05:08PM | 03/04/05
Member Since: 03/03/05
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Ok, what is the consensus about this installation debate?

Contractor: Lay the laminate down and place all cabinets and appliances on top.

Me (home owner): Install all cabinets and appliances before the laminate installation.

I am arguing that the weight of the cabinets (and corian counters) will not allow the Pergo to "float" appropriately and may cause buckling at the joints.

The contractor thinks that the 1/4" gap along the walls (opposite the cabinets) will be enough to allow for appropriate expansion.

The kitchen is basically a rectangle. Cabinets in U shape with on side along one of the short walls and the other side forming a peninsula in the middle of the kitchen. In the middle of the U is an island.

I have not read the Pergo installation guidelines yet, but I plan on doing that this weekend.

Anyone have some experience or opinions they can share?




05:28PM | 03/08/05
Member Since: 03/15/04
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Absolutely do NOT install flooring before cabinets. Refrigerator, stove, etc. is fine. But, if you install cabinets , you WILL have problems, and it is not within manufacturers specs. I've been selling pergo since it was introduced in the U.S. and work with a master certified installer on a daily basis for the last 10 years. Please, install your cabinets first


07:32AM | 03/10/05
Member Since: 03/03/05
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Thanks for the info.

He is not the installer, just the contractor that is building the house.

Currently, I am reading the installation instructions to determine if it even says anything about installing the floor under cabinets.


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