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Privacy Screens – Regulations and Your Options

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If you’re looking to enjoy some added peace and privacy in your home, installing privacy screens may be an appealing option. Privacy screens are aesthetically appealing structures which enable homeowners to enjoy all habitable areas of their home without needing to worry about neighbours or passers-by looking in. An additional benefit of privacy screens is that they also offer protection from the sun’s rays and additional protection against harsh climatic conditions.  There is no shortage of privacy screen styles and designs to choose from, and RAILSAFE are pleased to provide both glass and aluminium options, all of which are manufactured with care and fully compliant with local regulations. In this blog post, we will be sharing some insight into the specific requirements for privacy screens.


Key Points when Installing Privacy Screens

In accordance with State Planning Policy 3.1 – Residential Design Codes, you will need to ensure that your privacy screens comply with the following:

  • Cone of vision must not exceed 45-degrees
  • Privacy screens can have a maximum visual permeability of 20%
  • Privacy screens must have a minimum height of 1.6metres above finished floor level
  • Privacy screen cannot be part of a retaining wall
  • Privacy screening can be done using fixed louvres/slats or translucent/opaque glass

Your local council may have other specific requirements, but the above are standard for all installations.


Fixed Louvres/Slats Vs Translucent/Opaque Glass – How to Decide

When deciding on which type of privacy screen to choose, you will need to consider the installation area and your personal preferences. Fixed louvres are a popular choice as they are affordable and easy to install, and they allow for air and daylight to flow through. Keep in mind that you will need to ensure your louvres are set at an appropriate angle to allow for a maximum visual permeability of 20%, and you will need to ensure the design does not adversely affect the aesthetics of your building. Aluminium fixed louvre privacy screens by Railsafe are suitable for decks, balconies, roofs, and windows and are renowned for their durability and visual appeal. You can view our fixed louvre and fixed slat options by clicking on the respective links.

Glass privacy screens are a contemporary choice which are gaining rapidly in popularity. Using a highly durable non-transparent glass with no more than 20% permeability, this screening option will instantly improve the appearance of your property whilst also shielding your living spaces from prying eyes. You can select from either framed glass or semi-frameless glass according to your preferences. Keep in mind that this option will not allow for as much natural airflow, but it will provide additional protection against wind and inclement weather. Whilst glass usually costs more than aluminium screens, it is ideal for modern buildings and areas requiring large spans of privacy screening due to its strength, ease of cleaning and durability.


The Benefits of Privacy Screens

No matter which type of privacy screen you opt for, they will all aid in:

  • Improving privacy
  • Reducing noise
  • Adding aesthetic appeal to your home or business
  • Providing a barrier against wild weather
  • Filtering UV rays/glare
  • Reducing temperatures around the installation area and nearby rooms


Looking to install a privacy screen? Contact Railsafe for a Quote Today!

As a leading supplier/installer of glass balustrades, pool fencing and privacy screens in Sydney, Railsafe have your needs covered. Please contact us today on (02) 9905 8773 or email to get an obligation free quote.


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