Laminate flooring has been around for a long time now as an alternative to solid wood flooring, its easy to install attractive and durable. The quality of laminate flooring has come a long way over the years with better definition imaging, deeper embossing and better seaming mechanisms. However, this remains the budget option compared to alternatives such as solid wood flooring or engineered wood flooring. Laminate floor is not good with standing water as it can seep into the seems between boards, causing swelling. For this reason, it should not be used in bathrooms and kitchens, vinyl would be a better option.