A Very Honest Pergo Flooring Review
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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!
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.