April 11, 2018

Why Install New Kitchen Flooring Before Your Cabinets


Morgan Contractors


Why Install New Kitchen Flooring Before Your Cabinets

When remodeling the kitchen, homeowners often wonder what the proper order of installation should be for the many fixtures that make up a remodel. When it comes to deciding what the order should be for the installation of the floor and the cabinets, it is generally much better to install a hardwood floor before the cabinets.

This general rule of thumb applies to the assumption that a full remodel of the kitchen is being performed and the cabinets and floor are being replaced in the same project. Here are a few reasons why it’s advisable to install the floor before the cabinets.

Flooring Options and Cabinet Height

If you replace your cabinets before the floor, it is very possible that you may severely limit your flooring options due to the height issues that relate to appliances. Cabinets need to be a standard 36 inches above the floor so that they match up to the standardized height of various appliances. This prevents a headache when trying to remove or replace appliances, as you would not want any appliance to be “trapped” under the floor and require ripping up portions of the floor to remove it.

For those who do not adhere to this rule, it is likely you will have certain flooring varieties, such as solid hardwood or tile, eliminated from your choices. In the event that the cabinets are already installed, one can achieve a consistency in height by inserting plywood under the layers of flooring, but this will take more time and money to accomplish.

Option to Change Cabinets

Styles of hardwood floors are time-tested, and will typically outlast the styles of cabinets. Installing your new flooring first will give you the option of swapping out different cabinet styles over time, while keeping the floor that you wanted throughout the process.

Cleanest Cabinet Look

Installing the floors before the cabinets gives you the peace of mind that that edges and surfaces of the floor and cabinets will line up cleanly upon installation. You won’t need to worry about adding quarter round to the cabinets, giving you the option of having clean toe kicks that match the cabinets and allow the hardwood to just “flow” underneath.

Mitigate Potential Damage

Installing floors after installing the cabinets can leave your new cabinets susceptible to nicks or stains that can occur during the demo, install, or sanding and finishing of the new floors. This would require you to either completely replace the cabinet or just live with the damage done to the new cabinets. For this reason, installing the floor when your old cabinets are still in place is a much better option, as the damage done to the cabinets designated for replacement will be irrelevant.

Considering a kitchen remodel but don’t know where to start? Morgan Contractors has decades of experience designing, constructing, and remodeling a variety of rooms and houses. Contact us to see how we can help you achieve your dream home.