The reasons to install the tile first are. When you want a solid composite-type countertop tile or a poured concrete top the entire existing top must come off revealing the cabinet bases.
Installing the tile before the cabinetry means the newly installed tile floor will likely be the workbench for the other trades involved in the project as well as being susceptible to abuse and damage.
Do you tile a kitchen floor before installing cabinets. If your tile is very expensive you wouldnt have to actually tile under the cabinets. Then install cabinets then the tiles can go down. If you lay the tiles up to the cabinets and in future want to replace the cabinets all you have to do is cut along the grout lines of the partial tiles and smash them out.
Flooring Before Cabinets Installing the floors before the cabinets has some advantages. You could use plywood to raise the level of the cabinets to the level of the floor. Whether you go with hardwood tile or vinyl having a wide open room allows for more full pieces of flooring to be installed.
In general if you are fitting a kitchen with plinths all you need to do is tile up to the legs and into any recess where an appliance fits -easy. I can see the logic to this lets say a tile is broken an. But if you have to install the flooring first heres a method that will avoid some of the problems I just described.
The other reason is when installing under the counter appliances the floor in the appliance space needs to be the same level as the flooring. The new countertop base should be constructed to. It is usually recommended that the cabinets be installed before the flooring as it saves you time and money by not purchasing or installing tile where it cant be seen under the cabinets.
This can save the installer time. The finish can be applied after the cabinet installation lessening concerns about marring the floors during the remodel. This is best acheived after the units are fitted and accurate dimensions can be taken.
With tile going in before the cabinets you need more square feet of tile but the installation process will be easier on an unobstructed surface. Put all the base cabinets in place then mark a line on the subfloor corresponding to the front edge of the toekick. Please note that this assumes that you are doing a full remodel in the kitchen both replacing the cabinets and the flooring at the same time.
Personally I prefer to tile under the cabinets but if someone is putting in 15 per square foot tiles it can get expensive for something that will be hidden under the cabinets. If you want the classic look of ceramic or porcelain tile in your kitchen you can have tile installed either before or after your cabinetry. Also tile is usually a good amount thicker than linoleum or wood laminate flooring and if you simply install it on top of your existing kitchen floor without removing the cabinets the resulting countertop height may be noticeably lower than before.
To avoid uneven flooring install floor panels or plywood risers underneath to level it out. But it works either way. Those are all good reasons to lay a kitchen floor after the cabinets are in.
There is one exception to this rule see below. The flooring contractor will not have to work around existing cabinetry so the work can go that much faster. There is nothing really wrong with putting the floor in after the cabinets however.
Hi Karen thanks for reaching out to us. If you have saved spare tiles finish laying the floor up to the wall and then install your new cabinets. There are some that want the tiles down first which is okay but if the floor is out then you end up with gaps and most of the time the builderGC does not plan to put shoe mold around.
May I ask what would be the better option to lay wooden or tiled floors before or after kitchen units are fitted. Floor covering or finish flooring is the surface that you see and walk on not the subfloor under the underlayment or underlayment between subfloor and finished layer. Just make sure the Durock or tile backer is down first.
One contractor is quoting to install the tile flooring then install new kitchen cabinets on top the second recommend installing cabinets first then lay the tile. Typically Cabinets Come Before Flooring In most cases given standard flooring heights you will install the cabinets before the floor covering. Floor fitter suggested after installation as if tileswooden floors are being changed then you dont have to remove the units.
Your flooring is higher than normal Some flooring is an inch or two higher than average. If you install wood product directly on concrete the moisture in the concrete will wick up into the cabinets and ruin the parts in contact with the concrete. We at Mosby evaluate each kitchen and then make the determination of which method will work best.
You also dont run the risk of scratching or damaging your flooring during the cabinet installation process. Generally it is much better to install the hardwood floors BEFORE the kitchen cabinets. It is commonly done to retrofit a new floor to an existing area with cabinets that will not be replaced.
It is just not our 1st choice. Installing the tile before the cabinetry means additional square footage for the installer but less detail and trim work. Installing Flooring First One of the benefits to installing the flooring prior to the cabinets is there will be fewer cuts to make.
More improtant than this is the setting out of any tiling. If this is the case install either floor panels or plywood risers beneath your cabinets to even the level.