03-23-2013 03:01 PM
Apologies if this has been asked before but I did not see it.
I am putting in some Allure vinyl tile flooring in a bathroom. Should this go under the cabinet or around it? The cabinet has not arrived yet but the cabinet maker said to put in the flooring under the cabinet.
03-23-2013 03:52 PM
03-23-2013 04:24 PM
Thanks for your question and welcome to the community.
Yes, this question has come up in various forms on the community in our flooring section, but no worries!
In your first question on your original post, you asked if you install the Allure vinyl tile flooring underneath or around the cabinets. The short answer is, always install around. Since the cabinets aren't in just yet, I would advise to get the measurements from your cabinet maker.
Once you do this, you can make an accurate measurement around where the future base cabinets will go. Most flooring systems, including Allure, are a lot more efficient with them being placed around permanent fixtures and walls. Failure to do so can and will mostly likely void the warranty you have with your Allure.
Allure's system needs this due to it constantly contracting and expanding throughout its lifetime. Plus, if there were any unforeseen accidents or replacement in the future, replacing the floor will be much easier. Any tables or appliances that are movable won't be an issue, due to the high pounds per square foot on each Allure tile.
Allure and including almost all resilient vinyl floors require at least 1/4" gap from the wall (or cabinet base). This is due to contraction and expansion as stated earlier. That gap will then be covered by quarter round mouldings or room transition strips.
As stated earlier, simply measure out where the future cabinets will be. Snap a chalk line to ensure your new Allure floor won't go over where the new cabinets will be. Best of all, taking the cabinets out of consideration will mean less floor for you, and more money back into your pocket!
I hope this information has helped you out, and let us know if you have any further questions/concerns.
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03-24-2013 01:25 PM
Thanks for the answer.
Pretty much what I thought, I will talk to the cabinet maker and unless he has a very convincing argument of why the flooring should be down first, I will wait until the cabinet is in, before doing it.