After wind-protection, privacy is the next biggest consideration for end-user balcony usability. Especially on large balconies spanning multiple apartments, privacy screens are often a key requirement. In particular, when it comes to terraces, continuous walkways, or balconies which have access from differing apartments. Separating these with a degree of privacy for both occupants is important.

Dividing balconies can be done in a variety of ways, from using fins or other architectural façade features, or by using screens. Creating a privacy screen can be done relatively simply by using standard concepts used for balustrades. The slightly more difficult part to get right, is how these fit with the overall aesthetic tone of the balconies, and the building façade.

Selection is typically driven by how much privacy is considered necessary, for example, can people see through gaps in the privacy screen, and secondly the cost of the options.

It must also be considered that on many buildings, the use of a balcony can be seen from neighbouring building or from the ground, so the privacy screen may be viewed as more of a fence or barrier between different properties balconies.

By far the most common privacy screen options is the use of satin pre-etched glass, which is a cost-effective and durable solution, which creates privacy but still allows light through.

It’s also important to note that if privacy screens are designed purely as dividing screens and don’t provide privacy, it is likely that occupants may decide to create the privacy themselves, turning to internet privacy ideas, many of which are highly combustible and may increase fire risk without the resident even realising.

Examples of this balustrading in use