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What are some problems with Pergo flooring?

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Problems associated with Pergo flooring include toxic dust, formaldehyde emissions and issues derived from improper care or installation. Pergo was also subject to a class action lawsuit in 2007, in reference to defective flooring sold in the 1990s.

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Pergo is flooring made out of fiberboard. The visual designs on a Pergo floor board are not wood grain. They are a printed graphic sandwiched between the fiberboard and the laminate. Like other laminated wood products, Pergo contains formaldehyde, a toxic gas that contributes to indoor air pollution. The Pergo company maintains that its products are in compliance with the California Air Resources Board's strict standards and pose a low risk to consumers. Sawing and sanding Pergo also releases fine particles that are known to be cancerous if inhaled in excess.

Pergo boards are subject to some issues due to improper care. Not leaving enough room for the wet concrete to expand underneath the boards can cause them to buckle when the concrete dries. Improper cleaning causes the boards to lose their shine.

In 2009, a U.S. court ruled against Pergo and ordered the company to pay for damages incurred by customers who bought defective flooring.

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