The carpet in the basement has to go. There was a leak down there when we first moved in and the carpet got soaked in one corner. Our basement is now dry as a bone and I'm ready to pick out some new flooring!
Carpet, hardwood, laminate and bamboo are out of the question because if we do happen to have a flood or leak again, we'll have to rip it up and start over.
So far we've considered tile (but that could feel cold on the feet) and vinyl wood plank flooring. Vinyl is cheap and some of the higher quality vinyl looks better than I thought it would.
Then there's linoleum. I came across this company called Cool Green Floors which looks appealing. They make linoleum flooring that comes in square tiles and planks. Linoleum is made from natural ingredients including linseed oil. It decomposes naturally! I know this because, HELLO, I make linoleum block prints!
Their prices start at $3.15 per square foot which is at the high end of our flooring budget (I've found vinyl and tile for about $1 a square foot), but it might be worth it to spend the money.
The tiles and planks come in lots of fun colors too, although I'd probably go with something a little more neutral to be safe.
By the way, a lot of people get vinyl and linoleum confused, but they are very different. Vinyl flooring, which is widely available at the flooring stores, is not biodegradable. Linoleum flooring is made from natural materials.
Linoleum flooring... something to consider!
Images via Cool Green Floors.