Discovering that your roof has been damaged is never fun. You may notice water stains in the attic or see visual damage as you drive up to your house. Roof leaks and other perils are written into many homeowners policies. However, one of the things your insurance company looks at is what caused the damage at your Arlington, TX property. Rickey McGill Insurance Agency can help you explore what options to choose to protect your home and belongings, but here’s some basic information on homeowners insurance to get you started.
Events That May Be Covered
It’s important to understand what is and isn’t covered by the policy you’re considering. Ask your agent about each policy’s open peril list. This list contains the types of events the insurer pays for, which may include fire and smoke damage, volcanic eruption, lightning, explosions, riots, vandalism, snow and ice weight, theft, bursting pipes, and many other events.
Open perils typically include most sudden and accidental incidents, unless the cause is specifically excluded in your policy. It’s not a good idea to file claims related to normal wear and tear since that’s considered a maintenance issue and the owner’s responsibility. For example, your insurance might pay for damage caused by a storm that topples a tree onto your roof. However, If the shingles on your roof are worn and the roof starts to leak as a result, you may have to fix the damage out of your own budget.
Some events, like floods, are specifically excluded and require separate policies. Other hazards may be subject to varying coverage due to the risks in your area. Your agent is the best resource for understanding your options for hazards typically excluded from regular homeowners insurance. These events include landslides, mudslides, and earthquakes, as well as flooding, animal infestation, mold and foundation settling, and damage.
Contact Rickey McGill Insurance Agency today for more information on the types of coverage available for your Arlington, TX home. Feel free to set up an appointment for a quote on covering roof damage and other events.