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Is it better to put new flooring around cabinets or under using laminates

had to pull out 3 floors in my kitchen the old cabinets were sunk 1'' sitting on the main floor ,i want to put in an laminate floor in should i put the cabinets on the main floor and go around them or run the the floor under them seeing that an laminate floor is considered an floating floor.

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I wouldn't install it under the cabinets. Laminate flooring will expand and may actually need to be trimmed after it has been installed and does expand. If you put it under your cabinets and tight to the wall it will have no where to go which could cause it to buckle in different places.

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Never put the flooring just up to the cabinets. Always go under. Leave the laminate flooring 3/4" away from the wall everywhere. If you butt it up to the cabinets, when it shrinks you will see a big gap all around the cabinets and when it expands it will buckle.

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3/4 inch???? What kind of trim are you covering that gap with, look at a box of laminate flooring, it calls for a 1/4 inch
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Sorry, meant 1/4". Still you get a better finished product when you go under the cabinets.
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I agree with darcym7 I did my own remod 15 years ago. New floor, new cabs, no problem if you know what your doing! Much better and a big +
for a future owner if they decide to get different cabs, but keep old floor. Cleaner look without the 1/4 round!
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Floor can't float if you put cabinets that will be filled with pots and pans and whatever else in them and I just changed cabinets last week and the floor was done around, no problems
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Yah right. I remod for a living. Change floor plan on every job
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Always do the entire floor when possible

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I remodel for a living. Floor plan changes on every job.
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I personally recommend solid hardwood flooring over any laminate product, it's worth the extra $ if you can afford it. You can sometimes get near perfect "seconds" for less than floating material. I just did my kitchen, hallway, and living room with solid walnut that I got for less than laminate it's more labor intensive, but much better. I still like my floating floor I installed 15 yrs ago in the breakfast room with base cabinets on top, very clean look without 1/4 rounds as trim and no sagging, spreading, or buckling.
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You can go around the cabinets if you want, leave a quarter inch gap and put half in quarter round down, how can a floating floor float if you put all that weight on it

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And who wants to reinstall the cabinets?

Your answer is spot on
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Exactly, thank you, I install laminate flooring all the time and have never went under the cabinets
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how about if you put in new cabinets.
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I don't have any problems with mine and I laid floor first, base cabs on top.
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9 times out of ten when you get new cabinets they're the same size, so there is no problem, who gets smaller cabinets when they get new ones?
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Different floor plan is why. I remod for a living. Happens on every job.
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So do I, if your doing a remod usually you re-do the floor, floors the last thing you do in a remod so it don't get screwed up
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I do not concur
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