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The roof is one of the parts of a home that you should be careful with. Although the roof is not often easily visible, it can get damaged due to different factors such as rain, storms, and other natural calamities. In fact, your home may suffer from various problems if you neglect the state of your roof for a long period of time.
1. Water leakage from the ceiling during heavy rains
2. Presence of water stains on tiles and walls in your home
3. Frequent problems with gutters because they are clogged
4. Bald patches and cracked tiles on the roof
5. Rotting wood in the attic or around the roofline
6. High energy bills due to poor insulation
7. Birds or other animals getting into your home through the roof
8. Mold growth on ceilings and walls
Roof replacement can be an expensive affair, but insurance can help offset some of the costs. Most homeowners’ policies cover roof damage, but you will need to file a claim and provide proof that the damage was not caused by neglect or improper maintenance.
Most insurance companies provide a complete analysis of your home and its structure as part of the premium review process. The policy-issuing firm will recommend that you take necessary precautions such as redoing the insulation or repairing weak spots in your roof.
On the other hand, you may be required to replace your roof. In such a situation, many insurance companies will pay for part of the costs associated with a new roof installation keeping in mind that you have been taking proper care of your home during past years. You can save money if you do not wait until the damage is visible from inside the house.
When you schedule roof maintenance and repairs every year, upgrade the insulation of your home and replace old appliances such as water heaters, insurance companies will consider dropping your premium. Most providers offer discounts for homeowners who maintain their property properly.