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April 25, 2012 by admin

Renovating the exterior of your home is an excellent way to keep its market value high. Remodeling your house with dormers adds character and charm, and is a terrific way to convert your attic into a viable living space. Roof dormers, also referred to as “dormer windows,” are like little houses that are built into your roof. But as with any home additions, cost can be a factor if you’re not quite sure what you want.

There are three main types of roof dormers:
• Gable: The most popular form of roof dormer is the gable. They’re the ones that are “A” shaped, and are usually found on Colonial homes. The gable dormer experienced resurgence in popularity over the last few years because it adds a level of distinction to development homes.
• Shed: Shed dormers tend to have a flatter roof. They’re also a bit larger and (sometimes) more expensive, so home addition costs can rise more quickly if this is your preferred style.
• Hipped: Hipped dormers are similar to gables in shape, but instead of an “A” they’re shaped more like the top of a stop sign. Hipped dormer windows have “side” roofs, and slope less severely.

So Why Dormer Windows?
Roof dormers might seem like just a “pretty face” for your house, but they’re actually much more useful. First of all, a house with dormers looks bigger while still looking cozy, which enhances your curb appeal. Adding some curtains over the dormer window gives the appearance of additional space – even if your attic is unfinished.

Secondly, a house with dormers is an eco-friendly house. More windows let in more sunshine during winter months, reducing the cost of heating a loft-based office or bedroom. Additional sunlight also means that you need less artificial light, so roof dormers could lead to a drop in your electric bills. In the summer months, you can put up thermal curtains, which are designed to keep the heat out of your home. This helps keep the hidden costs of home additions down.

In the end, the house with dormers not only looks better, but has more practical applications than one without them. The important thing to remember, though, is that roof dormers are built right into the structure of your home, so it’s incredibly important to make sure that adding them doesn’t cause any structural issues. A roof dormer doesn’t look nearly as appealing when the roof itself is caving in. Make sure to consult a professional contractor before beginning any project that requires adding to the support beams of your home.

You also want to ensure that adding roof dormers doesn’t throw off the “flow” of your home. Sadly, not every house with dormers is attractive, and improperly sized or placed dormers can make your house look awkward. As appealing as additional space is, certain home models simply don’t look good with dormers. And since dormers can cost between 2,000 and 20,000 dollars, you want to make sure you’re not spending money for nothing. The fee of a remodeler or designer will always be less than the cost of a large dormer – so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Planning home additions? Cost have you worried? Contact Center Island Contracting today to discuss remodeling your house with dormers.

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