One of the newest most innovative laminate flooring products on the market is Pergo Presto. Pergo Presto is a glueless laminate floor that is installed by sliding the pieces into one another by the way of groove and tongue. With Pergo Presto there is an adhesive strip on the backside of the piece that attaches it to the sub floor (can be made of wood, cement, or other flooring products). There is no gluing and no wetting with Pergo Presto, just the simple application.
This type of Pergo floor has a built in edge sealant to protect the floor from getting any moisture beneath it. Moisture can ruin the floor through warping and swelling. This new floor type by Prego is a great solution for people who enjoy to do-it-yourself, and who have the financial leeway for the convenience of a glue-free laminate floor.
Where to Find It
This Pergo product can be found at most large home improvement stores and other flooring stores that carry laminate wood flooring. There are also online companies that sell Pergo flooring. Be wise and cost compare to make sure you get the best price with the customer service you expect and deserve. Customer service is important, since you will want to be able to ask questions or find quick answers to your Pergo Presto installation problems. It is important that you are able to get the help you need.
Pergo Presto Installation
Before attempting to install the Pergo Presto floor on your own, make sure you seriously consider your level of do-it-yourself expertise. If you feel comfortable reading the Pergo Presto instructions and completing the installation on your own, that is great. If, on the other hand, you are nervous and feel you would like some further instruction, there are a number of options you have. You have the option to take a home improvement class at your local home improvement store, or you can watch an online video on the installation process of a laminate floor by Pergo. There will also books about installing such a floor in your nearby library. If you take the time to further your knowledge on your own, do not forget to pay attention to the specifics provided by the Pergo manufacturer to ensure the best results.
In order to allow the laminate flooring to adjust to the levels of moisture in the air of the room you are going to be installing it in, leave the Prego flooring in the room (in open boxes) for at least 48 hours prior to the Pergo Presto installation (72 hours if you live in an extremely dry or humid climate). This also will allow for the Pergo Presto laminate to do any swelling or shrinking before you spend the time installing it.
Your Presto floor can be installed on almost any subfoor, including wood and tile. If the room you want to install the flooring in has carpet, you should remove it prior to installation. You should also make sure you use the tools offered by the manufacturer, such as tapping block and tightening straps. This will help you to fit the Pergo flooring as tightly as possible together. Make sure there is a ¼ inch strip gap around the perimeter of the floor. You can use spacers for any assistance you might need. If the pieces are not fitting together easily, make sure you check the grooves for extra sawdust or debris. If you find some, clean it out and try again. To prevent sawdust, cut the pieces to fit in a separate area from where the installation will be taking place.
If you are installing your laminate flooring in an area where water is present, such as a bathroom or kitchen, be extra careful. You can wipe up spills on the laminate surface, but if any water seeps underneath the flooring, extensive damage can happen. Use sealant offered by Prego on the perimeter to keep water from getting beneath the floor-a “must have” if you are installing in the aforementioned rooms where water is present.