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All You Need to Know About Installing a Dormer Roof

One of the most popular ways to increase the amount of living space in your home is to install a dormer roof. This type of roof construction will create additional space by extending the walls and making use of the previously unused attic area. In this blog, we'll take a look at how to plan for and install a dormer roof in your home, as well as some of the pros and cons associated with this project. 

Planning for Your Dormer Roof Project 

The first step in installing a dormer roof is planning for the project. Before you start building, it's important to consider how the new space will be used, who will be using it, and what type of furniture or fixtures you need to fit into it. Additionally, you should pay close attention to local building codes and zoning laws, as they may impact your ability to build a dormer roof on your property. Once you have an idea of what you want to do, it's time to hire an experienced contractor who can help ensure that all necessary permits are obtained and that the job is done correctly. 

Installing Your Dormer Roof 

Once all permits have been obtained and approved, it's time to begin installing your dormer roof. The exact process will depend on where you live and what type of structure you're working with, but generally speaking, this involves constructing new walls or supports beneath the existing roofline before building up from there. This includes adding structural beams and supports around windows or other openings before framing out the master flash new walls and finally covering them with plywood sheathing or other materials. Finally, shingles are added overtop for protection from the elements.   

Pros & Cons of Dormer Roofs 

Installing a dormers roof can significantly increase living space in your home without taking up too much room on your property. Additionally, since these roofs often add windows that let in more natural light than traditional flat roofs do, they can also help brighten up any dark spaces inside your home such as attics or lofts. On the downside though, installing a dormer roof may require extensive work on existing structures like rafters or load-bearing walls which could become expensive if they need replacing or reinforcing during installation.  


Installing a dormer roof is an excellent way to make use of otherwise underutilized attic space while also increasing overall living area within your home. However, before beginning such a project it's important that homeowners understand exactly what's involved by consulting with experienced contractors and familiarizing themselves with local regulations concerning such projects. With proper planning and preparation though any homeowner should be able to successfully install their own roof dormers while enjoying all the benefits that come along with increased living space without taking up too much extra room on their property!