Wood Floor Register
Wood Floor Vents in All Wood Species

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 configurations.

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:

flushmount hardwood floor ventThese 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:

self rimming hardwood floor ventThese 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 hardwood floor ventA 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:

  1. Don't undersize any vents... if you withstrict the floor of air from your heating system, it will not work efficiently.
  2. Finish BOTH sides of your vent, or constant contact with warm air will tend to warp the wood, especially large vents.

Further Information:
Hardwood Flooring Information
Hardwood Flooring Installation