Hardwood - Laminate - Bamboo - Wood Tile - and More Solid wood, engineered wood, or laminate floors can enhance the beauty of any room in a home. Wood creates visual warmth, is available in a wide variety of colors and grain patterns, and is durable enough to last a half century or more when installed and maintained properly. New variations of engineered wood flooring enable it to be installed over all subfloor types or even glued directly to concrete. And prefinished wood flooring with long-wearing, factory-applied topcoats can save an installer the hassle of staining and applying a final finish. While home interior trends change, and some of the flooring options may come and go with them, the popularity of wood flooring does not wane. It's an enduring material choice that can add value and charm to a home. DIYers with moderate tool skills can tackle a wood-flooring project and enjoy the cost savings that go along with their successful efforts.BLACK + DECKER Wood Floors covers all phases of basic wood, engineered wood, and laminate flooring installation--from preliminary surveys of flooring choices, tools, and prep work through finishing and reinstalling trim. Of course, not all wood-flooring situations require removal and replacement. Amateur home remodelers will appreciate a chapter devoted to repairing and restoring existing wood flooring.