Windows may be built to help protect your home from the harsh weather, but even the toughest windows are often put to the test whenever a storm rolls in. Strong winds and the accompanying flying debris, heavy rains and hail, and exceptionally low temperatures that bring snow and ice can cause a lot of damage.
While stopping a storm is impossible, you can still do your best to reduce potential damage by making the right preparations. Here are a few tips on optimizing your window’s chances of survival against a storm.
Boarding it up
The quickest, easiest way to provide instant storm protection for your home is by boarding it up. This can be done by covering your windows with either plywood or fabric panels. Plywood is rather heavy and bulky, but it’s easy to find and cut to the right size for your home. On the other hand, fabric panels that are made of kevlar (the same material used in bulletproof vests) is another, lighter – although a bit more expensive – option you can consider.
Using storm windows
If you don’t feel like boarding up, then the best thing you can do is to use storm windows.Storm windows are made of wood, metal, vinyl, or transparent plastic, and also work by forming a physical barrier to protect the actual windows from often hurricane-force winds and the wild weather that can come with it. Storm windows can be installed on the exterior or interior side of your existing windows.
After the storm
Your storm windows may have done the job, but it’s still better to be safe than sorry. Have your windows inspected by a certified window expert as soon as the weather clears to make sure that they didn’t sustain any significant damage from the recent storm. This helps prevent future window problems from developing.
That wraps up this blog series! We hope this will help you find the most durable windows that are fit for your home’s needs!