Windstorm vs. Catastrophic Windstorm Deductible

| April 17, 2018

Windstorm vs. Catastrophic Windstorm Deductible

Do you know the difference between a standard windstorm deductible and a catastrophic windstorm deductible on your homeowners or property insurance? These deductibles can be 2%, 5% or even 10% of the value of your dwelling or property. This  means if you have a $500,000 home with a 5% windstorm deductible you're not covered for the first $25,000 of wind damage!

A catastrophic windstorm deductible (also known as the hurricane deductible) only applies wind deductible in the event of a named hurricane. But, not all hurricane deductibles are created equal!

Some only apply that higher hurricane deductible, if it's a category one storm (sustained winds over 74 MPH). There are some policies that only apply the higher wind deductible for a much greater category two storm (sustained winds over 96 MPH).  Obviously a policy with a “Cat 2” hurricane deductible is better than one with a “Cat 1” deductible.

A standard wind deductible applies the windstorm deductible even if there's no hurricane.  The wind damage could be caused by a thunderstorm or nor'easter!

Take a look at your policy for three things:

1. Do you have a windstorm deductible or do you have a catastrophic windstorm deductible?

2. If you have a catastrophic windstorm deductible or a hurricane deductible is it triggered by a category one

     or a category two storm?

3.  What percentage of your dwelling or property would be applied as a deductible.  Is it 2%, 5% or 10%?

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