An Overview Of How To Install A Vinyl Shower Enclosure On The Outside Of Your Oceanside Beach House

Swimming in the ocean can be a lot of fun, but invariably, your body is going to get covered with sand and salt while you are swimming. The sand and salt can stick to your body and make you feel uncomfortable. Many beach house owners prefer that family members and guests rinse off outside to keep them from tracking the sand and salt into the cottage. However, rinsing off completely out in the open means that you can't take your bathing suit off to get really clean without exposing yourself to the public. This is why some cottage owners build custom shower enclosures, like a vinyl enclosure, to give people privacy when showering off outside. If you own an oceanside cottage and want people to have privacy outside while showering, here is an overview of how you can install a vinyl shower enclosure to give them that privacy.

Installing the Posts

You need to install four posts to build the walls and door around the shower head. Mark on the ground where you want the posts to go. You should dig a hole about a foot and a half deep and a foot around at each spot and put a post into each hole. Mix a patch of cement and fill each hole up until the cement is even with the ground.  You should use a carpenter's level to make sure the posts are standing straight up while the cement dries or the rails and panels won't fit properly when you go to install them between the posts.

Building the Walls

Screw the bottom rails into posts on three sides of the enclosure – one side is left open for the doorway. The vinyl rails will have slots in them that you use to place the panels into so they won't fall off the enclosure. Next, set the bottom of the panels into the bottom rail until the one side of the wall is completely enclosed. Set the top rail over the tops of the panels and screw it into the posts. Repeat this process for the other two walls.

Install the Door

Screw self-closing hinges on to the door and then screw the door hinges into one of the posts at the door opening. Screw a latching mechanism onto the inside of the door so people can securely close the door when they are inside the outdoor shower.

Install Louver Roof

A louver roof is built using thin panels of vinyl. The panels are inserted into slots on the vinyl frame of the roof to create slots so air can circulate in the shower. Fresh air is needed to avoid having mold grow in the shower area. Set the roof on top of the posts and screw it in place. Your family and guests will now have a safe and private place to undress and wash all the sand and salt off their bodies before changing their clothes and entering your cottage.