Dormer 101: Dormer types and information for prospective homeowners
Gabled Dormer Types - Atlanta
By Sherin Hylan
What exactly is a dormer, you might ask? A dormer is basically an independently roofed window structure within the attic that is an appendage to the main roof of a building. Dormer types are really defined by the shape of the dormer, and some are more commonly found than others. They add an eye-appealing quality to the existing roof and serve a diverse range of functions.
If you have existing dormers, you may already be enjoying some of the benefits. However, if you don't, you might wonder why would you want to install a dormer. You can install dormers with a variety of uses in mind, and it really depends on what you are looking to do for your home.
Common dormer types
Now that you know what dormer type you have or want, the next step is to look at windows. Windows come made from varying materials such as aluminum, wood or vinyl and come in different levels of efficiency standards. The number of panes a window has contributes to its efficiency and insulating capacity. You will want to pick the most energy-efficient windows for dormers because of the difficulties of heating and cooling attic spaces. Certain dormer types need the use of specific kinds of windows based on the dormer's functionality. A brief description of window types is found below; please check with a window installation professional to see what kind of window is right for you based on your needs.
Although dormers come with a multitude of positive uses, they are not without shortcomings. Dormer installation is a costly venture due to the level of difficulty of installing dormers into pre-existing structures and the materials necessary to build them. You will want to have them properly installed by skilled professionals to avoid structural damage, moisture accumulation, air leakage and energy efficiency issues. Further, if you are adding dormers to your home or if you have existing dormers, you will need to do routine maintenance of these structures to avoid any future problems due to increased exposure to weather and the elements.
Dormer installation for loft living
Are you an Atlanta homeowner wanting to add more room to your existing home? Some homeowners are seeking to increase living space and/or storage space through attic remodeling. Depending on your current existing home design, an attic loft might be a possibility. In order to decide if this is possible, you should contact a contractor and/or roofing specialist who specializes in attic rebuilds and roofing. Please also note, these structures are subject to local codes and permits as applicable by your city.
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