Things you will need
To successfully board up the windows, you will need the following:
- Window clips or anchors
- Screws or bolts
- Measuring tape
- Leather gloves
- Safety glasses
- Masking tape or packing tape
- Heavy trash bags
- Plywood sheets
- And a partner buddy to work with
- Wear protective gears
Always wear the right PPE or personal protective equipment. This should always come in handy since this is always a standard rule when doing construction work or when using hazardous tools. Protect yourself first before anything else. Implement the same safety with your partner that will help you with this task.
If you have a big outdoor umbrella or shade, protect yourself from the sudden change of weather while working. It can get super sunny and hot then the next thing you know, it’s raining already. You can use trash bags as a shed to protect you as well while working. It won’t hurt to check the weather update so you can schedule your workday strategically.
- Clear the area
Check for any broken glass or cracked panes in the area. Check the stability of the windows and assess the situation. This is an important rule to prevent any accidents while doing or starting your work.
- Check for the damaged window panes
Press against the damaged or cracked windowpanes making sure that it won’t fall on you while installing the new windows.
- Secure the cracked window
To surely secure the cracked window, put a tape on it. If the damage or crack is too severe and tape will not hold it. You might as well dispose of it off carefully. Ensure that you practice proper disposal etiquette. Please place it in a bag or cardboard box when disposing of it. You may also give it away to a junk shop for the proper recycling process.
- Measure the window and frame
Start measuring the window and begin from the frame’s outside edges. Take note or record all the measurements you made. It’s highly recommended to measure every area more than once or twice to ensure that you will replace it with the right size or else the new windows won’t fit or install properly.
- Measure plywood sheets
Now, let’s start measuring the plywood sheets. Cut it according to the required size based on your measurements. Use a circular saw when cutting the plywood. Handle the equipment safely and keep away from children’s reach.
- Drill pilot holes into the plywood
Drill pilot holes into the plywood and make sure it’s aligned with the window frame’s middle section.
- Mount the plywood
Mount the plywood over the covered window. At this point, ask your partner to help you install the plywood. Use the pilot holes in securing the board-up. Secure it as well with a power drill and needlepoint screws. Check for any loose screws and tighten it again.
Tips on boarding up windows
- Before taking on the responsibility to this task, make sure that you have the basic knowledge to board up the window. This task needs accuracy and precision. After all, it’s your window that you’re fixing.
- Always assess the weight of the damage to your windows. If it’s something simple that you can do, then let your magic do its course. But if it’s serious damage, you will have to call the right professionals to perform the job.
- Fix and board up the windows immediately, especially if there’s a threat of bad weather. You don’t want your home to get flooded with water or be attacked with harsh cold weather. Secure your family and yourself before the bad weather starts.
- When the worst comes, and your window is not safe for your home, consider evacuating yourself and your family. Especially during winter or typhoons, the house is unsafe for all of you with a broken window at hand.
- When you measure the windows and plywood, always observe accuracy. Once you cut the wood, there’s no going back. It’s always recommended to verify your measurements twice.
- Never perform a job without a partner, especially if you’re hanging the window boards high up. It could be too dangerous for you, and no one will help you to align the windows properly.
- Assess the type of your house before replacing your window. Each type of house differs when it comes to window requirements. You may call your house contractor to inquire about what type of windows they used for your house.
- Take note that larger windows would need bigger screws. Do not tighten them with smaller screws, or else your window will fall apart over time. Do it properly to prevent incurring accidents.
- Always clean up after performing the job and do not leave any nails or screws lying on the floor. Dispose of all wood scraps and the old windows in the correct dumping site or to the junk shop for recycling.