Privacy is often a key consideration when it comes to terraces, continuous walkways, or balconies which have access from differing apartments. Separating these can be done in a variety of ways, from using fins or other architectural façade features, or by using screens.

Creating a 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.

Examples of this balustrading in use