For those that love the look of hardwood, but can't afford the high price tag, Pergo flooring is a more affordable alternative. Pergo is a Swedish company that was one of the first to produce laminate flooring. Because of this, laminate flooring is often called "Pergo," even though there are many other manufacturers of this material now. Laminate consists of wood planks covered with a paper topping. The paper is printed to resemble real wood grain and color. Even from close up, it's difficult to tell that this material isn't real wood. Because it is a floating floor system, meaning that it is not fastened to the subfloor, it is quick and easy to install, making it the perfect project for the novice installer.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure Hammer Plywood Nails Foam underlayment Laminate or Pergo flooring Circular saw Rubber mallet
Use a tape measure to determine the length and width of the room. Use these numbers to calculate square footage. When purchasing material, add about 5 percent to this number to account for installation mistakes, cutting errors or damaged planks.
Pry baseboards and floor trim away from the wall using a hammer or pry bar. Gently remove the nails from the boards and set them aside for reuse.
Cover the concrete subfloor with a single layer of 1/4" plywood. The plywood does not have to be fastened to the subfloor.
Place a layer of foam underlayment across the plywood. Overlap the seams and fasten the material into place using nails or a floor stapler. The foam will cushion the sound of footsteps and will make the flooring more comfortable to walk on.
Begin laying floor planks along the longest wall. Leave a 1/4-inch gap between the planks and the wall to allow for expansion. Use a circular saw to cut the end pieces as necessary. Reuse any pieces that are over a foot long, but discard shorter sections to keep the installation looking professional.
Continue laying planks, connecting them via the tongue and groove connectors on the side of each board. Tap each plank into place using a rubber mallet to ensure it is firmly connected. Leave another 1/4-inch gap as you reach the opposite wall.
Reinstall baseboards and trim to complete the project.
Tips & Warnings
- Pergo and other brands of laminate flooring can be purchased from a commercial flooring supplier or from your local home improvement warehouse. For more information about Pergo, visit the company's website, which can be found in the Resources section of this article.
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