Ask Reggio: Does the Material Matter?

Quality is a priority for a better way of life. It’s an essential component of our most valuable relationships, experiences, and possessions. Whether consciously or unconsciously, we all strive for quality and try to maximize it at every opportunity. 

If you’re renovating your home or building a new one, you’re already being driven by the quest for quality. Things like attention to detail, a commitment to improvement, and plenty of care will take any project to the next level.  

But if you’re using basic materials, you’re already limited in what you can achieve. That’s especially true with metal heat vent covers, and here’s why. 


Basic Isn’t Always Best

There’s beauty in simplicity, but that doesn’t always lead to better quality. 

Basic register covers seem great at first glance, but once you look closer, they’re far from enough. 

For starters, a basic register cover comes in a limited number of sizes. If you need something other than 4"x10", 6"x10", 4"x12", or 6"x12," there’s not much you can do. 

They’re cheap to buy, but that also means they’re cheaply made. With a lower-grade finish and thinner construction, these covers don’t have what it takes to withstand the test of time. Plus, any rooms with a high amount of foot traffic—especially when kids or pets are involved—will wear them down even faster. 

Your run-of-the-mill register covers will lose their color, break down, and need to be replaced much faster than you expect. So if you’re looking for quality that's big on style and offers bang for your buck, you’ll love the styles that Reggio Register has to offer. 

 Close up of the underside of a cast iron register from Reggio Register.

Revitalize Your Home With Our Heritage Collection Covers 

High-quality construction is the bare minimum for a Reggio Register metal cover. There are several key features that separate a regular cover from Reggio's Heritage Collection covers (cast-iron or cast-aluminum): 


  1. Thickness: Our grilles are three times the weight of an average cover and extend from the surface to the underside lip. You get an extra layer of protection and better durability in high-traffic areas. 

  2. Finish: Most manufacturers paint their metal heat vent covers. We use a commercial-grade powder coating instead to better protect against chips, scratches, and natural wear. 

  3. Selection: Can’t find the right-sized cover? We offer 30+ sizes of cast-iron and cast-aluminum grilles ranging from 6"x6" to 30"x18".  

  4. Personal Touch: Nothing beats the attention to detail of a real-life human being. Our skilled craftspeople check each register several times for maximum quality assurance. 


Ready to shop? Check out Reggio’s full selection of cast-iron and cast-aluminum grilles today.  


Looking for something other than cast iron or cast-aluminum? We’ve got you covered. 

 Installed cast iron register in a wood floor next to a white wall.

Take Your Pick of Made-to-Order Materials 

Our made-to-order covers are available in many different materials. That includes: 


  • Laser-cut aluminum: Our laser-cut aluminum covers are lightweight, rust-proof, and strong enough to withstand warps and cracks. That makes it a perfect fit for your walls and ceiling. For more information, check out our aluminum vs cast-iron covers analysis. 
  • Laser-cut steel: Designers, architects, and homeowners love the strength of steel. Each of our laser-cut steel covers is hand-crafted and powder-coated for a modern look and feel. Put them down on the floor for years of rugged beauty. 
  • Wood: If you want a natural look, choose one of our wooden covers. We carry several different types of wood, including red and white oak, maple, and cherry. These specialty covers look great with hardwood, carpet, vinyl, and stone flooring. 


Want to see how your cover will look inside your home? Our visualizer tool gives you the perfect preview before you buy. Select your color, floor type, design, and finish to get your shopping started. 


No matter what you end up choosing, you won’t find anything higher quality than a Reggio Register heater cover.  

Can’t decide which cover’s right for you? Here’s how to choose the right material for your home. 


Choosing the Right Register Cover


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