Install Storm Panels to Help Protect Windows from High Winds
Protecting your home during a high wind, hurricane or tornado situation is important. One of the biggest areas to focus on when preparing your home for these weather conditions is the home’s windows. High winds can easily break the glass panes within a window which can cause additional damage and injury, not to mention wind can also damage the window’s frame, making it harder to repair down the line. Installing storm panels can help protect your windows and is a simple project to complete.
Materials and Tools for Installing Storm Panels
Directions for Installing Storm Panels
1. Inspect the Window’s Condition: Before installing a storm panel, make sure there is a solid surface around the window to attach the panel. Window frames that are rotted or damaged will need to be replaced before installing the storm panel to insure it is attached correctly and is sturdy enough to protect the window in case of a weather emergency.
2. Measure and Cut the Storm Panel Material: The most common materials used for storm panels include plywood, metal, and plastic, depending on the homeowner’s preference and the prediction of wind speed. Once you have chosen your material, measure and cut the material to fit over the window – make sure all of the glass surface is covered and that the end of the storm panel material lines up with the middle of the window from for stronger anchoring.
3. Mark and Drill Anchor Locations: Directly on the storm panel material, measure and mark the locations of where the anchors will be installed. Remember to follow the proper guidelines for anchor placement according to whatever material is being used. Once the locations have been marked, use a power drill to bore holes in the material.
4. Install Anchors in the Window Frame: Drill holes along the window’s frame in order to install the double-ended material anchors. Follow the same measurements and guidelines that were used to mark the anchor locations on the storm panel material. Install the anchors into the pre-drilled holes using a power drill or screw driver.
5. Install the Storm Panel: Raise the storm panel over the window and push into place, making sure the pre-drilled holes on the panel line up and the double-ended anchors insert securely into the holes. Once the panel is in place, use winged washers over the double-ended anchors to secure the panel to the window.
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