Bathtub Grab Bars
Bathtub and bathroom grab bars - also known as safety bars or disability bars - are helpful for individuals of all abilities! With the growing number of sizes, shapes, and styles available today, bathroom grab bars are durable, dependable, and dashing! Versatile bathroom grab bars increase safety inside the bathtub or shower, add extra security when you step out with wet feet onto slippery floors, and help individuals bend down and stand up again from doing their bathroom business.
For even more incentive to install grab bars, consider the fact that most improvements that make a home more accessible usually qualify for any number of tax benefits, including credits and deductions. Before anticipating anything financially, enlist the help of the many available tax calculators and estimators online, or consult a financial professional. That way, you can get a better idea on what a new grab bar (or any other accessible improvement) can qualify for at tax time.
Grab Bar Shapes, Size, and Materials
Bathtub grab bars are available in a range of eye-appealing finishes, including polished brass, satin nickel, polished chrome, and stainless steel.
Grab bars come in a variety of lengths, such as 10 feet, 18 feet, 24 feet, 36 feet, and 42 feet long.
Safety bar and grab bar shapes include: horizontal, L-shape, wave shape, U-shape, and more.
Types of Bathtub Grab Bars
The safest grab bars are those which attach to a wall or which are included as part of your bathtub or shower assembly. Bathtub grab bars can also be attached to the side of your bathtub and be removed later.
1) Wall Mount Grab Bars are the most durable and permanent types of bathtub grab bars. You can choose the style, size, and height that best meet your needs, as well as the spot in the bathroom where you wish to install the grab bar.
2) Integrated Bathtub Grab Bars come with your bathtub or shower assembly and thus have the added bonus of being professionally installed and more permanent and durable.
3) Suction Grab Bars are portable grab bars that attach to a bathroom surface by suction. You can take these with you wherever you go and bring them home again!
4) Portable Bathtub Grab Bars can also be taken on the road when you travel. They attach to the side of any tub and can be moved along the bathtub side in any direction.
5) Inside Corner Grab Bars (Reversible) are built in compliance with ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG) and are installed in wheelchair accessible baths and showers. These grab bars are conveniently "reversible", allowing for opposite corner installation and for left or right side applications.
6) U-Shaped Grab Bars are excellent for roll-in showers where an individual is rolled into the shower in a wheelchair or is transferred to a shower chair.
7) Hinged Grab Bars or Folding Toilet Side Rails are unique in that they attach (by a right hinge) to a wall on only one end. This style allows the grab bar to provide support when needed, and to simply rest against the bathroom wall when not in use or not required.
Grab Bar Installation
It is recommended that you hire a professional to install wall-mounted grab bars. However if you feel qualified to install a grab bar by yourself, be sure to carefully adhere to all manufacturer directions. There are also many online websites that provide vital tips and step-by-step instructions for do-it-yourself mounting and installing of a bathroom grab bar.