SmartBar Vs. Conventional Grab Bars

Conventional Grab Bar

Is it simple to install?

Conventional Grab Bar
No
Each fixed end of the bar requires three Phillips screws. Pre-drilling of the stud is required, typically using a template. Non-uniform stud spacing can result in unsafe installation.
Yes
Simply install a single fastener into each stud. No templates or pre-drilling required. Stud spacing is not critical and alignment of the bar is as easy as sliding it back and forth in the mounts until it is centered.

Can it be mounted various ways?

Conventional Grab Bar
No
Conventional grab bars mount from the front only.
Yes
Yes The Smartbar™ mounts from the front like a conventional grab bar, but also mounts from the rear (as in lavatory partition) or back-to-back (for mounting two bars on opposite sides of a partition).

Does it mount to any construction type?

Conventional Grab Bar
No
Supplied with short screws for wood studs. All other wall types require special fasteners determined by the installer or homeowner.
Yes
Mounts to wood studs, metal studs, hollow walls, and masonry/concrete block walls. Fastener kits and installation recommendations for various construction types are available from Centricity.

Does it have a new designer look?

Conventional Grab Bar
No
Same old institutional look.
Yes
Stylish, elegant design - compliments any décor.

Is it more than just a grab bar?

Conventional Grab Bar
No
It's just a grab bar.
Yes
Lighted grab bars that emit a warm light upon entry into the room, dispensing grab bars that can be filled with your favorite shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizer or many other liquids.

Is it available in many lengths?

Conventional Grab Bar
No
Available in a few fixed lengths.
Yes
Available in stock lengths, also available in any 1" increment from 12" to 96". Non-stock lengths can ship within two days.

Is it corrosion resistant?

Somewhat
Mildly corrosion resistant.
Yes
Made of highly corrosion resistant 300 series stainless steel and high strength engineered polymers.

Will it keep water from damaging my wall?

No
Conventional grab bars require messy sealant.
Yes
The Smartbar™ includes sealing washers that protect the wall by preventing fluids from entering the wall cavity. There is no need for sealant.