Traditionally it offered a cheaper alternative to real wood. In the
early days of laminate flooring, the quality was quite poor. Although
the idea was that it should mimic hardwood flooring, it was very easy to
tell them apart by look and feel. In more recent years the quality of
laminate flooring has significantly increased. With reputable
manufactures investing in the design and production of their laminate
flooring products, more superior and authentic looking styles are
Laminate flooring does not contain any real wood at all. Each plank is made up of various synthetic layers and topped with a photograph of wood (or stone). The surface layer can sometimes have a built in scratch guard for added protection. The top surface of the floor is water resistant so can cope with the occasional spill or splash. Some types of laminate flooring are even water resistant.