Pergo TimberCraft Review in a Nutshell
Timbercraft with WetProtect is a waterproof laminate flooring, one of four laminate flooring collections offered by Pergo. A recent addition, TimberCraft Elite, has an extra level of texturing, giving a more realistic look and feel of hardwood thanks to Pergo’s new Signature technology. Pergo TimberCraft is available for sale at Lowes and other local flooring retailers and is priced between $2.99 and $3.59 per sq/ft.
Last Updated: June 15, 2023, by: Greca Fotopoulos
Let’s dive straight into the Home Flooring Pros Pergo TimberCraft review.
PERGO TIMBERCRAFT FLOORING OPTIONS
The collection includes oak and hickory varieties in fifteen colors, ranging from a coastal whitewash-look in Ocean View Oak, to medium wood-tones, to dark stains such as Brookdale Hickory.
There are also options with a grey tone and styles with a mixture of colors, as in the Antique Barnwood.
All styles of TimberCraft now include Pergo WetProtect, which claims to make the product completely waterproof. All floors have an AC 4 rating, meaning they can withstand traffic up to general commercial use.
All planks are 12mm thick, which mimics the sound of a natural wood floor. The majority of the planks are 54.33 inches long; 4 styles are a little shorter at 47.25 inches. With the exception of Antique Barnwood at 6.14 inches in width, all planks are 7.48 inches wide.
Four of the colors come in a multi-width style, meaning that some of the planks are made to look like they are actually two thinner planks. The eleven remaining colors all have a single-strip style.
TimberCraft flooring uses Pergo’s UltraDef Technology to reproduce the look of natural hardwood including graining and knots, creating a natural yet authentic surface texture. All styles have a satin finish.
PERGO TIMBERCRAFT ELITE
Pergo has recently released a premium TimberCraft collection called TimberCraft Elite. This range of 12 oak themed floors all have a more authentic wood look and feel thanks to Pergo’s latest Signature technology. TimberCraft Elite planks are 12mm thick, 54.33″ long and 8.35″ wide. Find out more about the Signature technology here.
Pergo includes two-times the unique plank designs as other laminate floor brands.
TimberCraft flooring is available at Lowe’s, as well as many independent retailers.
PROS AND CONS
THE ADVANTAGES OF PERGO TIMBERCRAFT FLOORING INCLUDE
- Unique texture makes the flooring look and feel very authentic
- Pergo WetProtect technology makes TimberCraft flooring waterproof
- Great durability and stands up to heavy traffic
SOME OF THE DISADVANTAGES INCLUDE
- TimberCraft does not include an underlayment, which adds an additional cost
- Can sometimes be tricky to get planks to lock together due to the thickness
- Relatively limited selection of colors
HOW TO INSTALL TIMBERCRAFT
Overall, Pergo TimberCraft installation isn’t too difficult and doesn’t require any glue or nails thanks to click-lock technology. The planks are manufactured with tongue-and-groove construction so they snap together and lock into place.
TimberCraft can be installed on, above, or below grade, making it a great choice for basements. However, it should not be installed in rooms with floor drains or sump pumps.
Before installation, you will need to make sure that your subfloor is clean, dry, and secure; plywood or concrete subfloors are ideal for laminate flooring.
It is a good idea to let the flooring acclimate to the temperature and humidity in the room where it will be installed. Also, check the planks for any defects prior to installation.
TimberCraft does not come with an attached underlayment. Underlayment is required when installing laminate flooring and acts as a moisture barrier between the subfloor and the laminate.
Pergo recommends using their PergoGold Premium underlayment, which is available at Lowe’s.
Pergo’s website provides a very detailed installation guide, including tips for installing the product under moldings and doorframes and how to finish off the installation.
In order to create a watertight seal around the flooring, Pergo recommends applying a flexible silicone sealant to the perimeter of the flooring.
One criticism occasionally found in customer TimberCraft reviews is that the DIY installation can be tricky, especially the first few rows. You may want to have a second person to help out.
HOW TO CLEAN TIMBERCRAFT
Pergo TimberCraft is made to be very durable and easy to clean. A broom or a damp mop will clean up most dirt or spills. Non-abrasive cleaners can also be used for a more thorough clean.
If vacuuming is required, make sure to use the correct hard surface attachment on your vacuum. Pergo’s website provides additional, detailed cleaning instructions.
ScotchGuard Advanced protection on the surface of all TimberCraft products resists scratches and scuffs. As with any hardwood or laminate flooring, using rugs and felt pads under furniture can help reduce the risk of damaging the floor.
In the event of a minor scratch or gouge, Pergo offers a Floor Restore kit which includes putty that can be color-matched to your specific flooring.
Pergo TimberCraft comes with a limited lifetime warranty on residential applications as well as a 6-month limited manufacturing warranty. More information is available on the company’s website.
Pergo TimberCraft is available for sale at Lowes and other local retailers, retailing between $2.99 and $3.59 per square foot.
This places TimberCraft in the higher end of the mid-range price bracket, see our price comparison table below to compare this flooring with other popular brands of laminate.
Here is a price comparison table outlining the average prices of other popular laminate Brands:
|BRAND||PRICE PER SQ FOOT|
|TrafficMaster Laminate||$0.75 – $1.50|
|Pergo Portfolio||$0.83 – $2.58|
|LifeProof Laminate||$1.25 – $2.65|
|Home Decorators Collection||$1.55 – $2.65|
|Lambton (BuildDirect)||$1.75 – $2.65|
|Pergo XP||$1.99 – $2.99|
|Pergo TimberCraft||$2.99 – $3.59|
|Pergo Outlast +||$2.65 – $2.79|
|Quick-Step||$2.50 – $5.00|
|Mohawk RevWood||$1.90 – $3.50|
|Shaw Repel||$2.50 – $3.50|
|Mannington Restoration||$3.50 – $3.99|
TIMBERCRAFT CONSUMER REVIEWS
Overall, Pergo TimberCraft WetProtect flooring reviews are very positive. Here’s a selection of satisfied customer feedback:
These TimberCraft planks look great and are easy to install. They snap together and lock tight. The edges are beveled just a bit so it really looks authentic. Karen, Flagstaff
Nice deep embossing gives the look and feel of real wood. Lots of different patterns in each package, so it’s very difficult to find repeats. Highly recommended. I plan on finishing my house in it within the next year. Nick, El Paso
I was a little worried when I started installing the TimberCraft planks in my kitchen, but after reading the helpful tips on Pergo’s website, and with a little help from my brother, the installation went great! Tony, Twin Falls
My wife and I adore this product in our kitchen, it looks like real hardwood, the seams are virtually invisible, and with the underlayment, the floor is very quiet! I am definitely going to buy more for our bedrooms! Tim, Boston
My wife and I purchased a home and wanted to redo the whole lower floor. Pergo TimberCraft laminate was the best option we found. Dave, Milwaukee
The planks are thicker and wider than the other brands. The color is beautiful and it looks and feels of great, very high quality. We opted to have professionals from Lowe’s install the flooring. We’re really happy with the end result. Sharon, NY
About the Author: Greca Fotopoulos
Greca is the lead style writer at Home Flooring Pros (more), with a BA in Technical Art, she’s focused on flooring trends, flooring ideas, and flooring brand reviews.
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