Laminate flooring has been a popular wood alternative for consumers all over the world for many years, and for good reason. Laminate tends to cost far less than most hardwood, it is a denser product and its surface can resist denting and scratching better than most hardwood, and it comes as a click-together plank that makes for easier installation than hardwood.
New surface textures and photographic realism have made laminate floors much more authentic-looking over the years. While not as pet-puddle- or water-resistant, these floors can outperform nearly all vinyl planks in terms of scratch resistance. Laminates offer excellent bang for the buck for family-sized traffic, and are easy for DIY-savvy folks as well!