See how your homeowners insurance policy protects your investment in the event of hail damage.
A hail storm can wreak havoc on your home, particularly the roof or other exposed portions of your property. Luckily, hail damage is covered by your homeowners insurance in most instances.
Find out how insurance companies handle claims related to hail damage — including how your rates are impacted — in our guide below.
Your home's roof can take a beating during a hail storm, but it’s not the only part of your home that can be affected. Hail can damage shingles, siding, skylights, chimneys and gutters. Luckily, these parts of your home are covered by your policy’s dwelling coverage.
While hail damage is a covered peril for most policyholders, those who live in certain coastal regions may find coverage for hail is not guaranteed by default. Those in hurricane or windstorm-prone areas may be subject to a separate deductible, often known as a windstorm deductible. This deductible may vary but is typically a fixed percentage of your dwelling coverage limit — usually somewhere between 1% and 10%.
Hail damage isn’t limited to your primary dwelling. Other parts of your property are susceptible to hail storms as well. Any structure attached to your house (such as a garage or fence) is covered by your policy’s dwelling coverage. For freestanding buildings on your property, homeowners insurance covers hail damage through other structures coverage. This part of your homeowners policy provides coverage for a number of unattached structures on your property.
While hail damage is generally covered by other structures coverage, it's worth consulting your insurance agent to verify what your homeowners insurance policy does and does not cover.
Filing a hail damage claim shouldn’t be taken lightly. Bear in mind that you will have to pay a deductible which, depending on the severity of the damages, could be more costly than the actual repairs. This means you may need to have the damage independently assessed by a roofing company or contractor to determine whether or not a claim is warranted.
Generally, if the damage is minimal — and would cost less than your deductible to fix — it should be repaired out-of-pocket. If your home suffers from more extensive damage, having your home insurance pay for the damages can be a good idea. See how hail damage claims affect your homeowners insurance premium in the section below.
Lastly, before you file a claim, remember that home insurance doesn’t cover general wear-and-tear, so the damages would have had to have been a direct result of a hail storm in order to be covered.
Hail damage insurance claims can affect your rates. Not only that, but a policyholder who files too many homeowners claims may even be non-renewed by an insurance company. This can make it hard to find another affordable insurance policy later on.
The national yearly average for one hail damage claim comes in at $1,611: $133 more than the average with no claims ($1,478). See below our insurance company-specific rates to see how hail damage claims can affect your insurance premiums.
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The claims process works much the same as it does with other perils. If a hail storm has caused significant enough damage to your home that a claim is required, you’ll want to take the following steps in order to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Some parts of the country are more susceptible to hail damage than others, particularly the South and Midwest. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), the following states are responsible for the largest numbers of hail damage claims in 2019:
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Hail damage can be a costly fix. As such, you’ll want to make sure that your insurance provider not only provides ample coverage but also has a good track record with handling claims. If you are worried about a rise in premiums due to filing a hail damage claim, chances are that you may be able to find cheaper coverage elsewhere.
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