Pergo Max Flooring | 2020 Engineered Hardwood Review

Pergo Max Flooring | 2020 Engineered Hardwood Review

Pergo Max hardwood flooring is an engineered wood floor manufactured by the company more usually know for its laminate flooring. Pergo Max flooring retails between $2.99 and $4.99 at Lowes.

We continue our look at the most popular engineered hardwood flooring brands with our review of Pergo Max hardwood.

What is Pergo Max?

Pergo Max is an engineered hardwood flooring product that combines the look and beauty of solid hardwood with the durability and strength that Pergo is known for.

When tested against regular wood flooring, Pergo Max was shown to be up to five times more durable. Pergo Max features an engineered core layer for increased structural integrity topped with a layer of beautifully stained real hardwood.

The flooring is finished with a layer of Pergo’s UltraSheild Technology Finish.

Styles and Options

The Pergo Max collection features ten beautiful styles, including hickory, oak, and maple woods. There are deep, rich colors such as Chocolate Oak and Grimsley Hickory, medium tones like best-sellers Gunstock Oak and Handscraped Heritage Hickory, and light finishes including Avondale Hickory and Natural Maple.

All of the planks in the Pergo Max collection are either 5.36 inches or 6.18 inches wide, 3/8” thick, and feature varying lengths up for 48” for a truly custom appearance.

The styles feature various finishes, including matte, satin, and semi-gloss, and either handscraped or wire-brushed texture.

Pergo Max flooring is available at Lowe’s stores nationwide and other independent retailers.

PROS AND CONS

The advantages of Pergo Max flooring include:

  • Wide range of beautiful, authentic hardwood floor styles
  • Engineered core for strength and durability
  • SecureLock joints for easy installation

The disadvantages of Pergo Max flooring include:

  • Does not include an attached underlayment
  • Not waterproof
  • Reviewers reported scratches from pet nails

PRICING

Pergo Max is a budget friendly engineered hardwood option with prices starting at $2.99 per sq.ft and maxing out at around $4.99

You can see how competitively Pergo Max stacks up against other leading brands by taking a look at our price comparison table below.

Brand Solid Hardwood, per sq.ft.   Engineered Hardwood, per sq.ft.
Bruce $3.30 – $9.00 Jasper $1.50 – $5.00
Blue Ridge $3.50 – $5.50 Pergo Max $2.99 – $4.99
LM Flooring N/A LM Flooring $2.20 – $7.20
Mohawk TecWood $3.50 – $7.00 Mohawk SolidWood $4.50 – $8.50
LifeCore N/A LifeCore $4.00 – $7.00
Mazama $3.90 – $7.00 Heritage Mill $3.50 – $6.25
Mullican $4.30 – $7.40 Mullican $4.20 – $5.60
Somerset  $4.50 – $8.50 Somerset $6.00 – $8.50
Johnson Hardwood $4.40 – $8.99 Johnson Hardwood $7.99 – $8.99
Kahrs N/A Kahrs Hardwood $6.00 – $14.00
Anderson Tuftex $8.00 – $12.00 Anderson Tuftex $12.00 – $14.00

INSTALLATION

Pergo Max is manufactured with patented SecureLock joints making installation easy for homeowners and professionals alike. Make sure to acclimate the cartons of flooring to the temperature and humidity of the room for at least 48 hours prior to installation.

Where Can I Install Pergo Max

As an engineered hardwood, Pergo Max more flexible than hardwood floors in terms of where it can be installed. It can be installed on, above, or below grade, and on top of any structurally sound subfloor that is clean, flat, and dry.

Concrete or plywood subfloors are the most common, but Pergo’s website provides detailed recommendations for installing Pergo Max on top of several different types of subfloors. This product should not be installed in bathrooms or other high-moisture areas.

Installation Methods

Pergo Max can be installed either as a floating floor or glued down onto the subfloor. It does not include an attached underlayment, which is required prior to installation of a floating floor. The company recommends Pergo Gold Premium underlayment for moisture protection and sound insulation.

Underlayment is not required when using a glue-down installation but is very important to choose an adhesive specifically for engineered hardwood flooring. Pergo recommends a premium grade urethane or acrylic adhesive.

There are several pros and cons to both methods of installing Pergo Max.

  • The floating floor method can be much quicker, thanks to Pergo’s SecureLock joint locking system. The boards are manufactured with a tongue and groove design, so that the tongue of one board is inserted into the groove of an already installed plank.
  • Floating floors can be installed over more types of flooring and are also much easier to remove if need be than glue-down floors.
  • However, glue-down floors can sound and feel more solid underfoot.
  • Floating floors can sometimes shift in heavily trafficked areas and may produce a hollow sound.

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

While Pergo Max requires routine care to keep it looking beautiful, the cleaning and maintenance of these floors is overall very simple.

Regularly sweep dust and dirt particles with a dry broom or mop or use a vacuum with a soft bristle attachment if necessary. Make sure to remove water and spills right away with a clean, dry cloth or mop or a premium hardwood floor cleaner such as Bona.

Damage Protection

Pergo Max flooring is not waterproof!

Never pour liquids directly on Pergo Max flooring and never use a steam mop. As with any flooring, it is a good idea to use felt pads under furniture and entryway rugs to help prevent scratching and scuffing.

Warranties

Pergo Max comes with a limited lifetime warranty on residential applications as well as a 6-month limited manufacturing warranty and a 5-year limited warranty on light commercial uses. More information is available on the company’s website.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

We installed this floor on the first floor of our home and nearly a year later, we love it! We get so many compliments. Joe, Florida

Overall, the installation was very easy. It looks and feels just like a solid wood floor. David, Maine

The durability is awesome, we have two large dogs and a cat. The dogs run all over the house, and this floor has held up better than our previous solid oak flooring. There are some minor scratches but these are rare. I would install this flooring again am so pleased with the purchase. Katy, Columbus OH

The overall look of Pergo Max is beautiful, but it hasn’t been very durable. I’ve been experiencing splintered boards at the joints, grooves that do not fit securely, and easy scratching. Scratches are impossible to cover with stain or a repair pen. Denise, NJ

Pergo Max has the look and quality that I wanted. We have three kids and a large dog and after a month, we love this flooring. The floor has held up beautifully, even with moving furniture, the kids spilling drinks, and the dog running around. We love the rustic farmhouse feel and the wide planks. The flooring is the perfect color and full of character. Mary, CA

During installation, I had a lot of trouble getting the floor to stay locked together. I thought this product would be thicker and some of the boxes contain a lot more short planks than longer ones. I have installed less expensive laminate that held together better than this. Ben, Denver

If you have a Pergo Max review we’d love to hear from you. Please leave your reviews in the comments section below.

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