If you are putting in new dormers or replacing your dormers or simply repairing an existing dormer, the roof specialists, Roof Control has roof systems that will work for your project. Waterproofing your dormer roof and cheeks is essential.
Lead is the most common option for small dormers providing the best aesthetic look. You can also use felt or asphalt that may not have the same visual effect but are just as good at waterproofing as lead.
Roof Control can help you choose what kind of roof system you want for your dormer.
Window dormers or blind dormers
There are several different types of dormers. A dormer is an architectural element that extends from the plane of the surface of a roof.
Dormers can have windows which provide interior light and ventilation for the highest floors of a building. These kinds of dormers provide extra headroom and usable space in a room.
Another type of dormer is known as a blind dormer or a false dormer, which is simply a decorative element and is closed to the inside of the building. The cheek is the side of the dormer.
Many loft conversions utilise dormers. You can get dormers in all kinds of sizes and Roof Control can provide you with information on secure waterproofing systems for your dormer or details on how to repair or waterproof an existing dormer.
Styles of dormers
In choosing a new dormer or if you are replacing a dormer, you should know about all the different options in dormer styles that are available.
There are six basic styles for dormers: the gable fronted dormer, flat roof dormer, hip roof dormer, the shed dormer, the wall dormer and the eyebrow or eyelid dormer.
A hip roof dormer has three planes that slope downward to the edge of the dormer. A gable fronted dormer has a resemblance to a dog house and sometimes you will see references to this type of dormer as a dog house dormer. This dormer extends outward from the side of a sloping roof and the roof of the dormer has its own gabled ends.
Flat roof dormers – meaning the roof of the dormer is flat on the top is most often used in loft conversions because it allows for more headroom space and more space for the location of a staircase. Shed dormers have flat roofs but the roof slopes downward to almost match the angle of the house roof.
These types of dormers can provide a lot of usable space that is contiguous without changing the footprint of a home. They are great to use in renovations where there were existing smaller dormers. Because the pitch of a shed dormer is not exactly the same as the surrounding roof, it may be necessary to provide additional or different sheeting for the roof of the dormer.
The specialists at Roof Control can provide you with the right information on what types of sheeting you will need if you install shed dormers. Wall dormers are an unusual type of dormers in that they are not surrounded by the roof but come right out of the wall of the house with their own roof.
This style is most often seen in Mission style, Gothic Revival and Romanesque homes. The last basic style, the eyebrow dormer looks just like an eyebrow, with a wavy roof that curls over the roof slope. Other possible dormers include link dormers and bonneted dormers which are popular in Victorian homes.
No matter which dormer roof style you choose for your new home or renovation, Roof Control has you covered.