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Can Home Insurance Pay For A New Roof? (Clinton Twp, MI)

Hi, this is Maureen. Stay tuned for another insurance tidbit. Homeowners insurance protects your home from damage caused by perils like fire, wind and theft. But what about damage caused by wear and tear? For example, let’s say you need a new roof. Can your homeowners insurance policy help pay for it? The answer is maybe homeowners insurance policies typically cover sudden and accidental damage. So if a storm damages, your roof, your policy should pay for the repairs, but most policies will not pay for damage that occurs all the time such as wear and tear or or maintenance. That means if your roof needs to be replaced because it’s old and worn out. Your homeowner’s insurance won’t help pay for the repairs. But now some homeowners insurance policies include replacement cost coverage for the dwelling on personal belongings. This coverage will help pay to repair or rebuild your home if it’s damaged or destroyed regardless of the cost. So if you have replacement cost coverage and your roof needs to be replaced, your policy should kick in and help pay for the repairs. Replacement cost coverage is not included in all homeowners insurance policy. So if you’re unsure whether you have it, check your policy documents or call your agent to ask. It’s also important to remember that replacement cost coverage has limits like every other type of coverage in a homeowner’s insurance policy. So even if you have this type of coverage, your insurer will only pay up to the limit stated in your policy. That’s why it’s always a good idea to ensure you have enough coverage to rebuild your home entirely if it’s ever destroyed.

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