A Very Honest Pergo Flooring Review

February 17, 2020

Shopping for flooring? Read all about our Pergo flooring: if we like it, how it’s holding up, and if I’d use it again!

Farmhouse kitchen with french range, white shaker cabinets, wood island, and Pergo wood flooring in Riverbend Oak.

Since we renovated our farmhouse a few years ago, I’ve been meaning to share details about our Pergo flooring.

Back when we remodeled, I was just diving into design, and honestly purchased everything on the internet. I didn’t step foot in a single show room. I ordered samples online and completed everything 100% online!

I am uber comfortable with online transactions, so it wasn’t until I started taking on clients that I realized a lot of people aren’t comfortable with shopping for these sort of things online. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong here, I just want to mention it because this definitely swayed my decision in flooring.

Pergo was easy: I could simply order it from Home Depot, they’d ship it to my door, and if I had any problems, I felt that Home Depot had my back. This is the primary reason we went with Pergo.

With that said, do we like our Pergo flooring? Yes, actually we really do.

I definitely really do love our flooring, and don’t have any negatives to the Pergo really. It’s been great. It’s help up well. Even a few of my friends have put it in their houses after seeing it in ours!

However, now that I have completed multiple projects and have seen more variety in flooring, I think I am a little more in-tune with the nuances of flooring.

Pergo is a great affordable option for durability and look. For $2.27 / SF, It will give you the look of beautiful light colored oak flooring for a fraction of the price. The results are beautiful.

While I do really like our Pergo flooring, there absolutely are better flooring options out there.

It’s important to note Pergo flooring is laminate flooring, which is different than LVP.

Here is a completely unedited iPhone photo of the Pergo flooring.

Laminate flooring is made of wood by-product, which actually makes it not as terrible for the environment. Laminate flooring is made of lots of tiny sheets of fiberboard laminated together.

LVP (luxury vinyl plank) is made of plastic, and comes darn close to mimicking the look of real wood. LVP is definitely the nicer option, and is just as durable. It will look more like wood than laminate flooring does.

If you’re trying to decide on flooring for your home and want the durability of LVP or Laminate but the look of wood – I would suggest LVP.

Some LVP brands will cost up to $7/sf, and at that point, you might as well go with engineered wood floors. However, there are some really pretty options in the $3/sf range.

I recently used Armstrong Farmhouse Luxe Plank in a project and am blown away by the results. It’s stunning! As soon as the project wraps up, I’ll share a photo.

The Artmstrong LVP is a little more expensive than Pergo (about $1/SF more), but if you have the budget for it, I’d definitely recommend it over Pergo.

If your budget is not as limited, CoreTEC is known as the nicest LVP flooring on the market. I would recommend them!

If you do end up buying Pergo flooring online, I would be so grateful if you used my link here, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you! Thank you!

Wood french doors with stone veneer fireplace and laminate wood flooring in farmhouse style living room
You can see above, the Pergo floors sometimes appear a bit shiny in the sunlight.

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Pros of Pergo Flooring:

  • The price. In all honesty, for the price…you can’t beat this. I would venture to say it’s the best laminate option out there.
  • The look. If you’re going for that wide plank, light oak colored wood flooring on a tight budget, this will definitely give it to you!
  • Pergo XP Riverbend Oak has an AC rating of 4, which means it can handle medium commercial traffic, making this product very durable. The highest AC rating is 5, which is hard to find.

Cons of Pergo Flooring:

  • The planks have a repeat pattern – you’ll only notice this in long hallways and if you stare at them for a long time. Not a huge con, but worth noting.
  • The planks are a little shiny. This is the one giveaway that our Pergo flooring is in fact, Pergo. LVP options will give you a more matte (true wood) look.

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  1. I have Pergo flooring all through my house and it is beautiful and very tough, but it has one drawback. If water soaks into it, the edges of the board will rise above the rest of the board. I don’t know if there is any way to repair this,other than replacing it, maybe someone here can give advice.

  2. I have really been looking into Pergo flooring. I recently moved to a homestead and the old farmhouse has carpet covering really old linoleum flooring. I was hoping I could put the Pergo right over it instead of ripping it up first. Did you install the flooring yourself or have it installed? Thanks for sharing this info!