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Frequently Asked Questions

What Height Should Grab Bars Be Installed?

In a commercial environment and public buildings, the type of grab bar, length and height is determined by municipal and provincial building codes. In a residential environment, the type of grab bar and its placement on the wall is determined by the needs of the user. There are no mandatory codes to follow but we do employ a number of industry specific guidelines for reference. For homeowners that are proactively installing grab bars and bathroom safety aids, it’s important to work with contractors (like 2For1GrabBar) who have experience with home modifications and principles of universal design for the the installation of these types of bathroom safety aids. Homeowners who are post hospital care and convalescing at home, will usually be able to coordinate the services of an occupational therapist who will advise on the placement of grab bars based on the residents physical condition and capabilities.

Do Grab Bars Need To Be Installed In Studs?

In a commercial environment or in public buildings, grab bars are required to be installed in framing or blocking in defined locations so everyone (ideally) of all shapes, sizes and capabilities can use them. In a residential environment, our first priority is to place the grab bar in a location based on the needs of the primary user and family. If a stud can be found in that location then we’ll definitely take advantage. If a stud is not available, then we will use any number of specialized, industry and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) approved hollow wall anchors that are designed to secure grab bars to walls.

Is There a Risk of Cracking a Tile During Installation?

There is a minor risk, but the risk isn’t necessarily due to the grab bar drilling procedure, it’s more about how the tile was originally installed. If the drywall or cement board behind the tile was not properly secured to framing or if there are voids of mortar behind the tile, movement during grab bar installation may occur and that movement can cause a tile to crack. The 2For1GrabBar installer will use many varieties of drill bits that are designed specifically for drilling into ceramic tile, porcelain and stone substrates greatly minimizing the risk of a tile cracking. The benefits of safety, security and peace of mind that a grab bar provides should outweigh the concern of tile damage that may result during the installation process.

Do You Install Grab Bars in Apartments and Condominiums?

Yes, we install grab bars in apartments and condominiums but we will ask the resident to first seek permission from building owners and property managers before any installation is scheduled. In both condominiums and apartments, there may be utilities and services running behind bathroom walls or in concrete and we will want to make sure that managers and owners are informed of the intention to install grab bars in those locations. Also, these buildings have different rules around, noise, work times and use of elevators. It’s in all of our best interests to have an open dialogue for the planning of these installations in apartments and condominiums.

Can I get a Tax Credit for Installing Grab Bars?

Yes, the installation of grab bars and bathroom safety aids can be submitted for tax credits or grants under the following programs:

The Home Accessibility Tax Credit

The Medical Expense Tax Credit

The Multigenerational Home Tax Credit

The Disability Tax Credit

Ontario Assistive Devices Program