A Very Honest Pergo Flooring Review

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Posted: 02/17/2020·

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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! If you’ve been considering laminate flooring, you definitely want to read this post!

Learn about laminate flooring for your home to make a decision: laminate vs hardwood vs engineered! This post will help you understand the differences and give you confidence in your home flooring choice.

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

Pergo Flooring

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 showroom. I ordered samples online and completed everything 100% online!

Now that I work as an interior designer, I look back and laugh a little bit, because I probably wouldn’t do that any more! The power of a showroom is real! If you have the opportunity to visit a local showroom, I definitely recommend it.

Regardless, I am super 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, and may be one of the reasons you landed on this blog post. So glad you’re here btw :). So…

Would I recommend Pergo flooring?

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 held 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. Which is also different than engineered hardwood – learn about engineered hardwood.

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

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.

Pergo Flooring Colors:

There are tons of different colors of Pergo ranging in many different widths and finishes. If you like the look of our floor, you’ll want a wide-plank light colored “oak”.

Our specific color is called Riverbend Oak, but it is now discontinued. Similar color options are: Vienna Oak, Natural Cascade Oak, and Esperanza Oak.

Important LVP Flooring Buying Tips:

  • Whatever flooring you end up with, I suggest ordering a few extra boxes to have on hand in case of unexpected issues like flooding, repairs, etc… You never know when the color or brand may be discontinued, and it would be such a pain if you needed a few square feet and couldn’t get your hands on it!
  • Keep the above mentioned in mind if you are only updating a small portion of your home. Will you want to update the rest of your home later? It may be worth it to buy all of the needed SF of flooring now, so you don’t run into a discontinued issue later!
  • Check to see if the brand / color of flooring you’re selecting offers transition strips, vent covers, stair treads, etc… I have heard so many unfortunate stories about people trying to figure out how to handle stairs because they purchased flooring that doesn’t offer a stair option!
  • Order samples before you buy! Just like selecting the perfect paint color, selecting your floors shouldn’t go sight unseen. Definitely order samples of the flooring your considering to make the the lighting in your house is complimentary to the colors in the floor. You don’t want the floor to pull too green or too pink, or too warm or too cool.
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.

Laminate Flooring vs. LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank)

What is Laminate 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.

What is LVP? 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. LVP 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 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 Provenza 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 Provenza LVP is a little more expensive than Pergo (about $2/SF more), but if you have the budget for it, I’d definitely recommend it over Pergo.

If your budget is not as limited, some other options are Belair, Republic Floor, or head to your local flooring showroom and ask them what they’d recommend!

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  1. We just left the store and found a lot of options but according to some, Pergo and LifeProof are the most consistent in size and therefore easiest to install. Keep this in mind when you buy cheaper options you will have more waste due to less quality control. I chose the Pergo Defense+ in Tannery Brown Oak. I am doing the stairs in hardwood White Oak. Should look good(hopefully) thanks for the article. :)

  2. I have a first-floor condo that is built on a concrete slab. Just had a flood and had to tear out all the flooring (plus 18-inches up of drywall. My flooring was engineered hardwood that was installed by the previous owner. I did not care for that particular flooring (Armstrong Bruce Engineered Maple). I want the appearance of hardwood and durability and appearance are key. Also, the previous flooring is quite cold in winter. Suggestions?

  3. I have LVP in my home for several years now, it is very nice, easy to clean but the downside is that it is cold and noisy. My friends have laminate and I can tell that it is warmer, quieter and more comfortable to walk on.

  4. What color provenza flooring are you going with in your clients home? I am between first crush and finally mine.

  5. The worst material I have ever installed in 40 years as a building owner and former contractor.It shrank and delaminated. Im stuck with two dozen boxes because I refuse to install this garbage any of my properties. I have bought other flooring to use while the boxes sat in storage. total waste.

    • Far Small Owner, Is Pergo the material you are referring to as worst product? I am in a single floor condo (first floor) built on a concrete slab. Just had a flood. Ruined the engineered hardwood the previous owner had put in. I did not like that floor anyway. What material do you recommend?

  6. I have pergo outlast.I just removed an 8×12 rug and the floor under the rug isn’t shiny like the rest. Is there any way to restore the shine?

  7. I have Pergo laminate in my bedroom and am leaning toward LVP for the living room and hallway. I worry about the difference in thickness in the area where the two rooms abut. I am hoping the transition piece will even things out …

  8. Thanks for the input. We are going to redu the floor in our home and I don’t mind admitting I kinda get a knot in my stomach everytime we try to decide or best options! Our house is a dust magnet and we aren’t looking to add house work cleaning foors constantly! We don’t want to make what could be an expensive mistake! Any thoughts anyone? Thanks

  9. I had been leaning toward concrete counters causevif live the beauty of the look but I think I need to research more .Your suggestion ?,experience and opinion has been invaluable .Being a type A personality maybe I need to rethink concrete.
    Thank you for your insight so helpful.

  10. I really read an informative and honest review after a long period of time. It was worth reading. Learned a lot of new things. Cheers

  11. Such a wonderful transformation! All photos are stunning and gorgeous. Your designing skill is praiseworthy. Thank you for sharing.

  12. My light apergo planks don’t have a shine. Is there anything on the market that I can purchase to give it a light shine?

    • Hi Andrew – Since it is a finished product, I don’t think there is a way to add shine. I saw that some colors of Pergo are labeled as “matte” so maybe that is the type you have?

  13. I was looking for reliable information about Pergo flooring and luckily found your one. Great to know that the price is relatively low. I will give it a try as well. Thanks

  14. What an amazing transformation, Chloe! I loved all the photos and all the detailed information you provided. It was surely worth the price. Thank you for sharing.
    Best wishes, Fabian Acevedo

  15. We bought our Pergo flooring 20 yrs ago, we glued it together. To make you floor more water proof you can glue it or put silicone to seal it. I believe I read this on Pergo .com. Enjoy your flooring what ever you buy they all have there pros and cons not one is perfect. Just care for it like it is wood.

  16. We are in the process of installing Pergo. There are already places where the laminate is chipped.We are sick about it, Didn’t realize how thin and fragile the top layer is!

    • Oh no Judy that’s awful! I haven’t experienced this, perhaps you have a defected product? Pergo may be able to replace for you! How is it holding up after install? Ours have been super durable!

  17. Have you dealt with the Pergo timbercraft waterproof. I am interested to know your thoughts. I am going to get it in the Wheaton oak.

    • I haven’t, but it appears that is their Lowes exclusive line. Would be willing to bet it’s the same product, just with a unique label for Lowes :)

  18. 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.

    • Hi Dee, above Virginia made a comment you might be interested in looking into further! Hope that helps :)

  19. 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!