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The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Showers

When it comes to getting the most out of your water system this summer, there are plenty of options. Installing new sprinklers can help keep your front and back gardens looking lush throughout summer. You could also use the lack of rain to get a drain inspection to ensure everything will operate correctly when the rain comes.

Unlike a bath tub that keeps you warm in cooler months, outdoor showers are a great way to enjoy the warm weather and refresh yourself after a day spent outside. They can be a simple hose attached to the side of a house or a more elaborate setup with multiple shower heads and built-in seating.

Whether you're looking to install an outdoor shower at your home, or simply want to explore the different options available, this blog will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

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What is an Outdoor Shower?

An outdoor shower is a type of shower installed outdoors, usually near a beach or pool. It can be used for rinsing off after swimming or to simply cool off during hot weather. Outdoor showers are also becoming increasingly popular for everyday use by those who enjoy being close to nature and having the option of bathing outside in the fresh air.

How Do Outdoor Showers Differ from Indoor Showers?

The main difference between outdoor showers and indoor showers is the presence of natural elements such as sunlight, wind, rain and other weather conditions. This means some extra steps need to be taken to ensure you get the most out of both.

An outdoor shower requires a different type of plumbing system than indoor showers and often needs to be designed with special features like waterproofing and drainage. This is because outdoor showers and their shower heads need to be able to withstand exposure to the elements and environment around them.

Why Get an Outdoor Shower?

Unlike indoor showers, outdoor ones allow you to take advantage of warm summer weather without having to worry about the mess that can come with using the main bathroom inside. Also, they’re great if you want to take a quick stroll outside while still feeling refreshed after your shower session.

Plus, installing an outdoor shower has many added benefits. It can help conserve water, as outdoor showers are typically installed to use a hose and thus don’t use up water from the main plumbing system. And, it can also add an extra layer of privacy, as many outdoor shower designs have built-in walls or enclosures for added security and privacy.

Types of Outdoor Showers

When it comes to quality outdoor showers, there are two common types - standalone and wall-mounted.

Standalone Showers

 Also known as freestanding showers, these outdoor showers can either be portable - meaning they can be moved around freely - or stationary fixtures. Since portable showers aren’t permanently connected to any water system, they’re often cheaper than stationary outdoor showers.

Wall-mounted Showers

Wall-mounted showers are a form of outdoor showers that are fixed directly to the main building - typically on a backyard wall. These are cheaper than stationary standalone showers as they also can be installed into an existing plumbing pipeline - especially if installed on the outer wall of an indoor bathroom or kitchen.

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Outdoor Shower Ideas and Styles

There is a wide range of outdoor shower styles available, ranging from rustic wooden styles to more modern style copper showers - with each able to bring a unique look to your backyard oasis.


Copper is naturally resistant to harsh weather conditions, so you won’t need to worry about rust or corrosion over time - making it a great choice if you live in a humid climate. Copper outdoor shower ideas range from traditional stand-alone structures with copper panels to wall-mounted copper fixtures with a shower head.


Outdoor showers made from wood can provide great insulation and can create a more rustic, natural look when combined with lush greenery in your backyard. These kinds of outdoor showers usually come with a floor-mounted shower pan for easy drainage and can be installed quickly.

Stone and Concrete

Other common materials used to make outdoor showers include stone and concrete. Stone has similar qualities to copper in terms of durability and weather resistance, so it’s also a great choice for an outdoor shower that will last through the seasons.

Concrete is another popular option and can be customized with decorative finishes such as tile or stucco to give your outdoor space an eye-catching look.

Choose Tunnel Vision for Your Pipe Relining and Emergency Plumbing Needs

If you are experiencing issues with your water system in relation to an outdoor shower, our trained experts can help! Our team has the knowledge and experience to get your drainage back to normal in no time. 

Tunnel Vision has an experienced team of drain plumbers that can utilise various equipment to assist you with any blocked drains - as well as for inspections. Get in touch with us today at 1800 631 799 to find out more about our blocked drain and pipe relining services - we would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

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