The United States is no stranger to extremely dangerous and catastrophic hurricanes. In 2017 alone, hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused enormous damage in the areas of landfall. Communities in the path of these super storms are still rebuilding even two years later. So, how do homes and businesses prepare before the next hurricane season?
If you live and work in an area where storms are frequent, it is critical to prepare your home and office for the next season which starts around June of this year. Aside from a storm plan, knowing how to board windows for a hurricane and when to board up windows before a hurricane are steps that can be prepared for long before a storm hits.
Boarding up windows isn’t simply placing wood across a window if you want to protect your home with strong security, it is critical to know how to board up windows for a hurricane properly. This article will give you a quick and easy guide to boarding up your windows for a hurricane so you are fully prepared this hurricane season.
What you will need to board your windows
Any entryway is susceptible to significant and catastrophic damage during a storm. Windows are a primary point of concern because of the relatively weak barrier most of them provide between the outside elements and the precious inside.
Our quick and easy method of boarding windows from the inside out will provide a safety barrier that will provide your family with peace of mind during a storm, and protect your home or business from costly damage that can occur at the peak of a storm.
- Strong plywood with a suggested thickness of ⅝”
- Washers (size large)
- Circular saw
- Corrosion-resistant screws
- Tape measure
- Drill with associated bits
- Plylox clips made from carbon or stainless steel to secure the plywood
These basic supplies will work for any kind of siding your home or business has. Here are some quick tutorials with the most popular types of siding.
Boarding windows with vinyl siding
One of the most popular types of siding in homes is vinyl. To secure this type of window you will need your tape measure to measure and record the area of a window that is required to cover. Consider plywood panels that will cover the window up to four inches in order to protect the glass.
Find a stud in the siding and drill holes into the siding, not the wood or metal trim of the window. We suggest a spacing measurement of 12 to 16” for drilling. Arrange the plywood and after drilling into the siding, give it a good tug to make sure the plywood is secure.
Boarding windows with Stucco and Brick Siding
Despite the difference in building materials, the instructions to board your windows is primarily the same as a vinyl siding process. The difference is in the spacing of plywood panels, which is a suggested 15” apart. You will also want to utilize bolts because the material is thicker and can be harder to drill with even the strongest bit (especially with brick).
You will want to use the plywood arrangement within the window frame (inside) instead of on the siding of the home. Measure and record the distance from frame to frame and cut the plywood to the measurements needed.
How to board windows from the inside
Boarding your windows on the outside and inside of your home provides an extra layer of protection from torrential wind and downpour. Use glass window clips to secure the window and maintain the seal shut. Use the same method for boarding windows depending on the interior material used in your home.
If you are worried about the existing windows you have, especially if they aren’t storm-proof, call us to talk about the solutions we provide for homes that need extra security from hurricanes. You still have time before June hits. Give us a call and schedule a consultation for your home or business.