Whether you’re boarding up your house for a hurricane or protecting a foreclosure from vandals, here are some easy steps for how to do it on a wood-framed house:
- Take Measurements
First things first, from the exterior of your home, measure each window from the inside of the trim to get the width and height of the plywood you need.
- Choose Plywood
Head to your local hardware store and select 5/8-inch or 3/4-inch plywood. Make sure to add eight inches to your measurements to allow the piece of plywood to overlap the window by four inches on each side.
Pro Tip: For larger windows, you might need to attach two pieces of plywood for proper coverage.
- Mark Your Holes
For wood-framed houses, you will be drilling in pieces of plywood. Mark the locations for the holes in each corner and along sides at 12-inch intervals. Home Depot recommends that windows measuring 3-feet x 4-feet and smaller will use 1/4-inch lag screws, 2-1/2-inches long.
Use thicker 3/8-inch lag screws, 3-inches long, around larger windows.
- Drill Holes
Then, drill pilot holes for the lag screws at each reference mark. For average windows, the screws should penetrate the home’s frame about 1-3/4-inches deep.
- Place The Plywood
For the final part, reposition the panel over the pilot holes. Make sure to use a washer along with a lag screw to prevent the fastener from affecting the plywood. Then, use your power drill to secure the plywood over the window.
While it’s possible to board windows up from the inside, it’s not as secure as doing so from the exterior.
For a masonry house, the process is very similar when it comes to taking measurements. However, instead of using screws you will be installing barrel bolts and placing the panel in your window’s recess. Alternatively, you could use window clips.