Do you ever watch those home improvement shows, where every house they go into has gorgeous hardwoods hiding beneath some ugly carpet? No wonder they can totally redo the rest of the room like a baller. Flooring is one of the most expensive components of a renovation. In the south and "newer" areas of the country, it is less likely to find anything but sub-flooring when you roll back that carpet. Fortunately, there's laminate flooring, which looks much like wood flooring.