Laminate floors offer the beauty of hardwood floors, but at a much lower cost. And unlike softwoods, laminate flooring is highly scratch resistant and resists fading from sunlight. Laminate flooring floats on top of the existing floor. This means that the laminate floor is not attached or adhered to the foundation but rather floats on top, meaning no gluing, stapling, or nailing. Laminates have evolved over the years to become much more durable and water-resistant than they have been in the past. Many laminates now offer water water-guards or waterproof that allow you to put them in areas with more moisture to not worry about water damage while also offering great scratch resistance.