When discussing new roofs, new homes, or even loft conversions on your home, there are a number of terms that are used, one of the most common being a dormer window, or a dormer roof. Here’s some more information regarding dormer windows and roofs to help you understand them a little more.
What Are Dormer Windows?
Dormer windows are the windows that protrude out from the main slope of the roof. They are usually incorporated into the roof structure when you are using the loft space as a room, typically a bedroom.
Dormer windows are favoured over skylight windows as they add an extra bit of height and shape to the space. The bigger the window, the more space it offers.
Types Of Dormer
There are several different styles of a dormer, with each one suiting different styles of homes. Or simply just suiting the needs of the homeowner. Here are the mains ones that you will see in the UK:
Gabled – The most common type of dormer that we see in the UK is the gabled dormer. This is typically a peaked roof above a window. Named so as it represents the same shape as a gable roof – read more about gable roofs.
Arched top – Similar to the gable dormer the arched stands out at a right angle to the main roof, however, instead of the roof peaking, the roof is arched.
Eyebrow – The eyebrow fits the same description as the arched, however, it flairs out to the side at the bottom. This is a great choice if you are looking to have a wider window installed.
Shed – The Shed dormer, unlike other styles already mentioned, sloped to the front. With two sides that sits straight to the side of one solid roof, which flows in the same direction as the roof itself.
There are a number of other styles, so if you have something in mind, just speak to a member of our team today who will be happy to assist you.
Can A Dormer Be Added Retrospectively?
Many people choose to have a dormer fitted retrospectively. Usually when they are extending the house into the loft space and converting it into an extra bedroom. As would be expected there will be some disruption during the process as the dormer structure will need incorporating into the existing roof structure. Ensure that you are bringing in roofing experts, like the team here at East Midlands Roofing Solutions as incorrectly installed dormer roofs can cause internal issues and damage the structure of the existing roof.
For more information on dormer roofing, please get in touch with a member of our expert team today who will be happy to assist you. You can also head back to our blogs for regular posts full of information and the latest news from the team.