Thursday, November 8, 2018

Is It Time To Update The Air Vents In Your Home?


How old is your home? If you're anything like me and millions of other homeowners across the country, the answer to that is probably 50+ years. Unless you are the first owner of your home, odds are that your home was built around the 1950's or 1960's. Although homeowners commonly remodel their homes to keep up with the current trends and the latest technological developments, often times things like registers and air vents get put aside or forgotten as an afterthought. The goal of this post is to help you understand how updating your registers and vents can have numerous positive affects on your home's value as well as creating a cleaner, safer, environment for you and your family. 

Why Should I Update My Old Vents?

Aside from the cosmetic damage such as scratches, scuffs, dents or general damage that can occur over time, there are other, more relevant dangers involved in neglecting your old vents. For instance, take a look at your old vents. Do you see any rust or corrosion? Maybe a few layers of dirt and grime have accumulated over the years. Have you replaced them since you moved in? If not, there's no way of knowing how long they've been sitting there collecting dust, rust, and bacteria. Your home is only as clean as your air vents and every ounce of air that you and your family breathe, in your home, is cycled through these unassuming installations. Left unchecked, your old air vents could kick up residual airborne bacteria and spread it around your home causing any number of common household illnesses. 

"Your home is only as clean as your air vents..."

On the other hand, updating your vents and registers will, in no small way, add value to your home. As a home owner you should always be thinking about your home's equity and ways to increase it. Updating your vents may seem unimportant when facing a large remodel or when prepping your home for sale, but potential home buyers will notice these things as soon as they enter the home. Vents, old or new, will leave an impression which could sway them one way or the other in the end. 

Where Do I Find The Right Vents For Me?

If you are still reading this, one of the previously mentioned issues probably applies to you. Maybe you'd just like to have that fresh, modern look that your old vents have been lacking or maybe you have children and want to ensure that they have the best air quality that you can provide. Or, maybe you're getting ready sell y our starter home and want to impress potential buyers. Regardless, you need new vents and I'm here to help you find them. The first step in this process is finding the right distributor. There are a number of ways you can do this. You can start local by searching the flooring supply stores in your area or maybe the local Home Depot would have a few options for you to choose from. However, these types of places don't often carry a very wide variety because they buy their products based on what sells best, not what will most accurately suit your needs. 

Your best bet in finding vents that work for you is online. Even in 2018 some people have reservations about purchasing anything online and while its good to stay cautious, there are a lot of great businesses out there that just want to help you get what you need regardless of where you are located. I work for one of them! That being said, type in a quick google search for what you need, I'd imagine that you'd be able to find a couple good options right on the first page. Also, if your willing to take my word for it, I'll include a few links at the end of this post for you to check out.

How Do I Select The Vents I Need?

Now that we know that vents are an important part of maintaining a clean and healthy home, add value to  your home and where to find them, the next step is figuring out exactly what vents you need. Registers and vents come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and can be placed on virtually any surface as long as there is ducting available. Floors, walls, ceilings, baseboards, you name the space and there is probably a register or vent designed to fit there. Luckily for you and millions of others in your situation, the register and vent industry has become largely standardized over the last 100 years or so. Meaning, if you pay attention to detail, selecting and installing your vents on your own is no longer an impossible task. On the contrary, you'll find that it's really quite simple and there are many resources available to help answer any questions you may have. 

"There will always be a vent or register to fit your 

When getting started, note where the vent you're trying to replace is located. Is the duct hole in the floor, the wall, the ceiling, the baseboard? It's important to know considering that not all vents are compatible with every surface. For instance, a ceiling register could not be placed on the floor because it is not designed to sustain heavy foot traffic and a floor register would not normally be used on a wall because often times they are not built with screw holes for fastening. There are some exceptions, but when selecting vents and registers for your home it is better to not take chances. There will always be a vent or register to fit your exact needs, even if it needs to be built custom to your specifications. It's always best to take any guessing out of the equation when dealing with such important subjects. 

Although floor, ceiling and wall vents are fairly straight forward, baseboard vents can often be confusing. The hole of a baseboard vent can be either in the floor or the wall depending on where the HVAC installer put them. They will typically be either on the floor right next to the wall or on the wall right next to the floor. If the hole is in the wall next to the floor you can use both a Triangular Baseboard Vent or a Rectangular Baseboard Vent to cover it depending on what suits your needs. If the hole is in the floor next to the wall the best options would be a Triangular Baseboard Vent.

Do I Need A Register Or a Return?

Now that we know where the hole is and what style of vent is best to use for our application it's time to decide; Register or Return? Whats the difference? The difference between registers and returns is simple yet important. It determines whether or not you are able to control the air flow through the vent. A register has what's referred to as a Damper installed inside of the main vent housing, normally controlled by a small lever or knob, that allows you to open or close the vent to air flow. This comes in handy when you're trying to close off certain rooms to save on AC/Heating expenses. A return is just a grill that remains open at all times. More often than not, registers will be slightly more expensive than returns. In many instances, even if your existing vent is a register, you may be able to purchase a return instead of a register without compromising your air flow. For example, if your existing vent is a register but has remained open for up to a year without an issue, replacing it with a return would be a much more cost effective solution than replacing it with another register that will also just remain open. It would have the same impact on your home regardless in cases such as the one I just described. 

How Do I Know What Size Vent I Need?

Most vents are measured by the size of the duct hole. I'll say it again for the people in the back. MOST VENTS ARE MEASURED BY THE SIZE OF THE DUCT HOLE! For example, if you have an air duct hold that is 12" x 6", then in order to fill that duct hole you would purchase a 12" x 6" vent. Now, a 12" x 6" vent may have an overall dimension that is closer to 14" x 8" but the actual vent insert is made specifically to fit that 12" x 6" hole. The outside dimension is the overhang that secures the vent into the hole. Often times there will be screw holes on this portion of the vent for fastening to the wall or ceiling. On floor vents the overhang is what keeps the vent from falling into the duct hole. This is the industry standard. When ordering your vents, it's very important to make sure that you are ordering the correct size so that you can avoid mishaps and having to return or exchange your vent for the correct size. When working with customers, I always make sure to reiterate this information multiple times during the ordering process to ensure that they only have to order the vent once and that they get it right the first time through. Not only is it a good practice from a customer service stand point, but incorrect sizing can lead to unsightly mistakes or even harmful accidents if weight is placed on a vent that wasn't properly sized. 

"Most vents are measured by the size of the duct hole."

Another important thing to note about floor vents is the placement of the vent on the floor. You know your home better than anyone else. You know the areas that have the most traffic and the areas that have the least. Most floor vents are designed to be able to handle a hefty amount of weight but if you're placing a large floor vent on an area that receives a high level of foot traffic, you will definitely want to make sure that you are purchasing a slightly thicker gauge metal material for your vent so that it can support the weight of being walked on frequently. If you come across an issue like this during your remodel or home project, its best to call a professional for advice. Most industry professionals are willing to answer all of your questions regardless of whether or not you hire them for their services. I know I'm always happy to help customers and non customers when it comes to choosing the right vent sizes and thickness for their projects so feel free to call and ask away!

Call us with your questions! 1-800-504-5989

Still have questions? Give me a call at 1-800-504-5989 during regular business hours (Weekdays/8am-5pm CST). Our friendly staff is always willing to answer any questions you have in regards to your vents, registers, floors or anything in between. Making sure our customers get what they need for they home projects is of the utmost importance to us. 

Thank you for reading!

Sincerely,

The Floor Resources Team

Friday, July 27, 2018

July Product of the Month - Dr. Schutz Cleaning Products - New Additions

We have been carrying Dr. Schutz products for a long time now with limited products. In addition to the few products we carry, we are expanding this product line with six new cleaning products. With the new additions we are able to offer you more selections bringing you the best products. Today we will be covering all six of the newly added Dr. Schutz cleaning products and it's benefit. 

This dry foam and carpet and upholstery cleaner is an excellent mild shampoo treatment. You can use this on natural fiber and oriental carpets such as wool, silk, coir, jute, sisal and many more. This can be used as a strong cleaner for upholstery and textile wall coverings. They are sold in a 400 ml aerosol can with simple instructions to use

Wood care for oiled floors has a great protective film that will prevent dirt to penetrate to the wood, making daily cleaning quicker and easier. This product cleans all oiled wood, cork and wax floors and leaves a beautiful silky finish. They are great for protecting your floor surfaces from dirt and grime. Available in a 750 oz bottle only. 



Before using the Dr. Schutz H2Oil to freshen up your floor surfaces. You will need to clean your wood or cork floors using the wood care for oiled floors. H2Oil is a water based oil care that restores your floor surfaces. You can use this regularly leaving your floor surfaces with excellent protections. H2Oil will give your floor a nice silk matt look. 



This wood polish matte will leave your floor surfaces with a beautiful matte appearance.
  • Initial care treatment for sealed wood and cork floors
  • Simple to use by just applying an even layer of undiluted polish matte to floor surfaces and let it dry overnight or at least 12 hours.
  • Leaves protective film against scratches and a pleasant matte appearance

    Depending on the wear and tear levels you can use this regularly. 
    • low levels - once or twice a year
    • Medium to high - every 3-6 months 
    • High to extreme - every 4-8 weeks

 Wood polish satin will freshen up your floors leaving a silky satin look. Polymer dispersion with wax is made for initial application A great refresher for your wood and cork floor surfaces Using this will add a protective film onto your floor surfaces that will protect it against scratches.The protective film will also prevent dirt and grime from penetrating to the floor This polish will enhance your floors and leave a silky satin look 

Depending on the wear and tear levels you can use this regularly. 


  • low levels - once or twice a year 


  • Medium to high - every 3-6 months 


  • High to extreme - every 4-8 weeks


  • Dr. Scutz PU cleaner is great for new floor surfaces as soon as they are installed and can be used as routine cleaning too.
    • Concentrated cleaner with active cleaning agents
    • Great dirt binding qualities that work on fatty deposits
    • Works with vinyl, linoleum and rubber that has been treated with PU sealer or flooring that has a polyurethane factory finish. 
    • Easy and safe to use on your floors 

    Checkout our full selection of hardwood, laminate, tile, vinyl, grout, and other floor care items!

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    Monday, August 21, 2017

    NEW White Finish Heavy Duty Floor Return Grilles

    New Product Added!


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    Finally! A floor return air grille in a white finish. We have added select sizes in this heavy duty floor grilles to our inventory, and orders of this item ship within 2 business days. These hard-to-find white floor grate is made of all steel, which make them durable enough to use in residential and commercial settings.

    Sizes available:
    • 4x10
    • 4x12
    • 4x14
    • 6x10
    • 6x12
    • 6x14
    • 6x30
    • 8x10
    • 8x12
    • 8x14
    • 8x16
    • 8x30
    • 10x12
    • 10x14
    • 10x30
     *Please note, you will want to order by the actual opening size in the floor. For example, the 4x14 white floor return grate is made for a 4" x 14" opening in the floor. The overall faceplate size would be 1 13/16" larger (or 5 13/16" x 15 13/16" in this example)*

    Can't find a size you need? Check out our classic brown heavy duty floor return grilles. There are over  50 sizes available in this color.

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    We LOVE to hear from our customers


    Terrence love the Steel Crest Custom Decorative Wall Registers purchased! With 28 different decorative designs and 15 attractive powder coated finishes, you'll definitely find a style of wall vents that blend with your decor.

    Check out the full line of decorative wall registers (with damper) from SteelCrest here: http://www.floorregisterresources.com/products.php?cat=213

    Don't need a damper? This decorative custom option is also available as a return (no damper) here:
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    Monday, February 6, 2017

    Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    Our Customer Service Represntatives Will Help You In Your Search


    We love hearing from our customers :)

    Is there a register, floor protection product or cleaner you have been in the hunt for? Give us a call at 800.504.5989 or email us at sales@floorresourcesllc.com and we will help find something that will work for you!

    Friday, April 1, 2016

    Save 20% On Worth Premier Wood Filter Grilles

    Save 20% On Premier Wood Filter Grilles

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    During the months of April and May, SAVE 20% on all sizes of Worth Premier Wood Filter Grilles. NO Floor Register Resources Coupon Code Needed! The discount will automatically be applied when you add the Premier Wood Filter Grille to your cart.

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    These return air filter grilles are available in many different sizes and are sent pre-primed which allow you to paint them to match your walls and decor. Gone are the days of bright white return filter grilles which can be an eyesore. The frame installation screw holes are also hidden by the attractive, removable wood faceplate.

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    These beautiful wood filter grilles come in 2 parts. A 26 gauge steel metal housing that is installed into the wall for the utmost structural integrity holds a standard 1" filter. The depth of this housing frame is 3". The wood face can easily be inserted and removed to gain access to the housing frame. The wood face is made of Poplar wood that is sent pre-primed which allows you to paint this return air filter grille the same color of your walls, which blends the wood filter grille into the surrounding area.

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    There is no need to worry about complex installation instructions. This Worth Premier wood filter grille is perfect for do-it-yourselfers and requires minimum tool use. Check out the Worth Filter Grille video below for great installation tips and how to properly measure for this wood filter grille.


    Update your current eyesore return air filter grilles with these beautiful Worth Premier Wood Filter Grilles!

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    (Early) Spring Cleaning with Floor Resources

    (Early) Spring Cleaning with Hardwood-Cleaner-Resources.com!

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    During the month of March, save 5% on ALL of our cleaning and floor care products with the coupon code earlyspring16. Stock up on essential everyday cleaners such as Pallmann, Aqua Mix and TECH, as well as floor refresh products that can restore the shine to all of your flooring types!

     Simply enter the coupon code earlyspring16 during checkout to instantly save 5% on all items in your cart! But HURRY! Code only valid during the month of March. Coupon can only be used on our website Hardwood-Cleaner-Resources.com.

    Checkout our full selection of hardwood, laminate, tile, vinyl, grout, and other floor care items!

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    Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    December's Recommended Replacement: Pallmann Hardwood Floor Care Products

    After much time spent hoping Synteko products would come back, we are sad to report that the manufacturer has discontinued that product line at this time. However, many customers have switched to other products with great results.

    One such product line that has been a huge hit is the Pallmann Floor Care Products. We offer several products from their hardwood floor care line.

    Daily Wood Floor Cleaners


    Pallmann Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray
    Pallmann hardwood floor cleaner is a great choice for both residential and commercial applications. You can feel safe using this non-toxic cleaner around kids and pets because it does not have any caustic or abrasive ingredients. Also the hardwood floor cleaner is pH neutral and features a unique no rinse formula which means the wood floor cleaner doesn’t leave any residue or streaks. The cleaner is ideal for use on Pallmann Magic Oil finishes as well as other non-wax finishes including Swedish, waterborne, solvent polyurethane finishes. The Pallmann hardwood floor cleaner will leave a pleasant lemon scent behind and nothing else! Available in a 32 oz trigger spray bottle.

    Pallmann Hardwood Cleaner Concentrate
    Wood floor cleaner concentrate from Pallmann has all the great features of the ready to use spray but in an economical concentrate. Just one gallon will make eight gallons of ready to use cleaner! This is a great option for large homes or commercial options. You will get the most bang for your buck with this option.

    Pallmann Hardwood Floor Cleaning Kit
    Another great option is the Pallmann hardwood floor cleaning kit. The kit contains everything needed to maintain your hardwood floors. Inside you will find a 32 oz bottle of wood floor cleaner, a dust mop, mop pad, and 4 x 15 mop head base. Additional dust mops and mop pads are available for purchase on our site as well.

    Additional Hardwood Floor Maintenance Products


    Pallmann Clean
    A deep cleaner which will prepare floors for a refresher coat.

    Pallmann Clean Strong
    This is similar to the Pallmann Clean, however it is more aggressive and recommended for professionals only.

    Pallmann Magic Oil Care
    Use this on floors previously finished with Pallmann Magic Oil, it will not work on other oiled finishes. It is a periodic maintenance product to rejuvenate Magic Oil finishes and give them an extended life.
    *Please note we do not carry the Pallmann Magic Oil finish.

    If the Pallmann products don’t seem like a good fit for you, take a look at our other wood floor cleaners. Be sure to also check out our main site, www.Hardwood-Cleaner-Resources.com, for cleaners to use on all the surfaces in your home.

    Monday, November 2, 2015

    November's Product of the Month - Steel Crest Custom Grilles

    Many old homes have large floor vents in a main area of the house. While a basic grille can be used in these spots, many people want something more decorative. Other times, customers remove a vent to find they have odd size holes or duct openings.

    That is where Steel Crest comes in to solve the problem. Not only do they offer large decorative vents, they can make standard size floor registers, custom size cold air returns, and more. All of their vents are made to order in Phoenix, AZ, and are created with the highest quality materials and care.

    Floor Vents

    Easily upgrade your current air vents with these decorative and unique floor vents. All you have to do is take out your existing vent, measure the actual hole in your floor, and  order that size. You can order floor registers (with damper) or floor return air vents (without damper).

    Decorative Floor Vent Details

    • 14 powder coat finishes (gloss brown is not for floor use)
    • 19 beautiful designs
    • Over 100 sizes
    • All steel construction
    • Easy drop-in installation
    • 5-8 week lead time
    • Special order and non-returnable
    Depending on the size of your vent, the thickness and size of the faceplate may vary to ensure stability.

    Finish Options

    Wall Vents

    The Steel Crest custom wall vents can be used on the ceiling or wall. Many of the options are similar for the wall air vent as they are for the floor vents. The biggest difference is the number of finishes and designs. Take a look at all of the Steel Crest wall registers and wall return vents.

    Wall Air Vent Info

    • 15 powder coat finishes
    • 28 beautiful designs
    • Over 100 sizes
    • All steel construction
    • Easy screw-in installation
    • 5-8 week lead time
    • Special order and non-returnable
    These vents will always be 1/8" thick, as their thickness does not change based on size like the floor vents. Outside dimensions will still vary depending on size.

    Just a few popular options!

    Custom Size Air Register & Return Grilles

    Now you may be asking yourself, “What if I don’t see my size or I have an odd size?” That’s not a problem; Steel Crest can make custom sizes! For air registers, which include a damper for air flow control, they can do any whole number (ex: 12 x 17, 5 x 29, etc). For air returns, no damper, they can do any size, including fractions (ex: 4 1/8 x 7 1/2, 23 3/8 x 10). 

    Other Customizable Options

    • Beveled edging
    • Stainless steel
    • Flat frame (no drop in lip on the back)
    • Customized faceplate dimensions available
    Call for all custom options and their specific details. Some additional charges may apply. 

    Steel Crest air vents are a great option for your space. Take a look at all of the options available, and call with any questions. Live support is available from 8am to 5pm CST, Monday to Friday.

    Steel Crest Floor Registers
    Steel Crest Floor Return Grilles
    Steel Crest Wall Registers
    Steel Crest Wall Return Vents

    Be sure to check out Floor Register Resources for our full line up!