A Guide to Installing Dormer Windows

The fact that you opened this guide indicates that you have at least some interest in having dormer windows installed in your home. Dormers have been around for centuries and look great on multiple styles of homes, which is ideal for modern homeowners in North Carolina and South Carolina, where both historic houses and new builds abound. If you are still on the fence about whether or not dormers are the right choice for your upcoming remodeling project, the information in this guide will help you make the best decision for your family. Some common questions and answers regarding dormer windows are featured below.

What exactly is a dormer window?

The first problem many homeowners run into when they start thinking about whether or not they really want to have dormer windows installed is that they do not fully understand what this architectural feature is. It’s not uncommon for people to have only seen these structures from the outside, therefore missing the primary point of them, which is to add interior square footage.

Dormers are designed to project vertically out of existing pitched roofs. They can also be referred to as “rooftop windows,” but that term sometimes becomes confusing because of the existence of skylights. Dormers are generally placed in attics and other upstairs rooms with low ceilings to make them meet code, thereby increasing the liveable square footage inside of a house.

What are some reasons to install dormers?

There are quite a few reasons for homeowners to look into having dormer windows installed. It is important to understand, though, that not everyone has the same reasons for wanting these structures. For some people, for instance, the desire to have dormers added has more to do with exterior curb appeal than interior space. If you dislike the look of your roof, having dormers put in can change the roofline enough to make your entire home more visually appealing.

Another reason people seriously consider dormers is the need for an extra room for one reason or another. Perhaps, for example, you are going to be having another child soon and you need a spare bedroom or want to add a playroom, but your attic ceilings are too low to accommodate such a space. Having dormer windows installed can make this previously useless area functional for the first time. This is the perfect solution for homeowners who don’t want to move or do a major renovation but still need some additional room to grow.

If you think dormer windows are the right choice for your house, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Hatch Homes to discuss pricing and style options. We have spent many years serving families throughout North Carolina and South Carolina and take pride in doing beautiful work. A member of our crew will be happy to walk you through the entire process, from what you will need to pay to have your new architectural features installed to how long you can expect it to take for your dormer window project to be completed. We look forward to working with you!

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