Smithville Enterprise offers Complete Flooring and Cabinetry Service
Written for the Dunnville Free Press,
By John Taylor
Bert Vis Flooring
Dunnville's only flooring business moved to Cayuga a couple of years ago, making a drive inevitable for anybody seeking this type of home improvement. However, home owners in Dunnville may not be aware that nearby Smithville features a large flooring concern, Bert Vis Flooring and Cabinets. It is situated in downtown Smithville, at 214 St. Catherines Street. I met with their head of advertising, Ralph Vis at their capacious showroom to find out more. Ralph explained that his father, Bert Vis, has owned and operated the business since 1978.
Aside from flooring, including carpeting, vinyl, hardwood laminate and ceramic flooring, they also offer counter-tops, cabinets, vanities and back-splashes, along with painting services and supplies. Customers have the choice of purchasing materials and installing them on their own, or taking advantage of their complete installation services. Flooring is installed by Bert Vis employees, while counter-tops and cabinet installations tend to be subcontracted out. Currently, they are booking four to six weeks ahead, although the work itself, even granite counter-tops, can be done as quickly as a day or two.
I asked, what kind of flooring is most popular? Answer, it fluctuates on a seasonal basis. It used to be carpeting that dominated, but in recent years hard surfaces such as laminates, have surged ahead. As for counter-tops, granite and quartz have increased in sales, especially in the high end market.
Where does most of your business come from? We get most of our business from walk-in customers, who often come from Hamilton, Burlington, Grimsby, Vineland and West Lincoln. Although Ralph lives in Dunnville himself, Dunnville is as yet one of their smaller markets. He and his staff find Smithville to be a friendly community to serve. They are pleased that new housing projects in Smithville and area are jump starting demand for their services.
Bert Vis Flooring & Cabinets - Flooring & Cabinet Sales
Smithville, ON L0R 2A0
Hours: 9:00 to 5:00 PM
Photos of Ralph Vis and the staff in their showroom, photo credits to Marie Taylor, except the last photo
Photo of Ralph Vis, taken from their website