Pergo Installation

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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One of the greatest advantages of Pergo floors is its ease of installation. Pergo floors are reputedly "easy" to install for even inexperienced do-it-yourselfers. Most Pergo floors are designed to be installed by "clicking" the lengths together, without the necessity for glues and straps to hold the pieces in place.

For first time installers, it's advised to first attempt a room with very basic dimensions. A perfect square, or rectangle is considered the best option for novices. Rooms with built-in cabinets, or unusual angles--such as kitchens and bathrooms--can present challenges best left to professionals or "weekend warriors" with plenty of experience.

Just Lay There, Darn It

Two post-installation problems--gaps and/or buckling--often arise for novice installers as the result of a single mistake: installing too quickly after the flooring arrives. Laminate flooring must be allowed the time to adjust to local temperature and humidity conditions--which can actually change from room to room. If an installer is overeager and installs the flooring without allowing it to adjust, then one of two problems can result. It can shrink, causing unsightly gaps, or conversely, it can expand, causing unattractive buckling.

In order to prevent either of these scenarios, it's advised to leave the flooring in its original box, lying flat on the floor, for a minimum of 48 hours. This gives the flooring material a chance to completely "breathe," for ideal installation. After all, your Pergo floors are intended to last a nice, long time. Waiting a couple of days to install will make a difference you can measure in decades.


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