T lock shingles and the trouble insuring them

T-lock shingles were a popular option for your roof 12+ years ago. A T-lock roof is intertwined to make a “T” shape (displayed in the picture). The shingles were designed to withstand high wind gusts. The problem is that these shingles were discontinued in the mid 2000’s.

It is tough to get proper home insurance coverage if your home has the T-lock shingle. The insurance company cannot simply replace a handful of shingles if a small portion of your roof is damaged. Most reputable insurance companies will not insure these homes and if they do, generally, it is with a higher deductible or actual cash value coverage. Actual cash value coverage means that there will be a depreciated value for your roof so you have a higher out-of-pocket obligation.

T-Lock shingles

T-Lock shingles

If you are buying a home with T-lock shingles, you might consider making the seller replace the roof as part of the closing terms. If you have a T-lock roof on your home now, check to make sure your current home insurance policy is replacement cost. You will likely want to keep that existing policy until you get a new roof. Many existing policies will have the replacement cost “grandfathered” into the policy. If you are shopping for insurance and have a T-lock roof, make sure the insurance agent and insurance company know the type of roof on your house.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your insurance policy.