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The Benefits of Gable Dormers

One of the first things potential homebuyers notice is a home’s roof. They’ll look at the appearance and inspect it for algae streaks, missing shingles, and other possible damage. In addition to scanning a roof for damage, potential homebuyers will take into consideration the roof type and design 

Gable roofs are one of the most common roof designs in America. Easily identified by two sides that slope and meet in the middle at what’s called a ridge and form a triangle that extends from the home’s roof, gable dormers are a beautiful addition to a home.  

Along with their beauty, gable dormers offer homeowners several other benefits. Whether you’re a homebuyer looking for a new home or your home has gable dormers and you’re not entirely sure how they function, keep reading to learn about the benefits of gable dormers.

 

Gable dormers are eye-catching

A home that has gable dormers is more eye-catching than other roof styles like flat roofs. The gable dormer that extends from the roof can also make the home seem larger than it actually is. While square footage isn’t a deal-breaker to some, the extra living space is very aesthetically pleasing. Along with catching the eyes of potential homebuyers, the windows used in the gable dormer are beautiful and timeless. 

 

Gable dormers allow for more ventilation

Did you know that the air and temperature in your attic affect the environment in your home? Heat rises and our attics are affected by sweltering temperatures. When this warm, moist air finds its way into an attic your home will have to work in overdrive to keep itself cooler resulting in costly energy bills. Attics that don’t have proper ventilation can also shorten the span of the roof by damaging shingles. Luckily, these problems can be avoided by adding gable dormer vents.

Gable dormer vents allow cool air from outside to flow into the attic, reducing the moisture and humidity in the attic. When an attic has constant airflow then the environment in your home will be more comfortable and your roof will last longer. You’ll see a decrease in your energy bills and your home will feel cooler. Things that are stored in your attic will also be better preserved without moist, warm air.

 

Gable dormers drain more water than other roofs

Because a gable dormer has a ridge that forms a triangle that extends from the home’s roof, they drain more water away than other roof styles. With a high slope of a gable dormer, water and snow aren’t able to accumulate leading to a drier roof. The higher roof pitch allows for water and snow to easily slide off versus collecting and building up. Advantages of draining more water away include a longer roof lifespan, less pressure on the roof, fewer leaks, and less chance for roof algae to build up.

 

Gable dormers pair well with most gutter systems

If you’re in the market for a new gutter system and have a gable roof then you’re in luck – nearly all gutter systems pair well with gable dormers. You may ask yourself if dormers need gutters since they drain more water and snow when compared to most other roof designs and styles. The answer? Yes, in most cases. However, there are unique roof and dormer designs that would be impossible to gutter. For a definite answer call your local K-Guard professional for free advice and/or estimates. 

Whether you’re considering an open-top gutter system, K-style, gutter guards, or covers, the installation should be relatively smooth. Just be sure to hire a gutter installation company that is experienced at dealing with gutters on dormers and the complicated design of a gable roof to ensure the gutter system drains water properly. While gable dormers pair well with most gutter systems, the best option is the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System. 

Our gutter product is the perfect choice for a home that has gable dormers. While dormers are excellent at draining water and snow, that precipitation needs somewhere to collect and drain, preferably without collecting debris. The K-Guard Gutter System can handle a minimum of 22 inches of rain per hour, perfect for collecting the fast-flowing water that gable dormers drain. Debris has nowhere to enter our gutter guards so your system will never clog and you’ll never have to clean out your gutters again. 

Our gutter guards are also customizable to your home. The K-Guard system is seamless and will look beautiful when paired with your gable dormers. Because our gutter system is customizable and seamless, we ensure that your gutters will match your home and the complicated design of your gable roof.

Whether you have gable dormers on your home or you’re a homebuyer searching for the perfect home, gable dormers offer many benefits. From catching homebuyers’ eyes, aiding in ventilation, draining more water and snow, and pairing well with most gutter systems, there are many reasons to choose a home that has gable dormers.

If you’re interested in learning more about the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System and how it pairs well with gable dormers, schedule your free in-home estimate today – it includes a detailed analysis of your current gutter system along with estimated costs for installing your K-Guard Gutter System. K-Guard proudly offers our gutter installation service to homeowners across both Missouri and Kansas including, but not limited to, the following locations: Kansas City, Overland Park, Topeka, Olathe, Shawnee, Independence, Lenexa, and Lee’s Summit.

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