Pergo Laminates

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Pergo is, without question, the most well known laminate flooring company. And with good reason, since they invented the very concept of laminate flooring. Though many companies now compete in this popular floor covering market, Pergo reigns in terms of design and performance accolades.

In business since the 1880s, this Swedish company first manufactured vinegar for the Swedish food market, then moved into specialty chemicals. In the 1920s they quickly dominated the laminate tabletop market, and by the late 1970s, invented the first laminate flooring. Today their products are among the top selling in the world.

Pergo is considered king of the hill in terms of design options, and ease of installation. Most of their consumer products are advertised as "easy to install," and Pergo offers loads of installation tips and pointers on their website, as well as first-person advice over the phone and fax. Of course, professional installation is also available. In the end, it comes down to budget and how involved the buyer wants to be in the installation process.

Form and Function

In addition to its myriad wood designs, Pergo now offers stone and tile laminate flooring as well. Pergo laminates are considered excellent flooring options for living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens, and are praised for their ease of maintenance and durability. Plus, Pergo appears to stand behind their products, offering impressive warranties against fading, staining, and water damage.

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