When we moved into our house it had carpet that needed replacing badly. We loved the look of hardwood floors, but knew they were out of our budget. We'd also heard they scratch easily and if you have an active, larger dog (which we do), they might get damaged. We decided to look into wood laminate floors. We started looking at Pergo, because that's the brand we'd always heard of, but a lot of people didn't have good things to say about them so we started checking out other brands.
We found the Witex Town and Country laminate at one of the many flooring stores we visited. It was more than we wanted to pay, but it was on sale, so we took a few samples home. We fell in love with the Victorian Cherry color. It was exactly what we were looking for. They color was perfect and the floor looked more like real wood than many we'd looked at. It has a little texture to it and is very detailed. It didn't have that shiny, fake look that we'd seen so many times.
When we went back to the store we found out that this floor might be worth the extra money. It has a 25 year warranty and a special water warranty that most floors don't. I guess water is the main thing that causes damage to laminate, but this floor is so dense that a lot of water would have to sit for along time to damage it. If that happens, the company will replace the damaged parts at no cost. Evidently most warranties don't cover water damage. This is only for water from inside your house (like if your water heater springs a leak while you're on vacation), not flooding.
We had the floors installed and have been so happy with them. We've had them for four years now. They have no scratches or dents. They've had a wild dog running and sliding all over them daily, furniture dragged across them, numerous things dropped on them, but no damage. The color has stayed true also - no fading where the sun shines in the window. These floors still look great. They are easy to clean, which I love. I usually just sweep and then mop with a spray bottle of water and vinegar.
I don't have anything really negative to say about these floors. They are a little noisy, but we got a more sound resistant under layer, so that helps some. They are also really hard, which worried me some when my son was learning to sit up and crawl. It never seemed to bother him though and we have a area rug and some foam mats for him to play on.
If you are looking for new floors and like the look of hardwoods, but not the price Witex laminate floors are a great choice.