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Copper Dormers, Window Dormers, Louver Dormers

by James Threadgill
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Copper Dormers

Copper dormers are structural elements of buildings that project from the slope of the roof surface. Window dormers are used, either in original construction or as later additions, to create usable space in the roof of a building by adding overhead space and include windows for light and ventilation. Louver dormers are often used to provide attic space ventilation. Though copper dormers are beautiful and popular, dormers can also be made of wood, stucco, Hardie Plank, galvanized or prefinished steel, and aluminum.

French Dormer

Classic Copper Works copper artisans have many years of experience creating beautiful copper dormers with louvers or windows. The old world copper dormers fabrication techniques our highly skilled artisans use produce some of the most detailed and beautiful copper dormers available. We offer copper louver dormers and copper window dormers for all types of roofs and slopes. In addition to our many Old World inspired designs, we also craft traditional colonial American copper dormerssuch as the Madison dormer (below left).

Often confused with the term dormer, a dormer window is a window set into the dormer. Like skylights, dormer windows are a source of light and ventilation for top floors, but unlike skylights window dormers also increase the amount of head space in the room to create more usable floor space. Attic room conversions often feature window dormers. A blind dormer or false dormer is a dormer that can only be seen from the outside of the house. Blind dormers are often used to make the house appear more impressive.

Types of Copper Dormers

Madison Dormer
  • Gable dormer: Also called simply a gable dormer, the front of this dormer rises along a flat plane to a point at the ridge of the dormer roof. It is also known as a dog-house dormer (due to its visual similarity to same).
  • Hip dormer: This style of dormer has a hipped roof—its roof is composed of three sloping planes that converge at the ridge of the dormer—instead of flat or gabled.
  • Flat dormer: The roof of this dormer is flat and parallel to the ground with a frontal eave that parallels the main roof eave.
  • Shed dormer: This dormer also has a flat roof but the roof slopes downward at an angle somewhat less than that of the surrounding roof. Its front eave line is, again, parallel to the main roof eave line. Shed dormers can provide more attic space and head room than gable dormers, but cannot be the same pitch as the main roof and may therefore require different roof sheeting. Often used in gable-roofed homes, a shed dormer has a single-planed roof, pitched at a shallower angle than the main roof.
  • Wall dormer: This is a dormer whose face is coplanar with the face of the wall below, breaking the line at the cornice of the building.
  • Eyebrow or eyelid dormer: "A low dormer on the slope of a roof. It has no sides, the roofing being carried over it in a wavy line." The bottom of an eyebrow dormer is flat and the top is curved.
  • Link Dormer: This is a large dormer that houses a chimney or joins one part of a roof to another.
  • Bonnet Dormer: This is an arched roof dormer, rounded in shape when viewed from front. Popular in Victorian homes, especially in certain areas, like the Southcott-style row-houses called Jellybean Row in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  • Nantucket dormer: This is a complicated dormer structure consisting of two gable dormers with a shed dormer connecting them and filling space between.

Classic Copper Works has the most extensive selection of copper dormers and other architectural copper products on the web. We are the only complete online source for anything copper and the best source to buy copper dormers online.