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Dormer Windows: The 4 Styles You Can Choose

Dormers are windows located on the sloped side of the roof. Usually placed there to bring natural light into an attic or loft, they can also make these areas more livable by providing ventilation. Dormers are available in a variety of styles, depending on your needs and preferences.

In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Seattle, the experts in windows and replacement patio doors, discusses the various styles of dormer windows.

  1. Shed Dormers – This is the simplest and most common type of dormer window. It has one roof plane that slopes the same way the roof does. This allows water to run off the roof. These dormers feature large windows to ensure adequate ventilation and lighting.

  1. Eyebrow Dormers – Eyebrow dormers are characterized by the lack of vertical sides and low upward curve, resembling a sleepy eye. Many homeowners choose this option because of the architectural charm they provide. They do have a significantly higher cost compared to other styles.

  1. Gabled Dormers – The most common style of dormer replacement windows, gabled dormers are perfect for providing light and ventilation in an attic. The widow itself is affordable, but the installation might be costly due to the hazards involved with the roof pitch.

  1. Hip Dormer – Hip dormers feature three roof plants that slope upward and meet at a common point. Hip dormers require very careful installation techniques, as improper sealing may lead to leaks.

Which Type of Dormer Should You Choose?

Now that you’re aware of the various dormer styles, you might be wondering if the type of window you choose for your dormers matters very much. As always, the window types vary in terms of energy efficiency, ventilation and daylighting. When it comes to choosing window styles for your dormers, it’s best to ask your contractor for their opinion and recommendations on which style would work best.

If you need window contractors this spring, turn to Renewal by Andersen of Seattle for your home improvement needs. We are your number one provider of window and door installation services. Give us a call at (206) 686-7733 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve homeowners in Seattle, WA, and nearby areas.


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November 10

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