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The Schluter®-Shower SystemThe Schluter®-Shower System

Tile is not only timeless and beautiful, it’s also durable, hygienic, and easy to clean making it ideal for wet areas. The Schluter®-Shower System is an integrated family of products that together form a fully bonded, watertight assembly for tiled showers. Since tiles and grout joints are not inherently waterproof, they must be installed using a waterproofing system that effectively manages moisture and prevents mold growth. The Schluter®-Shower System eliminates the risk of failures due to water and vapor penetration and dramatically reduces total installation time. From drains to shower benches to waterproofing pipe seals, Schluter®-Systems offers everything you need to ensure a dependable and watertight installation.

The advantages of the Schluter® Shower

  • Prevents water and vapor penetration in wall cavities to prevent mold and mildew.
  • Protects moisture-sensitive building materials such as wood framing, plywood, and OSB.
  • Made of inorganic materials, the system will not promote mold growth.
  • Even, impact-resistant, and rigid.
  • Contains no cement or fiberglass for a dust-free installation.
  • Easy to install

The Schluter®-Shower System is your all-in-one solution to building a completely waterproof shower that is ready for tile. So call us today to learn more.

CORETec FlooringCOREtec Flooring  is not only beautiful, but it is also highly durable and waterproof. It only takes a few simple care and maintenance steps to keep your floor looking beautiful for years, and make the most affordable type of flooring.

Routine Maintenance

  • Dust, sweep or vacuum the floor regularly to prevent any buildup of dirt or gritty substances that can scratch or dull the floor. If you do vacuum, do not use on with a beater brush, they can cause damage to the floor.
  • Any spills should be cleaned up immediately with a damp mop or cloth.
  • Mop or machine clean using 175-rpm “Swing-arm” machine or auto scrubber with a 3M 5100 Red pad (or equal).
  • Occasionally clean the floor with a resilient floor cleaner.

Preventive Care of COREtec Flooring

  • Protective mats. Place mats outside of all entrances and exits, and make sure to clean them on a regular basis. They will absorb soil and moisture and trap excessive dirt, sand, grit, oil, asphalt, or driveway sealer that would otherwise be tracked inside. Mats that are 100% latex-backed should be used. Do not use mats with rubber backing, as they can discolor the flooring. We also recommend using latex-based driveway sealer to prevent any staining.
  • Appliances. Be aware that refrigerators, ranges or other heat-producing appliances, or hot air registers that produce heat over 120°F, can burn, fade or discolor your floor. Any hot objects, such as matches or cigarettes, can also burn and damage your COREtec floor. 
  • Furniture legs. All the legs should have large surface floor protectors that are non-staining. Use flat, smooth glides to replace dome shaped, small, or narrow metal glides. To keep from scratching the floor, these glides should have self-adhesive felt pads. They also need to be checked regularly for wear and dirt and then replaced when needed.
  • Heavy appliances/furniture. Any appliance or piece of furniture that is heavy and rarely moved should have flat furniture cups or casters that are non-staining and of appropriate size. The available sizes are round, 1 3/8” to 1 5/8”, and square, 1 ½” to 2 5/8”.
  • Moveable appliances/furniture. Mobile appliances should have casters that swivel easily. These casters should have a diameter of 2” and ¾” hard rubber treads that are non-staining. Ball shaped casters should not be used.
  • Be careful of your feet. Avoid wearing stiletto-style heels, cleats, or spiked golf shoes on your flooring. They may cause scratches and indentations.
  • Sunlight protection. Keep window coverings closed during the times of day when there’s heavy sunlight. COREtec floors can fade or get discolored if overexposed to the sun.

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The concept of an open floor plan has been a popular trend for quite some time. Its layout is simple yet incredibly effective. Its primary purpose is to join the kitchen, dining room, and living room into one large area, thus creating a sense of wholeness and openness and at the same time brings families together.

Open floor plans have many advantages for homeowners. They not only increase the value of your home, but also brings in more natural light thus making your space brighter. They also offer multi-functionality to you. So, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try open concept flooring as an option. Consider these tips when choosing flooring for open-concept floor plans:

  • Neutral Color: Be smart with color and shapes
  • Transitional Design
  • Durability
  • Reduced noise
  • Create distinct areas with different textures
  • Add area rugs
  • Create a cozy nook for relaxation
Open Concept Floor

Love open concept flooring.
Choose from Luxury Vinyl, Hardwood, Porcelain Tile, Stone, Laminate & more..
Below are some of the popular flooring we carry in our showroom.
Call us today 231-947-6900 for your flooring needs

High Performance Carpets

At Bay View Flooring, We carry high performance carpets like Bellera Carpets from Shaw Flooring, Caress Caperts, Anderson Tuftex Carpets and more. These carpets are designed for beauty and superior performance. From top to bottom, these carpets are built for protection, making clean-up a breeze. Meaning the beautiful carpet you purchase will stay beautiful in your home for many years. How? By combining unbeatable fiber technology and stain resistance with the most innovative backing to stop spills and pet accidents from soaking through to your subfloor.

These high performance carpets are perfect for active homes requiring the cleanest carpet for healthy living and are offered in many color variations that bring in natural style and make a statement for your floor.

No surprises. No worries. Just beautiful carpet.
Choose from Bellera Carpet, Caress Carpet, Anderson Tuftex Carpet & more.
Below are some of the popular high performance carpets we carry in our showroom.
Call us today 231-944-1200 for your carpeting needs

Is Porcelain Ceramic Tile A Better Flooring Choice

If you are thinking about redesigning an office space or a room in your home, try considering porcelain tiles. Porcelain tile flooring offers an almost unlimited amount of various colors, shapes, and sizes that can be used together to create an amazing, unique and beautiful design. Porcelain tile is made with the highest quality clay and is denser and water resistant than ceramic tiles. They create beautiful floors for much less than the cost of stone. Below are some of the benefits of porcelain tile flooring:


Porcelain is some of the toughest flooring available. It is hard, thick, and very solid. Due to its strong characteristics, porcelain is resistant to heavy impact and can be used both in residential and commercial environments. This type of flooring is equipped to handle high traffic areas.

Fire Resistant

Porcelain tiles are manufactured at a very high temperature and hence the reason why porcelain tiles are fireproof. They won’t burn, produce smoke or any toxic fumes.They are fire resistant.

Moisture Resistant

Porcelain tiles are what is often referred to as “moisture resistant.” As you might imagine, this means that they are impervious to moisture, which means that they aren’t likely to get easily damaged simply by being in bathrooms or wet rooms. Porcelain tile has a less than 0.5% moisture absorption rate.

Stain Resistant

Another great benefit of porcelain flooring is that it is naturally stain resistant. Porcelain is able to repel liquid penetration, so staining agents aren’t able to soak into the material. Once porcelain is glazed this effect is even more dramatic.

Stylish Design

Porcelain is offered in many different colors and textures. The design options are endless. Many companies are recreating natural surfaces, such as wood grain and marble patterns.

Cost Effective

Porcelain tile generally costs less than other tile options. Though this material may cost less, there are various textures and patterns to choose from. This type of flooring is cost effective. Though it may be more costly to install than other hard surfaces its limited upkeep and maintenance adds to its value over time.

Low Maintenance

Porcelain tile material is tough, and simple to maintain. It does not require any special sealing to keep out water as other materials do. Water can be wiped right off of this material and won’t cause any damage. Typically porcelain is used in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, and mudrooms where moisture is most common but can be used for your entire office or home like living rooms, bedrooms, etc.

Porcelain Tile flooring is a great choice for almost any room within a home or office due to its warm, comforting and quiet qualities. To discuss your flooring needs and service call us today

How To Keep Your Floors Clean In Winter

Winter is a time when we like to keep our homes warm and protect ourselves from the elements. But it’s also a time when we need to think about protecting our floors like carpets, hardwood floors etc. Rain, snow, dirt and salt can be a lethal combination that can create damage to floors, which is why it’s important to take certain preventative steps before and during the cold, winter months.

Always have thick outside mats at every entry points

It is important to remove excess water, snow, dirt and salt from the shoes before entering your home. And the obvious place to start is outside. Place a sturdy, robust mat at every entrance, as they will provide the first layer of protection for the flooring inside. A thick, absorbent mat will trap the worst of moisture, dirt, salt and mildew before it is brought inside.

Place thick welcome mats or doormats inside the house too

No matter how well your family members and guests wipe their feet before they enter your home, bringing some moisture, dirt and salt into your home will sometimes be unavoidable. It is therefore a good idea to place welcome mats or doormats at every exterior door including the front door, garage door and patio. Place a shoe rack or some type of shoe stand near each mat, so people are never forced to walk over your floors with dirty shoes on. And don’t allow damp mats to fester inside your home, as they will start to smell and potentially causing more problems than they solve.

Invest in a rubber mat for drying

Investing in a large rubber mat with sides and raised treads inside the mat is a good way to prevent causing puddles that come from melted snow of  boots and shoes. The shoes should go on these mats until they are dry. If the mats come with raised sides, it’s even better as these sides will contain the melted snow from spreading and you can even put a towel inside these mat for easy cleaning. Once the shoes are dry, you can bring them inside or place them in shoe closets or shoe racks.

Consider your pets specially dogs

Dogs can bring in snow, mud and dirt from outside, so put dog booties on their paws which not only protects them from elements and keeps them warm but also protects your floors. Wipe your dog’s feet before bringing them in. Clean your floors immediately when your dog’s paws leave a mark.

Always vacuum hardwood floors before mopping

If you notice mud, dirt or salt on your hardwood floors, you will probably would think of mopping. However, mopping over dirt or salt from snow could grind particles into the wood and cause permanent damage. If you see snow, water and dirt onto your wood floor, wait for it to dry, vacuum the area first before you start to clean with a mop.

Protect the finish of your hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are treated with special sealants and resins to protect them from scratching and water damage. But the salts used for melting snow and ice can wear away these coatings leaving the wood underneath vulnerable to damage. A mild solution of water and vinegar can be used to neutralize the alkalinity of melting salts and stop the damage of hardwood protective coatings before it starts. We always recommend that you should check with your floor’s manufacturer before applying any treatments.

Through a proper combination of prevention and maintenance, your carpets and hardwood floors will last long and protected in winters.

How to Protect Vinyl Floors

Vinyl flooring is a fantastic option for your home or business because of their durability & beautiful appearance. Since Vinyl flooring is waterproof and not just water-resistant, they are ideal and safe to use in kitchens and bathrooms.

Even though vinyl floors are highly resilient and offer superior resistant to moisture , but they still require cleaning and regular maintenance. Failing to do so can result in damage or aging floors that look dull. At Bay View Flooring, we recommend the following do’s and don’ts when it comes to your vinyl flooring care and maintenance:


  • Wipe up household spills as soon as possible. Although Vinyl flooring is resilient, any spills should be cleaned up ASAP. If any spill is left on the floor for a longer period time, it might risk staining your beautiful floor permanently.
  • Use a doormat to keep dirt out. This keeps the dirt off of the floor which can reduce the shine of the Vinyl flooring
  • Always using furniture pads and flooring protectors to safeguard your flooring from damaging furniture.
  • Rinse the floor well to remove all the soap or any flooring cleaning products.
  • Wash your floor occasionally with a floor cleaner. Try to use a floor cleaner which will protect the shine of the flooring. Always sweep or vacuum before washing your floor with a mop
  • Sweep, dust, or vacuum, your floor on regular basis.
  • Be careful while moving furniture or appliances through vinyl floors. Dragging the heavy furniture or appliance can damage the floor badly. Always try to use a plywood path to drag the furniture.


  • Never try to use a floor wax product such as polish as they damage Vinyl floors
  • Never scrub too hard as they can damage the shine of the Vinyl floor and make them look aged and dull. Always try to use a soft mop if possible
  • Never use a flooring cleaner that is abrasive as they might have some chemicals that can damage the floor.
  • If you wash your Vinyl floors, make sure the floors are not left too damp as this can let water sweep thru the edges onto the seam and damage the bonding glue or material used.
  • We recommend not using a beater bar with your vacuum as it can damage the Vinyl floor.

BelleraTM – high performance carpet from Shaw Floors.

Bellera carpet is a high endurance performance carpet that provides stain & spill resistance but at the same time looks beautiful even after 5 years. Comes in 13 new styles with various patterns, textures and color choices. Bellera carpet from Shaw Floors is a gamer changer in the Carpet flooring industry.

Benefits of Bellera Carpet

  • Warms up rooms and reduce energy bills with the natural insulation and comfort of carpet.
  • Many styles to choose from Bellera carpet brings color, texture and value to your floors.
  • Offers Stain fighting Techonolgy
  • Accident & Spill Protection
  • Long lasting and highly durable
  • Ages elegantly
  • Maintains beauty year after year

You can learn more about Bellera Carpet at Bellera Collection from Shaw Floors

Talk to Us

Have additional questions? Please feel free to contact us directly with questions at 231-947-6900. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you with selecting the right flooring for your needs. Bay View Flooring and Design Center is here to help you.