Cost Of Pergo

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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On of the most well known advantages that Pergo flooring has over genuine hardwood is cost. Hardwood floors are beautiful, long lasting, and expensive. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, can be beautiful, with proper care be long lasting, and though not cheap, is certainly much more affordable--even when professionally installed.

Pergo's quality categories are identified as "good", "better" and "best." The higher the quality, the higher the cost will be. Although prices may vary depending on region and vendor, mid-range Pergo laminate flooring typically runs between $2.00 to $7.00 per square foot.

Cost of Pergo: Installation Options

Installation costs, too, should be factored in. This is where do-it-yourselfers really save. However, there are some additional materials which even DIYs need to buy, including the "padding" that's laid beneath the flooring, which provides moisture protection, sound absorption and makes for a more cushioned step. (Incidentally, if one is laying a Pergo floor directly above a concrete subfloor, a special padding has to be used to reduce and prevent moisture damage.) Further, some consumer agencies recommend purchasing 10 percent more than actual room calculations in the event of cutting errors, or future repairs. Quite often, laminate designs and/or colors are discontinued. Having that spare box in the garage in the event of a future repair can save measurable amounts of time, money and frustration.

If one opts for professional installation--which is recommended for rooms with complicated angles and such--additional costs can run anywhere from $2 to $5 per square foot. The best rule of thumb when doing early estimates is to just double the cost per square foot; for instance, if the price per square foot is $4.00, then the cost installed would be $8.00. Of course, your Pergo flooring vendor can give you much more exact estimates.

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