Laminate flooring offers a new solution for those of us who want the warm, soft look of wood and the advantage of easy care like tile or vinyl. Laminate is on average 6 times harder to dent than hardwood and is many times more wear resistant than your average hardwood. Most often laminate floor patterns look like popular choices of hardwoods. At this time Laminates are the fastest growing segment of residential flooring sales. Most laminates carry a minimum 10 year warranty for stains, fading (discoloration) and wear, but can be up to 20 years on the higher end varieties.