How To Install Floor Registers

Ventilation is very important to keep air in the room fresh. It’s also a way to cool itself. Installing exhaust fan and other electrical and mechanical devices in a room can improve ventilation. But among the most traditional ways of getting a good ventilation is through installing floor registers.

Installing a new floor register in a room will be easy if you’re only replacing the old and broken register. However, the job will be much harder if you’re talking about installing a floor register on a floor that doesn’t have a register before.

  • Get the right-sized floor register. If you’re replacing an old register, then just get the same type with the same measurement. Bring the old register to a hardware store and from there, they can suggest registers that could fit in the same place. Whether you’ll get a floor register for a new ventilation or not, it will always come in a pair—the top register and the bottom register. The top register is the one that is more visible to the eye. Meanwhile, the bottom register is the part buried into the floor. So, it only means that the floor you want the register be installed should have enough space for the bottom. If not, it won’t make sense to install something for better floor ventilation.
  • Measure the floor register. For new floors, the register will be installed along with installation of the flooring. It’s best to decide now where the register will be put into, which is typically near a wall surface. For existing floors, you’ll have to cut through the floor so that the register will fit into it. You’re lucky if you have wooden flooring because cutting it is easier than drilling tiles. No matter what the type of your floor is, you have to mark where the floor register will be installed. Take note that the measurement should be of the register’s frame, not the top register.
  • Drill or cut the floor. Carefully cut or drill the floor so the register will fit into it. It’s best to cut the floor smaller than bigger. Smaller cuts can still be adjusted but bigger cuts are difficult to remedy. If replacing old register, you might have to remove the old register frame. If this is not needed, then you just need to put on the new top register and your job is done.
  • Set the register frame or the bottom register. Simply put this into the cut you’ve made earlier. Some registers need to be needled or screwed down. But some are fine with wooden glue. The point is that the frame should be kept in place. As much as possible, there should be no big space around the frame. If there is, consider putting special cement or Styrofoam around the hole. You can leave the space if it’s not so big.
  • Set the top register in place. Simply put it on the frame. Screw or needle it for security. But most homeowners always want a good access to the bottom flooring so they leave the top register unsecured.

Finally, a new floor register is already installed on your floor. Expect better installation from now on. But also expect additional obligation for maintaining the register. A little sacrifice is normal for having a better living space.


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