Installation instructions for custom vents
Tips for installaing flush mount floor vents:
Thank you for purchasing the strongest flush mount floor vent for manufactured floorings available. Proper fitting and placement of the vent and frame is important for a successful installation. Below are guidelines for installation.
Vents.com flush mount floor vents can be installed during the installation or after completion. Proper fitting of the frame cut into the surrounding floor is critical for great results.
Our vents are slightly oversized to the standard floor vent sizes. This allows the metal re-enforced vent to rest on the surrounding sub floor for support with some placement flexibility.
Allow for a minimum ¼ inch overhang of the vent on all sides of the opening. It does not need to be even all the way around. Locate the vent opening in the floor, dry fit the material being installed in the area. Then place the metal re-enforced vent over the vent opening.
Place the frame around the vent using a couple pieces of masking tape to hold it in place. This establishes the location of the frame. *Note: due to the width of some materials the frame may be fabricated in 2 pieces, needing to be “clicked” together during installation. Using a sharp tipped utility type blade, scribe a line in the dry fit (installed flooring if retro fitting) outlining the exact location to be cut for frame placement.
Disassemble the dry fit floor, make the necessary cuts as marked. A table saw works well for this. Many LVT floors can be cut with a utility blade. An oscillating saw or table saw is necessary when fitting engineered hardwood vents. Clean up any burrs from cutting with a sanding block or finish file. A file is sometimes necessary to square up the inside corners of the floor cut out. Finish installing the floor. Place the frame in the fit area to confirm fit.
There are (2) options for attaching frame to the surrounding floor.
- If the flooring being installed is relatively stable or being attached to the subfloor, use a flexible adhesive placing a light bead of glue beneath the edge of the floor, and a bead at the area the frame is to be installed. Do not allow any adhesive to be on the subfloor in the area the vent is being placed into the frame. The vent is designed and intended to be easily removed for cleaning. Leave weight on the glued frame for a short time to assure smooth alignment with the floor as the adhesive cures.
- For floating floors with concern of expansion and contraction it is recommended to use a cloth re-enforced tape (Duct tape or Gorilla tape) face up to connect the frame to the surrounding floor.
The frame should now fit flush to the floor. Depending on the fit of the frame to the floor, it may be necessary to use a minimal amount of color matched filler between the frame and floor.
Placing the vent in the frame completes the installation.
The process for installing the vent in an installed floor is similar to the above instructions with the exception to cutting the opening for frame installation. Precision cutting with the oscillating saw after marking with the sharp tipped utility blade works well for this.