Whether building or renovating a small business, restaurant or any type of facility’s public restroom, it is vital to keep the accessibility guidelines established by the ADA in mind. ADA is an acronym for the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law enacted in 1990 to curb discrimination against people with disabilities public places.
Although the law has seen constant updates in the last 3 decades, our focus will be on the most recent major changes covering the design of public restrooms that were introduced in 2010. These rules are titled the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Constructing or renovating public restrooms in accordance with these guidelines will help your clients avoid fines or the possibility of being shut down for non-compliance.
Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the American National Standards Institute’s specifications, building codes have been amended to improve access to facilities for physically challenged individuals. Outlined below are the major features that should be included:
Grab bars are an essential to help people with unsteady footing
to maintain balance. The shape and position of grab bars are also specified in the 2010 ADA guidelines for accessible restrooms. The dimensions of grab bars depend on the kind of restroom you are building or remodeling, and cannot be substituted by towel bars, which are not strong enough to hold an adult’s weight.
ADA regulations state that the bar must be smooth and firmly anchored and should have a diameter of 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches. Additionally, they must be 34 – 38 inches above the floor and have a separation from the wall of not less than 1 ½ inches. Grab bars should have no sharp edges and must return to an anchor point on the wall to ensure they leave no exposed ends.
According to the ADA advisory 606, you should have at least one accessible lavatory in each public bathroom which should extend not less than 17 inches from the wall. It must also feature a minimum of 29 inches clearance from the finished floor to the sink apron. Additionally, the lavatory must not be more than 34 inches above the floor. If you install the lavatory in a countertop, it must be no further than 2 inches from the countertop’s front edge.
Building and renovating public restrooms according to ADA regulations helps your commercial clients comply with local building codes. Moreover, there are is an increasing number of residential clients who require accessible bathrooms in their homes to cater to elderly or physically impaired family members.
When you are building an ADA-compliant bathroom for commercial or residential clients, you should pick materials that make it as easy as possible to comply with applicable laws without breaking the bank.
The Pro Gallery is the premier remodeling supplier that offers you the best quality bathroom fixtures to ensure ADA compliance. Talk to us today if you are looking to build or remodel a fully ADA compliant bathroom.