Lipford is the host of the syndicated show, "Today's Homeowner," and has a Web site with lots of useful tips and information.
On the broadcast, he demonstrates the variety of choices in engineered flooring and shows how to install each type. Depending on the size of the room, many people can make it a weekend project.
Lipford says today's plastic laminates can do an "Academy Award-winning impression" of wood, and are backed with layers of less-expensive materials like plywood, fiberboard, or soft wood such as pine.
They are called "engineered flooring" because they are manufactured, not milled, and are made up of alternating layers. Whether wood or laminate, these floorings cost around $3-$5 per square foot for the material, although some fancier versions can be twice the price.