Pergo XP Laminate Review | 2020 Flooring Reviews

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Pergo XP is one of the four laminate flooring ranges from Pergo. XP stands for Extreme Performance, in reference to what Pergo calls its “PermaMax surface performance technology”, a wear layer which Pergo claims is twice as durable and longer lasting than other products.

In this Pergo XP review we will be looking at these claims, examining the flooring options, discussing how to install and clean Pergo XP and finally take a look at specific consumer reviews.

The other three Pergo laminate collections are Pergo Outlast +, Pergo TimberCraft and Pergo Portfolio.

ABOUT PERGO XP

Pergo XP (Extreme Performance) laminate flooring is specifically designed for superior durability and scratch-resistance. It features Pergo’s PermaMax Surface Protection, and claims to offer double the wear of other laminate flooring products, and stands up to scratches, stains, and fading.

Pergo XP has an AC 4 rating which backs up their claims, meaning it is very durable and can withstand light commercial use.

The XP line features 35 colors and a variety of wood-looks. The collection includes standard woods, such as hickory, oak, and walnut, as well as several exotic varieties such as Golden Tigerwood and Hawaiian Curly Koa. There is even a style made to mimic the look of Travertine.

Whether you want a rustic, traditional, or contemporary look, the wide selection of styles in the XP collection makes it easy to find just what you’re looking for. Pergo XP is available at Home Depot stores nationwide.

The planks included in the XP collection vary in width from 4.87 inches to 7.5 inches. Most planks are made with a single strip design, but others have mutiple width look, meaning that some of the planks are made to appear like they are actually two or three smaller planks.

The length of the planks in most of the styles is 47.25 inches, a few are a little longer at 54.34 inches. Planks are either 8, 10, or 12mm think and all include a 2mm attached underlayment.

The collection features a range of finishes on the flooring, most are satin or semi-gloss, but there are high-gloss and matte options as well. The surface texture of the styles also varies, from smooth to handscraped. Many options feature Pergo’s authentic natural texture to closely mirror the feel of real hardwood.

PROS AND CONS

The advantages of Pergo XP include:

  • Manufactured for superior durability
  • Wide variety of colors and styles
  • Easy to install and easy to clean
  • Underlayment is pre-attached

The disadvantages include:

  • No water protection
  • Can not be used in bathrooms or areas that are often wet

PERGO XP PRICES

As discussed, Pergo XP can be purchased from Home Depot and retails between $1.99 and $2.99. This puts Pergo XP right in the mid-range of laminate flooring prices. In our opinion it is perhaps a little expensive for a non waterproof laminate.

PRICE COMPARISON

Here is a price comparison table to give you an idea of how Pergo XP compares to other popular laminate products:

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 Outlast + $2.65 – $2.79
Quick-Step NatureTek $2.50 – $5.00
Mohawk RevWood $1.90 – $3.50
Shaw Repel $2.50 – $3.50
Mannington Restoration $3.50 – $3.99

Pergo XP Installation

Pergo XP is installed as a floating floor, meaning it does not require any glue or nails. Patented Perfect Lock joints snap together quickly and securely. Simply insert the tongue of one plank into the groove of another and rotate downwards to click into place.

Pergo XP can be installed on, above, or below grade, but because the flooring doesn’t have any waterproofing, it is not recommended for bathrooms.

Before installation, you will need to make sure that your subfloor is clean and secure; plywood or concrete are recommended for laminate flooring.

It is a good idea to let the flooring acclimate to the temperature in the room where it will be installed for at least 48 hours. Also, check the planks for any damage or defects before installing.

Pergo XP does come with an attached underlayment and can be installed directly on top of the subfloor. A vapor barrier is recommended if you have a concrete subfloor.

You can also install an additional foam underlayment such as Pergo Floormate which includes a moisture barrier and aids in temperature and noise control.

Pergo’s website provides detailed instructions and their YouTube channel includes videos to aid in installing your new flooring.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Cleaning Pergo XP floors is easy if you follow a few recommendations.

  • Clean up spills as quickly as possible with a dry cloth or damp mop.
  • Do not use any soap or detergent-based cleansers on Pergo XP.
  • When vacuuming, use an attachment with a soft bristle brush or one specifically designed for hard floors.
  • Do not use a steam mop or pour liquids directly on XP laminate.

Pergo’s website provides additional, detailed cleaning instructions.

Pergo XP is designed for superior durability and features ScotchGuard Advanced protection on the surface of all products. Pergo does sell a Floor Restore kit in case of any minor scratches or scuffs.

Pergo XP 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.

Customer Reviews

I had Pergo XP flooring installed last week and I am amazed every time I look at it. I had originally planned to go with a red hardwood but then reconsidered because I need a very durable product. I have active children and a large dog.

Pergo XP flooring has the look of hand-hewn wooden planks, so you get the durability of a laminate and the look of real wood. I love it! Dan, Lansing

Pergo XP has a very natural look and has held up well against moving furniture and our two dogs. It took us about a day to install it in the master bedroom and is very easy for two people to install once you get the hang of it. Dorothy, Lafayette

We will use this flooring again. Love the color and durability, and the price is very reasonable considering the big difference it makes in the room. Anya, Roswell

Installation was simple if you are careful and prepared for the job. The flooring really does look like real hardwood.

My only complaint is how easily the flooring is damaged by moisture. Any water that goes unnoticed for an extended amount of time will harm the floor. Scott, Boulder

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