What's the cost of a grab bar installation?
Our initial charge for installing grab bars in our local community starts at $129. This includes local mileage, the first hour of consultation and labor. Hourly labor beyond the first hour is at $15 per ¼ hr. increments. (As a "yardstick," we normally can get through the consultation and install two grab bars in older ceramic tile within the initial 1-hour timeframe - barring homeowner indecisiveness and/or hidden "surprises" in the wall.
Of course, there are other variables that may be factored into the installation cost. These could include extra travel time and the surface into we are drilling - as harder materials require special drills and/or cause tool excessive wear. Where there are no wall studs, there will be a charge for hollow wall togglers. And for fiberglass surrounds, there is a charge for special mounting. On top of the installation charges, there is the charge for the grab bars themselves. And for clients supplying their own grab bars, there is additional "learning curve" charge - IF in fact we agree to install them. By pricing in this manner, we believe that our client only pays for what applies to their situation, rather than having one price fit all.
FAQs Regarding Grab Bars
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Where in the Home Are Safety Bars Usually Installed?
The obvious home area for a grab bar is the bathroom. Here they can assist tub/shower entry and egress, as well as for sitting and standing activities. The next area (when available) is a wall surface adjacent to a toilet. Third is the inside doorjamb areas leading in and out of the home. Lastly, grab bars can sometimes serve as handrails where one or two steps are involved.
We realize however, that every homeowner has their own needs, so we work with them to determine areas of their home where a safety may help them. The location, height and size of each safety bar is tailored to their specific need and ability.
Can Grab Bars Be Mounted to Any Surface?
Besides drywall, grab bars can usually be mounted into most home surfaces such as ceramic and porcelain tile, marble, one-piece tub-shower surrounds and cinder block. We cannot however, mount onto glass doors or glass blocks.
Do Your Grab Bars Meet ADA Regulations?
Our 1-¼” diameter Moen grab bars have a 500 lb. ADA rating. When it comes to placement however, we work with the client to see where they are needed. We do this by observing how they enter, exit or navigate various areas of their home. While we may not be occupational therapists, we do have over 15 years of “field experience.”
Do You Recommend Suction Type Grab Bars?
No. Suction style safety grips are not a permanent solution. Oftentimes the surface to which they are applied onto is never smooth enough to hold their suction, so they become unsafe and need to be reapplied. They also have been know to pull off tile. However, they may be a temporary solution when traveling.
What’s Your Experience?
We started installing grab bars in senior living facilities and private homes in 2005. While we’re not occupational therapists, we work with our clients to determine both their abilities and limitations in performing their daily tasks. If we know of product or solution that we don’t normally carry or provide, we’ll often discuss it and advise you where to find it.
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