Do I Need to Board Up My Windows?

Securing all access points, such as windows and doors, is vital whether you own commercial, residential, or industrial property. Boarding up your windows is especially important for preventing unauthorised access and protecting your property from flying objects and flooding during hurricanes or storms if they are not impact-resistant.

Boarding up windows might seem daunting if you have never done it before. However, the process is straightforward if you know what steps to follow and the tools you need to do it. In this article, we will look at when and why you should board up windows.

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What Do We Mean by Boarding Up?

Boarding up entails installing boards to different openings in a building, chiefly the windows and doors. It is an essential part of securing your property and can protect it in specific circumstances. Plywood is the most common material used for boarding up since it is easy to work with, although some property owners or homeowners also use steel screens.

Boarding Up Secures Windows That Have Been Tampered With

Windows are one of the most common points of entry for burglars. If they break or tamper with a window, the person who did it will likely return to use it to access the property. With London having more than six thousand such cases monthly, protecting your commercial or residential property by boarding it up once it has been vandalised is crucial.

Remember that unless there are additional issues, you should have the windows that have been vandalised repaired as soon as possible. You can call us for emergency shop front window repair or any other type of window repair.

Also, boarding up after a burglar has broken in is still advisable to deter them from using it to access the property in the future.

Protecting Your Property in Extreme Weather

The UK experiences about a dozen storms annually, with most occurring between September and March. The severity of these storms varies depending on where you live, but everyone should be on the lookout for stronger storms.

Extreme storms and weather can be particularly destructive for properties located in floodplains and in high-wind areas, those awaiting refurbishment or vacant properties where the damage goes unseen and unnoticed until later.

Boarding up such vulnerable properties can secure them from weather-related damage and flooding. You can use different materials depending on how strong the weather forecasts say the winds will be or how severe the storm will be.

The Best Materials for Boarding Up


Timber remains a popular option for boarding up windows because it is easy to work with and can be installed quickly. It is also an excellent choice for securing properties that have been broken into as you wait for professionals to repair the window, and for protecting them in mild storms. Remember, timber is only for temporary and short-term use, and you should replace it as soon as possible.

Solid Steel

Solid steel is effective in preventing arson and can sometimes deter squatters because it is not as attractive as timber. Steel is the best option for boarding up a commercial or residential property indefinitely or for a long time.

Steel Screens

Steel screens have the same properties and advantages as solid steel screens. However, they let air and light through. You can use them inside the building to protect against damage, and they are suitable for short and long-term use.

You should check that your windows can provide adequate protection against storms if you receive a forecast for an impending storm. In addition to checking for damage, consider boarding up your windows to protect the property during extreme weather events and from vandals and burglars.

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