Installing a beautiful laminated hardwood Pergo floor is now a popular DIY project for home improvement hobbyists. With kits that are easily available online, the instruction manual which is clear and crisp, applying and installing these floors is not very difficult. With a little experience, you can successfully complete it. Or else, you can give a call to your nearest professional Pergo flooring experts.
How to Install Pergo Flooring on Concrete?
Installing hardwood laminated flooring such as Pergo over concrete needs additional preparation of the floor. When performing this over concrete things can seem different. The best thing about hardwood flooring is that it looks just like real wood. In this video you can see a fair demonstration of a real scenario where a craftsman shows how to do things, simple and easy.
- The first thing that one must remember is that when installing laminate Pergo flooring tiles; add up to a 6mm plastic sheet to keep the moisture away from the floor. Concrete can absorb moisture and can release the same. In many cases, people also use a vaporizer.
- The next thing you can do to prepare the floor is to add cushion to add softness to the ground when you are walking around. For this, you can use floor mats, which come in different thicknesses and varieties. Many also work and double up as moisture controllers.
- Try to use a good sealant to join two layers of plastic or floor mat. This avoids slippage over one another. It also keeps the moisture and surface even all around.
- Always remember that the first set of few rows sets the tone for the floor. It is always best to lay them parallel to the length of the floor, but it depends on other factors too, such as the size of the floor and length of the tiles.
- Always make sure that the tiles are a quarter of an inch away from the walls. This is very important for allowing the expansion of the Pergo floor with use. As it gets old, it will expand, and the gap will help it prevent cracking or opening up.
How to Install Pergo Outlast Flooring?
A nice and quick video shows you how to install Pergo Outlast flooring, and this video keeps it short and crisp to let the audience get a hang of the entire process. Then, if you are still interested, you can view the entire project, learn more, and watch other videos. Installation of ‘Pergo+Outlast’ is a very fine idea that adds durability and years to your floor.
- Pergo Outlast and Outlast are waterproof laminate flooring tiles which come in authentic looks and feel. The best way to describe them is how it feels when you walk over them barefoot.
- For greater performance, you can use a Pergo Floor mate and a 2 in 1 underlayment too, but if the floor already had padding underneath, all you need is a piece of a plastic barrier to keep the moisture away.
- A lot of wear and tear can cause damage, and this video from Pergo explains it better than anybody else. With spill protection and water damage, the durability of the flor decreases significantly, so taking extra care means a hassle-free living.
- With a few extra steps to seal the edges of the floor helps in the wall-to-wall water resistance. The unlock mechanism helps keep the liquid away with greater control and precision fix. There is no gap or opening when the installation is perfect.
- Replacing warped and damaged flooring is not that difficult, but if it opens up at different sections and portions, it is perhaps best to reinstall the flooring.
Pergo Flooring Installation Tools
If you call a professional flooring service for help, they can install your Pergo floor quickly and firmly. However, if you want to accomplish this all by yourself, you will have to purchase some basic equipment and tools. First, watch some videos to get a hang of the process. Though a basic installation kit contains a list of tools, essential for these kinds of projects, we still list them out here.
- A hammer pole is your best tool because it helps firmly affix the boards or tiles together. You tap with the pole bar and this sets it in place. To remove this, use a suction cup.
- A utility knife is sharp enough to make small adjustments. A tape measure and cutting machine like jigsaw, spacers, and square spacers are useful.
- To make marks, use tape, pencil, chalk, for your convenience. It is not a big difference. You may need other tools like undercut saw, a chalk line skimmer, no flip clip, which is optional but professionals keep them just in case.
- Making the rough and random angles on the floor will require you to make cuts from single boards. Then, try to place them evenly. If the area is small, set it aside for later treatment. With DIY tools, you can save a lot of money as well, if you do not have an affordable flooring expert nearby.
- Here is a list of all tools you will need to make this a successful DIY weekend project. This is a great time for couples to spend some quality time together in building your home. The same tools also serve well for hardwood flooring like Pergo.
How Long does it Take to Install Pergo Flooring?
Laminated flooring can take 1 to 2 days to acclimate and then you can start the process. It allows problems like particleboard expansion to sort out. DIY can take then, 3 to 4 hours for installation, and that is all. An extra 1-2 hours might be required to angle around cabinets and stuff.
Pergo Flooring Installation Cost
Here is a very simple video that shows how this works. You will learn about simple tips and tricks and make up for a nice guess on the essential costs involved in this kind of installation.
- While the average cost of Pergo installation last year was around $2,000 to $3,000 per 500sq feet, the costs can rise up and low depending on your choice. The kind of flooring makes a lot of difference here.
- In 2020, the cost has gone a bit down with a range of more affordable products in the market. Now, the average price ranges between $1500 to a higher end of $7,000 per 500sq feet. With laminated flooring, hardwood flooring, and other varieties the charges add up. Lamination adds around $1.5 to $2 per sq feet, for example. Pergo is a natural choice in flooring laminated hardwood tiles, and is easy, durable, and affordable at the same time.
Do You Need Underlayment for Pergo Flooring?
It depends. If your Pergo flooring boards do not come with underlayment, use an application. You must purchase it separately and lay it over the subfloor. If you avoid this step, the Pergo floor’s warranty will be violated.
- The tiles have an interlocking mechanism that avoids them to slip over one another. You do not have to use sealant or adhesives to keep them intact. This is important because in case there is a crack or damage, replacing only the damaged piece is possible.
- Keep the tiles randomly so that they do not line up with the previous rows. This random pattern adds a level of aesthetic beauty to the flooring.
- It is important to sand and level the floor even before applying such laminated flooring like Pergo. Any uneven surface can cause the tiles to lift and break or damage. And, damage to any one means the entire pattern will shatter.