There is no better window to complement, or even catalyze, a nautical-themed den, lounge, bathroom or basement than a porthole window. Whether you're 20,000 leagues under the sea or just love the architectural interest of a specialty window, a porthole is your greatest view to the outside world. So let’s get started.
Porthole windows vary greatly in price depending on the size, manufacturer, cost of installation, and whether it is a vintage window or one purchased from the local home improvement store. Do your research to determine what works best for your project, and ask a contractor in your area for specific cost estimates—they’re also qualified to help you with federal tax rebates and energy efficiency incentives in your state.
Because most portholes aren’t made to be open-and-close windows, they are made to be extremely durable. However, a correct, tightly sealed installation is the only way to ensure that they last for years to come.
Porthole windows require much the same maintenance as other traditional windows—mostly regular cleaning. If the window is operable, it’s also important to ensure that the mechanical elements are working well.
Portholes may be clear, obscure, tinted, or any number of stained glass options. They can also be reclaimed, not only from homes, but from old sailing ships, yachts, and other boats as well.
No, they actually come in a variety of sizes. Large porthole windows are available for places like lofts and attic rooms. They can even be made operational with hinges, mullions and more ornate casings. Smaller porthole windows work best in finished basements or at high points on vaulted walls, where the goal is increased natural light.
Porthole windows have a long history of providing ships and submarines with light and air.
They are also used on spacecrafts, although those are obviously designed to remain closed at all times.
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