Are you considering adding grab bars to a tub, shower, or toilet area in your home? If yes, then there are few important things you need to know. In this post, we have briefly discussed few facts that you should know about grab bars before buying and installing them in your home.
1.They should not be mounted to sheetrock, but to wall studs
Grab bars offer stability to you whenever you are using a toilet, shower or a tub. A good quality grab bar should be able to support 500 lbs to ensure that it has the ability to support a user who weighs up to 250 pounds. When choosing grab bars to install, you should consider weight, height and ability of the users.
Generally, grab bars should be installed at least 33 inches and not more than 36 inches from the floor. The location, position and height of grab bars can always be adjusted accordingly for users.
Before installing the bars, talk to your contractor about what positions should they be installed since they can be installed vertically, horizontally or at any angle. You can consider installing one of the grab bars at an appropriate angle near a shower seat for support if need be.
Grab bars must always be installed in wall studs. This is one important thing you should always keep in mind.
2.Grab bars come in various styles and lengths
Grab bars are available in a wide variety of lengths, ranging from 9-to-42 inches. So, you can choose what length would offer maximum functionality to you and other users. They also come in many different finishes and shapes. Unlike in the past when all grab bars used to look institutional, the modern ones look stylish and can blend admirably with bathroom fixtures and decor.
3.Many grab bars meet the standards set by ADA
The quality of grab bars matters a lot and almost all manufacturers today produce products that meet the standards set by ADA. Actually, some manufacturers exceed these standards. When shopping for grab bars, you will see that most products are labeled to show consumers and quality assurance agencies that they are compliant with the ADA standards.
4.Grab bars must be allocated in positions where they can best help users in preventing falls and slips
The main reason grab bars are installed in homes is that they assist the users to move easily without assistance from other, and to assist the users also in preventing accidents such as slips and falls. So, you must ensure that they are placed in the most appropriate positions for their functions.
For instance, you can install grab bars on the control wall and back wall of the shower stall. It is recommended that two grab bars should be installed on the back wall of the shower stall. One bar should be about 8 to 10 inches from the tab rim, and the other one should be parallel to the first bar and it should be about 33 to 36 inches from the tab base.
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