Reach for the Bar…
Grab bars have been essential for getting in and out after bathing for the infirm for as long memory serves most. This is no longer true—grab gars (assist bars) have now become stylish and a necessary part of the bathing process. We are all aware as we age, that a grab bar could prevent an injury or allow that extra support needed. Grab bars are playing due roles in modern plumbing fashions, while still providing safety while bathing. They now come in an almost endless combination of styles and finishes, and can have a dual purpose such as towel bars or even soap dishes.
As showers are getting larger with more open concepts, grab bars have become essential at any age. A slip and fall in a shower is dangerous to all ages. To help prevent potential accidents, grab bars can be installed on the interior or exterior of the shower (including being hidden in plain sight), and can hold as much as 500 pounds. For the grab bar to work properly and hold weight correctly, it must be attached to a stud or an added cross member.
It is important to keep grab bars in mind before you begin a bathroom project. Though they can be installed afterwards it is impractical. If you are planning a bathroom renovation, have you considered using a home equity loan? Many homeowners use home equity loans every year in order to boost their home’s value through renovations. According to Remodeling magazine’s most recent Cost vs. Value report, on average, at resale, midrange renovations recoup 64% of their costs, while upscale renovations recoup 56.6%. If you’re interested in getting a home equity loan, here’s a list of the best lenders that can provide you with one.
Here are several grab bars that I recommend and like: