Can I install tiling before doing other kitchen renovations?

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Posted by: from Windsor
5/24/2015 at 7:36:45 AM

Hi all,

We have decided to install new porcelain tiles on an approx 175sq ft kitchen. In a few years we are eventually going to replace the cabinets and cupboards. The new ones will probably not be going where they are now. We are probably going to move walls, registers, etc.

We were advised to hold off on the tiling as it would be difficult to rip off the existing tiles. Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance,


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Date/Time5/24/2015 at 10:17:30 AM

Hello Bonn,

You're getting good advise. Removing the ceramics will increase your cost of renovating the kitchen later, not to mention the money you will be putting out to lay them in the first place. If you can live with the floor that is there now then leave it until you do all the kitchen. The odds are your taste for colours etc will be different than they are now. You're getting the cart before the horse. Just be patient and wait till you do the whole kitchen.

Al Bartlett

A Bartlett Construction

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Date/Time5/24/2015 at 10:34:14 AM

Hi Bonn,

Al is right, it would be a big waste of money and your time.

However; if you absolutely hate your floors now and need to change them that bad, then I would recommend an engineered or laminate floor.

They can come in the clic (snap together) type which can be removed and changed at a later date.

There is also the new vinyl floor that also has a clic system. I would recommend that type if you have any fear of water.

Best bet, if you are interested in any of these is a trip down to a real flooring outlet where the staff are professionals and they will steer you well.


Wayne Balliet

Project Manager

Builtru Construction

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Date/Time5/24/2015 at 12:10:19 PM

I would recommend no due to when I renovate kitchens I put the tile under the new cabinets. There are times cabinets come bigger or smaller pulse if you put tile under the cabinets gives a finished edge.

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Date/Time5/24/2015 at 1:05:11 PM

Only you need to know is new design to buy tile for it, just in case that you won't be able to find it at that time and what ever new layout is you can modify it as long you have same tile.

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Brian from Next Restoration in Rockwood
Date/Time5/24/2015 at 6:59:52 PM

I would wait until you are going to do the final job or if you go forward you will still have to rip up a lot of the new tiles to facilitate your new counters.

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Date/Time9/11/2015 at 6:35:30 PM

If your going to tile an area where theres no cabinets now, you'll be fine because you'll just be putting the new cabinets on top. If your going to move the registers then you'll be replacing the area where you've tiled and putting cut tiles for the register and if you tear down a wall you'll only have to add tiles, not remove any, but you might have an oddly cut tile to make it fit. if that makes any sense. The biggest issue is when you plan on completing the job. it would be quite frustrating if you went to get more tiles of the same and they were discontinued... Just do it all now. why put it off ;)

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