Installing Wood Floors in Kitchens comes with Inherit Risk, but Little Matches the Beauty of a Wood Floor Kitchen
By Mark J. Donovan
||Question: Mark, I visit HomeAdditionPlus.com frequently as it is loaded with good home improvement information. One thing I couldn’t find on your site, however, is in regards to a question I have on whether or not you should install kitchen cabinets before or after installing wood flooring. I’ve received conflicting advice on what I should do. The kitchen cabinet installer told me I should put the kitchen cabinets in before the wood flooring to mitigate water damage to the wood floor in the inevitable event of a water leak under the kitchen counter and cabinets.
Another person told me that it’s best to install the kitchen cabinets after installing the wood flooring. I was hoping you could weigh in with your thoughts on this question. It would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Answer: G.H., Installing wood floors in kitchens certainly comes with some justifiable apprehensions and fear, and water damage is a major one. In addition, kitchen floors are heavily used and take a lot of abuse, particularly if the kitchen is a major entry point into the home. Also, kitchen floors have to contend with heavy objects occasionally falling on them, such as the frozen piece of meat, silverware, glasses and plates. Nonetheless, many people still install wood floors in kitchens on a regular basis. Wood floors can provide incredible beauty to a kitchen. Depending upon the hardness of the wood type they can also be quite durable. They can also be refinished if they eventually become significantly marred.
Second, they’ll also be able to do a better job of installing the wood flooring by simply having to trim the ends along the wall line.
Many kitchen cabinet installers would prefer to see the kitchen cabinets installed first, because it’s easier on them. If the wood floors are installed first, they need to be more careful not to damage the wood floors. With a little upfront preparation, e.g. installing protective paper over the wood floor, and being a little careful they should be able to install the kitchen cabinets without damaging the wood floors.
So install your new wood floor before installing the cabinets and enjoy your remodeled kitchen.
For help on finding a wood flooring installation contractor, see HomeAdditionPlus.com’s Wood Flooring Installation Bid Sheet. It will help ensure that you find and hire the right flooring installation contractor for your wood flooring project. In addition, it will help to ensure that your wood floor installation is completed on time and on budget.
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