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Hey, is there anybody out there who has installed Pergo over concrete and wants to talk to me about whether or not Chris and I can actually do it ourselves? I would be very grateful and there might even be a little something in it for you.

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Pergo over concrete? I have no idea but it sounds hard. You have to factor in two things: length of time and degree of swearing. If either one is too high, then its not worth the effort.

I haven't done it, but my parents have (or rather they had it done). The whole main floor of their house is concrete. Pergo -- or other laminate floor-- is a good choice because it "floats" and doesn't have to be attached to the concrete.

Not me, but my best friend. Hubby rented a circular saw and they did it in a weekend. He also applied a venetian plaster application to the living room walls AND faux painted it...now they're working on their bedroom and master bath.

He's either an awesomely talented husband, or gay. Either way, their house looks great!

Good luck!

We did it last summer. You can do it yourselves. My dad, Bert and I did it. Don't go cheap on the pad, and make sure you put down a moisture barrier below the pad, because concrete sweats. Email me if you want.

Pammer, does your best friend's talented gay husband make housecalls? Sweetie and I have a bathroom that has been screaming for either all new tile or just a re-grouting job since we moved in.

Beth, will you share pictures of your new floors??

it took me a while but i think i've figure something out... pergo is not a software program, is it?

I'm very curious to the reaction to this post because I have friends who are trying to convince me to rip up my carpeting and install Pergo over my concrete floors. I had a friend who installed it in one room but I think she installed it on subflooring, not concrete. She said it was pretty easy, but I don't know how much the level of difficulty increases with the concrete.

Shouldn't be too hard, but it depends on y'all's physical & mental ability: Are you physically able to spend a few hours on your knees (on concrete), pinching your fingers between pieces of "wood"? Are you mentally able to work with the hubby (without wanting to kill each other when one makes a bad cut or smashes your finger)?
The points about padding and moisture barrier are KEY!! Do NOT skip either of these! Measure twice, cut once!

Mine did it back in January, with the help of a friend. It was not bad, especially because it saved many bucks; but it was time consuming, and we have a weird angle in our hallway that took forEVER and many extra cuts to finish. You could do it, but make sure you really love each other first :)

Oh, and they did put down this black liner stuff first; it came on a roll, I don't remember what exactly it was called.

No, but let me know after you try.

We want to put Pergo downstairs but it looks like a huge pain in the butt.

We've done it. Totally doable... of course, my husband is a carpenter, so my experience may be skewed. But yeah, we did our whole downstairs in our old house. Took the weekend. If you have questions, I'm happy to answer them (or have Mark do so).

I helped a friend to laminate, and another friend do tile...if I can do this houselike stuff, you can too! :-D

We just finished a 4 year long renovation, yet I don't know the answer to your question. I do know, however, that the best resource ot there is Fine Homebuilding. They have a website and a fabulous magazine.
Why pergo? What eliminated hard wood or cork from the running?

I did this with my mom (who is 60) while I was seven month pregnant with my second child and husband was in Chile. It took us the weekend to do the main floor and another two weeks to do the stair.

Then, when we moved, my mom and I put it in again in the new house - NO STAIRS THIS TIME - and it is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

If my mom and I can do it, you can too. The only thing we had to get my neighbor to do was help put in the transition pieces that went from pergo to carpet/tile because it required drilling a couple of holes into the concrete. However, I think it could have worked just as well if we'd just used liquid nails to hold that sucker down because that is the part that has nicks in it from being run over by large trucks and such and which I would like to pull up and replace right about now (which would be SO easy to do if it wasn't screwed into the concrete....)

Sorry for the long answer -- :)

Hi. I love your blogs and adorable daughter but I don't generally comment because I shy or something but I have to on this. I work in the flooring business (in Richmond, VA) and we carry Pergo along with other laminates.
You can install the laminate over concrete but you MUST you a foam padding with a good moisture barrier or you could have problems. You also should get a good padding. The thinner pads and cheap ones don't help with the sound. The better pads help deaden the sounds. You definitely can install it yourselves. Depending on the size of the area and how handy your hubby is it could take you a weekend. You will need a circular or table saw to make the cuts. You might need a jam saw if you have jams that need to be cut. make sure you stagger the joints when installing.
Pergo sells a DIY kit which makes things easier for you. The also have videos as well. Remember to leave a 1/4" gap around the room for expansion and you can/should cover it with quarter round not regular shoemolding.
The clicking system used is fairly simple to install. Once it's down you will love it. It's very easy to maintain. No wax, just spray a little windex on it and wipe it dry.
If I can help you any farther feel free to email me. I would be glad to help. I will also give you my toll free work # if you want even more help. We are kinda affiliated with some stores in Northern Virginia.
Sorry for being so long winded. :o) Good luck!!!!

We did it in our last house. Chris did in a weekend and I helped until I couldn't stand up anymore.
You can totally do it.

Mindy...that is WOW good info. Too bad to me it looked like:

'blah blahblah blah Pergo blah blah'

and NO mention of tequila at all.

I don't understand any construction/deconstruction speak, can ya tell? :)

Thanks Angela! :o) I also forgot, you will want knee pads!

Thanks for posting the question because I have a whole room and hallway we need to redo and don't want carpet.

Mindy that was great info thanks for sharing all of that :)

I will be checking back to see if ya'll did it!!!

Pergo is easy to install. Most brands now-a-days click & snap together. The brand we used we got at Lowes and was super easy! The pieces snap together and you tap them with a rubber mallet to make sure they are snug. (You can also have fun with that mallet) All you do is lay the flooring down because the foam is built into the pieces. The trickiest part is trimming the flooring if you need to shorten them. Also-it is super easy to maintain. They are vaccuum friendly!

I personally have never installed pergo myself but I have seen it done more than once and it looks like its not too hard. My dad owns a flooring store so I've had the honor of being there for some different jobs. Just find out everything you need to know and then go for it!

My husband did it. ALL BY HIMSELF! IN ONE DAY! which if you knew the man would be saying alot. If he can do it you can do it.

I am not the right person to ask. My dad and Josh's best friend are both contractors (hmm...I guess I could ask one of them...if you paid me or something...). Mind you, we tried to put that fake cement on our front porch ourselves and it turned out like shit....

I just finished a weekend of sanding & refinishing maple hardwood floors. *sigh* Every muscle in my body hurts. Pergo sounds so much easier.

GOOD LUCK!

You can do it. We did it in our townhome years ago. It wasn't that bad. :)

Whatever you do, go with Wilsonart. MUCH better than regular Pergo. The same click-and-lock system (although we did it back when you still needed to use glue. Horrors!) so it's really easy to do. Good luck!

did it at my old apartment and it was a veritable NIGHTMARE!!

this is definitely one of those instances where calling in the professionals is the best (read:only) way to go

My husband and I did it. It didnt take long and it was not hard at all. You need to make sure the floor is level and float if needed. There is a pad that goes between the floor and the Pergo. If it is going in a "wet" area you might want to think about other options. Pergo has a tendency to hold on to water and expand. One dishwasher overflow and you are done.

You can totally do it! Hubby did 400+ sq ft in 2 days including installing quarter round and transition pieces in 3 threshholds. I LOVE IT. He did the other room (another 200+ sq ft) in about 6 hours. He just needs to finish the quarter rounds in there.

So we're in the process of building our second home, all by ourselves. And I still don't know anything about this. I say...leave the concrete. I love concrete floors.

But hey, it's not my floor.

(I am anxious to hear what you end up doing and how it turns out!)

I installed it in our kitchen (2nd level) and would be glad to answer questions. The free video they provided was helpful. :)

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