How to Install Pergo Floors

Monday January 19, 2009
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Pergo is actually laminate flooring and was invented in the 1970's in Europe. Pergo flooring wasn't introduced to the United States until 1994. In addition to being relatively easy to maintain, Pergo flooring can also be easy to install. When tackling the task of the floor installation, it's always best to stick to the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Your next best bet is to refer to the laminate installation guides featured on Since Pergo flooring is really just a brand of laminate, you can use most laminate installation manuals as a guide.

Before you can begin to install Pergo floors, you must first prepare the subfloor. Pergo flooring can be installed over plywood, OSB board, concrete and wood subfloors on most grade levels (may not be suitable for below grade installation). It's important that you ensure the subfloor is level and free from imperfections (e.g. cracks). Pergo flooring is not often recommended for installation over carpet and carpet padding. When installing over concrete subfloors, perform a moisture test in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. Since Pergo flooring is made with woody materials, it must be allowed time to acclimate in the area where it's being installed. Acclimation could take anywhere from 2 to 4 days.

In order to determine how much Pergo flooring you need, use the Quick Click laminate floor estimator available on This can help you figure out how much flooring material you need while even accounting for the waste factor*. Once you purchase Pergo floor materials and prep the subfloor, you're ready to start laying down the floor pieces. Note that there are 4 types of laminate floor installations: pre-glued, glued, glueless and laminate flooring with underlayment already attached.

Glueless, pre-glued and Pergo flooring with an attached underlayment can be ideal as a do-it-yourself project as they don't require the application of glue (which can be a messy and frustrating process). Pergo floors that are glueless are edged with a tongue and groove locking system that allows each plank to snap easily in place. The floor plank edges on pre-glued Pergo already have a layer of glue, which can be activated simply by damping them with a wet cloth. Pergo flooring that has an attached underlayment is also glueless and can be installed simply by locking each floor piece in place.

*Waste Factor is the proportion of the amount of resources used to the quantity of the actual materials produced.


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Pergo Flooring IS Laminate
Thanks for clarifying that Pergo is just another form of laminate flooring. I was beginning to get very confused as to what was what? I was looking for laminate then Pergo floors pop up, I'm not a flooring professional, Im actually very new at it but since we bought our first home my hubby and I are having fun remodeling and making it truly our own.
April 15 2009
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