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Old 08-12-2003, 01:07 AM   #1
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Pergo Floor Installation

Hello, I am new to his and have been following the posts on Pergo floors. I am planning to install one in our '65 Tradewind. Some of you who have done a floating pergo appear to have removed the couch and installed the floor and then replaced the couch. Are you able to screw through the Pergo to anchor the couch? If so, would this cause the pergo to buckle when it expanded? I would like to remove all cabinets, etc. and do a wall-to-wall installation and then reinstall everything. Doesn't appear likely with Pergo. Any experience or thoughts on this would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 08-12-2003, 08:15 AM   #2
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Doesn't sound like a good idea, to me. A guy I know did a type of parquet floor wall-to-wall, and had some buckling problems. (not sure if that was a glue-down, or floating, though) The pergo is supposed to have 1/4 inch expansion, anywhere you poke through it. I suppose you could just drill a large hole, and use a big washer, if you can hide it. that would't work so well when re-attaching the cabinetry, though.

I made cutouts for the cabinet legs on mine, and just ran the pergo up to the edge of the couch, and finished it with an end molding.

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I wanted to remove everything also but the guy at the Home Depot told me that if you put a screw through it. that it would viod the warenty on the floor. The floor has to be able to move.
I like the way mine turned out but it sure was a hard time to do such a small space.

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When we put ours in there were spotrs where I had to trim pieces and nail them in, this is the second year and we have not had any buckling at all. Oh, I also screwed on cabinent down through as well. We didnot use the pergo brand, one of the competitors floor. I called the hot line and when I told them how large an area (front of trailer) they seemed to think that expansion would not be a problem in that short a distance.
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Old 08-12-2003, 02:07 PM   #5
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I don't know how the couch in your '65 looks, but the one in our '85 has bins underneath, and a board that ran across under the bins. I simply ran the Pergo up to the base of the couch are used quarter round for trim.

Incidently, I did not leave the recommended gap in the front where the flooring comes up to the couch. Since it is a floating floor, it will "float" up to the front anyway, leaving too large a gap aft.

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We just finished putting down Pergo style floor in our '54 about a month ago. Purchased flooring at Sam's Club and vapor barrier/pad underlayment from Lowe's. Installed as a floating floor with no fasteners. Just left about a 1/4" gap at rear bed and butted up against front gaucho. Didn't remove any furniture or appliances as too much work. Left approximately 1/4" gap on each side. Installed quarter round around perimeter attached to furniture or shell.

We just got back from a 3000 mi trip and the floor didn't move even though hitting our share of road moguls. Also, real easy to keep clean. Use those new cleaning cloths such as Swiffer.

Would certainly need less trim if installed under builtins but don't know how would affect floor if it did move.

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The total length and width of the Pergo to be laid in your trailer would allow for only a miniscule amount of thermal growth or contraction. I would not worry about that at all.

The flooring WILL gravitate toward the front of the trailer, it it were I doing the floor, there would be only minimum clearance to lay the floors all the way around. When I did the 345 I used the "J" tlype pergo connection, and was not able to work with less than 1/4" of clearance.

There will be a certain amount of "bounce" in the Pergo, so a screw through it may well be pulled up over time, OTOH, it would not be a big deal to R/R the vertical screws from time to time.
I would not put them in unless I felt they were absolutely necessary.

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Old 08-27-2003, 10:15 PM   #8
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Pergo Floor installation

Thanks to all who responded to my questions! The info was very helpful. Once I've sealed the existing plywood, I will reinstall the cabinets and couch. Then install pergo as you all recommend (keep it floating). I just thought (hoped) it would be easier to lay while I had everything out. Work's been going a liitle slow since we've been having 100 degree temps.... It sure do get warm in that hotbox!

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