HURRICANE STORM SHUTTERS
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HURRICANE SHUTTERS
this page we will describe how to make
inexpensive and easy to install hurricane shutters. The shutters
described here are recommended on the NOAA website which states, "Plywood
shutters made with this second technique performed extremely well even in
the maximum winds of Hurricane Andrew when it hit South Miami."
|These shutters fit just inside the window frame so high winds are less likely to peel them away. They will take the wind load off the window itself, significantly lessening the likelyhood of window failure. NOAA recommends they be made of at least 5/8 inch plywood.|
So you can see where we are headed, let's peek ahead to the end. The
shutters are held on by 4 inch (or longer) barrel bolts. You may know them
as bathroom door locks! When installed they look like this.
The first step is to cut the plywood to the shape of your window. Measure your window and cut the plywood to a dimension about 1/2 inch smaller. For example, if your window is 30 inches wide and 50 inches tall, your plywood should be cut to 29.5 inches wide and 49.5 inches tall.
Cut plywood to fit just inside the window
This step is optional. I put a coat of Kilz on mine and
then paint them to match
the trim of the house. Obsessive, I know - everybody tells me...
Mounting a handle on the shutter will make it easier to install the barrell bolts now
as well as easier to install the shutters when a storm is expected!
Measure in 1.5 to 2.0 inches from the edge of the exterior edge of brickmold
and mark the spot for the bolt to go into the brick/mortar.
Next, drill a hole for the barrell bolt.
Use the hole to line up the barrell bolt mechanism to mark locations for pilot holes
After you mark the locations for the barrel bolt screws, drill pilot holes.
Next, mount the barrell bolts.
Mark the back of each shutter so you can tell which window it fits.
This is a map of the house with the shutter location marked.
Don't worry about the artwork, OK?
The video above shows all steps in the construction of the hurricane shutters.