Flooring Tips (Under Diswasher, Vinyl Plank)


DIY flooring renovations provide a labor-saving way of upgrading your home. While undertaking such projects, certain appliances such as the dishwasher should be a top consideration, given the convenience they provide by speeding up your kitchen cleaning. As far as flooring and your kitchen appliances are concerned, whether flooring should go under the dishwater or not is a matter of concern.

So, does flooring go under the dishwasher? It is not a good idea to install your flooring material under the dishwasher. This is because it may need repair or replacement sooner than your dishwasher. As such, your flooring should run under all your kitchen appliances except your dishwasher. However, the type of flooring solution you have selected for your kitchen will determine whether it will go under the dishwasher.

DIY projects offer a way to cut expenses while attaining the elegance you want in your home. Installing your home flooring is one of the easy projects you can undertake, especially with modern options such as laminate vinyl flooring.

Generally, you should install your flooring in front of your dishwasher and not under it. This is because your dishwasher will require replacement or repair sooner, and this may mean damage to your floor if it is under this unit. However, this decision may vary depending on the type of flooring you install and its durability.

While other types of flooring may not work well under the dishwasher, the case is different with laminate flooring. Laminate floors feature floating flooring that does not attach to the subfloor. It is a suitable option in kitchens with no appliances and ideal under your dishwasher. In fact, laminate flooring installation is possible without disconnecting your dishwasher.

To install laminate flooring, start by turning off the power supply to the dishwasher and remove the cover plate at the bottom using a nut or screwdriver. To raise the dishwasher and create your working space, turn the adjustable legs at the front in a counterclockwise direction and place shims and wooden blocks behind these legs. These blocks provide extra support to the adjustable legs as they retract.

With this set, you can start the laminate flooring installation as per the manufacturer’s instructions. You should be keen to extend the flooring far enough under the dishwasher to ensure that the appliance rests on the flooring when you lower the legs.

Once done with the installation, turn the legs in the counterclockwise direction and remove the shims and wooden blocks. You should adjust the support legs until the dishwasher door aligns with your cabinets. Finally, replace the front cover you removed, and you are now good to go.

Do You Put Vinyl Flooring Under a dishwasher?

Vinyl flooring offers an affordable and durable solution to your home. It is easy to install and can stand heavy traffic, making it convenient in high-traffic areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, and offices, which endures harsh conditions, including spills, steam, and splashes. Even with this in mind, knowing whether this flooring can sit under some appliances in your home is necessary to maintain your home’s elegance.

Putting vinyl flooring under your dishwasher is possible but not advisable: this is because of the structure and function of the dishwasher. The dishwasher’s function is such that it must use water, and while vinyl flooring is water-resistant, continuous exposure can result in potential leaks. Such leaks may harbor mold and mildew, which could be a health hazard in the long run.

To start with, if you are placing your dishwasher in free space, there should be no reason why you cannot install vinyl flooring under it. This is especially if you glue it down compared to the interlocking option.

The former installation will allow this flooring space to expand and contract with temperature changes without buckling. Also, your vinyl flooring is strong enough to accommodate the weight of your dishwasher while still allowing free circulation of air.

On the other hand, if you install your dishwasher in a cabinet, it would be ideal not to put the flooring underneath as the dishwasher may outlive it. When this happens causing you to require replacement, the whole renovation will take longer, as you will have to bring down the cabinets to renovate the floor underneath lest you compromise on your home aesthetics. Water is also a challenge when you install vinyl flooring under the dishwasher since seepage may occur, staining your flooring and affecting its durability.

Does Vinyl Plank Flooring Go Under Appliances?

Most homeowners will undertake their flooring renovations, especially with vinyl planks. This is because this option is easy to work with and affordable. In addition, you will enjoy an array of benefits, including a warm, comfortable, and easy to clean floor. A common concern when it comes to vinyl plank flooring is whether it can go under appliances, thus I will help you understand this and settle for a solution that works for you.

Generally, it is safe to install vinyl plank flooring under appliances. This is because appliances are free-standing, allowing the plank underneath to contract and expand freely with temperature changes. Also, the vinyl plank flooring can accommodate the weight of most appliances, and there will be no buckling when the temperature changes.

Vinyl planks are also plastic, hence waterproof. Therefore, resting an appliance such as the washing machine or dishwasher which has constant running water, for a period, may not threaten its durability.

As stated above, vinyl planks will respond to temperature changes, and leaving little or no space for this will cause your flooring to warp or buckle. This, besides affecting the aesthetic of your floor, will significantly reduce its lifespan, necessitating renovation sooner than planned.

For this reason, you should consider the weight of the appliances you intend to place on your floor. Luckily, most home appliances, including your refrigerators, oven, washing machine, and water heater, will not exceed 500 pounds, which the planks can comfortably accommodate.

Since weight is a non-issue when it comes to vinyl plank flooring versus home appliances, your concern should shift to other factors about your appliances that could affect your vinyl flooring.  With this respect, if you constantly move appliances in the room, you have placed them, then vinyl flooring is not the ideal option given its sensitivity to scratches. Therefore, you should minimize such movements or avoid this floor in high-traffic rooms such as hallways.

This is because such activities will scratch and wear the resistant coating on your planks. Alternatively, since the appliance legs will damage your vinyl floor, you can exercise precaution by putting furniture pads on your appliance legs. This way, any appliance movement will not leave dents and marks on your vinyl plank flooring.

In addition to the above, installing vinyl planks under cabinets will save you the hassle of measuring the height of your appliances in the cabinetry. This is especially the case with refrigerators and the dishwasher. If you install your cabinets beforehand, the appliances may not fit in the space you’ve allocated, as the floor may be higher than you measured.

In order to attain the correct height, factor in the weight of the appliance and the thickness of your vinyl flooring. This thickness may vary between designs and manufacturers, not to mention the underlayment that may consume a quarter to half an inch of space.

Lastly, installing your appliances or cabinets first is ideal to ensure they do not damage during installation. With the floor set already, there are fewer chances of damaging your appliances from items falling on them. However, this should not rule out the possibility of the appliances damaging the floor, but you can minimize this by exercising safety precautions.

While the above arguments prove that placing your appliances on a vinyl floor is safe, some manufacturers will not encourage this. The argument is due to the damage that may result over time from the constant movement of your appliance. This will shorten the span of your flooring, affecting your budget. Ideally, vinyl flooring should last for at least fifteen years.

Your appliances are likely to outlive the floor, and when it is time to do a floor renovation, you may have to deal with the fact that you installed your planks under appliances. As such, what could be an easy job will end up being complex, digging under cabinets to remove the flooring or removing the cabinets altogether.

Another argument will rotate around the method you used to install your flooring, which will affect its expansion and contraction, hence durability. Vinyl flooring could either be interlocking or floating. The floating option requires room to expand, which is why you should leave at least half an inch between the planks and wall. This allows for expansion in the 2D direction.

Additionally, avoid placing your appliance on both ends, as this will affect these changes, causing the planks to buckle and lift the entire floor. This, in turn, will cause permanent damage to your vinyl flooring, affecting its aesthetics and force replacement before the planned timing. Thus, while it is safe to place your free-standing appliances on the vinyl plank flooring, this may not be the case if you have them in cabinets where that part of the floor is pinned with no space to move.

Also to note is that water leaks will be inevitable when it comes to certain appliances. Vinyl planks are waterproof since they are made of synthetic materials. However, placing appliances such as the washing machine and dishwasher, which have plenty of water running through, may cause water to accumulate around the floor edges. If this water finds its way, it will seep underneath and harbor mold and mildew, which could be a health hazard, especially in homes with kids and pets.

With the above setbacks in mind, you should consider adhesive planks under appliances. These planks are fixed on the floor and do not feature expansion and contraction issues. As such, they will not buckle with temperature changes. Even then, water damage is still a possibility with these planks, and replacement will be difficult, especially where you have cabinets.

When installing vinyl planks under your appliance, you will follow a similar process to the standard installation. However, there will be an active lifting of appliances together with your vinyl flooring in this case. As such, you will need to exercise safety precautions. The tools you will require for this job include a rope and hand trolley.

These, you will use in combination with the tools you need to lay down the floor. The hand trolley will come in handy in moving the large appliances, and you should ensure you lift the items instead of shuffling them along the vinyl planks. In case of any doors, ensure you secure them with the rope to prevent them from opening during transit.

During preparation, attach felt pads at the bottom of your appliances, which will contact the ground to prevent scratching. You should also unplug the appliances from the power supply to prevent accidents. Double-checking the height of your appliances at this point is also advisable to ensure they fit in the spaces you have allocated.

Finally, glue down or click your planks depending on the items you intend to place on your floor. For the interlocking planks, you should leave the quarter to half-inch space to allow for expansion and contraction of the flooring.

Wrap Up

DIY projects should be convenient, which is why knowing whether to install your flooring under your dishwasher is important. Unfortunately, many people go wrong with this installation and put their flooring under their dishwasher.

While this may work for some flooring types, installing the flooring in front of the dishwasher is advisable, as you may need replacement sooner, making the process complicated if the flooring is under. Also, water leakage could be an issue for some types of flooring, such as vinyl flooring, given the nature of work this machine handles.

Finally, installing vinyl plank under your appliances is safe as this flooring is strong enough to handle their weights. Also, since most appliances are free-standing, they will allow room for expansion and contraction without compromising the floor’s durability. Vinyl plank is also water-resistant, but you should be careful to wipe spills before they find their way underneath and harbor mold and mildew.

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