If you install the floating kitchen floor over concrete test for moisture before you begin. It s easy to click boards together but how you handle transition areas makes the difference between a professional and amateur looking job.
This piece should be at least 2 inches wide and about inch thicker than the total thickness of the flooring including any vapor barrier or cushion.
Installing floating floor around kitchen cabinets. In this video i. Size the foam underlayment and cut it with a utility knife. Screw a strip of the same thickness to the floor next to the wall.
Installing the floating floor 1 roll out the foam underlayment in a single layer across the floor. For installations that go over existing flooring in kitchens where cabinets are already installed i leave a 1 4 gap for expansion and trim out around the cabinets with matching quarter round from the flooring supplier. I have been installing laminate flooring since the product first became popular.
Installing the cabinets on the flooring could bind the floor due to the weight of the cabinets. Cabinets are not recommended to be installed over a floating floor especially cabinets that have a heavy granite counter top. Laminate flooring is a floating floor system that installs over a foam membrane and never attaches to the subfloor.
We install euro cabinets on leg levelers over existing wood floors and there hasn t been a problem so far. In other words put legs on your cabinets and let them float on top of the floating floor. Seal the edges of a piece of 3 by 3 foot plastic sheeting onto the floor with duct tape.
Follow the directions included with your particular flooring but in general put down one row of laminate end to end and lay subsequent rows next to the first locking the built in tongues and grooves in the edges of the planks together until you reach the cabinets. Many people install this floor type before filling the room with furniture or appliances or things such as the kitchen cabinets but according to ds brothers ltd a company of builders in london it can still be done after the cabinets are in place with some skill. Depending on the look you want you could have euro style legs with a detachable kick or traditional cabinet legs which would cost more.
Remove the cabinets and screw a plywood filler piece to the subfloor about inch inside the line where it will be under the cabinets. It is easier to install laminate flooring in a kitchen when there are no. Now install the new flooring but keep it about a inch from the first filler strip.
The proper installation would be to install the cabinets and then install the flooring around the cabinets. Lay the laminate flooring out against one straight wall of the room.