Screen Enclosure Insurance: What You Need to Know 

Screen enclosures, also known as pool cages or lanais, are a popular addition to many homes, especially in warm climates. They provide an outdoor living space that is protected from insects, debris, and harsh weather conditions. However, when it comes to insurance coverage for these structures, the answer is not always straightforward. In this blog post, we will explore the intricacies of homeowner’s insurance and screen enclosure coverage. 

Screen Enclosure around pool

Standard Homeowner’s Insurance Coverage 

Most standard homeowner’s insurance policies cover the main dwelling and other structures on the property, such as detached garages or sheds. However, screen enclosures are often treated differently, and their coverage may vary depending on the insurance provider and the specific policy terms. 

Many standard homeowner’s insurance policies do not automatically cover screen enclosures or pool cages. They are often specifically excluded from coverage or have limited coverage under the “other structures” portion of the policy. 

In some cases, though, screen enclosures may be covered under the “other structures” coverage, which typically provides coverage up to a certain percentage of the dwelling coverage limit. For example, if your home is insured for $300,000, and your policy provides 10% coverage for other structures, your screen enclosure may be covered up to $30,000. 

Additional Endorsements for Screen Enclosure Insurance

Many insurance companies offer additional endorsements or riders specifically for screen enclosures. These endorsements provide dedicated coverage for the structure, often with separate coverage limits and deductibles. The coverage may include the frame, screening material, or both, depending on the policy terms. It is common for a policy to cover just the frame of the screen enclosure but exclude coverage for the actual screening material itself. 

It is important to note that even with an endorsement, coverage may be subject to certain exclusions or limitations. For instance, some policies may exclude damage caused by hurricanes or other named storms, which can be a significant concern in areas prone to such events. 

Screen enclosure over pool during storm

Screen Enclosure Coverage Considerations 

When determining the appropriate coverage for your screen enclosure, it is essential to consider the following factors: 

Deductibles: Understand the deductible amount that applies to your screen enclosure coverage. In some cases, a separate deductible may apply, such as a hurricane deductible. 

Actual Cash Value vs. Replacement Cost: Some policies may provide coverage on an actual cash value basis, which means the payout will be based on the depreciated value of the structure at the time of the loss. Replacement cost coverage, although more expensive, ensures that you receive enough funds to rebuild or replace the structure with a new one. 

Maintenance: Proper maintenance of your screen enclosure is crucial. Insurance companies may deny claims or reduce payouts if the damage is deemed to be caused by lack of maintenance or neglect. 

Screen enclosed pool

Consult with Your Insurance Agent 

The best way to ensure that your screen enclosure is adequately covered is to consult with your insurance agent. They can review your policy, explain the coverage options, and recommend any necessary endorsements or riders to protect your investment.  

It is also essential to review your policy regularly and update your coverage as needed, especially if you have made any significant changes or additions to your screen enclosure. 

In conclusion, while homeowner’s insurance may provide some coverage for screen enclosures, the extent of that coverage can vary depending on your insurance provider and policy terms. By understanding the nuances of screen enclosure coverage and working closely with your insurance agent, you can ensure that your outdoor living space is properly protected against potential risks and damages. 

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