Laminate Flooring is an excellent alternative to wood floors. Laminates offer a level of protection that wood floors can't, and are especially resistant to water damage and scratches. Styles of laminate are ever increasing replicating some of the finest hardwoods and even providing new designs that that haven't been seen before. Cost is another benefit. Because they are man-made, laminates cost significantly less than wood flooring, and have less of an impact on the environment.