How Old Is Your Roof?

When it comes to your roof, age matters at claim time.

Over the past several years, with increasing hail and wind storms, insurance companies have begun to automatically assign a Roof Schedule for roofs that are 15 years and older with Actual Cash Value (ACV) coverage instead of the recommended Replacement Cost Value (RCV) coverage.  In many instances, a lower premium may result, but you could get caught without sufficient financial resources when it comes to loss.

What’s the difference between ACV and RCV?

ACV: Your insurance company will pay the actual cash value of your roof at the time of a covered loss. This means the actual cash value minus your deductible amount minus the depreciation cost according to the age of your roof. Generally, the older your roof, the higher the amount depreciate or not covered under your policy.

RCV: Your insurance company will pay the replacement cost value of your roof at the time of a covered loss. This means the replacement cost value minus your deductible. There is no deduction for depreciation under the RCV valuation method.

In conclusion, the older the roof, the more deducted for depreciation. Do you know how old your roof is? If you know that your roof is 15 years or older, please let us know, we can tell you if your roof is covered at Actual Cash Value or Replacement Cost Value.  If you have updated your roof, please let us know so we can add that to your policy.  This could be the difference in saving thousands of dollars in the case of wind or hail damage.