Florida is one of the most complicated insurance regions in the United States due to constant population increases, litigation propensity, and differing property landscapes ranging from new development to 18th century construction. All of this, of course, in addition to the effects of Mother Nature such as rising flood tables, varying weather patterns and natural disasters. Such an atmosphere creates the perfect storm for Florida Property Insurance companies, as it continues to keep homeowner’s insurance carriers in a hazardous financial environment.
Photo by Mukesh Sharma on Unsplash When the topic of water damage to Florida homes arises, it’s generally perceived to be caused by rising tides. In all actuality, water damage losses from in-home plumbing and appliances are rapidly increasing and may cause extensive damage to your home and personal belongings. Insurance companies throughout Florida have…
Florida is referred to as the Sunshine State, but don’t let the term fool you. As any Floridian knows, our state has more than its fair share of adverse weather conditions. Whether rain, wind gusts, and even hail, Florida homes can take a beating and the majority of that beating falls squarely on roof of our homes. For this reason, homeowner’s insurance companies put a great deal of scrutiny on roof conditions before insuring a home. Insurance companies acquire and analyze a large amount of detailed data regarding how long roofs last and what the most common causes of damage are. Unfortunately, the results aren’t exactly cut & dry. While cause and age may be isolated, the rating basis for homeowner’s insurance carriers is commonly dictated by the type of roofs and how effective they have been in the past.
Damage to homes from water leaking or busting pipes is one of the most common types of insurance claims, which speaks volumes as to why it is important to make sure your policy contains proper coverage for this type of incident. Many homeowners’ carriers are now limiting water damage coverage or entirely removing it from their policies when the age of the insured home reaches 40 years. This method of reducing coverage often catches policyholders off guard.