There’s a term that you might have heard when talking about insulating an attic: hot roof. It comes from the early days when people started insulating attics. Some of them thought that insulation was actually a heat source, even though it’s just a barrier between two areas of different temperatures. So even though the term “hot” roof is a bit of a misnomer you’re still probably wondering what is a hot roof?
Well, there’s another term that describes a hot roof a lot better and that’s an unvented attic. Insulation has been applied to your roof deck and it’s been included in your home’s conditioned space. That comes with a huge amount of benefits like preventing ice dams before they become an issue and saving you money on your energy bills. As for a “hot” roof having an unvented attic will at most make the temperature of your roof go up a few degrees. That’s not going to damage your roof or shingles at all. In fact, the insulation will make sure the only thing your shingles have to worry about is the sun, which is what they were designed for.
It’s unfortunate that the unvented attic is called a hot roof because it’s more about having a conditioned attic than anything else. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s one of the best options for your roof. If you want to look into an unvented system for your home have one of our estimators out today!