Pergo is the brand name for a type of laminate flooring that has become popular in recent years. Originating in Sweden, laminate flooring was launched by the Perstop Industrial Group (later renamed Pergo Inc.) in Sweden and the European community in 1984. Ten years later Pergo flooring made its debut in the United States. Pergo flooring was so successful that in 1996 Pergo established a US headquarters and manufacturing facility in order to keep up with the demand for its laminate flooring. Pergo flooring is sold in major home centers as well as some smaller home centers and online.
Varieties of Pergo Flooring
There are a number of styles of Pergo flooring to match any d��cor--all of which resemble wood, stone or tile. Pergo flooring is available in light, medium, and dark tones to mimic color and wood grains for different species of wood for example, dark cherry, beech wood, and farmhouse pine, as well as several stone and tile patterns such as slate and marble.
The Production of Pergo Flooring
Pergo flooring, like all laminate flooring, is made from a composite of fiberboard and other materials, which are compressed under heat to form an extremely durable flooring material. The top or finish layer consists of a computer-generated photograph of the species of wood it is supposed to resemble, for example beech or cherry. Pergo flooring has special sealants applied to the surface to resist scuffing, scratches, and spills from food and beverages.
Glued vs. Glueless Pergo Flooring
Pergo flooring is manufactured in one of two ways, glueless or with pre-applied glue, both of which refer to installation methods. Glueless installation involves "click together" interlocking laminate boards similar to tongue and groove planks used for hardwood floors that "float" over a plywood or concrete subfloor or an existing floor such as linoleum or tile. Pergo flooring with pre-applied glue are also installed over subfloors but the planks are glued together and then placed over the subfloor.
Advantages of Pergo Flooring
Quarter round molding nailed to the perimeter baseboards is often used to give a finished appearance to Pergo flooring. Pergo flooring is much easier to install than hardwood tongue and groove flooring, which requires nails. It is priced by the square foot and costs about half as much as hardwood flooring as well. Pergo flooring is an easy do-it-yourself project that is an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to hardwood flooring that is perfect for any home.