Pergo flooring is similar to linoleum flooring. The only difference is that Pergo flooring does not need glue or any type of adhesive to install it, linoleum and almost any other type of flooring do. Since the job requires no adhesive, then you can be sure that installing it won’t be messy, pretty easy, cheap, and a lot of fun.
Now if you do not know what Pergo flooring is, then you should know that it is really a brand of wood flooring that is not really wood. It may look and somewhat feel like it but it is not. Furthermore, this brand is one of the few brands that are glue-less.
With that out of the way, here are the steps to follow to install Pergo flooring:
- Start with dimensions. The first step in the installation process will involve you measuring the floor. Measure the width and the length of the entire floor and multiply them together. The result will be the square footage of the room. Take note of that figure as you mosey on down to your local hardware or home improvement supply center and purchase the Pergo flooring and underlayment you need. Bear in mind that the Pergo flooring will come in long boards with standard cuts. Make sure to buy extra and make sure that you have a table or circular saw back at home to make certain cuts. Technically, you will be laying out the floor in a free float floor. This means that there will be about a one-fourth inch gap from the wall and the floor. That said you will definitely have to make cuts later on.
- Roll out the underlayment. The underlayment is key in the installation process. You will need this so that the Pergo boards will adhere to the floor. This will serve as the second layer of protection between the Pergo flooring and the bare floor. That said measure and cut the underlayment to the specifications of the floor area, making sure that you leave a gap of ¼ inch at all sides and areas from the wall. Roll the underlayment onto the floor and secure it in place with adhesive tape.
- Install the Pergo boards. Cut the boards to the dimensions relevant to the floor area, again with the ¼ inch cut at the edges. Now, the technique here is to lock every board in place similar to a jigsaw puzzle. This is so that the boards will stay interlocked at the grooves with no chance of popping up. Now, this takes some getting used to but in essence, it will depend on the precision of your cuts. This is why using a table or circular saw is critical. When assembling each board, take as much time as you want since locking each board in place can be quite time consuming. But, once you get the hang of it, the installation will be smooth and quick.
As soon as you lay each board in place with no gaps in between the boards, you will find your flooring looking good as new.