Wood Parquet

Step-by-step instructions

Installing a beautiful Pergo floor is now faster and easier than ever. Our innovative PerfectFold™ 3.0 click system is available with all Pergo wood floors. What’s more, the floor has already been given a protective finish, so once it is installed, you can immediately start walking on it and decorating the interior of your home.

No easier way than Pergo
Just click the planks together using the method that works best for you and you’ll be done in no time. There’s no risk of damaging them, either. Even if you want to reinstall some planks, PerfectFold™ 3.0 makes it easy to lift them up and put them down again whenever you need to.

Drop down

This is the ideal method for quickly installing your floor over a large area. Just click the plank at the long side joint, then slide it until it meets the end of the previously installed plank and press down.

Angle

The ideal way to install the first row of planks. Click the planks together at the short end first, and then at the long sides.

Insert horizontally - unique feature!

Pergo wood floors can also be inserted horizontally, a unique feature compared to many other brands. This is very convenient in places where it is difficult or impossible to tilt the planks, such as when installing the last row of planks, or under door frames, radiators, etc.

Preparation step by step

> Step 1 - Before you start

Wood installation instruction

Pergo wood flooring materials are delivered with instructions in the form of illustrations. The texts below provide explanations for the illustrations, and are divided in three areas: Preparation, Installation and Cleaning instructions. We recommend that you read through this information carefully while studying each illustration. In case of doubts or questions please contact your dealer or Pergo technical services. The use of the original Pergo accessories is strongly recommended to benefit from the full Pergo warranty.

> Step 2 - Check your order

Wood installation instruction

Pergo wood floors can be bought in different formats, decors and qualities. Make sure you have received the flooring that you ordered before starting the installation. It is always a good idea to store one end label together with your receipt.

> Step 3 - Allow the floor to acclimatize

Wood installation instruction

After receiving the floor packs these should be acclimatized, unopened and stored in a flat position free from the wall and flooring prior to installation. We recommend storing them at normal room temperature (between 15-20 °C / 59-65 °F) and a relative humidity (RH) between 30 – 60% for a minimum of 48 hours prior to installation.


> Step 4 - Prepare the underfloor

Wood installation instruction

Pergo wood flooring must be installed on a solid, self-supporting subfloor, wood flooring or floors covered with seamless, undamaged vinyl. In the case of textile floor coverings, however, both the textile flooring and the underlayment must first be removed.


> Step 5 - Check for unevenness

Wood installation instruction

The entire subfloor must be carefully checked for any unevenness. Using a 1 m straight edge, make sure there are no unevenness of more than 2mm. Also make sure there are no “peaks” higher than 1.2mm within a 250mm radius. In case of sand or grind peaks, use self-leveling compound as needed to achieve correct flatness. Let this cure and dry before installation. Ask your dealer for advice.

> Step 6 - Avoid the risk of squeaking

Wood installation instruction

After checking the subfloor for unevenness, carefully vacuum the entire surface. To avoid risk of squeaking, secure any loose particleboard, OSB, fiberboard, timber planks etc.


> Step 7 - Install the underlay

Wood installation instruction

To achieve optimal sound protection, best possible walking comfort, to avoid squeaking in joints and to level minor unevenness in the subfloor an appropriate Pergo underlay is strongly recommended. Ask your dealer for advice. If other than Pergo underlays are used or if the chosen Pergo underlay does not have a vapour barrier, a 0,2mm PE-film has to be installed as a minimum damp protection if such is needed (see ill.11). The PE-film must be overlapping in the seams at least 200mm.


> Step 8 - Avoid wet rooms!

Wood installation instruction

Pergo wood flooring must not be installed in a typical wet room or in rooms with a floor drain.

> Step 9 - No nails, screws or silicone!

Wood installation instruction

Pergo wood flooring is designed to be installed as a floating floor to allow natural expansion and contraction which changes in temperature and humidity. If you want to install the Pergo wood as a “glue down”, you must follow the instructions for such installation. Pergo wood must not be installed directly on floor joists.

> Step 10 - Plan your floor

Wood installation instruction

Plan the installation direction of the planks carefully before start up. Normally we recommend installation parallel to the incoming light. If the room is long and narrow, like in a hallway, the recommendation would be to install parallel to the long walls. Be aware of the fact natural wood will be affected by sun light. This might lead to natural fading and color changes which are not a product fault.

> Step 11 - Remember the vapor barrier

Wood installation instruction

Mineral subfloors such as concrete must be sufficiently dry prior to installation. (<2,5% CM / 75% Tramex). If the moisture content is higher, or may become higher, other types of damp proofing like Pergo Moisturbloc ExtremeTM must be used. Ask your dealer for advice. Pergo Smart Underlay+ and Pergo Professional SoundBlocTM have an appropriate vapour barrier built-in. In all other cases, always use a 0,2mm PE-foil under the regular underlayment.

> Step 12 - Underfloor heating

Wood installation instruction

When installing Pergo wood on underfloor heating a vapor barrier always must be put down before recommended underlayment is installed. We recommend using one of the Pergo underlays having the vapor barrier included. Your dealer or installer of the underfloor heating system must guarantee that the surface temperature never will exceed 28 degrees C. Do not put down carpets, rugs or low furniture on the heated surface. This will insulate the heat, and the Pergo wood floor will be damaged.

> Step 13 - Make room for natural movement

Wood installation instruction

A Pergo wood floor is composed of natural wood and will naturally expand and contract upon changes in the relative humidity. The dimensional variation of the installed floor will be slightly more in width compared to the length. At 20°C  and a relative humidity, RH, between 40-60%, the movement is limited.  Pergo wood flooring is produced and delivered with a moisture content to cope with a RH between 30-60%. In dry climate, for example in the Nordics during winter time, the RH might drop below 30% and in summertime rise above 70%. This will create movements in the floor surface. To secure enough clearance for the natural movements and to avoid possible open joints, squeaking etc. always keep a dilatation joint of 10mm average to walls, thresholds, staircases, pipes etc. during installation of normal residential room size. Use the spacers of the installation kit to keep the right clearance. Installing in winter time in very low RH, the clearance to the wall should be lowered to 8mm since the floor panels will shrink, and if installing in high RH climate the clearance should be raised to 12mm since the floor panels will expand. The clearance must be left open and may NOT be filled by any sealant, silicone or other adhesive. Never fasten the floating floor with nails, glue, screws or in any other way.


> Step 14 - Installation in large rooms

Wood installation instruction

Due to the fact that all type of wooden materials by nature will shrink and expand and cope to the changes in relative humidity and temperature, we keep as a general rule not to install Pergo wood in room size more than 12 meter in length and 8 meter in width. If the surface to cover is bigger, ask the dealer or Pergo about options. It is mandatory to install T-moldings in any doorway. In typical T - L or U – shaped rooms it may be necessary to install a dilatation joint. Ask for advice in case of doubt.

> Step 15 - 5-in-1 solutions

Wood installation instruction

A Pergo 5-in-1 is a perfect solution in situations like illustrated. This molding can also take care of transition as well as finishing edges against vertical surfaces such as thresholds, sliding door frames etc. (End molding). When using the Pergo 5-in-1, always remember to keep the right dilatation gap between the installed floor and the bottom track.


Installation step by step

> Step 16 - Collect your tools

Wood installation instruction

Pergo wood floors are easy to install and require no expensive specialty tools. In addition to a few common DIY tools (folding rule, pencil, hammer, handsaw or jigsaw, carpenters square and possible power drill and hand gloves), only need a Pergo Installation Kit containing a tapping block, pull bar and spacers. Be sure you have all tools available before starting the installation.

> Step 17 - Cut carefully

Wood installation instruction

When cutting the Pergo wood plank, be sure you are not creating splinters or chipping when cutting. If using a hand saw, keep the decorative surface faced up, and if using a jigsaw keep the decorative surface down.

> Step 18 - Check for damage

Wood installation instruction

Every Pergo wood plank is methodically checked for any imperfections before being packed. Still, packs can be damaged during transportation or when the packs are opened. Do not install a plank with a damaged surface, edge or click joint. Carefully inspect each plank before installing. Be aware of the fact wood is not a homogeneous material. There will be differences from plank to plank due to differences from tree to tree which will give the warm and natural feeling of nature. Knots and cracks will also appear depending on the grading and the chosen range. This is natural, and cannot be considered as a product fault. Therefore, always be sure you have got the right impression of the floor and information from the dealer before installing. An installed plank is considered as accepted, and cannot be claimed. We recommend to mix the boards, taking planks at the same time from several different packs when laying.

> Step 19 - Measure carefully

Wood installation instruction

Before starting, carefully measure the length and the width of the room to plan a precise layout to achieve a balanced appearance of the floor. This will ensure also you won’t end up with the last row being too narrow. If the last row would be less than 40mm, the installation will be easier if you cut down the planks of the first row in the length. 


> Step 20 - Choose direction

Wood installation instruction

Often the installation is done parallel to the long walls of the room. The most common direction of installation for all type of wood floors is from left to right, and this information is referring to an installation from left to right. The planks should be installed facing the tongue side (A) to the wall. Always remember the spacers! Thanks to the PerfectFoldTM 3.0 patent, the installation is very easy. This patent makes it very easy to dismantle a plank if needed without destroying the connection mechanism. The end joint can be assembled in different ways by folding down, angling, sliding or tapping in horizontally. The quickest, easiest and most secure way is by folding down.


> Step 21 - Get off to a good start

Wood installation instruction

Narrow down the width of the first row (ref. illustration no. 19) or as a minimum cut off the tongue to achieve the right distance to the wall. If the wall is curved/uneven, the first row has to be cut and coped to the contour off the wall. Use spacers! Cut off the tongue on the first plank also on the short side. This plank will then have the plastic tongue in the end to the right.


> Step 22 - Keep the distance

Wood installation instruction

Install the first 2 rows in accordance to the illustration. We recommend the overlap/staggering between end joints should be about 1/3 of the plank length, but never less than 300mm. Installing the 2 first rows like shown will help out to keep a straight edge to start the rest of the installation. The cut off from the first and second row should normally be perfect as starting planks in the third and fourth row. Always remember using the spacers to keep the right distance to walls.

> Step 23 - Rotate to join planks

Wood installation instruction

Lift the connecting plank up in an angle of 20-30 degrees, push it into the long side groove and slide it gently to the left until the plank ends meets. Push the plank firmly downwards to the floor, and the PerfectFoldTM 3.0 patent will lock the joint perfectly in the end. Always control each joint before continuing. Use the Pergo tapping block gently to tighten up small gaps if needed.

> Step 24 - Doorway tricks

Wood installation instruction

For a nice finish where the new flooring meets a threshold, we recommend undercutting the moldings of the door. To secure the right cut off, turn a Pergo plank upside down and place it on the floor up to the door frame. Then, place the hand saw flat against the plank and simply cut through the frame/molding as shown. Remove the cut out and vacuum away derbies. You can then simply slide the floor underneath the frame/molding and make a perfect finish.

> Step 25 - The final row

Wood installation instruction

For the final row, cut the planks in the length remembering to leave the recommended expansion space and making necessary adjustments to follow the contour of the wall. If there is a door way in this wall, click the plank in on the long side at the side of the undercutted molding, slide/tap the plank underneath and thanks to the PerfectFoldTM 3.0 you are able to lock the end joint by just tapping the end joint together without needing to lift the plank up. Control the tightness in the joint, and use the pull bar to secure absolute tightness in the long joint.


> Step 26 - Installing around pipes

Wood installation instruction

To install Pergo wood flooring around pipes, carefully measure and mark the planks with the exact centre point for each pipe. Drill a hole at each of the marked points that is equivalent to the diameter of the pipe + 16mm in dry climate and 24mm in wet climate. If located on the long side of the plank, make a 45 degree cut from each hole to the edge of the plank, and then cut between the holes as shown. If located on the end of a plank, make a straight cut across the plank. Install the plank. Then, using Pergo Safeseal or regular wood glue along the cut edges of the piece you cut out, glue the piece in place where it belongs. Be sure no glue comes between the cut out piece and the subfloor. Use spacers to secure a tight glue joint, and remove any glue or Safeseal on the floor surface directly with a damp cloth. The gap you have created between the pipes are to ensure the floor can move as expected from season to season, and are NOT to be filled with any sealant, silicone or other adhesive. Use Pergo radiator caps to conceal gaps around radiator pipes.


> Step 27 - Inspect & finish

Wood installation instruction

Inspect the final surface of the installed floor, remove all spacers and install Pergo wood wallbases according to the instructions following the wallbases.