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Question DetailsAsked on 4/26/2015

cabinets installed over floating floors

can you install new base cabinets on a floating floor

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So weird that you are asking this question as I just had floating floor installed in a kitchen renovation and the cabinets just went in/on. I never thought to ask any questions of the kitchen people. Looking forward to hearing any answers... I hope....


Answered 4 years ago by angelwynd7


Several previous responses to that very question linked below -

One thing I would recommend- if running flooring in under, do make sure the new flooring runs in a couple of feet even if not all the way under (which it presumably would be), so the cabinets are not perched near the edge of it, which could cause it to bulge up from the edge being pushed down. My recommendation if going all the way in under - go clear to the walls all around and put in a watertight base trim like vinyl strip around there, caulked at the bottom as it is installed (where concealed under cabinets or behind appliances) so it acts as a water barrier, so any leak will not run down at the wall but willinstead run out under the cabinet where it can be controlled and seen. This means any toekick or base along the front edge of the cabinets should NOT be sealed, so water can run out if it is under there. This is contrary to normal practice with flooring run to the base of the cabinets only where you normally DO caulk it so floor washing liquid and spills do not go in under the base.

On the install - if getting a rigid, brittle countertop like true stone, I would NOT put a soft or highly compressible pad under the floating floor if it goes in under the cabients, so it cannot settle and crack the stone. Ditto to the bubble-wrap type padding - under constant loads I have found it leaks out and goes flat.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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