05:43AM | 03/04/02
Member Since: 03/03/02
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I am looking to replace vinyl floors in my kitchen and replace with ceramic tile. I was told by a contractor that I should do the floor last after my cabinets are installed. But on the other hand, I hearing I should do the floor first. Helpless in NJ.


01:33PM | 03/04/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Deah Joiseygoil,
Being from Joisey originally, I have poetic license. LOL Put your cabinets in first. They're easier to level and you can grout right up to the base or simply install 3/4 round base molding and color caulk the holidays. Please make sure that your floor is solid before installing ceramic. My bill for this service is a pizza from Dominic's in Piscataway.
Good Luck,

[This message has been edited by Iceman (edited March 04, 2002).]


10:00AM | 03/14/02
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Generally, you should always work in the direction of gravity: ceilings, walls and cabinets, paint, then do the flooring. Otherwise, your flooring gets the construction-wear, paint splatter, and other problems. Do the floors last always.

As for base cabinets, nice floor materials are unnecessary underneath base cabinets. Even if you want to keep them level with the tile, it would be less expensive to install some sort of plywood. However, when the difference is a half an inch, you will not notice it.

There is no need to spend the extra money on decorative, resiliant floor material for space that will never be seen and does not need the resiliancy at all (because of no foot traffic).

Tile can also be unlevel at critical joints. If a seam happenes to coincide with the edge of a cabinet, then the cabinet will be less stable.

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