How to cyclone-proof windows and doors

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How to cyclone-proof windows and doors

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Project Overview

There are a few simple things that you can do to protect your family and your home during a storm or cyclone. We’ll show you how to do some early preparation, such as board up your windows and doors, to prevent damage.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure up your plywood boards
2 Screw the boards to the window frame
3 Number the plywood sheets
4 Choose permanent protection
  • Step 1. Measure up your plywood boards

    If your windows are exposed to the elements or there’s the risk of debris hitting them during a cyclone or severe storm, board them up with plywood to protect them. Hold the sheet of plywood up against the window and use a pencil to mark where you want to drill the screws into the frame.

  • Step 2. Screw the boards to the window frame

    Drill self-tapping screws into the plywood until the screw goes through to the other side of the plywood. Then hold the plywood sheet against the window frame and fasten it. Secure the plywood to all corners of the window frame.

  • Step 3. Number the plywood sheets

    Once you have attached the plywood to the windows, a good tip is to number each of the sheets. Then draw a basic plan of your house and mark where the windows are. Next to each window on the plan, write down the numbers of the plywood sheets attached. This will make it easier to re-install the plywood in case of another storm or cyclone.

  • Step 4. Choose permanent protection

    If you want a more permanent protection for your windows or doors, install security or cyclone shutters. When a cyclone or storm is coming, you can simply wind them down to protect your windows. There is also safety and security window films that can hold glass together during severe weather.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Cordless drill
  • Hammer
  • Ladder
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure

Materials

  • Bullet head nails
  • Plywood sheets
  • Self-tapping screws
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