Laminate flooring can be made to look exactly like more costly materials, like hardwood and natural stone. Recent technological advances have even made it possible to give laminate floors the texture of hardwood, making a well installed laminate floor virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Natural materials, however, can cost two to three times the amount that laminate flooring does.
Laminate flooring is also incredibly durable, and can stand up to most children, pets and cousins. The melamine finish on top of the pattern layer protects it from being scratched, stained, gouged, faded or warped by liquids. If swept free of dust and sand regularly, this flooring won't scratch or fade until long after you're tired of it. If something does happen to your floors, despite their resistance, there are things you can do to fix it. Hardwood and natural stone must be sanded and refinished to bring them to their former glory. Single planks in laminate floors can be removed and replaced, quickly and cheaply, saving you even more time and money.