PERGO LAMINATE FLOORING VARIETIES

Your mind is settled and you have decided Pergo is the way to go. What style do I choose? What colour? What…? What…? The list becomes endless. It is wise to have an overview of the different choices available to you.

Based on colour and appearance, we have quite a lot, but below is just a fraction of the different ones produced.

 

  • Acadia oak
  • Aged hand-scrapped oak
  • Alexandria wall nut
  • Allendale oak
  • American beech
  • American beech blocked
  • American hand-scrapped oak
  • Antique Cherry
  • Berkshire oak
  • Boathouse pine
  • Bristol chestnut
  • Cottage maple
  • Durhan oak
  • Fresh pine
  • Ginger Tiger wood
  • Ebonized oak
  • Hampton Hickory
  • Hand-scraped kingwood
  • Golden rod hickory
  • Golden Tahitian Oak

 

Important to note is that these varieties don’t imply the materials used to make the planks. These are just the photographic sheets embedded in the laminate to mimic natural wood. Don’t go for the oak variety with the mindset that it may be harder than the pine.

The different collections that exist for the Pergo flooring are as listed below:

  • Pergo accolade
  • Pergo Presto
  • Pergo Casual Living
  • Pergo American Cottage
  • Pergo Elegant Expressions
  • Pergo prestige
  • Pergo simple renovations
  • Pergo Casual Living Exotics
  • PERGOMAX
  • Pergo XP

Under classification according to the style, the following 4 categories exist:

  • Traditional Pergo
  • Exotic Pergo
  • Rustic Pergo
  • Stone or Tile Pergo

All these varieties can come in the following formats, i.e. the width of the planks:

  • 4.9”
  • 5”
  • 5.3”
  • 5.6”
  • 7.6”
  • 7.7”
  • 8”
  • 11”

From all these, you surely have more than enough varieties to choose from. It all depends on one’s tastes and preferences.

INSTALLATION OF PERGO FLOORING

Installing Pergo floors is easy. The fact that one can install the floor of a whole living room in one day in a Do-It-Yourself project verifies the statement.

Before embarking on the actual installation, it is wise to plan how you are going to go about the work. A variety of web based planning tools are available for review. Carefully read the detailed installation instruction for your specific product. It is worth to note that the different styles of the Pergo flooring may have different installation procedures. The Pergo project planner becomes handy in estimating the amount of money needed for the job, the tools needed, the time needed, the effort to be applied and also may help you to find a professional installer based on your area of residence.

It is a good thing to involve trained professionals who have the required skills and vast experience in installation. Moreover, they have all the important tools at hand, which may cost you a fortune to acquire or even hire them.

Each plank should be inspected at close range to ensure its soundness. For the first row along a straight wall, remove the tongue on all long side joints and on the short side of the first plank only. Go on to align and slide the planks and joints together. Don’t forget to leave a ,3-8.  inch space for expansion on all sides.

Start new rows with pieces that are trimmed from the previous row. For efficient interlocking, provide a 12 inch end joint offset throughout. For installation around fixed objects such as pipes, don’t forget to leave an expansion space of ,3-8.  of an inch.

Door-way frames may require a slightly different approach. First, remove the lock and replace it with a small bead of wood glue. Take care not to locate the end joint within the doorway, i.e. if possible. Gently slide the plank under the previously cut door frame. Starting with the long side joint, tap it closed, then proceed to the end joints.

It is common sense to use your own personal discretion where the general installation procedure may not apply. Just be detailed in your work and tailor it to a perfect finish.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF PERGO LAMINATE FLOORING

Simply put there is nothing on earth that is 100% perfect. No matter what quality it is engineered in, there will still be some reasons not to like or use that product. Pergo is not an exception.

Advantages

Most important is the durability of Pergo flooring. This is made possible by the great strength it possesses. The High Density Fiber wood chip base coupled with the addition of hard particles on the surface layer improves its strength greatly. And to surprise you, it is over 20 times stronger than the laminate of a kitchen counter top. The wear resistant surface is made of a melamine resin. The wood base also adds to its stability and balance, taking into consideration that it is a flooring material.

The Luster Gard surface protection renders Pergo flooring impervious to stains and moisture. Indentation is also minimized by this layer. You can therefore trust Pergo flooring for high traffic areas, where the up and down movements never seem to end. Active families have also found this type of flooring suitable; they can play with their pets and children can have their fun time without restriction.

“Relatively cheap” is the term to use for this flooring, considering the more expensive options like hardwood flooring. A package will rarely include imperfect pieces as encountered in hardwood flooring. Also, the installation requirements are quite easy and you can actually do it yourself. The newer versions have a click and lock design as opposed to the older products which had to be glued together. Every room in the house, be it the kitchen, bathroom, living room, master bedroom, dining room, children’s play room, study room, name it, can be fitted with Pergo flooring.

After installation, care and maintenance is not an uphill task. A quick sweep, some damp mop and light vacuuming is all you need to maintain that brilliant look. No additional cost is incurred for those expensive detergents, soaps, floor scrubbers, abrasive cleaners, etc.

Disadvantages

Pergo does not tolerate excessive water and this fact must be respected. It may be involving to never allow a stagnant pool of water on the floor throughout its life.

As beautiful as it is, it remains a synthetic product and cannot equal the elegance of natural wood, reason why some still go for hardwood flooring. The value of a property is higher with hardwood flooring than with Pergo floors.

Of a lesser magnitude is the slippery nature of the floor. Some like while others fear it, thus Pergo introduced the skid resistant variety for a balance. Lastly, damaged planks require replacement as Pergo cannot be refinished or sanded. This may be expensive depending on the extent of the damage.

Whatever side weighs more to you, choose whether to buy it or seek an alternative.

A COMPARISON BETWEEN PERGO AND HARDWOOD FLOORING

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.

What Is Pergo flooring?

Pergo is a multilayer synthetic flooring product that has been fused together by the process of lamination. It is also called “floating wood tile” simply because it is placed over the subfloor without being glued or fixing by other methods.

It almost resembles hardwood flooring, but it is not. This is because the surface layer is an actual photograph of wood grain, covered by a layer of hard transparent material. Under the photograph you will find a layer of wood chip composite about a half inch thick.  Others confuse it with vinyl tiling or engineered floor, but neither of the two are right.

There are many manufacturers of laminate flooring, but Pergo is the one in the lead, and arguably the most famous, to the extent that the brand name Pergo is now synonymous with laminate flooring. This wide recognition can be attributed to the quality standards of Pergo and its tireless efforts to market the brand globally to all and sundry. The other manufacturers of laminate flooring are Dupont de Nemours and Company, Mannington Mills and Armstrong. These are not as popular as Pergo. It is important to note that not all laminate flooring is equal in quality and properties, thus care should be taken when choosing the one to buy.

Its invention dates back to the year 1977, in which the Swedish company Perstop started the manufacture. They sold this laminate flooring under the brand name “Pergo”.  This company had been making laminate surfaces from way back in the 1920s. It then spun off its flooring division as the independent company named Pergo. This is now a subsidiary of Pfleiderer, a German building company whose headquarters are in Neumarkt in Oberpfalz, Germany.Pergo for Beach House

The company’s first major market was Europe. This, with time, expanded to the United States in 1994. Currently, Pergo products can be purchased directly from the factory outlet at a substantial saving, from associate retailers or even online. The distributors spun worldwide, thus no need to worry about the availability of Pergo flooring.

REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT OF PERGO FLOORING

Often times, accidents are bound to happen leading to the damage of the Pergo flooring. Be it minor or major damages, the remedy cannot miss.

Small chips, scratches and mini indentations caused by moving sharp objects on the floor can easily be sealed up. Use the Pergo finishing putty to do this maintenance procedure. There are as many colours of the finishing putty as there are of the laminate flooring. Make sure you keenly choose the colours as you sure wouldn’t want a real clashing right in the living room. It is advisable to inspect the colour when you are at least two as nobody would like to admit that he or she is colour blind.

For more significant damage, it is recommended that the whole plank be replaced. If the area to be repaired is bigger than a ¼ of an inch, this is considered significant damage. So how do you go about it all alone?

First, you must inspect the colour and style of your Pergo laminate flooring so that the replacement plank matches the rest. You may already be having extras that were left over during the initial installation, or you may need to buy new ones. If buying, carefully choose the colour that matches the already installed planks. Be assured that there will be no colour variation as the floor does not at all fade.

To disassemble the plank, lift the row as a whole, then slide the end joint apart. Once done, clear the subfloor of any dirt that may cause unevenness. Take the new plank and tap the long side joint closed first. Tap the two end joints closed and you have successfully completed the replacement.

A Do-It-Yourself may prove difficult if the damage is over a large area. Don’t hesitate to locate flooring professionals in your locality. They have the proper tools and the necessary training for plank replacement.

The advantage with Pergo flooring is that no one will notice that a repair has been done because the old and new planks are all alike.

MANUFACTURE OF PERGO LAMINATE FLOORING

Pergo is a hybrid product. It is made up of a number of lamina (i.e. layers) which adhere firmly together after subjection to intense heat and pressure. The use of harmful glues and other toxic chemicals is avoided during the bonding of the product, thus production of user friendly products that don’t tamper with people’s health.

The first layer is “Luster Gard”. This is a layer consisting of a resin of melamine which has been enriched with particles of aluminium oxide to produce a surface that is highly resistant to scratch and scuff. This way, it becomes a highly durable and wear resistant surface layer, ensuring protection against damage. If a more realistic look and feel is desired, AccuWood texture can be added.

The following layer is simply a sheet of wood grain photograph with stabilizing core papers. As many designs as there are of different wood grain patterns can thus be produced, leaving the consumer with a wide range of colors to choose from. The beauty of the design, colour richness and realism is enhanced by the four color image process.

Below the decorative graphic sheet we find a highly durable High Density Fibre (HDF) board. This ensures stability of the planks, adds to its strength and provides dent resistance. Advanced Engineering processes are employed to produce high quality boards. The raw materials for the manufacture of the HDF board are majorly recycled wood products, thus a very environmentally friendly product.

Last is the core backing material which is essentially glue. This helps in making the installation process easy. In place of the glue, a premium attached underlayment may be used. This layer also improves the sound characteristics of the laminate flooring.

This is a process that requires close attention so as to ensure only quality products are produced. In a world where customers know what is good and what is bad, the manufacturer wouldn’t want to make losses.

CLEANING PERGO FLOORING

Pergo flooring is engineered in a way that makes the cleaning as easy as possible. One does not require any alien skills or expensive items for cleaning Pergo; the ordinary conventional methods always work.

Pergo flooring has the Luster Gard surface protection which makes sure that dust, dirt, etc. don’t stick to the floor. This feature guarantees a stain-free and non-fade floor.

For daily maintenance, this laminate flooring requires the normal sweeping using an appropriate broom. Occasionally, you can damp mop the floor, and if resources allow, you can apply some light vacuuming. In all these endeavors, it is recommended that neither soap nor detergents should be used. Similarly, no cleaners with wax should be used, reason being that they may leave a film and leave the floor very dull. Avoid the use of any abrasive cleaner, rotating beating bars, steamers, floor scrubbers and jet mops as they may damage the floor.

Sometimes you may want to get rid of difficult spots such as nail polish, markers, cigarette burns, tar drops, markers, crayon, shoe polish, ink, lipstick oil, etc. Pergo has a handy product for this work, that is the Pergo’s Laminate and Hard Surface Cleaner. Also of importance for spot removal is acetone, nail polish remover or denatured alcohol. You may be among those who like home-mades. Add 1 cup of vinegar to a gallon of water and thoroughly mix the two. Otherwise mix ½ cup ammonia with 1 gallon of water.

If candle wax or chewing gum happens to stick on your floor, just allow it to harden first, then scrape it off using a blunt plastic scraper. Make sure you don’t scrape the floor itself. To harden the wax or the chewing gum faster, you can place some ice cubes on them for some minutes.

An easy cleaning procedure like this surely wouldn’t worry you of having pets and a squad of kids in the house.

CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF PERGO FLOORING

As durable as Pergo is, it is foolish to handle it carelessly. Like any other precious item, it is reasonable to apply the necessary precautions that will see it stand the test of time.

Moveable furniture poses the risk of scratching and denting the floor seriously. Therefore, always ensure the felt floor protectors are fixed under the legs of moveable furniture. Similarly, chair casters should be made of rubber, not plastic or metal.

Wood is known to swell and warp when subjected to water for a long time. You are therefore advised never to leave moisture on the floor for longer than 30 minutes. Neither should you allow any liquid to stand on the floor. In case of any spill, make an effort to wipe it away immediately.

You may think that waxing, polishing, sanding and refinishing the Pergo flooring will renew its beauty and perfect the appearance. Never attempt these. It may work in hardwood flooring, but this is a totally different product.

To prevent the gradual accumulation of grit and gravel on the flooring, place walk off mats at the entrance of a room with Pergo flooring. The mat is to trap the sand, grit and gravel that your shoes go collecting all along the way.

The planks may gradually become separated in the case of inferior glueless laminate floors. With an appropriate tool, maybe a light hammer, tap the planks back together. Always do this regularly so as to ensure that grit does not collect in the gaps to enormous amounts; it will be costly and tedious to rectify this situation. Pergo, foreseeing this menace, came up with the quality glueless laminate flooring. These use a joining mechanism that holds the planks together under a constant tension, preventing dirt entering the joints, thus no need for the regular tapping.

The floor is bound to last long if such measures are carefully considered.

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