Does home insurance cover roofs?

Your homeowners insurance may pay to repair or replace your roof under your policy's dwelling coverage, minus your deductible, if it was caused by a covered peril, such as a windstorm or fire. Dwelling coverage protects your home's structure, including the roof. For shed and detached garage roofs, your policy's "other structures" coverage may cover them if they're damaged by a covered peril.

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What types of roof damage does homeowners insurance cover?

Your policy may list the individual perils covered, or it may list what's not covered. But in general, homeowners insurance may cover storm damage and other common perils, including:

  • Windstorms
  • Hail
  • Snow, sleet, or ice damage
  • Lightning strikes
  • Fire
  • Falling objects

Dwelling coverage may also pay to repair ceilings and walls if the loss also results in interior damage. If your belongings are also damaged, such as furniture, appliances, and clothing, your personal property coverage may pay to repair or replace those items. Damage to your home's siding and other exterior elements may also be covered in addition to the roof.

Learn more about what homeowners insurance covers.

COVER YOUR VEHICLES FOR HAIL DAMAGE

Your car insurance can cover hail damage to your vehicle if you have comprehensive coverage. Likewise, your RV insurance can also cover hail damage to your motorhome or trailer with comprehensive coverage.

Does homeowners insurance cover roof damage to my shed?

If a shed, barn, detached garage, or other unattached structure on your property sustains roof damage from a covered peril, it may be covered under other structures coverage on your policy. If your fence is damaged by wind or another covered peril, other structures coverage may pay to repair it as well.

Does homeowners insurance cover leaks from rain?

If your roof is leaking due to damage from a covered peril, your insurer may pay to repair or replace it, up to the limits of your coverage and minus your deductible. If the roof damage is a result of neglect or wear and tear, it likely won't be covered by your homeowners insurance policy. Learn more about how homeowners insurance covers roof leaks and other types of water damage.

IS WIND AND HAIL ROOF DAMAGE COVERED IN STORM-PRONE AREAS?

If you live in an area that's frequently hit by hurricanes or tornadoes, then your insurance may not cover wind or hail damage to your roof. However, many insurers do provide coverage in places where natural disasters are common. They often require separate deductibles for hurricanes and windstorms, which can be a percentage of your home's total dwelling coverage or offer limited coverage. Learn more about homeowners insurance and coverage for hurricanes.

What's not covered by homeowners insurance?

Homeowners insurance usually excludes coverage for the following types of roof damage:

  • Wear and tear: Damage from your roof's materials wearing down over time (shingles especially) isn't covered by insurance.
  • Neglect: Roof damage that results from failing to maintain your roof isn't covered. For example, if your roof starts leaking due to aging shingles, you're responsible for the repairs.
  • Flooding: Flood damage is generally excluded from homeowners insurance, requiring a separate flood insurance policy.
  • Earthquakes: Earthquake damage is not covered by most homeowners insurance policies. Learn more about homeowners insurance and earthquakes.
  • Animals: Damage from animals that get into your roof or attic is generally excluded from a homeowners policy. Learn more about home damage from wild animals.

If your roof is older, your policy may provide limited coverage or none at all, depending on your insurance company and policy.

Will home insurance cover a new roof?

If your roof sustained structural damage from a covered peril, such as a windstorm or hail, then your homeowners insurance may cover the cost to replace it up to your policy's limits and minus any deductible. A roof replacement may entail installing new roofing shingles or tiles, as well as repairs to the roof's underlying structure.

Filing a homeowners insurance claim for roof damage

When your roof is damaged by a storm, fire, or other covered peril, your first step should be to document the damage once it's safe to do so. Take photos or video of the damaged sections and include them in your insurance claim. Your insurer may ask you to get repair estimates and include them in your filing as well. They'll then send a claims adjuster to assess the damage and verify the loss. If your claim is approved, your insurer will write you check for the cost to repair or replace your roof. Learn more about how home insurance claims work.

Important note: If you need to make emergency repairs to avoid further damage, you can submit them for reimbursement with your homeowners claim. Just make sure to keep receipts for the work and add them to your claim filing. If you must stay elsewhere while waiting for repairs, loss of use coverage can reimburse you for travel and lodging expenses, up to your policy's limits. Learn more about filing a homeowners insurance claim.

ROOF DAMAGE AND DEDUCTIBLES

The damage to your roof must exceed your deductible before your insurance will pay to repair it. Keep in mind that homeowners insurance deductibles can vary significantly and your premium may increase as a result of the claim.

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