Pergo TimberCraft Reviews: Is Lowe’s Pergo Laminate Worth Buying?
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August 26, 2021
If you’re looking into Pergo TimberCraft laminate, you probably have some questions. And that’s understandable!
Pergois widely thought of as one of the best laminate flooring brands around. After all, they invented the stuff back in the 1970s. But this Lowes-exclusive Pergo productis a bit of an unknown.
Why? Exclusive products from big box stores don’t usually have a great reputation—even if they’re manufactured by companies that are otherwise known for quality.
For example, Costco’s exclusive laminate line is called “Mohawk Home”, and it’s made by Mohawk—a company that manufactures some of the best laminate floors in the world. But Costco laminate flooring reviews expose this exclusive line as a cheap imitation of Mohawk’s better products (which you can only buy at real flooring stores).
So: does the same apply here? Do Pergo TimberCraft reviews suggest this is a high-quality laminate floor worthy of the Pergo name? Or is it just a cut-rate Lowes exclusive capitalizing off Pergo’s brand equity?
To bring you the answers you need, we’ll dive into everything there is to know about Pergo TimberCraft. Below, we’ll explain what it is, how much it costs, talk about its pros and cons, and most importantly, show you how it compares to Pergo’s other laminate collections.
And to do so, we’ve researched hundreds of Pergo TimberCraft reviews—so you know your info is coming from people who actually own the product.
Is Pergo TimberCraft worth buying? Let’s find out!
First: A (Quick) Crash Course on Laminate Flooring
Actually, before we get into Pergo TimberCraft, we should probably explain what laminate flooring is. You know, just to make sure we’re all on the same page.
So: laminate belongs in a flooring category we generally call “resilient”. Resilient products are made to resemble more traditional types of flooring (like wood or stone) while offering increased protection and a lower price tag. Other common floors in the “resilient” category include PVC flooring (aka vinyl), wood-look ceramic tile, and so forth.
To accomplish this, laminate is usually composed of three main layers: a fiberboard base layer, a photorealistic image layer, and a protective wear layer. The final product looks just like prefinished hardwood flooring, and can even give the most durable hardwood flooring a run for its money in terms of strength—but at a much more attractive price point.
Is Laminate the Same as Engineered Wood?
Nope! People commonly (and mistakenly) think these materials are the same—but if you compare engineered hardwood vs. laminate, you’ll find that they’re entirely different.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s come back to Pergo TimberCraft. As we mentioned earlier, Pergo invented laminate flooring back in the 1970s. Back then, it was meant to be a cheap alternative to hardwood flooring. But over time, it became an amazing product in its own right. Now, just about every flooring brand under the sun sells laminate!
Is Pergo Going Out of Business? Nope! They Were Just Bought by Mohawk.
A common question on Google asks if Pergo is going out of business. And the simple answer is no.
It’s possible the rumors have something to do with the company being bought by Mohawk in 2011, but it’s unclear.
Is Pergo Better Than Other Laminates?
We might be verging on spoiler territory here, but we think there’s a reason Pergo products are generally included in lists of the best laminate flooring brands. Whether the TimberCraft line is worthy of such praise comes down to a lot of little factors that we’ll dive into in these next few sections.
So What Is Pergo TimberCraft, Exactly?
Again, Timbercraft is one of many different laminate collections that Pergo offers.
High-level notes: this fake wood floor features durable 12mm-thick planks, it’s relatively affordable, and it exclusively mimics wood floor designs (no stone looks here).
And Again, Pergo TimberCraft Is a Lowes Exclusive
We mentioned this above, but we can’t stress it enough—Pergo TimberCraft is exclusively sold at Lowes. We know: if you have any experience with box store flooring, this might make you a little uneasy.
TimberCraft also uses Pergo’s UltraDef technology, which “recreates the look and feel of genuine hardwood”, according to Pergo.
Of all the Pergo TimberCraft reviews we looked through, we didn’t really find any complaints saying otherwise!
TimberCraft Also Has a Super-Robust AC4 Rating
All laminate flooring is given an AC rating between 1 and 5 that measures the floor’s scratch resistance and durability. An AC rating of 4 or 5 means the floor is rated for commercial use—aka it’s super-duper durable and can withstand heavy traffic.
As it happens, there are surprisingly few waterproof laminate flooring brands on the market, so this is a big advantage. There’s RevWood, obviously, but along with Shaw’s Repel line and Floor & Decor’s surprisingly great AquaGuard flooring line, there aren’t too many to choose from.
Now, this doesn’t mean that TimberCraft is waterproof in the sense of “you can use it to line a swimming pool or shower”, but it will easily survive spills and splashes. Just treat it the same way you would treat waterproof hardwood flooring: clean up liquids quickly, and don’t go out of your way to leave it in standing water.
If You Need Something to Withstand Flooding, Vinyl Might be Better
Anyway, if you don’t mind not being able to dump a bucket of water on your floor, Pergo TimberCraft is a great way to achieve that wood floor bathroom look you’ve always wanted! Or, you know, something similar.
Styles: What Options Does TimberCraft Offer?
In total, Pergo TimberCraft currently offers 17 different looks, all of which mimic reasonably wide-plank wood flooring.
That said, you can find a good range of shades, all the way from dark to light wood floor species. And we’re not just talking about basics here—you can find distressed pine flooring lookalikes, and we’ve also seen images of Douglas fir flooring patterns online (although they might not be available any longer).
How Do You Install Pergo TimberCraft Laminate?
Pergo TimberCraft reviews agree that installation is mostly easy. You don’t have to glue it down the same way you might glue down vinyl plank flooring—but if you want to maximize the floor’s water resistance, you’ll need to follow the directions to the letter (see below).
TimberCraft is Installed as a Floating Floor (Using Mohawk’s UniClic)
What is a floating floor? Rather than using glue or nails to stay in place, floating floors rely on gravity and friction.
Generally, this is accomplished with a snap-together or click-lock flooring system. These systems rely on special grooves in the sides of each plank, which are “click-locked” or “snapped together” directly on top of your underlayment or subfloor (ideally: both). And… voila! That’s all there is to it.
Pergo TimberCraft uses Mohawk’s UniClic locking system, which is very highly reviewed (Mohawk owns Pergo, remember?) If you’re looking for the easiest flooring to install, products with UniClic are a good bet.
The few negative Pergo TimberCraft reviews we found centered around failed water resistance. But the problem is that these reviews almost always cite improper installation—which is, well, avoidable. Translation: you need to install it properly. No cutting corners here.
Lay down an underlayment to keep moisture from rising from the subfloor (unsurprisingly, Pergo recommends their “Pergo Gold” product, but it doesn’t really matter—you can even use an underlayment for vinyl flooring if it has the same attributes).
Then, carefully attach the planks together using the UniClic locking system.
Then, apply a flexible silicone sealant to the perimeter of the floor.
Regarding that last bit, TimberCraft uses WetProtect, remember? So there’s no need to apply the sealant all over the floor—just where it touches the wall.
And voila! There’s nothing overly complicated here. As long as you follow all the directions, the floor should repel water.
Should You Hire a Pro? TimberCraft Reviews Suggest That Yes, You Should.
We almost always recommend hiring a pro to install flooring because A) it’s usually required in the warranty, and B) it’s more likely to turn out well.
And if not, you have someone else to blame (mostly joking).
Since Pergo TimberCraft has slightly fussy directions pertaining to its waterproofing, we’d advise playing it safe and hiring a pro to do the install. This is especially true because your warranty coverage might depend on it.
However, we would be very careful about using Lowes contractors. More than a few Pergo TimberCraft reviews point out that the contractors Lowes sent did a very poor job of installing their floors. And again: if you’ve done any research at all into box store brands, this is super, super common. We’ll talk about that more in the disadvantages section below.
How Much Does Pergo TimberCraft Cost?
TimberCraft ranges between $2.60 and a little over $3.00/sq. ft.
Pergo TimberCraft doesn’t have any special care instructions. Since it’s waterproof laminate, you can use a wet mop to clean it—but a simple broom and dustpan will work fine too. Pergo also says that a combination of vinegar or ammonia and warm water is good for lifting any tough stains in the rare event that they occur.
You should not, however, attempt to bleach Pergo laminate the same way you might bleach wooden floors. Please. Do not do this.
The Advantages of Pergo TimberCraft
Now that all that general info’s been covered, let’s get to the good stuff!
Pergo TimberCraft Reviews Are Largely Positive
We scoured tons of Pergo TimberCraft reviews (made by actual buyers). And for the most part, people like this product!
You might think that goes without saying, but it really, really isn’t. To make our best laminate flooring brands and products list (and to write most of our other articles), we’ve made our way through hundreds—if not thousands—of laminate reviews. And let’s just say that they’re not usually this good.
As we mentioned before, most of the complaints (which aren’t frequent) pertain to the floor’s imperfect water resistance.
The takeaway here: TimberCraft reviews suggest that if you install it properly, you’ll probably be happy with it.
Pergo TimberCraft Is Very Durable—Without Sacrificing Comfort
But this durability does not come at the expense of comfort—which is a common complaint about laminate floors. If you’ve ever walked over WPC flooring, then you’ll already know what to expect from TimberCraft: a seriously cozy surface.
Pergo Seems to Offer Excellent Customer Service
Take a quick look at the reviews of Pergo TimberCraft on Lowes’ website and you’ll see that Pergo responds to them often.
There are even a few reviews where customers say their warranty claim was rejected by Lowes, only for Pergo to tell the customer to make the claim directly (with Pergo). We can’t know how these claims ended up, but it’s nice to see Pergo making the effort even after Lowes said no.
TimberCraft Comes With a Limited Lifetime Residential Warranty…
Limited lifetime residential warranties are pretty standard for quality laminate. Unfortunately, many of these are voided by bizarre, sometimes unavoidable stipulations (like, you know, using the floor).
However: we read through TimberCraft’s warranty, and there don’t appear to be any weird stipulations—which again, suggests that with proper installation, this is a solid product!
What’ssurprising is that Pergo TimberCraft offers a 10-year commercial warranty. For laminate, anything beyond 5–7 years is a bit rare. This suggests that TimberCraft can, in fact, handle heavy foot traffic!
TimberCraft is Affordable, Even for Laminate
As we mentioned above, Pergo TimberCraft generally costs under or around $3/sq. ft.
That’s pretty affordable, even for laminate. So if you’re ready to upgrade your home but not sure if you want to shell out the cost to install carpet with hardwood (or a pricier laminate), TimberCraft may be the answer.
And Pergo TimberCraft Reviews Note That It Doesn’t Fade in Sunlight
If you’re looking for wood-look sunroom flooring, TimberCraft is a great option. Across the hundreds of Pergo TimberCraft reviews we looked at, there were no mentions of it fading.
Pergo TimberCraft reviews are good, but they’re not perfect. Here are some common complaints.
Some Pergo TimberCraft Reviews Say It’s Not asWaterproof as Advertised
We’ve said it many times before, but installation matters. Pergo is adamant about following their instructions to the letter, because you’re likely to lose TimberCraft’s watertight seal otherwise.
On another note: waterproof laminates can only handle so much water. If you’re a mess in the kitchen (we get it), have clumsy toddlers, or leaky pets, laminate is fine. But: if you have a basement that floods, look into buying tile or different types of vinyl flooring instead. Vinyl’s waterproofing is generally superior, and there’s a reason so many people opt for tile vs. laminate in wet places.
If you want to compare tile vs. wood floor looks, you’ll have to look at another Pergo line (or a different brand). As the name might suggest, TimberCraft doesn’t offer any looks that mimic types of floor tiles.
TimberCraft’s Product Pages Don’t Mention any Eco-Friendly or Low-VOC Certifications
PS: if you’re able to get in touch with Pergo or Lowes about this, let us know in the comments!
Lowes Flooring Installation is Not the Best
This isn’t a disadvantage of Pergo TimberCraft (or Lowes) as much as it is a disadvantage of buying at box stores in general.
See, when you buy your floors from an actual flooring store, certified flooring installers put them in. And as we said, installation is hugely important when it comes to your floor’s lifespan, according to TimberCraft reviews.
However: when you purchase your floors from a box store (like Lowes), your floors are installed by third-party contractors. Often, these installers lack any sort of certification or oversight. And if something goes wrong, there’s nobody to hold accountable. The store blames the 3rd-party installer, who blames the manufacturer, who blames the store, who blames… you get the picture.
How Does TimberCraft Compare to Other Pergo Laminate Collections?
Bringing this ship full circle: TimberCraft is just 1 of 5 different laminate lines offered by Pergo. So: how does it stack up against the others?
What’s the Difference Between Pergo Portfolio and Pergo TimberCraft?
Portfolio is Pergo’s mid-tier line of laminate. There are only 3 key differences between Portfolio and Pergo TimberCraft:
Portfolio, which can also be bought at Lowes, is cheaper at about $2.60/sq. ft.
Portfolio offers a handful of stone looks.
And most importantly, Portfolio is 2mm thinner (10mm) than TimberCraft (12mm) which means it’s a little less robust.
What About Pergo Outlast From Home Depot?
Pergo Outlast is a Home Depot exclusive (like TrafficMaster laminate flooring). It costs $2.80/sq. ft. on average, offers more than double the number of styles, and comes with a pre-attached underlayment. But, like Pergo Portfolio, the Outlast line is only 10mm thick so it’s not as durable as TimberCraft.
Pergo TimberCraft Reviews Compare Well to Other Pergo Collections
Bear with us for a moment. On Pergo’s laminate website, TimberCraft currently has a 4.3-star rating—which is good—across its 90 reviews (the lowest of Pergo’s 5 collections by a slim margin). Pergo TimberCraft reviews on Lowes’ website are notably better and number in the thousands.
Our judgment: the sample size on Pergo’s website is pretty small and you can’t even buy it directly from Pergo. So what, right? Well, the only people who are going to go out of their way to review TimberCraft on Pergo’s website are the people who had a very positive—or verynegative experience. This means the bulk of buyers, the middle, isn’t really represented.
In short, we’d say reviews of Pergo TimberCraft are about the same as they are for any other Pergo collection.
Conclusion: Pergo TimberCraft Is a Solid Laminate Choice. But There are Other Options, Too.
Is Pergo TimberCraft worth buying? The reviews seem to say so!
This is much harder to say. RevWood, for example, costs about the same as TimberCraft but offers way more styles. And since the two brands are both owned by Mohawk and share a lot of the same technology (UniClic, WetProtect, etc.), they’re very similar products.
Our take: choose the style that fits your tastes regardless of the brand. Just make sure to buy from a top-rated local flooring store rather than from a box store. Dedicated flooring stores tend to offer better products, installation, and services.
But whatever you choose, best of luck on your hunt for laminate flooring and thank you for reading! For more flooring ideas, info, and reviews, check out the articles below.
Christian is a freelance everything-writer, editor, & SEO guy. When he’s not writing about flooring and remodeling, he’s either writing news for the California American Legion or writing fresh content for his camping & EDC blog (or, you know, actually camping).
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