Outdoor Privacy Screens: Why You Need One

Sep 6, 2023 | Outdoor Living

Outdoor Privacy Screens: Why You Need One


Do you want to enjoy time on your deck or patio without the peeking eyes of neighbors or passersby? If so, consider buying an outdoor privacy screen.  Here are some privacy screens worth checking out.


What is a Privacy Screen

A privacy screen is a freestanding fixture that shields your patio, porch or balcony from other people.  Outdoor privacy screens are fashionable, yet functional, and can be tailor-made to fit your needs.  Here are some of the most popular types of privacy screens on the market.


Metal Privacy Screens

These screens are made out of laser-cut galvanized steel.  Often, the intricate designs double as artwork. They can divide up spaces or hide AC units from view. 


Wooden Screens

A wood-crafted privacy screen or partition gives a sense of permanence and security.  Stain it to match your wood deck for a more elegant look.  Wood goes with a variety of design styles and comes in different colors.


Outdoor Roller Shades

Outdoor roll up shades keep the sun off of a covered porch, patio or pergola.  They come in many materials, including light-filtering and UV-blocking fabric; natural bamboo and all-weather PVC.  


Natural Screens

A gorgeous wall of climbing vines can offer privacy.   Place trellis planter boxes around the edge of your outdoor space and let the plants take over. 


Lattice Privacy Screen

This attractive screen can be wall mounted or expandable.  You can add plants for more privacy. 

Expandable types offer more flexibility in terms of size and placement.  Wall-mounted lattices are taller and more permanent.


There are a few other kinds of privacy screens that are commonly used as well. 


Plastic screens. These are made of high-density polyethylene and allow the breeze to pass through.  This type of screen is often seen on city balconies.  It offers privacy and UV protection.


Bamboo or reed fencing typically come in pre-sized rolls that can be easily cut with scissors. They can be tied  to balcony railings or attached to hooks. 


A retractable privacy screen is usually made of polyester fabric or mesh stretched between two poles. Pull it open and hook into place. 


An outdoor canvas screen is another good option for balconies.  Make sure the material has polyester blended into it for better waterproofing. 


A fake-leaf privacy screen is a good way to add greenery.  Spend a little more to ensure the leaves look real. 


Privacy Screen Buying Considerations

Ready to buy a privacy screen? Here are a few things to keep in mind.


The weather conditions.  Make sure the screen you choose can stand up to the weather.  Plastic options are good for rainy locations. Freestanding metal screens are a good option for renters, but won’t hold up on windy balconies.


Rental or HOA restrictions.  Most rental agreements don’t allow a fully-installed retractable screen. A non-permanent privacy screen is your best option if there are restrictions.  Contact your neighborhood homeowner’s association as well to find out what’s allowed.


The location. A balcony on a busy city street will require a higher level of privacy than a suburban patio.  Different locations call for unique solutions.


Your outdoor space. Consider your home’s architectural style and exterior finishes. Choose a privacy fixture that goes well with your outdoor space. 


The size.  Find a size that fits the space you want to add privacy too.  Make sure it’s not too big or small for the area.


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