Grab bars, Denver, CO
State: CO, Colorado
Project Type: Grab Bars on Tile Shower Walls
The Grab bars installed in this bathroom in Denver, CO provide a handhold to prevent falls in the shower. Grab Bars must be installed properly and here are the steps that Accessible Systems uses. To install a grab bar on tile or fiberglass surfaces, a certified technician must find the stud or the wood in the wall that is the strongest place to install the grab bar. The studs are typically every 16 inches and they go vertically from the floor to the ceiling. Holes are drilled into the tile or fiberglass with a special bit so that the tile or fiberglass doesn’t crack. Cracking is a common consequence of poor installation by untrained DIY’ers. The drilling should be done slowly so the heat doesn’t build up and ruin the surface. After the hole is drilled, the hole is caulked to seal it from water. This is critical, as water will get behind the grab bar and behind the wall and destroy the wall. An unfilled hole can also leave a bathing area susceptible to leaks, which can damage the floor. The grab bars are then screwed in through the caulk sealant and into the stud. The end result should be a waterproof, secured grab bar installation, and one that looks professional, stylish and safe.
The grab bar feels firm and hold my weight. It’s a great help with entering and exiting the shower.