Many people feel the need to shield themselves from unwanted looks from neighbours. That is why balconies, terraces or gardens are often provided with a protective screen. A peek over the garden fence can be prevented with a high hedge. We'll explain what other options there are.
Sun sails, reed mats, awnings or privacy fences ensure privacy. If your balcony borders on that of the neighbouring flat, you can limit the side view with awnings made of robust materials such as linen. The surrounding border of balconies can be coloured or opaque with awnings if the railing is not closed. In this case, reed mats that are cut to the height of the balcony railing are also suitable.
If you want to shield your terrace, planting with fast-growing bamboo is suitable. With a covered terrace, awnings can be attached to the pillars so that the side view is limited. Privacy fences also ensure that your private life can take place out of public view. Here you have to choose whether these should be fixed between beams or anchored free-standing as privacy strips in the floor.
Sun sails usually act as shade for the terrace or as privacy screens in the garden. They also provide a remedy against prying eyes if the neighbouring house has several floors. At least the view from a higher floor can be limited by adding an awning. They can also be attached to the house or a covered terrace in such a way that you can quickly remove them again.
Small areas can be easily screened off with awnings or tarpaulins. A hedge or a high privacy fence are the perfect choice to completely protect a terrace from prying eyes. If only the sides need to be covered, an overgrown pergola that naturally blocks the view is also suitable.
The same applies to the side walls of balconies. If you want a stable border, custom-made trellises help to close the open sides. Lattices on balconies should be covered with awnings if you have children in your household. Although reed mats protect against the prying eyes of neighbours, the natural material tempts you to play and break off the individual reeds.
To install the right protective screen, you should consider the stress your privacy fence will be subjected to. Stable elements are more suitable for terraces. Awnings or reed mats are sufficient for small balconies.
Also consider the noise level generated by strong winds when awnings or sails are installed to block out the sun's rays. Strong sunlight can cause the colours to fade faster.