As many builders and interior designers will probably know, choosing the right windows for your home is a tricky task. In certain parts of the house, the right window can create more space, allow for more natural light and even shape the whole look of a room. This is certainly the case with lofts and attics, but in most cases, only one window type will do.
Dormer windows, which come in many different shapes and sizes, have a few advantages over other window types for attics. They include:
- Actually adding space to the room, especially when moving furniture around
- Making a home look more spacious from the outside
- For certain buildings, making them look a little more elegant depending on the dormer type
Choose one that’s right for you
As dormers come in many forms, you might wonder what you can do if you would like to install this window type. The type of dormer your home can accommodate depends on planning restrictions put in place by your local authority, the age, size and shape of your property and crucially, the size, shape and slope of your roof.
Once you find all that out, you will be prepared to make a decision on the type of dormer window you want, but which one is best for your property? Here are the seven main types you need to be aware of:
- Gable-fronted dormer – the dormer front forms a ridge at the top; it’s also known as a ‘doghouse dormer’
- Hipped roof dormer – the roof slopes back from the front, blending into the roof at a gradient
- Flat-roof dormer – exactly like the name suggests
- Shed dormer – the tallest type available, the top of the window is in line with the higher edge of the roof. This creates more room to stand
- Wall dormer – the face of the door is coplanar with the wall line below it
- Link dormer – a large type, it joins two roofs together or contains a chimney
- Blind dormer – one that doesn’t provide extra room inside. For ornamental purposes only
As soon as you’ve made a decision, be sure to hire a tradesperson or tradespeople with the necessary skills and certifications to do the job. This way, the job will be done professionally and thoroughly, leaving you with more space to move in the attic/loft.