July 20, 2022 Ron Gauthier

Kitchen Remodeling: Is Flooring Done First or Last?

Kitchen Remodeling: Is Flooring Done First or LastMany steps go into a successful kitchen remodeling project, and it’s important to follow the right order to achieve the ideal results. For example, one common question that comes up during the planning phases is whether the kitchen flooring or cabinets should go in first.

Every contractor has their own approach to planning a renovation project. But there are a few best practices that should always be considered for flooring installation. When you install the new materials in the right order, it speeds up the job and minimizes potential complications along the way.

Kitchen Flooring Installation Considerations

Here are a few of the factors to consider when deciding whether to install kitchen flooring before or after other big installations (such as cabinets and appliances):

  • Long Term Results: Putting in the flooring first improves longevity if you decide to make any changes in the future. Include the floor under the entire room instead of only around the cabinets. Then, if you decide to change the cabinets, appliances, or kitchen layout in the future, it reduces the need for additional remodeling at that time. All floors should be a permanent installation to set the right foundation for future home improvement projects.
  • Type of Flooring: Another consideration that needs to be addressed is the type of flooring you are installing. For example, many types of flooring products can be installed before the cabinets. But if you choose a “floating” floor with a tongue and groove design (such as vinyl, laminate, and hardwood), it might not be best to put cabinets on top of the flooring. These installations need room to contract, expand, and move with the house.
  • Potential Damage to the Floors: One benefit of waiting to install the flooring is avoiding potential damage when other kitchen features are installed. Some contractors prefer to work top-to-bottom to prevent paint drips, scratches, and other types of damage that can affect the flooring when the cabinets and appliances are going in. These issues can be avoided by covering the flooring if needed. Laying down a drop cloth should take care of any potential damage during construction.

Each installation project is unique, which is why it’s best to get personalized advice from a flooring expert. Get your kitchen remodeling project done right from the beginning by choosing the most durable, on-trend flooring option. For more information, contact On the Level Flooring at (951) 764-7726.

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