Having an outdoor shower has grown in popularity over the years and they are now considered a functional extension of the home. HL chatted to Tile Africa’s retail and display coordinator, Liza Watermeyer to find out everything we need to know about outdoor showers. What are the benefits of having an outdoor shower? Showering outdoors can be a therapeutic experience that connects you with nature. What’s great about taking your shower outdoors is that it need not cost you a lot and can be used as an essential feature in your garden, next to the pool or adjacent to the house. What should people keep in mind when installing one? The first aspect you need to think about is where the water supply will come from. An outdoor shower will likely use your home’s plumbing system, which means that it will probably need to be positioned within close proximity to the house. What are your top five tips to ensure I get the most out of an outdoor shower installation?
- Evaluate the function: If all you want is a quick rinse then you may be able to get away with minimal plumbing work. However, if you intend bringing indoor conveniences outdoors you need to consider upgrading your hot water system.
- Examine the conditions: Natural elements can take their toll on an outdoor shower. So it’s important to get fixtures that will endure salt, sand and sun. Use materials that are both rot- and mildew-resistant and carefully seal the area where the outdoor shower joins the house. You also need to waterproof under the tiles.
- Design the drain: Soap and shampoo can clog drainage systems and they can also threaten natural vegetation, so one needs to consider the environment. If you’re building on soil that drains slowly you will require more than just a simple opening in the floor. Fit a French drain, which directs water underground or into the main waste line.
- Slope the floor: Make sure the floor slopes towards the drain outlet so that the water drains completely. Lay a mortar bed and build the gradient into the mortar. When this has cured, apply a waterproofing system. You can then start with the tile installation.
- Choose the tiles wisely: Avoid smooth and polished tiles - rather choose textured tiles. Mosaics are great as they are long-lasting and create a textured floor surface that's far less slippery.