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Dormer windows can provide you with additional space in your attic room and can provide proper natural light and airflow. First introduced by French in the 17th century, the dormer window soon become popular in Western and American architecture. Loft spaces, and other similar structures, commonly use dormer windows as a source of light that can also provide extra headroom for a limited space. In many houses, dormer windows are also used as a decorative element that helps provide an artsy look. Choosing between the many options (pyramidal, arched, eyebrow, hipped, pedimented, composite and recessed designs) makes it easy to create a unique appearance for your home. Below are some advantages and disadvantages to consider before making the decision:

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Advantages:

Dormer windows are a great source of natural light in dark places like attics, and it facilitates more natural airflow and proper ventilation. It also provides more space to use and can increase the functionality of the room. For sloped roofs, this can mean more head room inside, and one can easily create a comfy nook out of the new space it provides. These windows are available in various shapes, sizes and styles, and they enhance both the internal and external character of your home, adding value to your property.

Disadvantages:

There are some cons with dormer windows. In terms of costs, dormer windows are slightly more expensive than normal windows. As dormer windows are larger in size and require more material, the cost is usually higher. But if you have a do-it-yourself approach, a good way to cut costs is by installing a dormer window on your own. However, it can be complicated (especially depending on the angle of your roof) and many people end up paying for the labor of a professional to install it instead. If not done properly, it can make the structure of the house look awkward. Another con to consider is the maintenance – it’s time consuming. Because they’re more exposed to sun light, rain and other extreme weather, regular maintenance checks are highly recommended.