When is a privacy screen required, and what are my options?
When we get enquiries about glass balustrades, we always get questions about privacy screens and whether they are needed.
Privacy screens – although very desirable for personal privacy – are most importantly required by building control for the sign off for your balustrade project.
It is often requested by local authorities so as not to invade the privacy of a neighbour you are overlooking. In the UK, it is common to take into consideration the impact a renovation or project will have on your neighbour’s privacy, especially if your terrace or balcony overlooks the neighbour’s property.
What is a privacy screen?
A privacy screen is basically a taller glass balustrade with a non-see-through glass panel, which prevents people from seeing in your property and prevents you from overlooking into theirs.
What are the requirements? Can my privacy screen be bespoke?
Privacy screens are usually required to be 1800mm high and the glass panel must be opaque. The height of your privacy screen is something we measure carefully, taking into consideration the wind speed, the effective height of the building and environmental factors around your area, for example, the distance from the sea.
However, our screens are also made to your requirements. Our privacy screens come in all shapes, colours, and sizes to suit your needs whilst not compromising on the look of your balustrade, outdoor space, or structural calculations.
Here are some examples of privacy screens we have designed and installed for clients:
Putting aside the required building regulations, our privacy screens can also be designed for your personal needs. Our glass balustrades can also be made with opaque glass panels for extra privacy all around. For example, you might want to install a glass fence with opaque glass around a swimming pool or hot tub for more seclusion.