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Product Review: Pergo Laminate Flooring

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011

What's the first name that comes to mind when you hear the term "laminate flooring?" I'm guessing it's Pergo. This company brought laminate flooring to life 30 years ago. And they continue to bring the industry to the edge and then jump up a level in developing new products, designs, textures, and technologies.

Laminate flooring, in simple terms, is a collection of layers that are compressed and glued together at very high heat. The top visible layer is actually a type of photograph of wood grain that is printed on special paper that is then adhered to the fibercore. The very top layer isn't visible. It's actually an incredibly strong, durable melamine coating enriched with aluminum oxide particles. This coating is what gives Pergo floors their amazing durability and luster.

Installation of Pergo laminate flooring is far and away easier and faster than traditional hardwood flooring. Any do-it-yourselfer can handle the job of installation. After properly prepping the subflooring, you simply click the planks together according to instructions. You can install Pergo laminate flooring in just about any room in your home, including bathrooms, but you do need to make sure to take special precautions indicated when installing anywhere extra moisture will be present.

Maintenance of Pergo flooring is quite easy as well. You can simply sweep and damp mop the floor to keep it looking like new. You just don't want to use any cleaners that have wax-based ingredients because it will cause the floor to lose its shine. Pergo is made to and superbly resist stains, so you don't have much of a worry there. If your floor does end up experiencing serious scratching or denting, you can use color fill repair kits or Pergo Finishing Putty to make repairs. If the damage is more extensive, the great thing about Pergo is that you can actually replace planks without having a major reconstruction. It is a bit tricky, so you'll want to consult a professional before trying to replace planks yourself.

Beyond the utility and functionality of Pergo laminate flooring, the products are also stunning visually. It's pretty tough to actually tell the difference between Pergo and the "real thing" in so many ways. Choose from deep colors to light blonds and textured, hand-scraped patterns. However you look at Pergo, you're looking at beautiful, functional flooring.