Can cabinets be installed on top of the flooring?

This answer depends on which type of Urban Surfaces flooring is being installed. Generally, flooring should be the final trade on a job. The cabinets should be set, the walls painted, etc. Damage can occur as tradesmen work on top of the finished floor covering.

A good determining question: Are the cabinets going to be installed longer than the floor covering? If yes, then install the cabinets first so no damage to the base of the cabinets will be made at the time the flooring is removed down the road.

If custom cabinets are being built and flooring is to be installed under them, ensure the cabinet makers know the thickness of the flooring so they can determine the overall height the cabinets need to be to finish at the desired height.

Typically, flooring is laid under the refrigerator and dishwasher areas. Ensure the spacing between the flooring and the countertop will be sufficient for the height of these appliances.

Glue Down LVT
Yes, cabinets can be installed on top of Glue Down LVT. On a new construction project, this can be helpful when the flooring is required to be installed prior to the cabinets. Cabinet installers should be very careful when placing cabinets, tools, etc. on the finished flooring so as not to damage it. Some people prefer the look of the flooring running under the cabinets as it is cleaner at the base.

Click/Floating Floor
Cabinets should NOT be installed over a Click/Floating Floor. These floors should be allowed to expand and contract freely as they are designed to do with changing atmospheric conditions. Make sure to not glue, nail, pin, hold down, or fasten floors to the subfloor in any way. Doing so may lead to a flooring failure. Permanent cabinets, vanities, islands and similar items should be installed prior to installing Click/Floating Floors. Ensure a 1/4” gap is retained between the floor and the cabinets. The change in humidity from summer to winter in climates with extreme seasonal change may cause the floor to expand and contract. This gap may be covered through the use of ¼ round molding. Click/Floating Floors can be installed under vanities with legs. Avoid acrylic caulking and anything intended as an adhesive.

Loose Lay Floor
There are two basic ways of installing Loose Lay flooring: Minimal adhesive (Perimeter only or Perimeter + limited field) or full spread.

Limited Adhesive – No, permanent cabinets, vanities, islands and similar items should not be installed over a Loose Lay floor with limited adhesive. The floor should be butted up tightly to the cabinets, but not run under them.

Full Spread Adhesive – Yes, in this case the flooring can run under the cabinets. On a new construction project, this can be helpful when the flooring is required to be installed prior to the cabinets. Cabinet installers should be very careful when placing cabinets, tools, etc. on the finished flooring so as not to damage it. Some people prefer the look of the flooring running under the cabinets as it is cleaner at the base.