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5 Points to Validate When You Are Buying Floor Vent Covers


Floor vents or whatever type of vent in your home are all crucial in maintaining proper and adequate air circulation in a particular space. For the most part, we often forget that they are even in our homes. Unless we have new furniture to place in our homes or they become an eyesore in a particular room, we often tend to forget they exist.


What most people don’t know is that floor vent covers are completely customizable. You can customize the size, color, and finish easily. In this article, we will discuss the five essential points you should look into when purchasing floor vent covers for your home.


1.Type of Floor Vent Cover

2.Color of Vents

3.Finish

4.Size of Vents

5.Airflow


Type


As we mentioned earlier, there is a wide variety of floor vent covers you can choose from. There are plastic, metal, and wood floor vent covers you can use. Perhaps the most common are metal floor registers.


There are obvious ups and downs to each of these types. Metal floor vent covers are most commonly used for their sleek look. They also come in a variety of finishes (which will be discussed later).


Wood is also common because they are quite superior to others in terms of aesthetics. However, they are quite tricky to clean and maintain. You may need to re-stain them from time to time to avoid losing the luster.


Meanwhile, plastic vent covers are ideal because they are quite low-maintenance. This type of vent cover is lightweight and easy to wipe down and clean. Moreover, they are relatively safer if you have children. They are also usually cheaper than the other types.


Color

As much as possible, we want to camouflage our floor vent covers. It is not ideal to block them with furniture or cover them up with other objects. Therefore, we can only do our best to prevent them from becoming an eyesore. Because of this, we want to select the best color that will blend with the room’s aesthetics.


For instance, if the floor’s color is white, then the most ideal color of choice is also white. You can achieve the color white with any type of vent cover. Metal floor registers and wood floor vent covers can be painted white. Meanwhile, plastic vent covers come in virtually any color.


However, there are some cases when we do not want or can’t hide them. An example is if they are located in an area where there is high traffic. In this case, we want to take advantage of the situation and make sure the covers look as good as possible. Wood vent covers are particularly ideal for this situation as they are highly customizable in terms of color or stain. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a more durable option, perhaps metal vent covers are your best bet.


Finish


The finish is almost as important as color when it comes to floor vent covers. In purchasing metal vent covers, you can opt to choose a high-shine or a relatively matte finish. Metal covers can be stainless steel, silver, bronze, or have a matte finish when painted.


Meanwhile, for wood covers, you will have an extensive range of options. You get to choose the finish or stain that will perfectly match your wood floors. Some of your choices include oak, cherry, white oak, hickory, ash, walnut, and many more. As far as variety goes, you have more options when it comes to wood floor vent covers.


Lastly, plastic vent covers are also versatile. The standard colors are usually white, black, grey, and brown. However, it is quite easy to hunt down stores that offer more colors.


Size


Make sure you purchase floor vent covers that are suitable to your floor register sizes. The way to do so is to measure your vents properly. You can simply do this with a household measuring tape. If you are not confident or don’t want to go through the hassle, you can always reach out to the company. Most companies offer installations so you won’t have to do it yourself. In any case, here is how you can do it.


First, take out the floor register. You shouldn’t measure the actual floor register. Instead, you should measure the duct opening’s dimensions. Measure the length and width. This is what you will use to purchase vent covers or vent register filters that will fit. Typically, floor register sizes are standard. However, if yours are not, you should carefully measure and find a cover that will fit.


Airflow


Airflow is the main function of our floor vents. It only makes sense that we do the best we can to ensure the air circulating in our homes is clean. You can do so by using dust control vent filters or vent register filters. These vent filters for dust-trap any particulates or dirt that will otherwise be circulating in the air. Moreover, you want to make sure that your vent covers are not completely blocking off the circulation. Check the grids and their size depending on your actual duct opening.


On another note, if you are having issues with random objects in your house falling through these vents, there is a solution. Floor register or vent traps are the quick-fix. This makes it easier for you to collect any object that will fall through the vents. These traps are made of net or mesh. Thus, there won’t be any issues with blocking air circulation.



Not all floor vent covers are the same. Similarly, we all have different tastes and preferences when it comes to things we install in our homes. That is why it’s important to think things over when purchasing something for our house, such as floor vents. It is crucial that we validate some things first before going ahead and making a purchase. In the long run, it will save us a great deal of time and high costs from making the wrong purchase.

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