Q1. Will Vanity Vent work with my type of vent?
Vanity Vents work with exterior outside foundation and crawl space vents that have an inside measurement of 7 ¼”h x 15 7/8”w and feature a narrow vertical middle panel that the Vanity Vent clip attaches to. Vanity Vents can also be fitted, configured, easily trimmed to size using a standard power saw to fit smaller vents too. If you have the vertical panel in the center of your vent then you can (not always depending upon the actual vent) use our standard size crawl space vent covers on your smaller size vents. Even if you don’t trim our standard size exterior vent covers they may still fit and cover your vent opening but may extend an inch or two lower… it still looks extremely nice. If you have questions, please email or call us at email@example.com or call 503.548.7499. The typical size vent looks like this below:
- Inside (Open area) dimensions of a crawl space vent: 7 ¼” tall x 15 7/8” long
- Outside dimensions of a Vanity Vent cover: 8 ¼” tall x 17” long (1/4” thick)
- Outside dimensions of a Standard Crawl Space Vent: 8 9/16” tall x 17 ¼” long
Note: Vanity Vent material cuts easily and can be customized to fit most vents by you or by Vanity Vents. Please contact us before attempting to customize your Vanity Vents.
Q2. How do you install Vanity Vents?
Vanity Vents are very easy to install… anyone can do it – no tools required. It takes literally 3 seconds…
Absolutely no tools are required to install your new Vanity Vents. Simply align the Vanity Vent with the opening of your foundation vent then insert the Vanity Vent Clip (Step 1) into the elongated hole in the Vanity Vent so that you make sure the Clip has grasped the center panel in the foundation vent (Step 2).
Push the Vanity Vent Clip all the way onto the center panel, in as far as it will go until it fits snuggly in the elongated hole in the Vanity Vent.
It is not necessary for the Vanity Vent to be perfectly flush with the outside of your foundation. However, in some cases, it may be necessary to use your hammer and a chisel or flathead screwdriver to lightly chip away any excess spillover concrete around the edge of the foundation vent in order to ensure a flush mount. If you do this, please be careful and wear protective eyewear and gloves.
Put Vanity Vents right over / on top of your dirty Styrofoam vent inserts and get DOUBLE the layers of INSULATION … Plus Vanity Vents are beautiful in person!
If you have any difficulty, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-548-7444 to request assistance over the phone.
Q3. How do you clean Vanity Vents?
About 99% of the time a water hose and a soft brush will clean your Vanity Vents but if you do something you shouldn’t have done like spilled grease, oil, solvent or something on your Vents… then follow these instructions:
Cleaning Vanity Vents is very simple:
To clean everyday dirt and stains, use a cleaner such as Soft Scrub® and a nylon scrubby or stiff nylon brush. Scrub lightly; excess force can mar the finish.
Persistent stains will usually go away if you soak the area with bleach (do not use 100% chlorine as used to treat swimming pools) and/or use a pressure washer.
Also, stains and marks have been successfully removed with the following branded products: Goof Off®, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser®, GOJO Orange Pumice Hand Cleaner and Simple Green.
To clean a petroleum stain such as grease or oil, use a citrus cleaner, alcohol or mineral spirits.
In severe cases, spray petroleum-based stains with WD40®. Then use toluene or acetone and a white nylon scrub pad (colored pads release staining dyes when combined with acetone).
Do not use MEK, turpentine or naphtha solvent.
If a mark or stain won’t come out, you may lightly sand the area. Be careful and only work on the stained area because sanding will remove the matte finish.
Any high-quality silicone marine caulk works well to replace old or worn caulking. Before caulking, the surface should be prepared by abrading it with a medium-grit sandpaper, then cleaning it with acetone, toluene or alcohol.
Q4. What are Vanity Vents made out of?
Our Secret Sauce
Vanity Vents are made from a tough, strong material that’s used in a wide variety of applications such as buildings, schoolyard play equipment, hospitals, etc., and comes with a GREENGuard Gold Certification*. Vanity Vents are made entirely from FDA and USDA approved material and do not contain BPA, phthalates, heavy metals or allergens.
Please note that Vanity Vents are designed to be an outdoor construction type product for home improvement. Because Vanity Vents are made of recycled materials and like a piece of lumber (e.g., a two by four) your Vanity Vents may have slight marks on them… not visible to the eye if you are 4-5 feet away. We will always provide you with near mint condition vent covers but please be aware that due to the nature of the material we are dealing with… your Vanity Vents will not always have a perfect surface. If a Vanity Vent doesn’t meet our high quality standards then we will make it available as an “imperfect” vent cover at a reduced cost on our website when available.
Conflict Mineral Certification
SBCB2 Inc. Vanity Vents are Conflict Mineral Free.
*GREENGUARD Gold Certification (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification) offers stricter certification criteria, considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly), and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. It is referenced by both The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.
** Healthy Buildings has built a formidable reputation as the go-to specialists for technical LEED credits, helping building owners and LEED consultants alike ensure a smooth pathway to LEED certification.
*** LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.
Q5. What sealants and adhesives are recommended for Vanity Vents?
There are NO Sealants and/or adhesives required for Vanity Vents to be 100% effective. Simply securely pop them on each of your crawlspace vents.
To be perfectly clear, there are absolutely no sealants or adhesives required for Vanity Vents to be 100% reliable and effective. However, from time to time we have had customers who think they are Leonardo DaVinci… so if that’s you… here you go:
If you want to caulk your Vanity Vents (but it is not required at all) then you can try BoatLIFE® LifeCaulk® works well to replace old or worn caulking. Before caulking, the surface should be prepared by abrading it with medium-grit sandpaper, then cleaning it with acetone, toluene or alcohol.
Vanity Vents cannot be glued using standard adhesives. Products like 3M’s 5200 work well as a water sealing caulk but will not adhere Vanity Vents together or other materials in a permanent bond. It is preferable to mechanically fasten or weld Vanity Vents, but when an adhesive is necessary you can use a product called Lord 7542-AB or 3M’s Scotch-Weld DP-8005. We do not represent these products or make any claims about their abilities or accept liability for them.
Lord 7542-AB can be purchased from several retailers, we suggest you search online.