The general Cabinets, Floor or Wall Painting -Before-Or-After question is one that plagues many home owners. In a particular scenario you may suggest Installation of the floor first, followed by cabinet & appliance installation and finally the painting job. The process might be easier, but wouldn’t be the right one.
So the question still remains unanswered, Which to install first Cabinets or Floor? This discussion is probably one of the most often disagreed upon subjects with wooden flooring.
Install Cabinets, First!
A wooden floor has to be free to expand and contract with seasonal changes in humidity, and it can’t do that with heavy cabinets resting on top of it. That’s not the only problem: The floor installation team would have a tough time cutting out the strips that extend under the cabinets in case you ever planning to replace the flooring.You would not only be spending money on a surface you’ll never see, but you would also be increasing the risk of scratching your new floor if you install the cabinets after the floor has been installed. Those are all good reasons to lay floor after the cabinets & appliances are in.
But in a scenario where you are shifting into a new home and need to install the flooring first, don’t worry Platinum Flooring company has formalized a technique that will avoid some of the problems we just described above. So here is how we would go about it:
- We would put all the base cabinets in place
- Then mark a line on the subfloor corresponding to the front edge of the toekick.
- Now remove the cabinets and screw a plywood filler piece to the subfloor about ½ inch inside the lines, which would be under the cabinets.
- This plywood filler piece should be ideally 2 inches wide and about 1/8 inch thicker than the total thickness of the flooring (which would also include any vapor barrier or cushion)
- Now screw a strip of the same thickness to the floor next to the wall and then install the new flooring.
- Finally, install the cabinets on both strips and attach the toekicks.
- Now your flooring would be able to expand and contract beneath the toekick without revealing a gap.
However, having seen these situations numerous times we’ve found more damage is incurred to floors when the cabinets are installed afterwards.
A Few Words on Painting Before Flooring or Flooring Before Painting?
One off-shoot for the above stated question is whether one should paint the home interiors before installing floors or vice a versa. Dripping paint on pre-finished wood flooring, isn’t fun? While dripping paint on your newly installed carpets would be disastrous!
Painting your home interior after the floor installation has several advantages to offer. The colors of your installed floor along with the chosen colors for the ceiling and walls have a strong impact on how one would experience the room. Depending on the choice and combinations you make, you can change the specific style and aesthetics of the room.
Light-colored floors will always make a room more airy and look optically larger. Moreover, light tints give a room a clean, rustic and timeless look.
Light wooden floors well- balanced with darker furniture make for a surprising combination.
Whereas dark floors are ideal to create contrast. They coalesce well with light walls or with other dark colors used to add a note or as accessories.
Too many dark colors will produce a somber effect at the expense of the overall atmosphere. Hence it is advisable to add a few striking accessories in the interior.