According to the maker, FlexBoard does as good a job of protecting finished floors as hardboard does, but it’s a lot easier to handle and store. The 45-mil-thick product is water-resistant, nonstaining, and vapor-permeable, and it’s made from recycled materials. It can be laid over vinyl, laminate, wood, concrete, stone, marble, and tile; after a job it can be reused or recycled. A 32-inch-by-50-foot roll costs $30, a 100-foot roll $50.

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