Pergo is a renowned name in the flooring industry as their flooring is health-friendly and easy-to-install. In this guide, we will teach you how to install Pergo outlast without having to pay anyone for the job.
Have a free weekend? Put it to good use and add flooring to a room or your whole house. Pergo flooring is quite durable and goes well in most homes.
If you live in a mobile home, then we would not suggest using this flooring. However, for average homes, this flooring is an excellent choice.
How to Install Pergo Flooring on Wood?
When you tell yourself that you have to install the floors for your whole house, for a moment there, you might be overwhelmed. But worry not and follow the steps as we have listed them below.
Step 1: Preparing the Floor
The floor on which you are going to install the floor must be prepared for the new flooring. First of all, clean the floor and clear any debris that you can see.
If there are any loose floorboards, secure them in place. Similarly, if this is a remodeling project and you have carpets or padding on the floor, remove them.
Basically, you should have a clean slate to start from.
Step 2: Installing Vapor Barrier
Moisture can ruin your flooring often so it is best to install a vapor barrier under Pergo flooring. When you place a barrier, it prevents moisture from causing the fiberboard to warp.
You can find the vapor barrier in any home repair store. Lay it in strip and try to keep the strips in the closest proximity. They should not overlap but they should be touching.
The installation must be smooth, or you will have uneven places on the floor once you install the flooring.
Step 3: Installing the Flooring
The floor is ready for installation now. Start from one corner of the room. It is best if you start from a corner at the back and then move to the front while installing the floor.
Remove the tongue from a piece and install the tile. The tongue side will go towards the wall for your first piece. For the next pieces, the tongue will face the groove of the previous piece.
The best thing about Pergo flooring is that you do not need an adhesive as the pieces fit into place themselves. Press the piece down when you lay it until it clicks into its position.
Do one row at a time. Move to the next row only when the first one is done.
A pro tip: Always leave about one-fourth of an inch room around the edges as the floors expand due to temperature changes.
Most of the time, the pieces will go smoothly along with each other. If a piece is having trouble clicking in place, gently use a hammer over it to adjust it or cut the tile to the right size.
Step 4: Install the Baseboard
Keep connecting the pieces of the flooring until you have completed the whole room. Whenever you place a new plank, gently tap it into place so that it stays there.
Lastly, put the baseboard the way you like, and your room is ready for the furniture.
How to Install a Pergo Floor over Concrete?
Installing the floor over concrete is slightly different from doing it over wood as you have to even out the surface first. However, it is still a task that you can do at home.
Step 1: Level the Floor
If the concrete is already leveled, you are in luck. But if it is not, you can smoothen it out before adding the Pergo floors.
For this, you will need a concrete leveler. You can buy this in a bag from a home repair store. Mix it with water to make a mixture.
A pro tip: The concrete leveler gets hard in about 60 minutes, so only mix as much as you are going to use in an hour.
Start leveling the lowest points of the room and apply the mixture using a putty knife. Apply thin layers of the mixture and smoothen as much as you can.
Step 2: Install Vapor Barrier
Give the floor about 2 days to dry completely and install the vapor barrier. Use the same process that you would do with wood to install the vapor barrier on concrete.
You can buy the barrier sheets, made of polyurethane, from the Pergo dealers. Cover the floor with the vapor barrier and cut from the sides if it needs to be cut.
Step 3: Install the Floor
The rest of the process is exactly the same. Start from one corner of the room and fill the whole room. Cut as you need and make sure that you are tapping each piece into place firmly.
Tips and Tricks for Installing Pergo Floors
Pergo has made floors that are easy to install, but there are still many things that you need to keep in mind. These floors will be used for years to come so you must install them correctly.
According to the company, the moisture should not be more than 12% if you want to install their floors. If the result of the moisture test is above this limit in your area, you should not install the floor.
They also say that you might get a low moisture content during the dry season. However, before installing the floors, you must make sure that the moisture reading is consistent for the whole year.
You should not use steam mops on your Pergo floors as the company strictly prohibits it. The moisture in the steam is damaging for the floor.
We hope you would have learned how to install Pergo outlast. Give your house a new feel by changing the floor during remodeling or install the flooring in your new house using our instructions. you can also stomp the ceiling for an even cooler look.
You can make it a weekend project with your family or just save a lot of money by doing the job yourself. Enjoy Flooring.