- 1 The shower now comes in outdoor version to create a little corner of freshness appreciated on the terrace or poolside. A practical object that fits so harmoniously into any decor: wood, stainless steel, zinc, solar or not, and even mobile ... Our tips for choosing a quality shower ... and avoid the cold shower!
The shower now comes in outdoor version to create a little corner of freshness appreciated on the terrace or poolside. A practical object that fits so harmoniously into any decor: wood, stainless steel, zinc, solar or not, and even mobile ... Our tips for choosing a quality shower ... and avoid the cold shower!
The shower is no longer reserved inside! For ten years, shower garden or terrace makes its pride of place in French habitats. And she is no longer confined to the southern regions of France (although the recent plébiscitent) and affects a quite varied target. According to Christine Auclair, CEO of the company On the Other Garden, specializing in outdoor showers manufactured in France for 18 years "in the garden, it provides a pleasant comfort even if there is no pool just to cool off in the summer, it is also ideal for seaside to desalinate returning from the beach. Finally, there is a real passion for pool owners who settled in a near their pool. "Given its small size (1 to 1.5 m2), it can also very well sit on a terrace of 10 m2 to qualify for a space "outdoor bathroom"For the summer. The only constraint if the terrace is covered, the ceiling height must reach at least 2.30 meters.
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Outdoor Shower: a motley offer
There are outdoor showers at all prices, 200/250 euros in DIY stores, to 1500 euros for some manufacturers. The price will depend not only materials (plastic ones are less qualitative than wood or metal) and finishes, but also facilities on offer. The showers entry are standardized and the quality of their often lower finishes: for less resistant in time products. You will also choose between a fixed shower, put once and for all in your garden and mobile shower, which moves according to your needs. Jean-Pierre Galeyn, the Belgian company Trade-Winds specializes in these mobile showers, reminds us of the benefits: "it follows you wherever you want, you can remove it from your terrace if children are present or you. want to reclaim space for entertaining. in addition, she dismantled the winter, which is very convenient, because north of the Loire, we do not need all year. Finally, light, she then easily stored. "
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Finally, you can also opt for a solar shower although it perfect for sunny regions of southern France, will be necessarily less recommended in the Paris region. The solar shower, also more expensive: from 500/600 euros more than 1800 euros. Warning: it must not be positioned against a wall because its water tank placed at the rear must be exposed to sunlight.
What materials for its outdoor shower?
The choice of material depends of course on the external environment, the shower to match your decor. The most conventional shower is wood, including exotic woods such as teak or iroko: these naturally rot-proof timber is well suited for outdoor use. Wood, the shower will intoxicate with time unless you clean it two or three times a year with a colorless saturator to extend its original appearance. Some manufacturers such as Trade-Winds have chosen to french wood, like the locust "for environmental reasons, many people now refuse Tropical Timber. For our showers, we therefore prefer pedestals locust, a very durable wood even if it has not the desired look of teak ".
Appeared more recently, metal showers often have a more contemporary and clean look, suited to modern living. But there are metal and metal, said Christine Auclair: "Some of our showers are in brushed stainless steel, marine grade (316L) In the seaside regions, the quality of the stainless steel is important because the structures must resist. corrosion that causes the marine environment. We also offer models coated galvanized steel. the powder coating (surface treatment one that protects against corrosion and ensures good stability over time) facilitates maintenance, for an extremely durable product and which can be declined in many colors. Finally, zinc showers are also powder-coated for weather resistant and corrosion".
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Outdoor Showers: cold or hot and cold water?
You can choose between a just fed cold shower and a shower that also distributes well in cold water as hot water (with a mixer). The shower supplied with cold water, which is well suited to warm regions, just asking to be connected to a water supply. If you install it in the garden, plan a sufficiently long hose. Same principle for mobile shower that connects to the garden hose, additionally equipped with a quick coupling. However, if you want a shower fed with cold water and hot water, allow two water inlets. With again two solutions: some are equipped with a mixer so that you set the temperature directly on site, resulting in greater freedom. For others, the water temperature is adjusted via a regulator upstream : You pre-set the temperature to 25 degrees for example, and it comes at this constant temperature outside. Convenient to prevent children not handle hot water ...
Outdoor showers: Most make the difference
-Attention to the quality of finishes: section sufficiently large steel pipes, stainless steel screws, beautiful fittings.
-Practical, hand showers to shower without wetting his hair, or rinse feet.
-The average diameter of shower heads measuring 12 cm, but shower heads 15, 20 or 30 cm, are more opaque: ideal for people with broad shoulders. Finally, some shower heads are made up of 250 small holes against 25 holes for apples more low-end showers, water for better spread.
-The gratings can be useful especially if you put your shower on grass. They provide comfort by allowing them to ask her feet and allow the water to drain into the ground.
-French or European manufacturing also ensures quality products, often guaranteed 5 to 10 years.