Installing Pergo Flooring

Tips and Suggestions on How to Install Pergo Flooring

By Mark J. Donovan

If you plan to install Pergo flooring yourself it’s important to first read the Pergo flooring manufacturer’s installation instructions and purchase the right tools and materials for the installation. Fortunately installing Pergo flooring is not that difficult. Even a lightly handy DIY homeowner can install it, if they have the right mindset.
Pergo flooring installation is relatively easy due to its construction. It comes in panel sections that have tongue and groove edges that simply interlock and snap together. Some types of Pergo flooring require gluing while others do not.Pergo flooring is meant for indoor use and should never be installed in high moisture areas. Pergo flooring is a floating floor system so it needs room to expand and contract.

Consequently when installing Pergo flooring its vital to leave about a 1/4 inch space along the perimeter of the room to allow the floor to move freely. The movement is caused by changes in temperature and humidity. Pergo floor must be installed on an underlayment padding to help ensure a smooth installation and to allow the floor to expand and contract smoothly. If installing it on a concrete slab then a 6 mil polyethylene vapor barrier will need to be installed to prevent moisture from wicking up into the Pergo flooring.

The first step in installing Pergo flooring is measuring the room it is to be installed in to determine how much Pergo flooring material you’ll need for the project. So pull out your measuring tape, pencil and paper, and a calculator to calculate how many square feet of Pergo flooring you’re going to need. Make sure to add 10% to the amount of square feet you calculate to allow for waste when installing the Pergo floor.

In addition to the Pergo flooring itself you’ll also need a few other materials, including an underlayment padding and an installation kit that includes spacers and a tapping block to ensure snug seams between the panel sections.

The underlayment padding helps ensure a smooth and level floor for the Pergo flooring. It also acts as a sound damper to the floor to ensure it doesn’t sound hollow when you walk on it.

You’ll also want to pick up some installation straps, a pull bar, and floor clamps to help the job go a bit more smoothly, and again ensure a tight fit between panels. Depending upon the type of Pergo flooring you may also need to pick up some Pergo glue. Make sure to also purchase Pergo sealant for sealing any gaps between the floor and walls and to prevent moisture penetration between panel seams. Finally, pick up some Pergo putty to touch up any areas of the floor that may have a blemish or for any panels that may have been slightly damaged during the installation.

After purchasing your Pergo flooring material let it sit in the room that it is to be installed in for 2 to 3 days before installing.

This allows the flooring material to adjust to the temperature and humidity in the room, and thus will help to prevent gaps and buckling of the Pergo flooring panels after they are installed.

To conclude, Pergo flooring installation is relatively easy to do. In addition, Pergo flooring comes in a plethora of patterns and colors and is extremely durable. So go for it, and install your Pergo Flooring of choice today!

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