Living in a Bushfire Prone area and working your way around the BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) building regulations can be a little daunting.
As soon as summer season hits, one of the most regular questions we get asked is “can you help me with screening my home? It’s in a bushfire zone”. The answer is often; “yes!”. However, it all comes back to 2 questions. What kind of opening or area are you screening? and what is the BAL of the area you live in?
BAL classifications are designed to improve building codes around properties in areas which are prone to bushfires. The higher the BAL number the higher the risk of ember and bushfre attack all the way up to BAL- FZ (Flame Zone) which is direct exposure to fames. Once you the BAL status for your area you can better assess your requirements. If you are unsure of the BAL for your area contact your local council and they will be able to give you details and advice you need.
|BALCATEGORY||Window Requirements||External Doors, French and Bi -Fold Doors (Outward Opening)|
|BAL LOW||No requirements – standard fly screens can be installed.||No requirements – Can install retractable screens, pleated screens and sliding screens. Can be standard fly wire.|
|BAL 12.5||Openable parts of the window to be screened with metal mesh with an aperture of 2 mm (steel, bronze or aluminium).||Retractable or pleated screens can be mounted on the inside provided your door is non- combustible or is a fully glazed door, made from materials as required by AS3959.2009. Alternatively it must be fully screened with metal mesh with an aperture of 2 mm (steel, bronze or aluminium).|
|BAL 19||Openable parts of the window to be screened with metal mesh with an aperture of 2 mm (steel, bronze or aluminium).||Retractable or pleated screen can be mounted on the inside provided your door is non- combustible or is a fully glazed door, made from materials as required by AS3959.2009. Alternatively it must be fully screened with metal mesh with an aperture of 2 mm (steel, bronze or aluminium).|
|BAL 29||Openable parts of the window to be screened with metal mesh with an aperture of 2 mm (steel, bronze or aluminium).||Retractable or pleated screen can be mounted on the inside provided your door is non- combustible or is a fully glazed door, made from materials as required by AS3959.2009. Alternatively it must be fully screened with metal mesh with an aperture of 2 mm (steel, bronze or aluminium).|
|BAL 40||Openable parts of the window to be screened with metal mesh with an aperture of 2 mm (steel or bronze only).||Retractable or pleated screen can be mounted on the inside provided your door is fully glazed door and made from is non- combustible materials. Alternatively it must be fully screened with metal mesh with an aperture of 2 mm ( steel, bronze or aluminium).|
|BAL FZ||Openable parts of the window to be screened with metal mesh with an aperture of 2 mm (steel or bronze only).||Completely protected by a bushfire shutter compliant with AS3959.2009 or all door systems must comply with AS1530 & 2 when tested from the outside.|
We are extremely happy with our Artilux pleated screens. They fit nicely and discreetly in our trifold and bifold doors and have allowed us to open up the whole house. The magnetic system works smoothly. Our installer Dudley was helpful and efficient. We have and will continue to recommend these screens to others.
We have a variety of screens – on our windows and doors in our 140 year old house in East Sydney.We love the retractable screens , they have a small and narrow casing that hides the mechanism, they are easy to use , pet friendly, and unobtrusive. We have been renovating our house for the past 5 months and if all trades people were as efficient and positive it would of made such a difference. The Artilux service was amazing-on time, clean, fast and Dean the installer was very accommodating – nothing was a bother. A very happy customer.
When everyone else said it couldn’t be done, then came Craig & Rob from Artilux!
Our experience with Artilux has been excellent. They have been very professional from my initial contact with them through to the completion and installation of our retractable screens.
They took great care in explaining everything we needed to be aware of before we made our decision. Also in the measuring up, and were particularly careful to make sure the colour matched our existing door frames. As a result the installation took place with what appeared to be the minimum of effort, and we very happy with the finished product.
I have to say, the screens look far better in real life, installed, than they do in photos.
We recently had an Artilux door installed and we are really happy with it. It is a clever design and is very unobtrusive, both when being used, and when it isn’t. The installer, Pete, was very professional and went out of his way to ensure the door was the perfect fit. We had no back screen door for many years and it is so nice to feel the breeze coming through the back of the house now!
We had our artilux pleated retractable screen door and fly screens installed today and are very happy with them. We would recommend Artilux tol anyone. Your representative Dudley was extremely pleasant,kind and courteous a pleasure to deal with. Yvonne
Definitely recommend Artilux to anyone considering fly screens.
I have a large modern unit and needed a wide opening screen for lounge and bedroom 1 . The pleated retractable blind moves smoothly, stops wherever you need it and visible close up so you don’t walk into it – important as I have a 3 yr old granddaughter. From a distance I can’t see it! So product great and service from sales to accounts to install professional and friendly and phone calls are returned. The guys turned up on time, installed perfectly, explained the product and how it works and cleaned up their site before leaving.
I also had screens supplied and installed for the other rooms, same good product and service.
Highly Recommend – Fabulous Company & Result!!
Excellent customer service with quotation. Followed by excellent installation service by Rob who rang up advising that he would be about 20 minutes late. Great job all round.
Screens were installed ahead of time. Very helpful, responsive staff both in the office and on site. The screens look (and work) great!
The quality and operation of the screens for our french doors is perfect. Our Installer was a lovely man, Dudley, who did an amazing job installing the screens. What an asset to this Company he must be. It was so nice having such a skilled and respectful Tradesperson in our house. Its a rarity these days.
I have just had Artilux pleated retractable screens installed today and am so happy with the product. It look so good and feels like its been there forever. Artilux had been fantastic from he beginning to the end. Highly recommended.
A big thank you to Kaaren and Dudley for working with us to address a small problem we had with our screen. The professionalism with which they dealt with the repair and the high quality results are excellent. This is a great product and one we would happily recommend.
I have French doors and didn’t want a track on the floor as they are high traffic areas. Dudley was professional, prompt and tidy. I receive regular compliments and questions about my screen and have no hesitation in recommending Artilux.
I have just had Artilux pleated retractable screens installed throughout my apartment. Because of the height of my doors, I didn’t have any choice but to use Artilux as they were the only company I found who could do that height of screen. Luckily I couldn’t have chosen better! Dudley measured the job and actually did the installation himself over two days (with assistance on the first day only). He also installed a detachable doggie door in pleated mesh to match the main lounge screen. The screen doors and tracks are totally unobtrusive, slide easily and of an extremely high standard. The window screens are equally as impressive. Without reservation, I highly recommend Artilux screens as I cannot fault the workmanship and Dudley’s attention to detail. A fantastic product, thank you!
The pleated retractable blind is absolutely brilliant, it looks sensational, it glides very easily, no struggling, pulling and dragging it across to the magnetic strip. I can now open my double doors, look out to my back garden and enjoy the view without being attacked by numerous flys and mozzies. Cameron, did a magnificient job installing the blind and did not leave a speck of dust behind 🙂 – I love my new blind 🙂
I am so happy with my new retractable screen. Nothing was a problem for Artilux. Other companies I approached either didn’t respond to my calls or wanted me to have my floor tiles cut to insert the lower track. The Atilux low profile track is hardly noticeable and definitely not the trip hazard the other companies went on about. I would highly recommend Artilux to you and am confident you will be very happy with the product and service.
Love our new screens – they fit perfectly over the existing window frame so they’re invisible. Very happy with the outcome. Thank you!
Our retractable fly screens fitted to 10+ year old windows look as if they have always been there. Allowing now to have insect free fresh air, easily. Installation was efficient and house left clean. We are now ordering more for other rooms. Thank You.
We have had 5 artilux retractable window screens installed. Each window is a different size and shape, and one is coloured. Doug came promptly and said there would be no problems with our old terrace house; then came Robert, and he installed them efficiently and on time. We are very happy with the results and know that we are now protected against insects so our new grandson can visit! We happily recommend this company and the work they do.
From initial quote to completion of installation, very happy with the service here in East Suburbs, Sydney. The product is quality and a practical solution for our terrace garden which is entered via bi-fold doors. Definitely recommend and will utilise down the track no doubt.
The retractable fly screens look fantastic and they work beautifully in my apartment which has large floor to ceiling sliding windows. The screens are surprisingly unobtrusive and elegant. They hint at Japanese style. The installation process was straightforward and Artilux were professional and reliable – from quote to instal. The installer explained the operation and ongoing care of the screen rather than providing leaflets which I appreciated. I am happy to recommend Artilux and these beautiful retractable fly screens.
We have a heritage listed home which has casement windows with limited clearance for the screens which must be installed internally. Your team worked out a number of clever solutions to our problem and installed the screens with very little fuss. We are really pleased with the final result and would not hesitate to use Artilux again.
I would be happy to recommend Artilux to others. My retractable pet mesh fly screens are terrific and with the wood grain finish they are almost invisible. Artilux was the only company I could find which sold pet mesh retractable screens and it is a great product. The service provided by Artilux was also first rate.
We are delighted with the product. The whole experience from quote to installation was perfect. Luke, who did our installation was absolutely great. Very knowledgeable on his products, and extremely efficient. Would not hesitate to recommend this company.
I had my screen install last year but the screen needed a bit of attention & as it’s still under warranty I called to have it service and what a fantastic after sales service . Kaaren was so helpful & book the service at a time that suited me & Robert turn up promptly. Fix the problem in no time. A company that is highly recommended.
Great customer service & install. Reasonable cost and easy to work with…definitely recommended to all.