Preventing Condensation, Stopping Drafts and Other Challenges With Windows

Windows are the eyes to a house's soul – if your windows are big and beautiful so too is your home, but they can also include a range of challenges as well. With sub par windows, you can look forward to a drafty home with high heating bills. Similarly, there are also moisture issues – for example, if you don't seal the space between your double panes securely enough, you will get a build up of condensation. Having lived in old houses and having helped choose the windows for new houses, I'm familiar with a range of challenges associated with windows. If you want tips and ideas, you've come to the right spot. Please, explore and enjoy.

What Are Your Options to Protect Your Home From Hurricanes?


Do you live in an area that tends to see a lot of hurricanes and strong winds over the years? If so, you are likely looking into ways to better protect your home to minimize damage. Here are some of your options that will give your home the protection that you need. 

Kevlar Screens

When people think of hurricane protection they often think of hurricane shutters. However, one option that can be more affordable is using a Kevlar screen that offers similar protection. The material is easy to install on your own since it is secured in place with screws that go into the window framing. The one downside to Kevlar screens is that they must be placed on your home manually each time a hurricane comes. It makes it difficult to do if you have mobility issues, which means you may be looking for an easier option to operate.

Motorized Hurricane Shutters 

The easy solution to protect your home is with motorized hurricane shutters. These shutters roll up into a box that is above each window and can be lowered in place with the push of a button to secure your home. They are going to be the most expensive option for hurricane shutters, but can also be the easiest to operate if you need to protect your windows in a rush.

Wood Hurricane Shutters

One of the advantages of wood hurricane shutters is that they are a decorative element of your home. When not in use, they open outward and are on the side of your home, showcasing a wood pattern for everyone to see. When a hurricane comes through town, you can manually close these shutters and latch them from the inside. There is no need to go outdoors and get out a ladder, making it a great middle-ground between all three options so far in terms of operation.


A cheap and affordable option is to use plywood to board up your windows. It is not going to look pretty, but it will be effective at protecting your windows. The plywood is held in place with barrel bolts, which slide into holes in your window frame, but it must be done from the outside of your home. The plywood also needs to be stored somewhere all year round, and when you have a home with many windows it can lead to storing a lot of plywood for when the next hurricane comes through. 

To learn more, contact companies that sell or install hurricane shutters.


1 September 2021