04:09AM | 01/06/05
Member Since: 12/18/04
4 lifetime posts
My question is really looking for comments from others who have installed both Pergo Brand or other less expensive brands of laminate wood flooring. What are your opinions?


07:51AM | 01/06/05
Member Since: 01/05/05
3 lifetime posts
I have installed all different kinds of laminate floors and nothing is as good as the higher end pergo and wilsonart floors. These laminates are made using high pressure as opposed to direct pressure. If your going to install it in a busy, high traffic area use these types, if its a bedroom or room without a lot of traffic you can use the lesser quality floors. I have wilsonart and pergo in my house and it holds up great.


04:58AM | 02/01/05
Member Since: 05/14/04
6 lifetime posts
I have the same quandry.

About 18 months ago, I installed Pergo ($4 sq ft) in a small guest bath. The Pergo was chosen because of the color and unplanked board style. Although this bath does not get much use, after 6 months I noticed a slight cupping of the boards. Given that I am lakeside with a pier and beam construction, I suspect that this is due to moisture from the crawlspace (it does have a plastic barrier on the ground).

At the same time, I had picked up a low cost laminate ($1.25 sq ft) that had the right color...but was more blocked in the wood pattern. My tests on the two products...done by soaking two joined pieces of each in water and then letting them dry...suggested the Pergo had less swelling and better recovery.

While remodeling the master bath, I put the low cost laminate down in the small entry hall as a temporary floor. After a year, I have not found any cupping of the low cost laminate.

I have not experienced any wear differences between the two...

The Pergo I used has the underlayment attached to the planks. My suspicion is that I'm getting the swelling at the joints because the attached underlayment channels the moisture to the joints...where there is a gap in the underlayment...and thus results in differential moisture and swelling.

So...with the time to put down the permanant flooring in several rooms, I'm in a quandry due to getting the right "look" that the Pergo offers....but wanting the same performance.


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