Vent Covers

Floors never looked this good before! The Chameleon Stands out by blending in!

Chameleon Floor Registers, flush-mounted floor grills, are the first in the floor covering industry to integrate a metal register frame with the surrounding flooring material by structurally supporting thin finish materials such as marble, slate, concrete, terrazzo, and ceramic tile and some thin (less than ¾-inch) hardwood floors. Chameleons are professionally designed to offer an aesthetically pleasing and durable alternative to competing products in the marketplace.

Installs in three easy steps:

  1. Start with the aluminum frame and cradle.
  2. Insert installer-cut pieces of floor material into the Chameleon's register channels.
  3. The result: A custom installation flush with surrounding material, creating an integrated design.
56001   2¼ x 10"    Floor Register 56006   4 x 14"    Floor Register
56002   2¼ x 12"    Floor Register 56007   3 x 10"    Floor Register
56003   2¼ x 14"    Floor Register 56008   6 x 10"    Floor Register
56004   4 x 10"       Floor Register 56009   6 x 12"    Floor Register
56005   4 x 12"       Floor Register 56010   6 x 14"    Floor Register


New Stone, Tile & Hardwood Floors

This product can be used with tile, stone, wood or other flooring materials where the flooring material can be accurately cut and then affixed within the metal channels. Flooring material need not be structural, as the necessary strength to support weight and prevent breakage is provided by the metal frame. Accurate cutting of wood-type flooring material must be done using a power saw with a guide. Use a ceramic tile wet saw for ceramic and stone materials. The Chameleon works equally well with either ceramic tile or hardwood-type flooring materials: Installation instructions are essentially the same for both. At this time, the Chameleon is not recommended for use with floating laminate-type flooring such as Pergo.


With tile or other floors that are laid in small pieces, consider the location of the register in the layout of the flooring. Planning layout of flooring around register should eliminate or reduce awkwardly shaped pieces.

Make sure the flooring around the vent is clean and level. Place the frame over the vent opening with the flange protruding down into the opening. Secure the frame to the sub floor with screws or glue.

Cut flooring material to fit into the channels of both the cradle and frame. Adhere pieces with the same mastic used for the floor. Tile grout can be applied between the tile and frame, but do not grout between the removable cradle and frame or the cradle will not be removable. For wood floors, fill any gaps with color-matched putty.

It’s necessary to use the segmented design with tile or stone when length of the piece is less than length of the frame. If longer segments are desirable, consider cutting tile on the diagonal. Another approach is to use an accent piece at the corners and joints. The accent piece can also be a different color if desired. The mitered corner design is one of the most popular styles


Check to see that the register opening is located at least 1inch away from a wall. Otherwise the vent register will not fit without modification. If necessary, the register frame can be modified by trimming with a carbide saw blade on a table saw. Follow all safety precautions recommended by the saw manufacturer and wear eye protection.

Make sure the heat register opening is not too large or small. If the frame flange does not fit into the opening, the opening is too small. If the frame has more than 1/2 inch of movement when the flange is placed in the opening, the opening is too large. If the frame fits too snugly in the opening, it may be useful to use duct tape to secure the sheet metal sub-floor opening.

When grouting or applying putty, it is sometimes possible to cover the unfinished edges of the segment pieces. To do this, apply putty or grout to the frame and cradle insert pieces, then let the fill material set up slightly to bond to the segment edges. Gently remove excess material with a wet rag, making numerous passes of the surface to pack the fill material into any cracks. Also, carefully remove excess fill. Usually, the rag will need to be frequently rinsed in cool water. When finished, allow the putty or grout to set up for 24 hours before applying foot traffic to the register. If the Chameleon is being used with wood floor material, consider using matching wood stain to cover any exposed edges of raw wood in the register.

We recommend first installing the register frame and then installing the surrounding flooring. This will insure a tight, snug fit of the flooring to the frame. The frame itself can later be filled using the scrap material left over from the flooring job.

The frame can be glued or screwed to the sub-floor, but the cradle is designed to be free-floating to permit easy removal for cleaning or retrieving articles from the duct. If screws are used to attach the frame to the sub-floor, the screws must be flat-headed, and their holes must be countersunk to insure that the screw heads do not interfere with the flooring material.

The Chameleon Vent Register is meant to be used with flooring material between approximately 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch in thickness. Thicker flooring can be used, but greater care must be taken to securely anchor the segments to the frame and cradle channels. For example, with 3/4-inch wood flooring, it’s necessary to anchor segments to the channels with both adhesive and screws.

Installation of the pieces to fill the frame can take several patterns as shown below. Other designs are possible. Note that joints can be filled with grout or matching wood putty for a more professional result.

The interior width of the frame is 1 inch, so tile or wood cut between 15/16" and 7/8" will fit nicely. How long to cut the tile depends on the size of the vent register purchased, the size of the tile, the space of the gap for the grout, and the design.

After cutting the frame tile or wood, cut the cradle tile. The interior width of the vents is .29-inch, so fill material cut to 9/32" will just fit. You will need 15 cuts for a 10-inch cradle, 18 cuts for a 12-inch cradle, and 21 cuts for a 14-inch cradle.

Set the tile or wood with the same mortar used on the floor. Apply the mortar to the bottom of the material and set in place. Be careful not to use too much mortar, and wipe excess mortar from the frame and cradle. Let set 24 hours before applying grout or putty.

As the tile is laid up to the frame, it will be necessary to float the edge of the tile next to the frame by 1/16" to achieve a completely flush appearance.

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