Installing Pergo Floors in Your Home
Learn How to Install Pergo Flooring
By Mark J. Donovan
So you're thinking about installing Pergo flooring
yourself. It's not such a wild idea if you have the
right tools and obtain a little knowledge on how to
install it correctly up front. In the article below I
provide you with some basic tips on how to install Pergo
Pergo flooring is a cost effective
and durable flooring choice. It's particularly cost
effective if you're installing it yourself. Pergo
flooring provides much of the look and feel of
traditional wood floors, but without the high material
and installation costs.
Pergo flooring is also available in a plethora of
styles and colors, so even for the most discriminating
homeowner there is inevitably something they'll find
that matches their taste. Pergo flooring is also easy to
maintain. In regards to Pergo flooring installation, its
important to understand that there are two basic types
of Pergo flooring, glue and glueless. Pergo flooring can
be installed over a concrete slap, a wood subfloor, and
Prior to visiting your local Pergo flooring
supplier measure the room and record the measurements.
You'll need this information to order the correct
quantity of Pergo flooring planks.
To install Pergo flooring yourself you'll need a few
key tools and supplies. First of all you need to install
a vapor barrier on the subfloor first, so make sure to
pick up some polyethylene plastic when shopping for
supplies. This is a must regardless if you plan to
install glue or glueless Pergo flooring. You'll also
need to purchase padding for the subfloor as well.
Sometimes the padding serves as a vapor barrier too. For
tools, you'll need a miter saw, measuring tape, pencil,
and carpenters square. If you are installing a glue type
Pergo floor, you'll also need a tapping block and
It's also important to read the specific Pergo
flooring installation instructions to see what other
specific tools and/or supplies the manufacturer
recommends. In addition, the store where you purchase
the Pergo flooring may also offer a brief training
course on how to install Pergo flooring. I highly
recommend taking the course or watching the
When installing Pergo flooring the planks must be
installed over a special padding designed specifically
for the type of Pergo flooring you're installing.
The padding functions as a sound dampener so that
when you walk on the floor it doesn't make a loud hollow
sound. In many cases the padding also serves as a vapor
Another key consideration when installing Pergo
flooring is the direction you want to see the planks run
in the room where it is to be installed. When installing
it in a long or narrow room run the planks so that they
run the length of the longer room measurement. This way
there is less cutting and it is aesthetically more
appealing to the eye.
Also, after purchasing Pergo flooring material it is
important to place it in the room that it is to be
installed in for 2 to 3 days to let the flooring have
time to acclimate to the temperature and humidity of the
room. Doing so will help prevent the Pergo flooring from
eventually expanding and contracting in such a way that
bulges or gaps show up in the finished flooring.
Pergo flooring should not be glued down to the
subfloor. Also, when installing a Pergo floor keep in
mind it is a floating floor that will expand and
contract. Consequently leave a 1/4 inch space
around the perimeter of the room so that the Pergo
flooring has room to expand. If you don't do this the
floor could buckle during warmer and more humid
conditions in the room.
When installing Pergo flooring start by placing a few
rows of planks on the subfloor and positioning them such
that you minimize the needs for cuts and short stubby
pieces. Once you've found the right location for running
rows then apply glue, if you're using a glue type Pergo
flooring, per the Pergo flooring manufacturer's
recommendations. Also, keep in mind that you will need
to use a tapping block and tightening strap when
installing a glued Pergo floor to ensure the planks are
placed tightly together. This will prevent unwanted gaps
from showing up.
Continue installing the Pergo flooring planks in this
method until the floor is completely installed. If you
installed a glue type Pergo flooring allow it to set up
for the manufacturer's recommended time before walking
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