The Disadvantages of Pergo


Pergo flooring is a type of laminate floor covering that attempts to mimic the look and feel of hardwood flooring. Pergo comes in a wide variety of models and colors. Some models require it to be glued or secured to the existing floor, and other models snap into place and lay on top of the floor.

Proud Edges

  • Proud edges is the term given to describe the amount floorboards (or artificial laminate ones) are allowed to stick up vertically from the board next to it. Industry standards for "Proud Edges" stand at 0.1 mm, while the normal range for Pergo floors is slightly higher at 0.2 mm.

Not Real Wood

  • Despite Pergo's real wood texture, finish and design to the trained eye, it will never pass for real wood flooring. The synthetic material Pergo is made of will never last as long as real hardwood floor, and even a professionally installed Pergo floor cannot match the texture, smell and luster of real hardwood flooring craftsmanship.


  • Pergo flooring materials contain an outer finish called a "veneer," also known as a wear layer, which adds to the durability and strength of the surface. This is usually over the stain of the material and presents issues for the absorption of new stains and color choices, especially when trying to go darker to lighter. Original coloring must first be removed, which would require labor-intensive scraping and diminish the quality of the flooring.


  • Pergo has made deals with home improvement retailers to offer exclusive designs and products. This can make it difficult to find replacement pieces and edges for models that have been discontinued or lost their exclusivity to the retailer at which you bought it.


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