Are Roof Dormers a Worthwhile Home Addition?

Whether you are planning a home remodel, roof replacement overhaul, or building a new construction home, roof dormers are something to think about in the process. Dormers are often overlooked, as most haven’t even heard the term before. But even if the term is new to you, it is highly likely that you know what dormers are, because they are all around you.

In lamest terms, dormers are protruding roofs (within a roof) with vertical windows. They stick out of existing roofs, and from the outside, appear as additional rooms or indoor window ledges of a home.

There are several advantages of roof dormers, but with most things in life, there are always a few disadvantages too. To determine if dormers are a good addition for your home, talk to a trusted roofing contractor for professional assessments and advice. In the meantime, it is helpful to prepare by learning the basic pros and cons of roof dormers. Continue reading to do just that!

Dormer Types

There are several types of dormers, from classic and traditional, to modern and architectural. The style you would choose for your home will depend on various factors, primarily the existing construction and overall aesthetics of your home. Another major factor is budget of course, since dormer styles also vary in quality of material, size, labor requirements, and more. Once you have these elements planned, you can choose a suitable dormer for your property. The most popular styles available on the market today include false (or blind), gable, barrel, hipped, eyebrow, recessed, shed, and flat style.


The most common advantages of having roof dormers include added natural lighting, improved air flow, increased attic ventilation, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal. It can also add more square footage and ceiling space, which can increase property value, as well as, create a more comfortable living space. They are known to add unique character and charm to any property, both inside and out.


The most common disadvantages of roof dormers include expense, time, and labor. Not only does it cost more money to add a dormer, whether building or remodeling, it also requires an extended amount of time and labor to accomplish. This means increasing the budget, rearranging schedules, and putting up with a construction zone for a limited period of time. There are also licensing and building permit factors to consider.

Installation and Upkeep

Dormers are a serious installation project. This means it requires a professional roofing company that is licensed and insured to complete the work safely and up to code. With your roofing contractor, you will review materials, costs, warranties, and more, before any work begins. They have the knowledge and experience to assist you in making the best decision and investment for your home.

As for maintenance, dormers are susceptible to natural wear and tear, just like the rest of your roofing system. Homes with dormers require more preventative maintenance, including routine inspections, cleaning, and minor repairs. This is another subject to address with your roofing contractor before making any final remodeling decisions.