Pergo laminate flooring is a popular option to hardwood nowadays.  It’s easy to install, easy to keep clean, and very affordable.  Yet compared to the natural beauty of a stained hardwood floor detractors will insist, “It’s just not the same.”  Today’s Crown Point, Chesterton, and Dyer Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts should consider the pros and cons of both products before committing to cover their floor with either.  Here’s how they stack up against one another:

Hardwood

Pros:     Can be sanded and refinished if damaged
            Adds to property resale value
            Can last well beyond 20 years
            Completely unique natural wood-grain non-repeating pattern

Cons:    No warranty
            More expensive
            Installation must attach to subfloor
            May need finishing once installed

Pergo

Pros:     Generally 15 year warranty against stains and fading
            More affordable
            Stronger than wood
            Lasts up to 20 years
            Resistant to wear and scratches
            Easy floating installation

Cons:    Cannot be refinished
            Must be replaced if damaged
            Print pattern on finish repeats after several boards

The choice between hardwood and Pergo has as much to do with personal taste as it does cost, ease of installation and maintenance, and resale value.  Ask yourself, “What is the norm in my neighborhood?”  Not to keep up with the neighbors, but if hardwood floors are the norm then that may very well be an expectation of incoming buyers for your home in the future.