Wood Floor Register
A wood floor register (used to cover the holes in your floor
for a forced air heating system) can be made in a number of different
The box stores typically carry the wood floor vents in various
colours of plastic as well as brass and basic black metal. My
preference, if I'm going to spend that much money on a real wood
floor, is to buy a floor vent in a wood to match the wood species
of my hardwood floor.
The typical wooden vent can not only be manufactured in a full
range of native and exotic woods but also be custom sized to fit
most any duct size application.
It is best to source this product BEFORE you install your hardwood
flooring. Some designs need to be put in place at the time of
the flooring installation, and others can be dropped into place
after the fact.
Flushmount Wood Floor Vents:
are designed to be installed first and the flooring wrapped around
the outside edge. When all is said and done, this style of vent
is really great because it ends up flush with the level of floor.
Its a preference of mind because then I don't have to worry about
hitting the edges with my vacuum cleaner.. that is on the rare
times I actually break down and use the vaccuum :).
Self Rimming Vents:
vent covers are the most common type. They are designed to be
dropped into a hole in the floor, after the fact.
The self rimming vents can be found in a full range of materials
from wood to plastic, in a variety of sizes and easily dropped
into existing floors of various types. It is useful for carpet,
vinyl and laminate installations as well as a hardwood floor vent.
Wood Floor Register to Meet Baseboard:
baseboard vent is not really very common but those of you rennovating
an order home maybe familiar with the hole in the wall style of
forced air heating.
Baseboard vents are designed to vent holes in the wall not the
floor. They are typically 3/4" thick slab with grooves in
place to allow air flow. The baseboard continues on each side.
Some General Guidelines:
- Don't undersize any vents... if you withstrict the floor of
air from your heating system, it will not work efficiently.
- Finish BOTH sides of your vent, or constant contact with warm
air will tend to warp the wood, especially large vents.
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