This is the “fake it until you make it” type of flooring. Laminate flooring can look almost exactly like any type flooring, almost identical in fact. Yet, laminate flooring can be only a fraction of the cost.
This is because laminate flooring is made of layers of plywood or compressed fibers. Great moisture protection while still being at a reasonable cost. The cool part comes with the top layer.
The top layer is a printed image using photo-realism technology covered with a plastic coating. It can look like hardwood, stone, tile, or just about any type of flooring.