Because of modern technology, such as 3D printing, images have vibrant colors and clear images of knots, grains, and swirls. There are also embossing features so the floor can look wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, or distressed. They are available in matte, gloss, or high gloss finishes. It can even be cut into planks to mimic hardboard boards, or tiles with an almost unlimited number of colors and patterns.
Keep in mind that you can also get laminate that mimics anything from polished marble to slate, travertine, limestone, and quartz. This low maintenance product requires only frequent sweeping and periodic mopping with a damp (not wet) mop with a manufacturer-approved cleaner. Laminate is strong enough to withstand almost anything, but do be aware that it’s made from wood products. Wood can be damaged by excess water, so wipe spills immediately and don’t let soggy towels stay on the floor too long, or water can seep in between the joints.
Laminate installation is a snap and also DIY-friendly, which adds to the affordability. Click the pieces together to form a surface mat, then "float" it directly over the subfloor. No glue or nails are necessary.