cabinets ceramic resized 600The other day I heard someone say they were going to install ceramic tile on the floor and then install cabinets on top of it. I guess that is okay, but why? The guy said that if he ever wanted to replace the cabinets, he wouldn’t have to worry about the flooring lining up with the new cabinets.

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Okay, I guess I understand that, but how often are you planning on replacing the cabinets? I’m guessing that by that time, the flooring will be out of date and you will be doing the entire project all over again…and that is just more tile to break up and haul away.

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As for now, why not install the cabinets first, and then lay the tile up to the cabinets? This way, you not only save the extra cost of buying and installing the additional tile, but there will be less fuss installing over possibly wavy tile, although that is what shims are for.  The savings could really add up. Take a cabinet depth of 2’ and multiply that by the linear footage of the cabinets to get a square footage. Plus, if you do decide to replace the cabinets in the future, the depth of the cabinets won’t change so you shouldn’t have to do anything to the tile, unless you change the configuration of the cabinetry.

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