I am going to lay some laminate flooring in my kitchen but have a
problem that I don't want to lay it under the kitchen units and
therefore do not have a square room with all the laminate touching
I have therefore considered using a heavy duty glue such as gripfill to
stick the laminate down with.
Does anyone have any better suggestions to this or could anyone advise
why this might be a bad idea? I know that the laminate is supposed to
expand and contract slightly and was worried gluing might cause any
Thanks in advance
Laminate flooring is typically laid with 1/4" gap at the wall. If you put it
up against the wall, it will buckle when it expands (I've seen it done). As
it is meant to float anyway, cutouts around appliances are not a problem. If
you glue it down, it will have expansion problems. Before you do this, get
the manufacturers installation instructions. They all have them. The
warranty is void if those instructions are not fallowed. Also, make sure
that there is enough clearance to get things out (such as a built in
dishwasher). It would be a pain to have to tear out the flooring to replace
It really is, as some good friends of ours found out. Only it wasn't a
floating laminate floor, but a ceramic tile in an old-school mud base.
Turned a $900 dishwasher into something much more expensive and stressful.
They ended up tearing up the tile countertop to get it in.
A floating floor can be a really good thing, sometimes.
It's a very bad idea. Just lay the laminate down with the same gap as
recommended by the walls. Make sure you use silicone caulk around the
entire perimeter. Then put baseboard trim on the toekick of your
cabinets and/or 3/4 inch roundover trim. That will cover the gap.
For a dishwasher, what you do is raise up the front legs of the
dishwasher and lay your laminate partially under the diswasher (like
maybe 1/3 under the dishwasher. Lower the legs of the dishwasher and it
will look like there's flooring under it.
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