If you are planning to install new floors in your home or business premises, should you go with Pergo or hardwood? To decide, answer a few questions. Is the cost important? Is the area moisture-prone? Is it a high traffic area? This “mini-quiz article” should help you make a decision.
Is the Cost Important?
If the cost is an important factor, it may be best to choose Pergo. Pergo is about $2 per square foot, while hardwood can be anywhere from $3 to $8 per square foot. It’s easy to see that the difference can be double or even triple or quadruple. The more valuable the wood the higher the price is. When it comes to laminates, the type of “wood” virtually has no effect on the price.
Are You Planning to Resale the Property?
If you are planning to resale the property, note that hardwood tends to increase the resale value. Thus, if you are planning to resale, it makes sense to invest a little more in order to gain even more at the resale. But if you are not selling, this question may not matter.
Floating laminate locking systems are very easy to install. They don’t require glue and can be easily installed even on top of old flooring. Floors made of wood are harder to install. They require some carpentry tools and skills, plus materials like adhesives and sealants.
Is the Area Prone to Moisture?
It is believed that hardwood is less suited for moisture-prone areas compared to Pergo. In general, it’s true as Pergo is manufactured to be moisture-resistant. When exposed to moisture for long periods of time, solid wood tends to swell and buckle. Yet, many home owners beg to differ. There are cases when Pergo and laminate products swell, warp, and cup due to moisture. This can be often prevented by using high-end underlay foam.
Is It a High Traffic Area?
Pergo is more durable than wood and is generally better for high-traffic areas. However, remember that you can re-finish (sand, re-paint or polish) hardwood, while you can’t do the same with scratched or damaged Pergo. You would need to reinstall the planks. But it’s easy to disassemble and reassemble laminates.
Is It a Sunny Area?
Another aspect is the sunlight, which can damage solid wood and over time make it lose its original color. Laminate floors have UV protection, and thus don’t lose their color if installed in a sunny area.
How Much Time You Can Dedicate for Care?
Pergo is much easier to care for, compared to hardwood. As long as you follow the basic recommendations, your flooring should last long without much care. You will never have to wax or seal it. With hardwood, everything depends on the finish. If you have surface-sealed floors, you can just sweep and mop them. Hardwood floors with a penetrating seal and oil seal require waxing. The same is usually true for lacquered, varnished, and untreated floors.
Many people prefer walking on hardwood compared to an artificial product made of compressed fiberboard composite, with a computer-generated image of wood on it.
When it comes to the looks the difference between wood and laminate can often be seen only by experts. Thanks to technological advances, laminate can look like 100% wood, even if it’s a 100 year old oak.
As you can see, the floors made of hardwood and Pergo can look the same, but have different properties. The above differences are the key in making the choice of flooring for your property.