The Different Types of Dormers & Which Style Is Right for Your Home
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Different Types of Dormers

The Different Types of Dormers & Which Style Is Right for Your Home

Whether your home is a colonial, beach home, or ranch; there are a number of different types of dormers designed to make your home look its best. A dormer is like a point of interest on your roof, and depending on how it's constructed, it can add elegance to the architecture of your home.

The two main types of dormers are wall dormers and roof dormers. Since they both have roofs and dormer windows, you can think of them as "little houses" constructed either on top of the roof or projecting vertically or horizontally from the edge of the roof. Let's take a closer look at different types of dormers and which style is right for your home.

Why Dormers?

Some homeowners may use dormers for aesthetic purposes or to increase the space of the loft, attic, or sleeping quarters. Whatever the use, dormers add undeniable beauty, style, and appeal to your home. They are also functional, allowing natural light, skylight, and heat into the upper area of the home and aid ventilation. Not forgetting that dormers can boost the resale value of your property.

The Most Common Types of Dormers

Dormer styles come in various shapes and sizes and with different types of roofs. So choosing which style of dormer is right for your home may require a few considerations. To begin with, you should first get an idea of the most common types of dormers out there.

Gabled Types of Dormers

The area between the peak of the roof to the eaves or gutters is called the gable. A dormer placed in this location is called a gable dormer. This is the most common and practical dormer and is suitable for almost any home.

Gable dormers are respected for their peaked roofs and simplicity while adding vertical headspace to the room's interior. You'll find them on Victorian, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman style homes. The flared gable dormer is one variation you can choose if you're looking to add a bit more personality to the roof.

Hipped Types of Dormers

Hipped dormer styles are quite common too but sport a little more elegance than its gabled counterpart. You'll find them on the classic American Foursquare houses as they slant downwards from the center of the dormer roof. These extensions are called "hipped" since it is typically used on houses with hipped roofs and are built to match the slanted design of the roof. These dormers are constructed closer to the peak of the roof, instead of towards the edge as in the case of gable dormers. The placement allows for more horizontal space.

Arched Eyebrow Types of Dormers

Arched eyebrow dormers have a little bit of a French twist to it as it looks like architectural designs used in France. There are no vertical sides, and while they are stylish and provide aesthetic appeal, this makes the dormer smaller compared to others.

It can work well for those wanting it for its unique decorative look instead for creating more headroom. The arched eyebrow dormer allows plenty of natural light in while displaying a curved roof that extends at both ends before blending into the roof of the house.

Shed Types of Dormers

Shed dormers are not nearly as common as gable dormers and also look very different. They are classed as more functional than decorative. The front of the dormer is shaped like a rectangle, and it doesn't have a peaked or hipped roof.

Instead, the roof lies flat and protrudes outwards in a sloped fashion. It is usually positioned at the peak of the roof or below the roofline to assist with proper drainage. If space is your main goal, then the shed type of dormer may be an ideal pick.

Recessed Type of Dormers

Functioning to add light and visual appeal, recessed dormers have a square roofline with the roof rising upwards to form the shape of a triangle when viewed from the front. Their sidewalls sit on a sloped roof.

The window extends from the dormer's roofline and downward, disappearing into an opening in the roof of the home. The inset, or area where the lower part of the window sits, is prone to holding rainwater and can be a concern where preparations are not made for proper drainage.

Pedimented Types of Dormers

The intricate details of the pediment dormer are inspired by the ancient architecture of Rome and Greece. This dormer looks similar to the gable dormer with a low-pitched triangular roof, but it is not built into the roof like this and other types of dormers.

Pedimented dormers are attached to the side of the roof and extends outward with its sides horizontal. Because of their designs, pedimented dormers are usually supported by posts, columns, or pillars. They can also be used to cover patios or porches and are best matched with homes that have a classical architectural style.

Which Dormer Style Is Right for Me?

When you're trying to determine which dormer style is right for you, it's important to narrow your choice of style down to the details and look you want to achieve. In addition, each type or style of dormer will have a different price range. Some factors to bear in mind when choosing the best dormer for your home include:

  1. The purpose of the dormer (e.g. space or visual appeal)

  2. The size of the space where the dormer will be constructed

  3. Your personal style and taste

  4. Whether it complements the house and roof

  5. Affordability

Contact UpRitePlus2 for the Best Type Dormer for Your Home

When designed and constructed with expert craftsmanship, a dormer can accentuate the exterior and interior of the house. UpRitePlus2 is a professional construction company in New York that has been providing homeowners with quality services for more than 35 years.

We are licensed to construct extensions and dormers in all 5 boroughs in NYC and parts of Long Island. Most importantly, we'll help you choose the best type of dormer that enhances your home's features and brings out the best.

Contact UpRitePlus2 today for a free consultation.

About the Author Thomas Marr

Offering nearly four decades of industry experience in restoration, mold remediation, and reconstruction, Thomas G. Marr is the president and CEO of ite Plus 2. He holds two certifications from the Florida Mold Institute — Certified Professional Mold Inspector and Certified Professional Mold Remediator — as well as a long list of other industry-recognized certifications. He brings brings a unique set of skills and expertise in all matters of flood, fire, and mold remediation, which has proven to be invaluable to businesses and homeowners throughout the New York area.

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