After a storm, Andrew and Glenda found that their roof had been damaged. But their insurer turned down their claim, saying the damage was from wear and tear.
Andrew and Glenda found that after a storm, their roof had been damaged. They contacted their insurer, who refused to cover the full cost of the repairs. The insurer said that the nails securing the roof slates had worn out, and the couple's policy didn't cover wear and tear.
This wasn't what Andrew and Glenda thought was right, so they contacted us to investigate to see if this was the right decision.
What we said
We asked for evidence about the wear and tear on the roof. The insurer gave us a note from a phone conversation from its representative. It said that a contractor had gone to Andrew and Glenda's home to assess the damage. They had noticed that the nails securing the roof slates were rusty. But the insurer couldn't provide a recording of the conversation or written confirmation from the contractor. They sent photos of the roof, but these weren't clear enough to show the nails.
Andrew and Glenda asked for a second contractor to assess the damage, which the insurer agreed to. On this report, it showed that the damage was because of the storm. It didn't mention wear and tear. It also wasn't reasonable to expect a customer to replace nails that are hidden from view.
After looking at both reports, we thought that the second report had more detail and authority. This made it much more persuasive.
We decided that the insurer should reconsider the claim and pay any settlement due to Andrew and Glenda.
We also noted that if tiles had come off before the storm due to the failing nails, then we may have reached a different outcome.