How to Cover Up Unused Exterior Windows

by Kennedi Rose ; Updated September 19, 2017

Cover an exterior window to protect it from inclement weather or vandalism.

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Items you will need

  • Saw
  • Plywood
  • Measuring tape

You may need to cover your exterior windows in the event of seasonal disuse, inclement weather such as hurricanes, or when you have an abandoned house.

Step 1

Measure the height and width of the window you want to cover. Make sure you measure to the outside edges of the window frame.

Step 2

Cut a window cover out of exterior-grade plywood.

Step 3

Screw the plywood into the window frame.

Step 4

Paint the plywood to protect it from the elements, especially if it will be in place for more than six months.


  • Be careful when operating a saw.


  • "Home Improvement 1-2-3: Expert Advice from The Home Depot"; Home Depot; 2003

Photo Credits

  • Don Farrall/Photodisc/Getty Images

About the Author

Kennedi Rose is an Atlanta-based journalist who began her career in 2005 as a newspaper reporter covering the education beat. She has written for a wide variety of commercial, trade and online magazines covering food, drink and the retail sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.