017

Should tile be grouted under kitchen cabinets?

I have new tile and cabinets being installed. The contractor started installing cabinets before the floor is grouted. Why would this be done?

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Cabinets should not go in until the tile is grouted - both because the grout is needed to make the floor basically waterproof (without it under cabients, during any leak event water will go right down to the subflooring and wet it readily), but also the grout is a major part of the strength of a tile floor - without it the tiles readily pop free due to lack of lateral confinement.

And working on ungrouted tile risks popping tiles loose, and also getting sawdust and dirt into the ungrouted joints - which will then at least make for more (needless) work for the tile contractor, and possibly result in grout popout in the future if not thoroughly cleaned out before grouting.

Also working on the tile before the grout has been sealed and cured makes for dirty grout lines.

If these are individual contractors working directly for you, you need to tell him to remove and store the cabinets until you inform him the tile contractor is done AND the grout has been sealed and set the specified time (commonly at least a couple of days after grouting and at least one full day after sealing - prefearably two). And the cabinet removal and reinstallation should be at no extra cost to you, because that was just a dumb move on the intaller's part.

If using a General / Remodeling contractor and these are subcontractors to him (or his employees) then HE is the one you should contact about getting them out until the tile is done, then he should contact his sub about correcting the mistake.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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