Wood or metal registers for new wood floors?

bellacucinaJanuary 6, 2011

Hi --we currently have metal vents/registers on the floor throughout the house, and are replacing the kitchen & adjoining family room flooring with solid white oak (to be finished in place).

Are flush wood registers, stained like the floor, the way to go with a wood floor? Or should we stick with metal? Do these evoke a "country" decor -- my style is not country but transitional/traditional/clean contemporary. Would this work stylistically? Are there any practical pros/cons I'm not thinking of?

Thanks for your help making this latest decision!

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Flush Wood Registers are the way to go. Make sure to get the vents with the damper on the bottom so you have the ability to open and close the vents.

Here is a link that might be useful: Precision Flooring

    Bookmark   January 7, 2011 at 12:57AM
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I have a similar style to yours and would prefer the look of the metal registers. IMHO, the wood does evoke some sort of country feeling. This is just my opinion based on the style you are going for, I don't know about the pros and cons of each.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2011 at 9:09AM
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Thanks kitchenkrazed09 -- this is just one of a million decorator questions I don't feel equipped to answer. Aaaagh!

Donnie Gupton -- thanks for your opinion too -- but if you are affiliated w/ precision flooring, we already have a flooring guy who won't warranty the work unless he supplies it.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2011 at 4:32PM
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I would second the wood registers. That is what I put in our Great Room when we remodeled. The wood registers disappear into the floor as they have the same finish and are flush. I do not know if your metal registers would be flush? But we had the metal registers that were attached to the baseboard and the floor, so were pretty ugly.
Your floor guy should be able to supply wood floor registers to match.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2011 at 10:02AM
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We get the most compliments on our flush wood vents. People can not get over how much better they look than the metal. We install them as a matter of coarse with every floor we sell.
The only time we were asked not to use them was when antique cast vents had been purchased by the homeowner.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2011 at 8:51PM
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When dh and I were building our house he wanted the wood vents and I didn't care! But, now that we have them I really do like them. I don't think they look "country" at all; just like 'ricew0'said, they disappear right into the floor!

    Bookmark   January 11, 2011 at 12:13AM
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I should have mentioned what I had in mind were the pretty metal registers that have more detailing. Some are scrolled or have a filigree design. If you search "metal floor register" under Google Images, you can see some examples. What about something like that? (Of course, I'm not sure how much they cost.)

    Bookmark   January 11, 2011 at 6:36AM
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I replaced my registers when we had walnut floors installed in our old house. I bought elegant bronze ones with scroll work. Our house was a European tudor style. Everybody ooowed and awwwed over the floors and the registers. A lot of friends had never seen registers like those before and kept asking where I got them because they wanted to change out theirs

    Bookmark   January 11, 2011 at 9:46PM
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Hi everyone - thanks for your thoughts! I posted on the decorating forum where I got confirmation that flush mount wood registers are not 'country'. But one consideration may be the amount of air flow...

Ours are the plain grayish/brownish painted metal ones that sit on top of the flooring or carpeting. I don't even notice them anymore - - but the flush wood ones will be so much less obvious. Thanks again!!!

    Bookmark   January 12, 2011 at 2:23PM
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The newer high flow wood vents now equal the flow of metal ones.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2011 at 4:38PM
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Woodfloorpro -- which ones are the newer high flow wood vents? Where can we find them?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 6:06AM
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We are just finishing a large reno, and our design/build firm would not install flush mount wood registers as they have had trouble with these products in the past. Apparently they break easily if you step on them the wrong way, and are then difficult to replace.

    Bookmark   8 hours ago
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I have matching Brazilian Cherry Wood floors vents that go on top and I am very happy with the look.

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