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Installing Cabinets Could “Explode” Your Floors

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Ken's Quick Answer:

Install flooring AFTER cabinets—never break this rule. Pinning down cabinets on top of hardwood and luxury vinyl floors is a recipe for disaster and will lead to a failed installation.

Ken's In-Depth Answer:

Someboday. called me—very upset. They had installed a luxury vinyl plank floor in their kitchen and the whole installation exploded. We went out and inspected. What did we find? Well, he had luxury vinyl plank installed, but then he put cabinets on top of it.

Closeup of hardwood flooring damage in a commercial space

Break this rule at your peril: Don't ever install heavy cabinets on top of a floating floor. That goes for engineered wood and luxury vinyl plank. If the floor is floating, you can't pin it down.

If you pin down a floating floor, I'll almost guarantee that somewhere down the line the installation will fail and, yes, the floor will "explode."

So, a word to the wise: When it comes to floating floors, install your cabinets first and make the arrangement for the floor to go up to it.

If you have any questions about installing hardwood or luxury vinyl floors, give us a call at 401-214-0285 or visit our showroom. We serve customers throughout Rhode Island and southeastern New England, including Newport, Middletown, Jamestown, Portsmouth, Bristol and more.

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About Ken: Ken Fain is the co-owner of Island Carpet in Middletown, RI and a floorcovering veteran of more than 40 years. His popular 'Ask Ken' video series answers common flooring questions on a variety of topics. It has reached thousands of viewers on both YouTube and Facebook.


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