Privacy between outdoor living spaces is an ever-increasing issue in urban environments. Due to the high density of housing, residents and councils are demanding that more privacy is provided to outdoor living areas. Screens that provide privacy can be in the form of an inter-tenancy screen on a larger deck or a balustrade that has additional height to form a screen to neighbouring dwellings. Additional to the privacy, there are a number of additional design factors that come into play such as wind and rain protection, light transmission, design and aesthetic factors.
There are a number of options listed below which are available. What option is suitable depends on the requirements of the individual dwelling.
Face Hung Fin
As well as being an attractive balustrade, the Face Hung Fin balustrade system can be used to create screening. Fins on the balustrade can be extended up vertically past the handrail to form privacy screens. This creates a visually appealing screen which is seamless from the outside and by varying the number of fins can create a level of privacy to suit the homeowner.
Slats used as a balustrade and screen infill are a popular option as they offer good privacy. Their square look also adds to modern design tastes. Slats come in a range of sizes including 60mm and 115mm wide. Slats can be fixed vertically or horizontally into frames and are typically in a fixed position.
Framed Louvre Screens
Spectrum's proprietary framed louvre screen system is designed to accommodate 75mm airfoil louvre blades. With options of fixed or operable blades, the chosen design can help allow for full wind and rain protection and differing levels of privacy as required. Louvre screens can also be integrated into balustrade design.
Translucent or frosted glass provides a fair level of privacy as well as good weather protection. Glass is typically framed into one of Spectrum’s proprietary glazing extrusions, but can also be frameless.
Spectrum's range of products can suit most design requirements. As well as standard offerings Spectrum work with designers to customise screen design requirements for high-density housing.