Cyclone & Flood: Doors & Windows

Grandfather brought grandchildren homemade biscuits. Standing at the front door and hugging each other.

When considering a new build or renovation project to your existing home, you may consider upgrading and installing screens or shutters to protect your doors and windows against wild weather.


It’s not just your walls that should be weather-proof. It’s also important that the glazed elements of your home, like windows, have the ability to survive damage from external weather conditions. Also consider the water penetration performance of your windows and ensure they have required wind ratings.

Window Protection

In One House, we protected the windows by setting mesh screens away from the glass. These were also supported by a balustrade which increased the strength of the wind resistance.

You can also look at adding an extra layer of protection to windows by installing external shutters that cover your windows. These will help protect your home in the case of a cyclone or storm. Shutters can help to secure your window glass in case of high winds and flying debris.

Doors and Fixtures

When considering a new build or renovation, consider strong fixtures that can withstand high winds, debris and heavy rain. It is also recommended to reinforce garage doors to prevent them blowing in.

Doors and windows can fail due to wind pressure or can be broken by flying debris, so you may want to install corrosion-resistant door and window hardware. In addition, impact resistant screens (either permanent or temporary) are recommended for the protection of windows and doors.

Water ingress through weep holes and gaps in windows can lead to considerable damage bills even after a small weather event.

For One House, we installed doors that were fitted using a top hung track system and a flush threshold. This allows water to escape through the building openings and limits the possibility of doors becoming jammed by debris following an inundation event.

Additional Tips

Here are some extra things to consider to make your home storm ready if you have to act quickly:

  1. Plywood shutters over windows to avoid debris damage and water ingress.
  2. Adding drop-bolts to doors can prevent them from blowing in.
  3. Plastic sheeting to reduce water ingress through doors and windows.

For more information, there are guidelines from the QRA for flood and cyclone resilient building guidance.

The information is intended to be of a general nature only. Subject to any rights you may have under any law, we do not accept any legal responsibility for any loss or damage, including loss of business or profits or any other indirect loss, incurred as a result of reliance upon it – please make your own enquiries.

Grandfather brought grandchildren homemade biscuits. Standing at the front door and hugging each other.




April 8, 2022

Next Article

If your home could talk, would it have resilience requests?

Get JT’s hazard help

From the simple to the complex, see which upgrades can help better protect your home.

Get JT’s hazard help

Putting Queensland on The Road to Resilience

Cyclone Resilience Benefit

Natural hazard resilience has long been a focus for Suncorp, with many other initiatives both existing and in progress. Suncorp Insurance’s Cyclone Resilience Benefit was introduced in 2016 and is available for eligible Home Insurance customers in North Queensland. Customers who undertake eligible upgrades to their home’s cyclone readiness may get a reduction on their Suncorp Home Insurance premium4.

Build it Back Better

An Australian first for Home Insurance. It’s our commitment to help create more resilient homes. It means that if your home is substantially damaged, we’ll rebuild it stronger with recommended resilience options up to $10,000, in addition to your sum insured, all designed to help withstand severe weather5.

Putting Queensland on the road to resilience

Proud partner of the QLD SES

Helping build a more resilient Queensland together.