Installing Decorative Grilles
Beaux-Arts Classic Products Decorative Grilles can be installed with or without a damper. If you are installing grilles without dampers we strongly recommend painting the duct directly behind the grille with flat black paint. Flat black paint does not reflect light, therefore making the duct disappear. If installing a grille with a damper, the damper is painted flat black and may not require any additional painting of your duct work (see our instructions for installing dampers). If for any reason you still see ugly duct work, paint it flat black, before installing the grille.
You should select mounting screws to match the finish of the grille. Bronze, Old Wood and Black look best with a black drywall screw. For Gold and Brass finishes use gold or brass colored screws. Pewter looks great with silver finish screws. For white or black grilles cover the screws with “Screw Covers”, made by House Mates Hardware, available at Home Depot or Lowes. “Screw Covers” come in different colors such as white, black, dark brown and almond. Screws can also be painted the same color as the grille. Please ask for touch up paint when you order your grilles and we will include a small bottle with your order. To drill mounting screw holes, we suggest a #6 counter sink bit. Drilling or cutting grilles is easy since they are made of a high quality urethane resin. For all grilles the screws should be located in the corners.
All grilles mounted on walls or ceilings need to be anchored securely. Take care to find the wood or metal behind the drywall. If the screws miss wood or metal, anchors must be added. We recommend “E-Z Ancor” made by Buildex which are a new type of self drilling drywall anchor, available at both Home Depot or Lowes. Never rely on screws secured into drywall alone, for a good installation.
For large grilles, screws should be in the corners plus on all sides. Locate screws no less than 12″ apart. For large ceiling grilles 24″ x 24″ or larger, we suggest installing a central support beam made out of a metal or wood 2×3 stud. Attach the 2×3 stud to the duct work, flush to the drywall so screws can be used to securely anchor the center part of the grille to the beam. Install the center beam before painting the duct with flat black paint. Then paint both the center beam and duct work flat black.
Never Use nail guns, Velcro, double-sided tape, Liquid-Nails or any unapproved method of installing Beaux-Arts’ grilles. Follow the above instructions for the best trouble free professional installation.
For Installation questions, advice or help call Beaux-Arts at 410-867-0790, we’ll be glad to help
Decorative Grille Preparation and Installation Instructions
|First remove that ugly industrial grille and throw it in the trash.||Next wipe the ductwork with a rag to clean any accumulated dust and use a disposable
paint brush to paint the duct flat black.
|In this installation we are using a grille that
is larger than the duct so we have taped
the drywall and painted it black as well.
|Screw the grille into wood or metal behind the drywall on the wall or ceiling.||Use plastic tabs or touch up paint for the screws depending on the finish.|
Before You Start: The adjustment control can be located at the top or the bottom of the damper depending on which way it is turned. The damper adjustment is controlled by a screwdriver. Some of our grille/damper combinations work best when the control is on the bottom, others on the top. Place your decorative grille over the damper and insert a screwdriver through the grille to the adjustment control. Determine the best way to turn the damper and position the grille to allow the screwdriver to control the damper adjustment. Now you are ready to install.
Installing Dampers: The Opposed Blade Dampers that Beaux-Arts sells fit inside the duct. The screws we provide are self cutting and should be used to secure the damper to the side of the galvanized steel duct. Two screw holes are located on each side of the damper. Use a power screwdriver to screw the screws into the side of the duct. This type of screw will easily cut through the sheet metal duct and secure the damper. One screw per side should be enough to hold the damper firmly in place. Make sure the damper is not sticking out from the wall, because the grille needs to be flush to the wall. We paint the damper flat black prior to shipping. Sometimes you will also need to paint the duct flat black also, depending on how much unpainted galvanized steel you can see through. Because of the flat black paint the opposed blades on the damper may be sticky at first. To unstuck the blades move them with your fingers. If the screw driver adjustment used to open or close the damper blades doesn’t line up with an opening in the decorative grille, don’t worry. You can just stick your fingers through the grille and move one of the damper blades. By moving one blade you move all the blades. Since adjusting your damper is an infrequent event, this should be no problem.