Pergo was the first laminate company and has the best reputation in the industry. In fact, there was a time when the name Pergo was synonymous with laminate.
Pergo laminate cost is $1.99 to $2.99 per square foot. That's what you can buy it for in stores and online. The MSRP is generally higher.
This Pergo laminate flooring guide includes Pergo laminate reviews of the major lines and their cost. Pergo laminate pros and cons compare this brand with the other leading brands we've reviewed including Shaw, Armstrong, Mohawk and TrafficMaster.
Pergo Laminate Flooring Overview
Here's a summary table of major lines, their features and costs.
Lifetime/5 or 10
$2.49 - $2.99
Lifetime/5 or 10
$1.99 - $2.99
8mm, 10mm, 12mm
Lifetime/5 or 10
$2.29 - $2.99
Lifetime/5 or 10
$2.39 - $2.99
Note on prices: The costs in the table are for the flooring only. Most homeowners spend 50 cents to $1 per square foot more on extras like underlayment, transition strips and installation supplies. About half of Pergo laminate products have underlayment attached, so the cost is built into the flooring price.
Installation cost for laminate is $1.75-$2.50 per square foot.
Pergo laminate flooring is only sold two places, Lowes and Home Depot.
Pergo Laminate Flooring Reviews
Pergo categorizes its very large selection of laminate flooring into four broad categories.
Each category includes flooring from a range of Pergo collections. Here are the groups and what they offer.
Pergo Natural Authentic Laminate
This is the largest category of Pergo laminate flooring with almost 80 different style and color options.
The Natural Authentic lines are produced to look like hardwood flooring in classic wood species: Oak, Hickory, Walnut, Chestnut, Cherry and more. There are a couple Pine looks too.
The level of gloss varies by color from matte to satin to semi-gloss.
Pergo Natural Authentic laminate is part of several collections including Pergo Outlast+ with underlayment attached and backed by a Lifetime residential warranty and a 10-year commercial warranty.
Many Pergo XP are available in the Natural Authentic group too. The flooring is available in 8mm and 10mm formats. Pergo XP has underlayment attached and is backed by Lifetime residential and 5-year commercial warranties.
Best use: If you want a midgrade or premium laminate flooring at a more affordable price than genuine hardwood, Pergo Natural Authentic offers a great selection.
Regardless of your home's style – Traditional, contemporary, rustic, modern – you'll find a good fit.
Pergo Textured Laminate Flooring
This is the second largest collection of Pergo laminate.
The embossed surface of the planks has realistic wood look and feel.
Oak dominates the Pergo Textured laminate floor options. There's a sprinkling of Cherry, Chestnut, Elm, Mahogany and Pine.
In terms of color, you've got a wide selection. Coastal Pine and Crema Oak are very light, almost washed. Warm medium tones include Harvest Pine, Natural Park Hickory and Village Grove Hickory. Dark colors come in both cool tones like Lawrence Chestnut and warm hues like Peruvian Mahogany.
You have the option of flooring with attached underlayment and laminate without underlayment.
Lines are backed by excellent Lifetime residential warranties with commercial warranties of 5 years or 10 years.
Best used: The Textured Pergo laminate looks fantastic in homes with Traditional, Old World and Rustic design. People who go barefoot in the house enjoy the feel of wood texturing!
Pergo Smooth Laminate Flooring
Smooth wood-like floors boast a more contemporary look. Several exotic wood species – Jatoba, Acacia, Koa and Tigerwood are part of the lineup.
Colors are mostly medium brown to dark brown. There are a few reddish brown options like Amazon Acacia, washed shades like Hermosa Oak and beautifully light Northern Blonde Maple.
Most of the Pergo Smooth laminate flooring has attached underlayment, but not all. Widths range from 8mm to 12mm with options at all price levels.
Best used: Smooth hardwood is the top choice for contemporary and modern design. Pergo smooth laminate works well in homes with that type architecture and decor.
Pergo Handscraped Laminate Flooring
The handscraped (also hand scraped and hand-scraped) Pergo laminate flooring is very versatile.
The darker tones like Calico Oak and Chateau Maple have a traditional or rustic look. Greyhawk Oak and Newport Pine are lighter and look fantastic in any setting including contemporary homes.
Hand-scraping gives the wood image deep character, something of a hand-crafted, Old World feel.
There's an equal number of smooth flooring with attached underlayment and no underlayment.
The finishes are semi-gloss and gloss in 10mm and 12mm options.
Best used: Whether your home is traditional, modern or something in between, the key is this: Does your home have a casual feel or a formal tone? If leans toward casual and relaxed, then handscraped Pergo laminate will be right at home.
Special Features of Pergo Laminate Flooring
Here are a few of the most notable features available with some Pergo laminate flooring.
WetProtect is a technology available on almost 40 Pergo laminate styles. It is a waterproof system created with three essential components:
If you choose a Pergo laminate with WetProtect, be sure that installation follows Pergo instructions. There are a few special guidelines including the requirement to apply a bead of waterproof (silicon, for example) caulk to the perimeter of the flooring.
The WetProtect flooring is backed by a Lifetime residential warranty and 10-year commercial warranty. It is some of the very best laminate flooring in the industry.
Mohawk uses the same technology. Pergo and Mohawk are sister companies that share this and other technologies but have different product lines and looks.
ScratchGuard Advanced is one of the toughest wear layers in the industry. It's a major reason that Pergo offers a Lifetime residential warranty on so many of its products.
The scratch-resistant surface also protects against stains.
Pergo Pros, Cons and Ratings
Next, we use Pergo pros and cons to compare Pergo laminate to other top brands.
The many (120+) options cover the range from light to dark, from rustic to modern and from affordable to premium. Its selection is comparable range to Mohawk, Shaw and Armstrong.
WetProtect is water-resistant, like Shaw Repel, AquaGuard, Mohawk RevWood Plus and Armstrong Audacity. It's a 24-hour water resistance warranty. Only AquaGuard's 30-hour guarantee is better.
Warranties are excellent including many commercial warranties of 10 years. Armstrong Audacity with a 15-year commercial warranty is one of just a few that are longer.
You can only buy Pergo at two home improvement chains. Lines with attached underlayment are sold at The Home Depot. Those without attached pad are sold at Lowes.
Despite more than 100 options, there are no stone or tile looks. That's why we give the brand a 4 rating for range.
Here are the ratings:
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Q: Is it safe to install Pergo in a basement or attic?
A: You can install Pergo in any room inside your home with a few exceptions, including rooms with a floor drain or areas with a high moisture percentage.
Q: Where is Pergo laminate flooring produced?
A: It depends on the product. Most Pergo flooring is produced in the United States, but a few styles are produced in Europe.
Q: Is there a Pergo identification method that allows me to find a match for older lines and collections?
A: Given the sheer number of patterns Pergo has released over the years, finding the right match for older or discontinued flooring can be difficult. The easiest way to identify your current flooring is through an SKU from the retailer, receipt, or packaging if you don’t know the name of the collection.
Q: Will Pergo affect the indoor air quality in my home?
A: Pergo will not release harmful VOCs into your home. It’s been tested and certified by FloorScore, so you won’t have to worry about indoor air quality.
Q: Will I need to use a vapor barrier even if my laminate has underlayment attached?
A: If you are installing Pergo laminate over a concrete subfloor, yes. For other types of subfloors, refer to the installation manual.
Q: Is it safe to use extra underlayment with Pergo’s laminate lines?
A: Yes, you need to stick to the company’s recommendation for additional underlayment, or you will void the warranty. At this time, Pergo Floormate and Pergo Gold are the only two options if you require additional padding.
Q: If my flooring is damaged under the warranty period, will I receive the same style of flooring?
A: As long as your flooring is still in production and hasn’t been discontinued, you’ll receive the same style. Otherwise, the replacement flooring will be of equal or greater value.
Q: How realistic is Pergo’s laminate flooring?
A: It depends on the collection and the installation, but the company produces planks that are far more realistic than other brands. That’s due in part to their embossed top layer and the four-color printing process used on the image layer.
Q: Is Pergo as easy to install as comparable laminate brands like Shaw or Mohawk?
A: Yes. The company’s dual locking system makes installation a breeze, and most homeowners can install a medium to large-sized room in less than a day.