Roof leaks are some of the most common claims for homeowners insurance. Often, roof leaks occur due to wind and hail, but also poor roof maintenance. Will your homeowners insurance cover the repair costs if you have a roof leak?
It all depends on what caused the roof to leak in the first place. Considering that it can cost thousands of dollars for a roof leak repair, it’s essential to know when insurance covers the costs and when it doesn’t. Here’s what you need to know.
Most homeowners policies cover roof leaks caused by sudden, accidental damage. The most common covered perils are fire, wind, and hail damage. For example, let’s say there was a thunderstorm with high winds, and your roof suffered damage and is now leaking or a tree falls onto your house and damages your roof. In these cases, your homeowners policy will typically cover the expenses.
Keep in mind that some homeowners policies may have windstorm and hail exclusions. That means damage caused by those perils will not be covered. To learn about any exclusions in your coverage, read your policy or talk with your agent.
Furthermore, homeowners policies don’t cover damage resulting from lack of maintenance or wear and tear. Thus, if maintenance or the age of your roof cause your roof leak, your homeowners insurance will likely not pay for your claim.
Homeowners insurance is typically for losses that are beyond our control, not for problems with upkeep. For this reason, you may want to conduct regular roof inspections and maintenance (in spring and fall). Also, when planning to buy a new home, it’s important to learn about the roof’s age and condition.
The same policy rules apply to unattached structures, such as a shed or detached garage, with a leaking roof. The other structures coverage in your homeowners insurance policy may cover the damage. That is, if a covered peril, not maintenance damaged the roof.
Additionally, you may need to pay a deductible before homeowners insurance pays for roof leak repair costs. Your coverage limit will apply as well. Consult your agent to learn what your deductible and coverage limits are. They can also help you determine whether filing a claim makes the best financial sense.
In conclusion, be sure to maintain your roof properly and take quick action when discovering a roof leak. For water damage repair and mold remediation services, contact your local PuroClean office.