Laminate is synthetic. Not everyone enjoys it or likes it because to them, this surface material is artificial. But to be fair, perhaps it has been a while for them. Perhaps it has been a while since they have been to market if you will because a lot has changed. Because like a lot of building materials, laminate has come along in leaps and bounds. One surface feature of laminate is that it offers protection.
Amongst all other surfaces, it protects the floors too. And laminate flooring still looks pretty good. You take your pick. Go ahead, you do that. Pick out any raw surface that you would have wished to enjoy. Could it have been marble or terracotta? You like that but you never went in for it because you felt that you could never afford it. And even if you could have made the upfront costs for the purposes of installation, you could have or would have been saddled with long-term cost and maintenance implications.
Terracotta is not cheap and marble is beyond most middle income earners anyway. But while marble and granite can withstand any force applied, terracotta remains far too brittle. Apply ceramics, it might take a while but there will still be wear and tear that ultimately leads to chips and cracks. It is very frustrating to replace these. Laminate flooring does have the potential outlast all other surfaces. For one thing, it is not expensive to install.
And once the laminate flooring is installed, if at all required, maintenance is not bad. If maintenance is required, there is not much of it to write home about. And cleaning the laminate flooring remains ridiculously easy. And laminate flooring can look like ceramics, granite or marble too.