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How to Install Pergo Flooring?

How to Install Pergo Flooring?

Pergo laminate flooring is known to be one of the most durable and DIY friendly laminate floors on the market, and it is easy to wonder how to install Pergo flooring. Installing Pergo flooring may look challenging, but it’s actually quite simple.

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Laminate flooring is known for being a great project for homeowners that love to work on home improvement projects themselves. However before you start your project, be sure to get informed about the installation process.

To start, make sure you have these flooring installation tools and supplies ready.

Tools

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Goggles
  • Jig saw to cut laminate (With upside down medium teeth)
  • Undercutting Saw to undercut door jambs (Vibratory undercut saw)
  • Installation Kit (Optional)
  • Spacers

Supplies

  • Laminate flooring
  • Proper underlayment
  • Moldings and transition pieces

One of the simplest, but easiest ways to get a good idea of how to lay your Pergo laminate flooring is to read the instruction. Many people never open the installation instructions that come with the product. Put yourself in an elite group and read the instructions! You will not regret it! You can also visit Pergo how-to pages for detailed installation  instructions created for each Pergo laminate brand.

Laminate flooring installation

Assuming you have chosen your floor already, open the boxes and allow them to come to room temperature by letting them adjust for at least 48 hours. The room temperature should be 60 degree minimum. When the boxes are stacked, cross stack them. This will eliminate any potential warping or bending of the laminate planks.

Acclimate your flooring by cross stacking the boxes

While your floor is acclimating, you must remove all the moldings, baseboards, or heat registers on the floor that would interfere with the installation.  If you decided to keep your wall base intact, right after Pergo floor installation simply cover the expansion gap with a quarter round molding.

TIP: When you purchase your laminate flooring, make sure you also purchase any thresholds, quarter round and base molding at the same time. This will save you time and money.

If the room is currently carpeted, the carpet, underpad, tack strips, and tacks must be removed. Make sure the floor is all clear, and if any floorboards are loose- nail them in, so you don’t have to deal with squeaky floors. Make sure the sub-floor is in good repair. If it is not intact, or smooth, make sure this is corrected before you lay the laminate foam underlayment. When you are ready to lay your floor, determine which way you want your floor to go. Usually, the floor will look best when laid perpendicular from the windows – the light will shine on the length of the board and all the colors and patters will be noticeable.

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TIP:  When you remove the planks from the boxes, analyze each one. Some planks may work better as starter pieces, while others work better everywhere. Should you find several unacceptable planks, return them to your supplier and see what can be done to assist you with your situation.

Installation

Installing the underlayment

It’s time to put down the underlayment. It must put down in stripes, butting but not overlapping. If it overlaps, your floor will end up uneven. The main reason for underlayment is to allow your floor to float; it will help with minor sub-floor imperfections and reduce noise. When the sub-floor is cement, vapor barrier is necessary- it prevents any potential humidity to come through the floor and ruin your Pergo. 

Check out a few underlayment installation guides:

How to Install Floor Muffler Ultraseal Underlayment

Installing The First Row

Start with removing  the tongue of the board facing the wall. Assemble the planks so they form a straight line. At a slight angle, insert the tongue of second laminate plank into the groove of first plank  until the laminate edges meet, then press downward until the joint locks. Work from left to right. Any leftovers should not be thrown away. Save them, and reuse to start the next row.

The distance between the wall and the first board should be at least ¼ inch. You can use spacers between the planks and the wall to allow for the required 1⁄4 inch expansion space (2 spacers placed together, thick side to thin side, equal 1⁄4 inch). According to Pergo instructions, you will need approximately one spacer per square foot of installation area. The bigger the room, the more expansion space should be left. That is necessary, because when the temperature changes your floor expands and contracts. When there is no or not enough space by the wall, your Pergo will get pressed against the wall and boards in the center of the room will buckle. That is the most common mistake during installation!

Installing The Second Row

If you are working alone, the easiest way to go is to use this method. You need to stager your first plank, to do it just cut the first plank of second row 2 feet in length and use it as your starter plank. Be sure that planks are locked properly and there is no gap between them! First click a long side of the starter plank into first row. Click next plank into the first row and lower this plank down until it is locked. Try to be as close as you can to the short side of the starter plank. Then, hit the short sides of the boards together using a tapping block. Continue to do that until you finish a row, and then start on the next one. If you are working with a group of people, it is much easier to assemble an entire row, and simply click it into the existing row all at once.

Bestlaminate customer - Laminate Flooring DIY Installation

Bestlaminate customer – Laminate Flooring DIY Installation

Continue to do that, all the way across the room. Measure and cut any openings in the floor, such as heat registers and doors. Also, undercut doors jambs, with a vibratory undercut saw. Remember! Never cut your laminate in the room in which you are working, because any saw dust or particles that get into the locking system of your floor could interfere with the proper functioning of the locks.

Finishing Touch

Install floor transitions; reinstall moldings, doors, heat registers, and you are all set. Enjoy your Pergo laminate flooring for years to come!

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11 comments

  1. Hi, if I have baseboard heating along the wall I want to be parallel to my rows, should I start my first row under the basebard heaters or end there? Thanks

    • Hi Jack, thank you for your question.You should start against the wall, it will be trickier to angle the lock in to get the board to lock underneath the baseboard heater. I hope this helps. – Brittany

  2. we are installing pergo 8″ laminate click lock with baseboards. how do we do the3/8″ spacing around the edges? the instructions say to put the flooring 1/8″ under the baseboards with a 3/8″ gap at the wall. it seems impossible to use the spacers we got in the kit. we will not be removing the baseboards (possible mistake). we are putting cut pieces of rope under the baseboards for spacers but are not sure we can remove these. HELP!!!

    • Hi Sara, thank you for your question. The way you are doing it is going to be difficult to do. The correct way to do it is to take off baseboards in order to use spacers or you will have to use something to keep the floor from moving until you are done and then put a quarter round up. The spacers need a flush wall to be able to work or else it will end up caving in when you go to tap it down.If you are going to keep the baseboards up you should use a quarter round because when you get to the opposite wall the last piece of the row will not tuck underneath the baseboard to hide the expansion gap. Best of luck. – Brittany

  3. Hello,
    I saw someone putting glue in the groove of each board as they laid them in place. Is this a requirement?

    Thanks
    Mark

    • Hi Mark thanks for your question. It is not a requirement to use glue with laminate, because laminate some laminates are floating floors there is no glue necessary. Some may use a siliconized caulk between the boards to ensure waterproofing in bathrooms, kitchens, etc. but a floating laminate floor should never be glued or nailed they should just lock together. I hope this helps. – Brittany

  4. The wife wanted me to tear out the carpeting in our bathroom and install Pergo flooring.Would that be a problem?

    • Hi Jim putting laminate in a bathroom has it’s downs such as if you and your wife were to go out of town and a pipe in the bathroom broke and water was leaking if you don’t catch it in enough time your lamiante will swell up and be ruined. We recommend putting Click Lock Vinyl in the bathroom it is 100% water proof looks like wood and not as much worry if it get’s wet. You can request free samples of our Click Lock Vinyl on our website. Thank you for your question. Brittany

  5. Laminate flooring is super cost effective. I had it installed at my house. I wish I had read this sooner though. I could have done this my self and saved a lot of money haha.

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