Adding a dormer roofs to your property is a great way of converting your loft. They add plenty of additional head height and extra natural light to what would otherwise be a cramped and dark space.
A dormer roof is a structural extension, which extends outwards on a sloping roof. Because of their multiple benefits, they are a very popular choice.
Dormer Loft Conversion FAQs
Will I need to get planning permission for a dormer roof?
In most cases, adding a dormer roof will fall under what is called ‘permitted development’, meaning planning permission is not required. However, it’s best to double-check with your local authority whether it is required, as in some cases there are reasons why you would need to get planning permission. This includes the size of the dormer roof exceeding permitted development, if the dormer roof faces a highway, or if the materials used don’t match the local properties.
Will I have to follow building regulations?
Yes, all extensions and conversions need to follow building regulations. Your dormer roof build will be visited by an inspector at different points who will be checking every is following the correct health and safety procedures and best practice.
Are all dormer roofs the same?
There are a few different styles of dormer roofs. The most common styles are:
- Flat Roof Dormer – the most popular, which is a box shape with a flat roof.
- Gabled Dormer – has a pitched roof that slopes on either side to create a cottage aesthetic.
- Hipped Dormer – similar to the previous, but also has a hipped third slope at its front elevation.
- Eyebrow Dormer – A slightly arched dormer which gradually sloped to create a soft and subtle window.
- Arched Dormer – Where the window has an arched roof.
How much space can a dormer roof create?
You might be surprised at how much additional space adding in a dormer roof can create. A contemporary style dormer roof will add so much to a loft conversion, with both head height and usable floor space. How much space you will achieve will depend on which type of dormer you choose, and how large your existing loft it.
What are the other benefits of a dormer roof?
There are plenty of benefits that come with a dormer roof. One of the best things is that they let so much natural light in due to the large windows they house. They give the property lots of extra ventilation when it comes to the warm summer months.
Dormer roofs also don’t have to be the traditional box styles if that’s not what you are after. You can consider door roofs which span from the floor to the ceiling or Juliet balconies for example.
To find out more about how our dormer roofs can convert your loft space, or to receive a free quote then please contact us.