Three Palm Beach County towns made the personal finance website, WalletHub, list of best beaches. The towns are North Palm Beach, Jupiter and Boca Raton.

It seems a little surprising too, because its widely believed that these towns are expensive places in which to live, but this information took into account housing costs and sale prices of waterfront homes, as well as quality of beach water: by Corvaya Jeffries.

It’s much like hardwood flooring. It’s the jewel of the home, especially in West Palm Beach. Many assume it’s too expensive for them, but when you take into account the long life, versatility, easy maintenance, as well as how it increases the market resale value of your home, it really is quite affordable, say the experts at Quantum Floors.

There are two types of hardwood flooring: solid and engineered. Solid hardwood flooring is exactly as it sounds: It comes from one tree species and that species is consistent from top to bottom. It is durable, but not moisture-resistant, so it’s not recommended for installation in baths, basements, or anywhere water tends to accumulate.

Engineered hardwood flooring is real wood, but the construction is different, making it more stable. The core is one type of wood, often a birch, maple, or some other strong wood, and then it is layered with plywood and topped with a tough veneer. It is this layering that gives engineered hardwood flooring the crisscross effect that makes it so stable and much more moisture-resistant. In fact, engineered hardwood flooring can be installed in more rooms than solid, including basements.

Both solid and engineered hardwood flooring are cost-effective in that they are:

● Durable lasting for years.
● Usually rejuvenated by just a sanding and refinishing. This means you often don’t need a total floor replacement; the number of times a floor can be sanded depends upon the thickness of the plank.
● Good for your home’s resale, since they increase the value.
● Available in a wide selection of colors and species; any atmosphere can be created.

Quantum Floors is the expert when it comes to hardwood flooring, whether solid or engineered. The company has three showroom locations: Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.