Best Practices by Material Types

Aria Vent has a solution for every single surface material on the market. Our innovation is that we created a single vent that you customize to match your surface.

We provide the hardware components of the vent, you do the customizing.
We have a few different models that cater to different applications (floors, walls, ceilings), materials, and installing skill level. You will find that our models are pretty flexible - they can be used across an array of materials and applications. This is a guide to best practices, as categorized by material types. So you can decide what will work best for your project!

TILE
Porcelain, ceramic, marble, mosaic, stone slabs etc.
Suggested products:
If tile is already installed: Aria OG, Aria Lite
If tile is not installed: Flushmount Pro
If you are a DIYer: Aria OG or Aria Lite
If you need air flow control: Aria OG, Aria Lite, Flushmount Pro
Vent is on the floor: Aria OG, Aria Lite, Flushmount Pro
Vent is on the wall or ceiling (on tile surface): Aria OG, Aria Lite, Flushmount Pro

HARDWOOD
Vinyl, laminate etc.
If material is already installed: Aria OG, Aria Lite
If material is not installed: Flushmount Pro
If you are a DIYer: Aria OG or Aria Lite
If you need air flow control: Aria OG, Aria Lite, Flushmount Pro
Vent is on the floor: Aria OG, Aria Lite, Flushmount Pro
Vent is on the wall or ceiling (on hardwood surface): Aria OG, Aria Lite, Flushmount Pro

CARPET / CORK
If material is already installed: Aria OG, Aria Lite
If material is not installed: Flushmount Pro
If you are a DIYer: Aria OG or Aria Lite
If you need air flow control: Aria OG, Aria Lite, Flushmount Pro
Vent is on the floor: Aria OG, Aria Lite, Flushmount Pro

How to build up the tray?
The tray is the center piece of the vent where you will cut a piece of your material and place it inside to complete the “custom look”. The depth of the tray is 7/8” (3/4” for Aria Lite). We did this so that you can customize the same vent with any material thickness. However, in most cases your surface material will not be 7/8” thick. You will need to build up the material with a filler piece so it sits nice and flat inside the tray. Your filler piece can be pretty much anything, the key thing is that it must sit completely flat inside the tray. We suggest using: plywood, leftover pieces of hard material (tile / hardwood/ vinyl) cement board etc.

What Adhesive to use?
You can use the adhesive that your specific material calls for or you can also use PL glue. If you would like to re-use the vent in the future with another material, you can also use the 2 holes at the bottom of the tray to screw in the material from the back (in this case, you will need to use plywood as your filler piece).

Grout
You should still grout any center seams of tile inside the tray. It is not necessary to grout around the perimeter of the tile inside the tray, unless there are wide gaps. Use your discretion.

Installing Aria OG or Aria Lite on Wall / Ceiling surfaces
On the lateral sides of the vent body you will find two holes on either side. Slide and remove the tray so you can access these holes with a drill. Place the body into the wall or ceiling duct opening. Use 4 screws (not included) to fasten the body into substrate of the wall, using the 4 lateral holes on the body. You will need to drill these screws on an angle. Slide tray into the body and continue with regular install instructions.

DRYWALL
If drywall taping / sanding / painting is completed: Aria OG, Aria Lite
If drywall has not been finished: Drywall Pro
If you are a DIYer: Aria OG or Aria Lite
If you need air flow control: Aria OG, Aria Lite, Drywall Pro

Using Aria OG / Aria Lite on Drywall Surfaces
If your drywall has already been completed, and you are not a drywall professional, we recommend using the Aria OG and Aria Lite. These models will have a visible frame that sits on top of the drywall. You can re-paint this frame to match your wall surface, however please make sure you are using paint that is graded for either ABS plastic (for Aria Lite) or solid steel (for Aria OG). *Aria Vent does not warrant the paint on re-painted vents. To customize the center tray, you can either use a piece of drywall or a piece of MDF. We suggest MDF because drywall can have frayed edges, MDF cuts cleaner and is easier to work with. Paint or wallpaper the material in the inner tray to match the surrounding wall.

*To mount these models on wall and ceiling surfaces see above instructions.