Attic Windows

Attic windows are available in many different styles depending on the intended purpose. For an attic, the most common goals are to provide natural lighting, better ventilation and/or to elevate the design elements of a home. The most common styles are skylight and dormer windows, while fixed and also casements are common.

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“Attic windows are a great way to turn a storage space into a great extra room that can be used as a guest room, play room for the kids, sewing room for mom — the list goes on and on!”

Attic Windows: 3 Common Goals

Natural Lighting
The most common reason for attic windows is to create better (and more natural) lighting. Non renovated attics typically do not have very good lighting because they weren’t necessarily built as a living space, but rather for storage. One of the best ways to add lighting is with one of more skylights. Skylights can be placed in the roof, which usually encompass as much or more square footage than the walls of an attic. Skylights can be large and add tons of great natural light. One downside of skylights is that it is difficult to block out the light if guests want to sleep in etc.

Better Ventilation
Just as attics are traditionally dimly light, so to do they often lack adequate ventilation. Movable windows such as casements or awningss add great ventilation to a stuffy attic. Having a window on each wall provides great air flow. Skylights can also open up using a crank and can add some nice ventilation options.

Design Elements
Attic windows can add attractive design elements to a home that can create a unique living space. Dormers are quite attractive for many homeowners and add a nice feature to an upper story. Casements or awnings look nice and provide a safety feature since they allow an exit from the house in case of a fire.


Cost Of Attic Windows

Entry Level: $250 – $600

Mid Range: $600 – $800

High End: $800 – $2500

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Downsides Of Attic Windows

There are no downsides per se, except for maybe the price tag. Attic windows are a great way to turn a storage space into a great extra room that can be used as a guest room, play room for the kids, sewing room for mom — the list goes on and on!


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