Zillow Advice: Home Improvement - Isn't Pergo almost as good as real hardwood? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Just installed a floor using ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ Just installed a floor using Pergo XP. There are a lot of different grades of laminate. Didn't see a lot of discussion on that. XP is one of the thickest, has a built in sound deadener attached to each plank. Tongue and groove install. Easy to work with and finished results were gorgeous. I read others saying they didn't like the sound when walking on Pergo, but I prefer the muted sound to the amount of noise hardwood floors make! XP also carries a lifetime warranty. I have slid appliances on it, not even a hint of a scratch. If you don't buy the low quality laminates, you will have a very nice result!<br/><br/><div>Anyone talking about glued Pergo is referring to a product from 12-15 years ago. Still sore from installing the glued version!</div> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ 2015-04-14T00:30:00Z Pergo is for apartments.&nbsp; ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ Pergo is for apartments.&nbsp; in a house, you want hardwoods. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 21:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ 2012-11-02T21:37:00Z This might sound crazy but&nbsp;[Promotion ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ This might sound crazy but&nbsp;[Promotion and hotlink removed by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for more information.]<div style="text-align: right;" class="comment-actions"><br/></div> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 19:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ 2012-11-02T19:01:00Z I'm going to go against the&nbsp;mainstream ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ <p>I'm going to go against the&nbsp;mainstream here, but hardwood turns me off in a house.&nbsp; I much prefer laminate.&nbsp; Laminate performs better and costs less, not to mention the way older hardwood tends to bow and show spacing between the planks.&nbsp; Laminate is also easier to install, having worked with both.&nbsp; When I see a home with hardwood it makes me feel like the owner is making sub-optimal decisions to conform to a socially or culturally defined rule.&nbsp; I don't want painted with that same brush, so it turns me off as a buyer.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Carpet is a turnoff too.&nbsp; Looks worse, gets beatup easily, traps dust and dirt, is impossible to clean when one of your cats stains it in some way.&nbsp; Laminate and Tile is definitely the way to go throughout the house.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Be warned I'm not your normal buyer of course.&nbsp; But I think the younger demographic is more likely to prefer higher performing artificial products over Victorian Charm.&nbsp; My best advice would be to know your demographic and plan accordingly.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2008 16:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ 2008-07-11T16:48:00Z Pergo isn't close to hardwood ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ <p>Pergo isn't close to hardwood floors, resale value hands down isn't there.&nbsp; My biggest thing with pergo is that it cannot be refinsihed like hardwood.&nbsp; I got lucky, in my house underneath the carpet the hardwood was preserved, it does have some character though since it has been installed since 1948.&nbsp; I am still not sure why anyone would carpet over it, but bonus to me!!!</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2008 17:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ 2008-07-10T17:53:00Z I just installed laminate ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ <p>I just installed laminate flooring over the weekend and it&nbsp;is truly an adjustment.&nbsp; I do not like the cheap, hollow sound it makes - it doesn't sound "homey" - but the plank choice itself looks pretty good.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I am not sure I should have done this...but I live in a crappy neighborhood (which was nice when we first moved in in the '60s) and hardwood just would be a waste, esp. since I have lost about $300K in the value of my home in the past 2 years.&nbsp; Plus, I have a large dog who leaves drops of slobber everywhere and I understand that you have to be careful not to get hardwood wet.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I also have developed allergies in recent years, so that was another reason I chose to ditch carpeting.&nbsp; But I do miss the feel of it...</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I do prefer the look of hardwood, but considering I needed something with the simplest upkeep, I guess I made the right choice.&nbsp; And I'm not going to have any rich snobs touring my house/neighborhood anytime soon, so I doubt I have to worry about it being seen as chintzy.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2008 17:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ 2008-07-10T17:31:00Z I just logged in, and was ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ <p>I just logged in, and was surprised to find this post still near the top!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I appreciate everyone's suggestions/ thoughts, and decided to go with the Pergo. We chose a wide plank look, in antique oak style, and it looks really nice. There was hardwood in the entryway/kitchen, and this looks much much better.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I'm also comfortable that it will stand up to my dogs and my clumsiness. I also love the fact that I can drag heavy furniture across it with no fear of scratching!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I read that some people had issues with breakage and they couldn't replace the piece because it was glued down... We don't have that issue, as ours "floats".</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2008 17:17:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ 2008-06-03T17:17:00Z Just looked at the first ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ <p>Just looked at the first post again. Thought it was posted last year.</p><p>Either way, there have been numorious changes in the laminate side of flooring.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2008 18:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ 2008-06-02T18:15:00Z Laminates and Hardwoods both ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ <p>Laminates and Hardwoods both have thier good qualities.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Here in New England laminate works great in the basement where real wood would not work because of mostiure issues. Laminates have evolved alot since this thread was started. They have realistic textures and with the proper underlayment they don't have the dreaded "clacking" sound.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I'm actually a flooring retailer and have laminate floors in my showroom. Most people don't realize that they are walking on a laminate utill I tell them. If you get the laminate flooring with the planks rather than the smaller strips it will look more like wood. Laminates also come in stone and tile patterns wich also look very nice.</p><p>Quick Step laminate is a good example of a quality laminte. It is covered by a water warranty as well as a 25yr stain, wear, fade warranty. You can use it in the bathroom, kitchen and laundryroom. Keep in mind that even hardwood floors will become damaged when you experiance a flooding situation like a broken pipe or overflowing drain. I know because I've also worked in the flood remediation industry</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I think laminates should be considered an upgrade from carpet/vinyl and not a compairable material to wood. Cork and Bamboo is also compairable to wood.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2008 18:11:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ 2008-06-02T18:11:00Z OMG................Go with ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ <p>OMG................Go with the real stuff!!!!! Hardwoods are beautiful and they last a long time!!! Always try to salvage your hardwoods first and if you have to replace for the love of God go with the real Hardwoods, which by the way are just as easy to clean if you have a few coats of poly on them. My hardwoods are almost 70 years old and are absolutly georgious. Just had them sanded and sealed (which by the way wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be) and I am soooooooo happy that I did. I have two kids and two cats and my floor still looks great!!!!</p><p>Tear out the pergo and go with real hardwoods if you can!!! I don't know about you guys but I can tell the diff between laminate and real hardwoods.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2008 13:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Isn%27t-Pergo-almost-as-good-as-real-hardwood/17694/ 2008-04-24T13:28:00Z