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Registers Buying Guide

 

 
 
Replacing your old floor registers is a very quick and relatively inexpensive way to give every room in your home an updated look. While many different designs exist, there are also a variety of sizes available, which may vary from room to room. It is important that you measure each register that you are replacing to ensure that you are ordering the correct sizes.
 

HOW DO I FIGURE OUT MY REGISTER SIZE?

 
A common error when trying to determine a register's size is measuring the overall length and width of the grille, or the face of the register. A register is measured by the size of its louvers, the bottom of the register which fits into the ventilation duct. To measure your register properly, do as follows:

- Remove the existing register from the wall or floor in which it is installed.
- Measure the length and width of the duct opening in the wall or floor from which the register was removed.
- The length and width of the opening dictate the size of the register. For example, if the size of the opening measures 4"x10", then a 4"x10" register is needed.
 
   
     
   
     

STANDARD SIZE VS. OVERSIZED?

 
Standard register sizes can range anywhere from 2-1/4"x10" up to 8"x14". The most common sizes are 4"x10", 4"x12", 6"x10", and 6"x12" in medium-sized rooms such as bedrooms and dining rooms. Smaller sizes may be found in areas such as laundry rooms, bathrooms, and hallways.

In larger gathering areas, such as the living room and family room, you may find registers that are larger than 8"x14". These bigger registers are referred to as "oversized registers," which can be anywhere from 6"x22" to 9"x22" in a rectangular shape, or 10"x10" up to 15"x15" in a square shape. A size larger than 15"x15" is generally referred to as an air return grilles, or a "grille only," meaning that it contains no louvers or adjustable dampers.
 
 

WHAT IS A FLUSH-MOUNT REGISTER?

 
     
  Flush-mount registers are made to fit seamlessly into hardwood flooring. When installed, the register lies flush with the flooring, leaving no raised lip. This type of register is typically made of unfinished wood so that it can be stained to match the color of your floor. Flush-mount registers are easy to keep clean, and provide your hardwood flooring with a smooth, continuous feel.  
     
 

HOW DO I INSTALL A REGISTER?

 
     
  Floor registers simply fit into the opening in your floor. Some registers and air returns can be secured with screws, but that is usually not necessary. Wall registers are typically held into the wall by using tension springs or clips. Larger, heavier registers may come with screws for extra security. See our Register Installation Guide for more information on register installation.