On the basis of looks, Pergo and hardwood flooring can be termed as twins with no objection. A careful consideration will however illuminate the distinct differences between the two.
As regards costs, Pergo flooring is the cheaper of the two. Thus, if your budget is a bit restraining, it is advisable to go for the Pergo flooring. However, solid wood still remains timeless and the look of elegance it provides cannot be equaled. It in fact increases the value of a property far much more than Pergo flooring does.
Pergo flooring is said, or rather, has been proved to be 15 times stronger than the hardwood. It may last about 20 years before the need for replacement arises whereas the lifespan of hardwood is about 10 years. This is what has made the Pergo manufacturers provide the rare 15 yr warranty for their product. This is quite a lot for hardwood flooring.
Pergo is a floating type of floor, in that it is not attached to the subfloor, which may be concrete or even vinyl. The planks snap and lock into each other quite easily hence quick to install. On the contrast, the hardwood planks are narrower and need to be glued, nailed, stapled or locked in place, leading to a longer installation time. The hardwood planks may be bought pre-finished or unfinished, in which case you will apply the finishing after installation.
Pergo planks must be bought already finished. In fact, you cannot refinish Pergo flooring once installed. In the event of some damage, only replacement of the plank will work. Hardwood planks can be refinished and sanded without affecting its quality negatively.
Between the two, hardwood is the more susceptible to moisture, although Pergo is not guaranteed to be 100% waterproof. Water damage to Pergo disrupts the structure of the plank, unlike in hardwood flooring where the damage goes to a lesser extent. Unbelievably, Pergo can be used in bathrooms, but this is not true of hardwood.
Pergo flooring, being considerably resistant to scratching and penetration of stains, allows entertainment of pets and children in the house. The same would quickly damage hardwood flooring.
These and other minor differences pose a challenge to the property developer to weigh the pros and cons of each and reach a wise investment decision.