If you’re considering installing handicapped bathrooms in your business, you can take the DIY approach, but you’re usually better off hiring handicapped bathroom remodeling companies to take care of your project.
Handicapped bathrooms are regulated very closely under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and your bathroom has to meet very specific criteria to be considered accessible. If a handicapped bathroom user is unable to use your bathroom, or worse, is injured in your bathroom, you could end up facing legal repercussions.
Bathrooms pose specific challenges to people who use wheelchairs or walkers as well as to people with chronic pain or mobility issues. This means that each component of a bathroom stall needs to be designed to allow them to use it safely.
For instance, toilets are usually at least 15-19 inches high from the floor to the seat rim to allow for easy transfer from a wheelchair to the seat. Grab bars usually surround the toilet to allow a user to transfer over or lower themselves onto the seat. There should be enough room next to the toilet for a user to park their wheelchair and transfer, and it’s usually best if toilets are wall-mounted.
Sinks usually need to be open underneath to allow wheelchair users to roll directly up to them, and faucet handles should be either touch operated or operated by levers that don’t require grasping.
On top of all this, there needs to be a certain amount of room in the middle of the bathroom or stall for a wheelchair to comfortably turn around.
Bathroom remodeling companies that deal with these regulations on an everyday basis will be more capable of creating a bathroom that works for all of your clients or customers. Hiring bathroom remodeling companies is the best way to make sure your investment is worth it.
Remember, even though it can be tricky, investing in a bathroom makeover yields an average 62% return, so contact a bathroom contractor today and find out how you can go accessible.