American Dryer introduces industry-first ADA Wall Guard for hand dryers

There's no need to cut a hole in the wall to achieve ADA compliance

August 20, 2013 |

American Dryer’s new patent-pending Wall Guard is ADA compliant, achieving the four-inch-or-less unit protrusion guidelines without the need to recess the accompanying dryer into the wall, thus eliminating the need to cut holes into restroom walls. This is especially valuable when walls are cinderblock, masonry or other difficult-to-modify surfaces.

The standalone Wall Guard is designed to sit below the dryer and is easily installed using just the four screws provided. It achieves ADA compliance and provides safety for users living with disabilities because its curved lower edge assures that the “leading edge” of the dryer-with-wall-guard unit is 26” or less from the finished floor, a distance that meets ADA standards to protect people using wheelchairs or walking aids.

Wall Guard, which features elegant, seamless one-piece stainless steel construction can be paired with American Dryer’s high-speed, energy-efficient EXTREMEAIR, its ADVANTAGE™ and its GLOBAL® SERIES for ADA compliance.

According to American Dryer Vice President of Sales and Technology Michael Robert, “ADA restroom compliance is important, and, for hand dryers, it can now be achieved without the time and expense of making a hole in the restroom wall and doing a retrofit for the dryer system. What’s more, the Wall Guard design, with its one-piece structure and curved bottom, helps assure clean, dry walls and even, unlike most wall guards, a dry floor beneath. Water evaporates along the surface of American Dryer’s Wall Guard, instead of puddling on the floor as happens with the typical wall guard. Dry walls and floors are a plus for all hand dryer installations, not just for ADA concerns.”

American Dryer Wall Guard, constructed with strong, 19-gauge stainless steel, measures a compact 9-3/8” wide x 18” high x 3-1/2” deep to pair with American’s physically compact line of dryers. “Architects and specifiers have long told us that they prefer a smaller, less obtrusive dryer to the larger models on the market,” says Robert. “Fortunately, all the engineering needed to achieve best-in-class performance fits nicely into that smaller profile, for both American Dryer’s hand dryers and now its coordinating new Wall Guard.”

American Dryer, Inc., established in 1952, offers the most comprehensive line of hand dryers made in the USA. Its hand dryers offer best-in-class performance. Its new eXtremeAir eXt series is the most energy-efficient, high-speed hand dryer with an industry-leading 540 watt power consumption. The patented design of the eXtremeAir gXt series makes it the most compact high-speed hand dryer available. American Dryers are sold in over 30 countries. American Dryer’s manufacturing facilities are in Livonia, Michigan. More information at

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