4 Things To Consider Before Adding A Dormer

A dormer is a roofed structure, often containing a window, that projects vertically beyond the plane of a pitched roof. Dormers are often used in attic conversions to create more space, more headroom, or to simply reshape the space. Windows are very often added to dormers. It is common when turning the attic space into a living space. This is because they create natural light, in an otherwise very dark area.

These additions can give your home a new look both inside and outside. However, there are some things you should consider before adding one.


You will likely need to obtain a building permit for this type of structural renovation. Acquiring permits is often time consuming and expensive.

Style of dormer

There are several different types and the one you choose often is determined by the shape and pitch of your roof. Some types include:

Dormer Size

The size of your dormer will depend on what you are going to be using it for. You could simply be adding them to add another window to your home, or to breakup your roofline. Or, you can add a dormer to add another level to your home.

Dormer Gutters

Depending on the type of dormer you have installed, a couple of different gutter situations may be available.

How Can The Brothers Help

Protecting your roof and home from water damage is extremely important and unique roofs, like those with dormers, will likely require a unique gutter solution. Our Solutionists can help customize a perfect option for you and your home! Contact us today for your free estimate!