Pergo Timbercraft vs Pergo Outlast : Know the Differences?

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On this page, you can learn about the differences between Pergo TimberCraft and how it compares to Pergo Outlast. Also included on this page is information on the installation steps required to make Pergo Outlast and Pergo TimberCraft more waterproof. 

Pergo Outlast at Home Depot

Pergo Outlast + is the latest laminate floor from Pergo for Home Depot. The newer premium floor is sold at Home Depot stores and online. It is an upgraded laminate floor from the existing Pergo XP line also sold at Home Depot. 

Pergo TimberCraft at Lowes

Pergo TimberCraft is the latest laminate floor from Pergo at Lowe’s Home Improvement. This newer premium floor is sold at Lowe’s Home Improvement. It is an upgraded floor from the Pergo Max Premier also sold at Lowe’s Home Improvement

Pergo Outlast has a few features that help it stand out from other offerings and we will get into some specific differences of Pergo Outlast vs Pergo TimberCraft below.

Differences Between Pergo Outlast & Pergo TimberCraft

Pergo Outlast Plus and Pergo TimberCraft are the latest flooring styles to be sold by Pergo in Home Depot and Lowes Home Improvement. The two flooring styles have the same AC (hardness rating), same thickness but, a difference in the overall number of styles and that the Lowe’s TimberCraft doesn’t include underlayment attached to the plank. Both Outlast Plus and TimberCraft use the same installation steps to create the watertight result.

Pergo product name:
Pergo TimberCraft 
Pergo Outlast+
Retailer:
Lowes 
Home Depot
Underlayment:
No attached underlayment
Attached underlayment
Warranty:
Limited lifetime residential and 10-year limited light commercial warranty
Limited lifetime residential and 10-year limited light commercial warranty  
Thickness:
12mm
10 mm thickness
AC 4 
AC 4
Finishes/Colors:
12 
34

How to Create a Watertight Seal with Pergo TimberCraft WetProtect

According to the Pergo TimberCraft Instructions the following finishing details are required to create a watertight seal:

  • Create a watertight seal by applying flexible 100% silicone sealant to the entire perimeter of the installation. DO NOT use acrylic sealant
  • First, fill all expansion spaces with 3/8″ compressible PE foam backer rod and cover with silicone sealant.
  • Prior to installing the moldings, apply silicone sealant to the portion of the molding or transition that will contact directly with the laminate flooring surface.
  • Install moldings and immediately wipe away any excess silicone sealant.
  • Apply silicone sealant at connections to door frames or any other fixed objects
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How to Make a Watertight Seal with Pergo Outlast + SpillProtect 24

The largest difference touted in Pergo marketing material is Pergo’s SpillProtect24™. According to the Outlast Plus instructions the following finishing details are required to create a watertight seal:

  • Create a watertight seal by applying a flexible 100% silicone sealant to the entire perimeter of the installation. DO NOT use acrylic sealant.
  • First, fill all expansion spaces with 3/8” compressible PE foam backer rod and cover with silicone sealant.
  • Prior to installing the moldings, apply silicone sealant to the portion of the molding or transition that will contact directly with the laminate flooring surface.
  • Install moldings and immediately wipe away any excess silicone sealant.
  • Apply silicone sealant at connections to door frames or any other fixed objects.

Pergo Outlast Plus Reviews

The blog Gone to the Snow Dogs has a review of Pergo Outlast + :”When we found out about the SpillProtect24™ technology with the Pero Outlast+, I knew this was going to be the perfect floor for our lifestyle!  The SpillProtect24 defends against household spills for up to 24 hours, which gives you time to clean up messes without worrying about the floor being damaged.”

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Pergo Outlast Videos

Pergo TimberCraft Videos

Interested in the differences between Pergo Max and Pergo XP? Check out this post.

Important note: The information presented here is based on my independent research and is believed to be accurate. All Pergo brand name and marks are the property of Pergo.

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What’s been your experience with Pergo Outlast or Pergo TimberCraft? Leave it in the comments below. 


7 Responses

  1. Correction:
    The thickness comparison is incorrect.
    Pergo Timbercraft is 12mm.
    Pergo Outlast is 10mm.
    The composite wood base is thicker on the Timbercraft then the Outlast as well.

      1. I have had the timbercraft wet protect in my house for 3 years. It gets a lot of wear, and I have 2 german shepherds. I live in a flood plane, on a cement slab, which is why I chose this flooring. My screened in porch, had a little standing water for a couple days after we got a ton of rain, and it never came in, on or under this floor. I also installed it myself (first time laying flooring like this), and I put it in before reno was even complete. There were many contractors back and forth across that floor with drywall, lumber, ripped out the ceiling to replace drywall because the insulation had gotten wet, so all that fell all over this floor. Found some nails that had been walked on and zero scratches. Mortar and grout used for the fireplace was all over that floor for a week or more and came right up, as well as paint, and spray paint. Spray paint was a little harder to get up, but it all came off. I have had puppies with many accidents and my wet puddles that I had found randomly. This floor still looks brand new. The maintenance is really easy, and it sure hides dirt, dust, dog hair and all of that amazingly well! This is by far the best flooring I have ever had. I had vinyl plank put down in half the house, and I got the good stuff, commercial grade, and the most durable, which doesn’t even come close to the quality of this pergo, and very little difference in price between the two. The vinyl plank has been awful, incredibly scratched, worn, impossible to keep looking clean and I have med-dark grey tones. The pergo is brookdale hickory, a very dark color and has a scratched texture look. I am now looking to rip out all this vinyl and put down the pergo instead.

        ****I do not nor never have worked for any flooring company of any kind. My comments do not benefit me in any way!

  2. I can’t find any specific information on the Pergo Timbercraft wetprotect technology. For instance, the Outlast Spillprotect 24 specifies that it can handle a standing spill for 24 hours. I can’t find that data for the Timbercraft Wetprotect. Do you have that information? I can’t find it on the Pergo website. We’re considering going with Lowes for purchase/install of a Timbercraft product. We will put it on concrete slab throughout most of the 1st floor including kitchen and bathroom. I did read the info you provided about how to install to make it waterproof, which covers perimeter sealing. (Thanks for that. My experience with Lowes installers is that they can be inconsistent, so I will at least know to check this.) I am concerned about how the seams will handle a standing spill.

    1. In the Installation download, they provide the following information.
      Create a watertight seal by applying flexible 100% silicone sealant to the entire perimeter of the installation.
      DO NOT use acrylic sealant.
      • First fill all expansion spaces with 3/8″ compressible PE foam backer rod and cover with silicone sealant.
      • Prior to installing the moldings, apply silicone sealant to the portion of the molding or transition that will contact
      directly with the laminate flooring surface.
      Install moldings and immediately wipe away any excess silicone sealant.
      Apply silicone sealant at connections to doorframes or any other fixed objects.

  3. I did flooring for over 20years, not a lot of laminate however. I do think all the extra sealing of edges with silicone seems a bit much. Silicone is not the easiest caulk to apply correctly.I just watched video with a water balloon battle in the kitchen. I doubt the water proof technique is going to work in that scenario.I may put this product in my house but would not do all those steps to insure the waterproofing,I seriously doubt it would make much difference with water balloon battles going on!

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