My husband and I are ready to replace the nasty black and white
checkerboard vinyl floor in our kitchen, but we're having a hard time
getting a definitive answer: *Is it safe to install Pergo in the
We have a dark cherry colored Pergo in the living room and it would be
nice to carry that into the kitchen and dining room. I'm hesitant,
because we're only going to be in this house a few more years, and I
don't want a stupid mistake to ruin our resell value in an already
Thanks for your input!
If you like it, and you're going to sell soon, do it. I know several people who
did it, love it, and the wood-look is in style for kitchens so it should be fine
If you wait too long to sell, though, the wood floor look for kitchens will be
out of style again (because there are practical issues) and you'll have
prospective buyers figuring in what it takes to put something considered the
fashion at that time. And IME it doesn't take much for people to change plans;
you might be there longer than you think.
So all in all, I think the best thing to do is to do what you *want* and take
whatever the applicable percautions are. If it's Pergo, put in the Pergo, and
be careful about the Pergo, and enjoy the Pergo.
Banty (hates Pergo. Hates it in the kitchen, hates it in the living room.
Hates it on a plate, hates it with a steak.)
On Mon, 3 Dec 2007 12:25:45 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org
Only sheet vinyl flooring and tile are the "perfect" kitchen floors
from the standpoint of water resistance, but sometimes one or the
other isn't practical for some reason. For us, tile would be way too
hard and cold in our winters, and the sheet vinyl gets expensive for
the good stuff since it's hard to DIY.
Previous owners laid down an Armstrong snap-together laminate floor in
the kitchen that has held up rather well over 11+ years. It has
resisted years of snow and rain brought in on people's boots and dogs'
paws from the back door, which is really the primary entry for the
house, and doesn't look all that bad. Where the wear is noticeable is
at the seams where the boards are locked together; this stuff was
glued back then, and in a couple of areas the glue failed and the
boards separated a little. But I'm not complaining.
I hate the fake wood look of this product, though, so when we tear
this stuff out in the spring (and put it back down on the basement
laundry room floor: why throw it in the landfill if we can use it
another way?), we're going to lay down a Shaw or Mannington tile
laminate flooring design that ought to be easy to put down and look
pretty good. The newer floorings have been treated for better
moisture resistance, and they click together very tightly, so they're
very good value for the money. Go for it, but check out the tile
Worse, since it has a little bit of 'spring' to it. Although Pergo-lovers tell
me that's part of its appeal - 'easy on the feet' and all that.
To me, put a decent sheet linoleum down if not tile. Wood, fake or real,
doesn't belong on kitchen floors.
But a lot of people feel otherwise. I can't tell you how many people sung the
praises of Pergo kitchen floors to me when I was making that decision.
Banty (a good porcelain tile, with dark grout, for me)
If you *do* decide to do it, here's one tip: if you have a builtin
dishwasher, remove it and install the new floor all the way back into
the dishwasher compartment. Then reinstall the dishwasher, adjusting
the feet for the fact that the space is now about 3/8 inch less tall.
Some previous owner of our house installed laminate in the kitchen, but
they were lazy and didn't take out the dishwasher. The laminate ended
under the dishwasher door (and wasn't even cut straight across). This
left the dishwasher in a depression, and it was a real pain to get out
when we wanted to replace it. We needed to buy a slightly shorter than
standard dishwasher in order for the new one to fit into the space.
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