Cast Iron Grilles

Written by Charles Peacock
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If you're looking to spruce up your house and give a nice homey look, there are plenty of directions you can go in. Things like floors, wall coverings and furniture are always an obvious choice, and will go a long way in determining the overall look and feel of your home. But it's the little things, like wall switches and vent covers that add the finishing touches to your most important canvas.

Why Vent Grilles Make a Difference

If you live in a home that is relatively new, chances are that your builder skimped on certain small but important details. Unless someone specifies otherwise when the home is being built, a builder will typically spend as little money as possible on things like register covers. You know this is the case in your home if your registers are covered by those cheap-looking, all too common painted aluminum grilles.

Replacing the grilles on your registers is an inexpensive way to spruce up your surroundings. It may sound silly, but I still remember the beautiful cast iron grilles on the registers at my uncle's old farmhouse. I was just a kid at the time, hardly into interior design, but I still took notice of these neat little accessories.

Cast iron grilles have the added advantage of being considerably more durable than cheap aluminum models. If the register is in a high-traffic area, you may find that the standard grille has become bent and barely fits into place. Cast iron grilles--which can be found in virtually any size--will never bend or break under normal foot traffic.


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