If you are installing a new roof on your home, there are many things to consider from the roofing material that you choose to hire a roofing contractor. One thing to consider is if you want to add roof dormers. A dormer is a protruding area of your roof that has vertical windows. They stand out of the roof and when looking at your roof from the outside it appears you have an additional room. During the installation of a new roof is the perfect time to add roof dormers. Below is more information about this so you can decide if you would like to make this addition to your roof.
Types of Roof Dormers
You will find there are different types of roof dormers available, including:
- Gabled dormer: This works well if you have a pitched roof that is shaped much like a triangle. You will often hear this as a dog house dormer because it has a similar shape. This type of roof is common on many homes.
- Hip roof dormer: This type will work if you have three sloping plans on your roof.
- Flat roof dormers: These dormers are used on flat roofs and only slightly incline so that water will run off the dormer.
- Link dormer: This type of dormer connects one roof to another roof or is used on homes that have chimneys.
- Blind dormer: This type is a good choice if you do not want the dormer to be seen from the outside. This dormer is used for aesthetic reasons only.
Advantages of Roof Dormers
There are many advantages when it comes to adding a dormer to your roof. For example, a dormer will add natural lighting to the area. This helps with energy efficiency as the lighting will bring in warmth during the winter. A roof dormer also increases ventilation in the attic and gives your home an aesthetic appeal.
Depending on the size and type of roof dormer you choose it can add extra room to your home, which could even be turned into a living space, such as a play roof, office, etc. This will also add value to your home, which is beneficial if you plan to sell your home some time in the future.
If you purchase a steep roof dormer, such as a gabled dormer, it will shed snow and water from your roof better than if you only had a traditional roof installed.
Talk with your roofing contractor about roof dormers to learn much more about them.