Choosing the Right Dormer Window for Your Home

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If you are using Noah Construction & Builders for a home renovation, a great upgrade is to add dormer windows. A dormer window comes in several styles summarized below with some comments about how they can benefit you and your home.

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Dormer windows offer the following advantages when added to a home:

  • They increase light to the living space
  • They offer added ventilation to areas such as lofts or attics that need it
  • They can add interior space to the room by extending the roofline
  • They add curb appeal by breaking up a long roofline and adding an aesthetic touch


The name describes how this dormer looks because it typically has a smooth radius roof structure over the window that resembles an eye. The roof blends seamlessly into the dormer window.

Arched or Barrel

This dormer has a curved roof resembling a barrel or arch. A barrel dormer can have a higher installation cost because the rounded structure is more complex than a straight roof section.

Flat Roof

A flat roof dormer extends straight out from the roofline with a top that is level, hence the flat roof name. The boxy look may not be attractive as some other styles but it adds a great deal of interior space to the room.

Shed Roof

A shed roof is similar to a flat roof dormer except the roof is sloped toward the window. It has a more appealing look and offers similar advantages of space as a flat roof dormer.

Gabled Roof

A gabled roof dormer is probably the most common dormer seen in home construction. A two-sided roof is placed over the interior space that is blended into the existing roofline. Typically the front of the gable extends out over the window to provide some shade and rain protection. They can be built in a range of sizes to add needed interior space.

Hipped Roof

A hipped roof dormer has three sides, rather than the two sides of a gabled dormer. The three sides meet at the top center of the dormer. This is a more traditional look that may not look as good on a modern home but adds good curb appeal.

Pedimented Roof

A pedimented roof dormer is not built into the house but rather extends from it. Therefore, it normally needs support columns or other structures at the front to support it. A front entrance to a home with a pedimented roof dormer above it is a typical example of this type.

If you are interested in adding light and interior space to your home, Noah Construction & Builders in Bohemia, New York is the perfect solution. We can handle home construction and renovation projects of any size. For more information call (631) 750-2837.

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