Pergo in front of the fireplace.


Old 03-04-03, 05:08 PM
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Question Pergo in front of the fireplace.

Instead of installing the standard marble, tile, stone, brick, or rock in front of my wood burning fireplace. I would like to have a hardwood floor such as PERGO I have read in places that PERGO is resistant to heat, and nothing in my local building codes specifies exactly if it can or can't be used. THE CODE STATES: The hearth extension shall be of noncombustible material a minimum of three-eighths inch (3/8") thick, shall extend a minimum of sixteen inches (16") in front and eight inches (8") beyond each side of the fireplace/fireplace-stove opening. I have seen pictures of hardwood floors that go right up to fireplaces. Does anyone know if PERGO or some other type of Hardwood style flooring that could be used.
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Old 03-04-03, 05:41 PM
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The fact that Pergo is "heat resistant" does not mean it is "non combustible". As you stated, there is a hearth extension requirement. In addtion there is a thermal R value or K factor required for a the non combustible materai to be used. If a factory built fireplace (zero clearance), these values can be found in the installation manual. If you are building site built masonry fireplace, the local building codes will have this information.

I would contact Pergo to find out if they can meet the non combustible and thermal factor test. If they do approve, get a letter from them stating so. Quite sure the local building officals will require such a letter for such an unusual request.
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