Are you living in that part of the world where hurricanes occur occasionally, and you're looking for a way to protect yourself and your family? Here is a guide that will teach you how to make a DIY hurricane shutter for your house with ease.
You can stay indoors when the hurricane starts and feel safe because you know you've got a shutter that's got your back. Why this DIY is so important is that when the hurricane starts, the wind can pick up stuff from the ground and throw it towards your windows, so with a hurricane shutter already installed, you totally have no worries.
Check the list of 15 best ways to make a hurricane shutter below. Here we go!
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1. DIY Hurricane Window Protection
This video guide talks about a great way to make a hurricane shutter without using plywood, only some wooden pallets he created had at the back of his house. This is an amazing window protection, the main idea is to board up the windows, this completely blocks the window so that during the hurricane season, nothing gets into the house.
2. DIY Hurricane Shutter Install
The creator of this guide wanted something that will always be on the window at all times, and it won't take up all the light. He used a polycarbonate panel, used a miter saw to cut the panels into the shape of his window, and installed it with screws and nails. It's a simple project that doesn't cost much.
3. DIY Hurricane Shutters
If you have a house that is filled with windows, then you should probably try out this video guide. It's super easy to follow, and the creator used a lot of lumber to build it like a pallet and then installed it on the window frame. This is pretty sturdy, durable, and easy to build, there are just a couple of dimensions that you need to know depending on the size of your window at home.
4. DIY Board & Batten Shutters
The first thing you need to do before building anything with this guide, you need to take some measurements of the windows you want to protect. With those measurements, go to a lumber store and get the wood specified by the creator of this guide.
The tools you need are a miter saw, table saw, finish nailer, whizz roller, and other supplies. These are simple and minimal woodworking tools that you can easily find and buy if you don't have some already.
5. DIY Plywood Hurricane Shutters
Here is another amazing video guide that will show you how to make a hurricane shutter with plywood. Remember the first guide on this list talked about making a hurricane shutter without plywood, so here's one for those that disagreed with the first.
6. DIY Hurricane Shutters
To make this amazing hurricane shutter, you'll need a sheet of CDX plywood, Philip wood screws, drill, drill bits, tape measure, concrete screws, and a few more tools. The first thing to do before you start cutting, building, and installing the shutter is to get an accurate measurement of the window using a tape measure.
The size of the plywood will be dependent on the size of your window, so be sure to take measurements. The making process is simple to follow, and it's quite inexpensive.
7. How To Install Hurricane Shutters
With this guide you will have 3 hurricane shutter building methods, giving you 3 options to choose from. The first will involve you removing the window you have and installing an accordion shutter with reel curtains.
The second invokes using a Bahama shutter, this is probably not a great option because if the hurricane wind is super wild, it might open it up. The last and preferably the best is tool-down shutters. All the 3 shutters are easy to build, you just need to choose which you prefer and start gathering the materials.
8. How To Make Hurricane Shutters
This is a cheap, and super easy-to-build hurricane shutter. The creator used plywood and it worked perfectly. This is a simple build, you'll need to cut the plywood into the desired shape to form the shutter board, finish the wood with a good paint finish, install a handle on the shutter board, and use a door latch or slider to hold the shutter board window firmly to the concrete wall. Due to the way the plywood was shaped, you might feel this guide isn't for you, but you can also change and adjust the design to fit into your plan.
9. Polycarbonate Hurricane Shutters
This is a safe, fast and easy way to make a hurricane shutter that you can easily set up when there is a storm coming or remove it when the hurricane must have calmed down. The creator first drilled bolts into the concrete wall by the windows.
So, the next thing you'll do is to cut your polycarbonate panel into the shape that will fit the window and place it into the bolt holes and tighten the panel with wing nuts. Isn't that cool?
10. DIY Natural Wood Shutters
This video tutorial guide is all about making a cheap and easy-going hurricane shutter that is also relatively effective. The total cost for this woodworking project is $100 compared to how much you could spend if you wanted to buy a ready-made hurricane shutter Window.
The most important thing is making the wooden hurricane shutter fit into your window so, use the idea the creator had to build the shutter but, use your dimensions.
11. How To Install Hurricane Shutters
Here is a unique video guide in which the creator installed a hurricane shutter with ease. First, he applies some painter's tape on the corners of the window to stop water from getting through space when the winds are high with rain as well.
The creator already has some anchors drilled into the wall where the window layer is, so he just attached a panel at the base of the window, this will enable the other part of the shutter to come on too of it and protect the window.
The creator used steel window curtains as his shutters which make this hurricane shutter super strong and durable, you won't worry about getting a new shutter for a long time.
12. How To Build Board Shutters
This is an amazing video guide with an amazing woodworking build that will give you the knowledge you need to make some shutter boards against any hurricane. If you don't like the video and have a hard time understanding the creator, you can check for the written building plans on the description.
You'll need wood, pintles, hinges, and 5 woodworking power tools. The making process is simple to follow so this can be done by even a beginner.
13. How To Make Storm Shutters
The Storm is raging, it's time to make a storm shutter to protect your windows from being destroyed. The creator made the video with step-by-step instructions to guide you on how to build it with a brief explanation for every step so that you don't just make a shutter but know why you're making it in that manner.
This is a guide that you can learn from, whether you're making a shutter for yourself or a friend. It's budget-friendly, and it can open and close anytime you.
14. DIY Plywood Hurricane Shutters
Plywood is one of the most used materials in making a shutter, this is because of the wood’s durability and reliability. It's cheap and also easy to work with. It was built like a wooden board that fits the size of the window.
When the Storm is coming, you can set up that shutter and protect your window. The only downside is that the shutter will have to be removed after the hurricane passes, and this might cause wear and tear on the shutter depending on how many times you use the shutter during a certain number of months.
15. DIY Hurricane Shutters Install
This is the last video guide on this list that will show you how you can effortlessly install pre-made hurricane steel shutters on concrete walls. The wall of your house has to be made of concrete before this method can work for you.
You'll first need to drill holes on the concrete, insert anchors to the wall then, place the hurricane shutter panel on the wall to align with the holes and screw some bolts in to hold it firm.
That's all for today, now you know what it takes to make a hurricane shutter and you can build one that is cheap, and effortless. The great thing about this DIY is that most of the hurricane shutters on this list are removable so, after build, you can install it only when there is a hurricane coming, and remove it when it's gone. Thanks for stopping by. Build safe and stay safe.