Can we fix kitchen floor without removing cabinetry?
Hi there. We are working out a plan to improve our kitchen, one of the most critical elements being fixing the horribly squeaky floor without removing the custom, stick-built cabinets. The squeaks are extremely loud and in multiple "passage" areas, and the kitchen happens to be over the master bedroom so if anyone is walking around up there, there's no sleeping going on down below.
A few years ago we replaced the kitchen floor, which was 20-year old glue-down vinyl tiles. We put in sheet vinyl (because the floor has a hump in it), at which time the installers tried throwing a bunch of screws at the problem in the worst area, but this did nothing. In fact, although the floor looks a whole lot nicer with the sheet vinyl, replacing the glue-down tiles with the vinyl seemed to have multiplied the squeaky areas and made the existing squeaks worse.
So we are wondering ... what is the best course of action? Do we need to have someone replace the subfloor? Can we have someone work/cut around the cabinets to make this fix? Or would the cuts at the cabinets' edge make for new squeaking at the edges? Must we get the whole floor up (including under the cabinets) to adequately address the squeak problem?
BTW, we can't access the underside of the floor without pulling down all the ceilings below the kitchen (it's on the second floor of a split-entry house, with the master bedroom, bathroom, closet and another bathroom under it). We REALLY don't want to do that!
Any guidance you can give on how this could be done would be wonderful. Thank you so much!