This post is sponsored by Pergo. All opinions are my own.
We did it! I still can’t believe it but WE DID IT! We installed our new Pergo flooring in our master bedroom and I am obsessed. It was so easy!
It was a two day process (for us) with the first day moving all the furniture, ripping up the carpet, carpet pad, tack strips, and nails. We also removed the existing baseboards because I wanted to upgrade to some bigger and more modern baseboards. I actually googled how to do all of this, then we watched a few videos from Pergo’s website and got to work. It’s pretty self explanatory.
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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR CARPET AND BASEBOARD REMOVAL:
To remove the baseboard, score the top with a utility knife (it’s usually where the caulking is) then using the pry bar and hammer, tap the pry bar in between the wall and baseboard gently. Once there is a large enough gap, use the pry bar to carefully pull the baseboard away from the wall.
For the carpet removal – pick a spot, cut it with a utility knife and start pulling. It comes up pretty easily. Also, wear a mask. Our carpet is only a couple years old so there was hardly any stains, dander, or dust flying up. A good tip, is to cut the carpet into manageable sizes that you can roll or take out of the room. Also, cut the carpet with your utility knife from the back. It will prevent all those carpet fibers from flying around the room. Joe did most of this part, then we loaded it up in his truck and he took it to the dump and I finished removing the carpet pad.
The one trick I learned, was using a shovel to remove the tack strips. At first I was using a pry bar, it was working well but taking up too much time. The shovel made it so much easier, I just hit it a couple times and the tacks were out. I still had to use the pry bar to remove some of the nails, but this method was so much better. The shovel also helps with removing any glue residue on the subfloor.
Now, the first day we didn’t get started until about eleven that morning, we had a few errands to run, some breakfast burritos to eat and a crime show to catch up on. 🙂 So once it got dark, I guess our minds tricked us into thinking it was way later than it actually was. We finished DAY 1 at around six that night, had dinner and rested up for the next day. I’m sure if we had worked until the wee hours of the morning, this could of been a one day job. Side note: our backs, arms, knees and legs were killing us. The actual work is not hard, but all that up and down is hard on the body. We both quickly realized just out of shape we were.
On the Pergo website there are many videos and detailed instructions on how to install the flooring. There is also a tool list there, but I’ve listed most of the tools we used. I was surprised to learn, we didn’t need very many and had most already on hand.
SUPPLIES FOR PERGO LAMINATE INSTALL:
- underlayment, we used Pergo Gold
- laminate flooring install kit
- extra spacers
- measuring tape
- circular saw or jigsaw for small cuts, we used our Ryobi jigsaw
- table saw or circular saw for large cuts, we used our Ryobi table saw
- safety goggles
- mallet, we didn’t use one but it would of been helpful
As I mentioned the Pergo videos give all the instructions on exactly how to install the flooring. We are super lucky that our house is new, so our floor was level and didn’t require any additional leveling. Also, by using the Pergo Gold underlayment we didn’t need an additional vapor between the concrete subfloor and flooring. It was literally, laying down the underlayment and installing the floor right on top.
The floor is a floating floor using Pergo’s patented interlocking technology, so there is no gluing required. It makes the install move along pretty quickly and easily. One of the major things to remember is to leave a 12” offset between the end joints in adjacent rows. Also, use installation spacers to leave the required 3/8” expansion space around all walls and other fixed objects.
Just like with any DIY project, you can read and watch as many tutorials as you want but until you actually start the project is when you will fully understand the process. It took Joe and I a few rows to get into the groove and understand how to use the leftover boards from one row to start the next one. If it’s done correctly, there will be little waste.
Here’s a fun little video I created combining multiple hyper lapsed video’s throughout our weekend. We also installed the flooring in our master closet and a small hallway that leads into our room.
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Did you catch Joe’s dance? When I was editing the video, I caught so many funny things he did and us laughing over and over again. It REALLY was fun! Overall, it was a super easy installation. I was amazed at how durable the laminate flooring is, we weren’t even nervous about sliding tools around during the install process and the best part is you can walk on it as soon as each piece is in place. Once installation was all done, we moved all of our furniture back in the same night.
The flooring we used is Modern Oak and I love it! It’s the perfect color, doesn’t show any dust or dirt, and gives our home that modern farmhouse look I’ve always wanted. It instantly made such a huge difference in our bedroom and took it to that next level of sophistication.
We installed transitions that lead into our master bath. The Modern Oak also matches so well with our existing tile. It’s been a week and I can’t express how much I LOVE these floors. Joe is a big fan too, so I think we will be putting them in the rest of our house! They always look clean, don’t show any footprints, scuff marks, or scratches.
Next week, I’ll be sharing the full reveal and don’t forget to follow Pergo and check out the website for more information!
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