All chrome, pewter, polished or satin nickel vent cover grilles as well as many bronze colored vent covers grilles are created by either plating or applying a powder coat finish to cast brass grilles or stamped steel grilles. Stamped steel vent covers are the cheapest option but they do not have the same quality look and feel of those made from cast brass. Stamped steel vent covers will also rust if the underlying steel is exposed to moisture. For these reasons, Shop 4 Classics' chrome, pewter, polished nickel, and satin nickel heat registers and cold air return vent covers have grilles made from solid cast brass. Shop 4 Classics also offers brass vent covers that have faux powder coat oil rubbed bronze finishes in addition to their many true bronze vent covers. As you prepare your vent cover order, it is important to note that there may be slight differences in plated finishes like satin nickel between manufacturers and potentially much greater color differences among faux oil rubbed bronze powder coat finishes.
Polished Brass Vent Covers
Polished brass has been a popular choice in home hardware products of all types since the nineteenth century. Traditional unprotected brass will tarnish over time and with exposure to the elements, however, the lustrous finish of today’s polished brass hardware typically is protected through a variety of techniques. Polished brass vent cover grilles generally have a clear lacquer protective coating.
Antique Brass Vent Covers
Some prefer the look of aged brass with its natural brown patina. Most brass vent cover grilles are offered with an antique brass finish. This can be accomplished by chemically aging unprotected brass with a patina prior to applying a lacquer coating or by applying a brown powder coat over the brass grille.
Polished Nickel Vent Covers
Polished nickel was a popular finish for plumbing and hardware items from the late 1800’s until the introduction of chrome in the 1930’s. Polished nickel vent cover grilles are created by applying nickel plating over a brass grille. Satin or brushed nickel is a modern variation of the nickel finish. Generally, satin nickel finishes are created by brushing polished nickel’s lustrous finish to produce a softer matte finish.
Chrome Vent Covers
Chromium plating (chrome) became popular in the 1930’s and continues to be a popular finish. Chrome is a popular and appropriate choice for reproduction hardware beginning with that of the Art Deco period through contemporary style hardware of today. Thus, most modern style vent covers are offered with a chrome finish while Victorian inspired vent covers are not.
Pewter Vent Covers
Pewter is silver-gray in color. Pewter vent covers are typically created with a powder coat and therefore one should expect color variations among the various manufacturers of pewter vent covers and other home hardware products.
Bronze Vent Covers
Most manufacturers of brass grilled vent covers offer a faux bronze finish. Manufacturers of faux bronze vent covers will often market their finish as oil rubbed bronze or dark bronze. Faux bronze finishes are generally created by powder coat and therefore the color will likely vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. The color of faux bronze vent covers ranges from brown to black.
Shop 4 Classics provides images and descriptions of all of the available finishes of its vent covers through the “Help Me Choose” link on the vent cover product pages. Shop 4 Classics also offers Finish Tips as well as Vent Cover Tips to help in the selection process.