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Old 07-07-2004, 05:56 AM   #1
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Second thoughts on Pergo

I have been having way too much fun. Can't find the time to install my
new Pergo floating floor. But since I have had the carpet removed
I have had two bad spills. A quart of milk was ugly to deal with.
(The milk container flipped over inside the fridge and leaked everywhere while I was towing.) If the milk got under the pergo it would have been much worse
So now I am thinking about a glued in vinyl floor.
Does any pergo people have any other horror stories or helpful hints?
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Old 07-07-2004, 07:29 AM   #2
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I have been having way too much fun. Can't find the time to install my
new Pergo floating floor. But since I have had the carpet removed
I have had two bad spills. A quart of milk was ugly to deal with.
(The milk container flipped over inside the fridge and leaked everywhere while I was towing.) If the milk got under the pergo it would have been much worse
So now I am thinking about a glued in vinyl floor.
Does any pergo people have any other horror stories or helpful hints?
We've had Pergo in our Tradewind for a few years now. If installed properly, using the Pergo finish edge, it is difficult to get fluids under it. The edging lays right up against the walls, and has a thin bead of flexible caulking between the wall and the edging.
Underneath this finishing edge goes a semi flexible adhesive, basically sealing the outside edge of the Pergo.
This, of course, can also be done where the floor meets the refrigerator.
Otherwise, liquids could trap under the floor near the shower and kitchen, where some exposure to it is inevitable. I find the Pergo floor all but indestuctible, and ours does not get pampered. We camp on the beach, where 40grit feet and wet bathing suits are a daily occurance.
I think that a quality installation ( key!) and reasonable care afterwards will reward you with a very attractive and durable flooring for your trailer.
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Old 07-07-2004, 08:40 AM   #3
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Well Dave how about second thoughts on milk.

Or at least look into Tupperwear or a pussycat.
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Old 07-07-2004, 08:52 AM   #4
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My only regret about the Pergo installed in our trailer is that isn't installed throughout the trailer. We have it only in the galley area. Carpet covers the rest. The Pergo looks rich, warm and inviting. It is much easier to maintain. Properly installed, there shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 07-07-2004, 09:44 AM   #5
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I too have Pergo in my 75 - we really love it. I have to admit I kinda still share your concerns - not so much spilling stuff, but with leaks that will happen (they will all leak someday) and if the water runs down the wall and comes out on the floor.

Figure we will deal with it when it happens.

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Old 07-07-2004, 03:22 PM   #6
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The good stuff has a green underside which is effect like water resistant drywall. It's recommended for areas such as kitchens that may get penetration. I've got Pergo in both my '67's and wouldn't have anything else.
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Mosture issues w/Pergo

I had Pergo installed in my home about 4 years ago. The kitchen and Laundry room have a few places which have very minor swelling around some joints. Perhaps the installer did something wrong but I am concerned about using Pergo in my 34'. Has anyone else had problems with Pergo or lamanates?
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Old 07-07-2004, 03:31 PM   #8
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Well thats good news because mine is the green backed (thought it was more like blue) stuff - in my view its the only way to go - don't have to mess with any underlayment - no glue just snaps together. Which by the way is what I figured I would do is just unsnap it if I ever have any problems - you can snap and unsnap it.

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Old 07-07-2004, 04:56 PM   #9
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I am not so much worried about moisture on top as I am of moisture
getting underneath the pergo and on top of the plywood subfloor.
It would be hard to dry and damaging to the subfloor.
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Old 07-07-2004, 04:59 PM   #10
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I have had Wilson Art brand laminate, (the only other one beside Pergo supposedly high pressure laminated) it has been stomped on in my kitchen and sunroom for 8 years. Looks like brand new hardwood, with very little maintenance. Has had evrything spilled on it, and a few dishwasher overflows as well.
On the other hand, I put cork in my Airstream. It looks good, but after a solid month of high heat and rain,,,tons of humidity....it pulled up in a few spots, and has had to be re glued
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Pergo is the way to go!

It's been over a year since I put a better grade of Pergo down in the Motor Home - from the engine riser all the way back to the rear end - I would do it again.

True Pergo is made in Europe, and I think it must contain recycled concrete. I burned up two 10" saw blades on a table saw making the various cuts to fit the ends and outs of the MoHO floorplan. Sparks were flying everywhere. Make sure you wear some sort of dust filter for breathing when you cut it with a saw.

No problems with bounce or movement. The "snap joints" are close enough that I don't think water would penetrate them at all. I did not seal the perimeter, but there are enough "inspection" points available that a problem would let itself be noticed (under the couch, around the step, under dinette, sink, bed, etc.). I did seal the OSB wih a couple of coats of Kilz to prevent mold growth. The first coat I thinned for penetration, and the second coat I also applied thin. I am pretty sure the floor will "breath", but on the MoHO the OSB rests directly on a metal barrier, the metal is thicker in various places (i.e. over the frame mounted Propane tank) than others (bed room underlayment is only thin aluminum).

Traveling with the pups I just couldn't bring myself to put down real wood (I looked, but couldn't find any I thought was paw proof). But other than that (not "real" wood), I am satisfied with the product and finish.
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I used Alloc, a self locking Pergo imitation. I too was concerned about possible water leaks and so installed mine by using #4 brass screws to hold down the quarter round. It could all come up in 20 minutes or so.

And boy do I agree about the saw blades. I totally dulled two quality 10" Freud carbide blades.

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Laminates

Thanks Alan, Ken, Dennis and Mark,

The snap togather laminates must be a real improvement. How wide will a folded piece be when it snap in place? How do you join if more width is needed?

I'll be checking into the cork too, I have a factory wood floor in the galley, so am afraid of getting and odd look. John Irwin gave me some useful tips on installation.

My concern is to get a good look and something that will be easy to clean up when my dog track stuff in and when she gets off her mat at night.
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Our '04 has a sheet vinyl floor between the bedroom & front couch. While trying to fix a small problem with the carpet edging I noticed that the vinyl is NOT glued to the floor. It is held in (over the plywood floor) by the interiour fixtures only!!!
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