Pergo Flooring

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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There are arguments for--and against--laminate flooring. The points are good on both sides. If you're considering new floors, it's important to take a look at your aesthetic, performance, and value needs--for now, and the future. The flooring you buy will be on view for a long, long time. It's vital to make a decision based on the needs of your household, not someone else's.

The Case for Wood

Most of the arguments against laminate flooring have to do with the fact that it's not wood. Laminate floors are guaranteed for at least 25 years, and can actually last much longer. On the other hand, quality hardwood flooring can, with excellent care, last hundreds of years.

If you actually manage to damage your laminate floor, the damaged section needs to be excised and replaced. If you damage a hardwood floor, you can call it "character", or refinish it. Because laminates are not actually wood, but well-protected, sturdily-built pictures of wood, refinishing is impossible. The image would be scraped right off.

Finally, there is the argument of long-term value. Many times, costly improvements and purchases are referred to "investments." In the case of hardwood floors, this is actually true. Quality hardwood floors are expensive, but its installation will add value to a home. Laminate flooring, even if of the highest quality, will add no more value than would fine carpeting. In fact, some in the industry actually refer to laminate flooring as "hard wall-to-wall."

The Case for Laminate Floors

Now, all that said, there are many excellent reasons to consider laminate floors. First, long term issues: If you're not planning to live in the place you're in now for more than 25 years, then you don't need to worry about what to do with your flooring in the future. If you're renting or leasing your space, then you don't have to worry about resale value.

Next, there's that point about how "damaged sections of laminated floors have to be replaced." Well, if you were clever when you purchased your laminate flooring, and bought the 10 percent more as you were advised at the time, then "clicking" out a damaged piece isn't much of a headache. And since Pergo floors have a 25 year warranty against color fading, the new piece will match the old pieces just fine.

Then there's the well known advantages of laminate floors, in general, and Pergo products in particular: Pergo floors are much less expensive than hardwoods. Pergo floors offer more designs than any other laminate floor company, and their finishes look impressively real. Pergo offers impressive 25 year warranties on every product they manufacture. They've received the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. They win major, coveted design and technology awards every year.

Pergo Floors: I Should Look So Good in 25 Years

And then, the real stuff, the advantages that actually affect your life after the installers are gone: Pergo floors are notoriously resistant to minor scuffs and dents. Pergo floors are a lot easier to clean than hardwood floors. Because of their high, hard finish, dirt and stuff just can't get into the grooves. A gentle sweeping and spot cleaning with a damp mop is pretty much all that's required.

Plus, the smooth finish actually provides a more sanitary surface, making them excellent floors in food prep environments--or any part of the house in which babies may be crawling. Pergo laminated floors are actually "softer" than hardwood floors--cushioning bare feet, and making inevitable drops of cups, glasses, or, again, little baby stumbles, minor events, instead of minor emergencies. Oh, and they look good, too.

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