Laminate flooring is an affordable alternative with the looks of wood, tile, or stone, without the cost, maintenance or wear and tear. It is also less prone to scratches and scuffs, water resistant, with a click-lock design making it easier to install. If you have children and pets, laminate is a great choice. Just like hardwood, laminate floors come in a variety of wood looks and colors. If you like the stone look there are laminate tiles that resemble stone and are actually textured.