24 Jul Insurance & Your Shade Sail
Is my shade sail covered by my insurance? It’s a question we get asked a lot, so we’ve put together a handy guide to help you understand insurance and your shade sail. We know that getting to grips with your insurance policy can be difficult at the best of times and we’re here to help, but remember there are a lot of policies out there and they’re all different. For detailed information about your policy, it’s best to contact your insurance provider.
Is a shade sail insured as part of the home or contents?
Some insurers make it easy by specifically defining or naming shade sails in their policy documents. For example, Budget Direct includes shade sails by name in their home building insurance. Most insurers don’t do this, in fact, many don’t even consider your shade sail a permanent part of your home. Insurers generally include permanent fixtures as part of your home building insurance. But what is a permanent fixture? The NRMA defines a fixture as “any items that are permanently attached or fixed to the structure of your home that can’t be removed without causing damage to your home”. Many insurers have similar policies and by that definition, your shade sail isn’t covered by building insurance. It, therefore, becomes part of the contents of your home.
If there is sail hardware attached to your home or garage, those could be part of your building policy. Any additional structures for your shade sail are generally covered by your home insurance too. There can be exclusions though so check your policy for the different kinds of structures covered and the limits for them.
When is the shade sail insured?
The hardest part is over now that you know how your shade sail is categorised by your insurers. If your policy doesn’t list shade sails as part of any exclusions it generally means that your sail is insured in any event it covers. If your sail is covered by your building policy then those protections apply. For example, if the policy includes impact cover and a tree falls and damages the sail you’ll be able to make a claim.
There can be some exclusions and limits when your sail is part of your contents. Some policies won’t cover any contents left outside. Even though shade sails are designed to be left out in the elements, damage to your sail won’t be covered. Other policies make exceptions for items designed for outdoor use, but these can be limited. They may refuse to cover some insurance events, such as theft or storms, or they could reduce the payout by as much as 80% for contents that are left outdoors. You don’t necessarily have to change insurance provider to get better protection for your shade sail, many companies have tiers of cover or optional extras that can increase your coverage.
What’s the right insurance for a shade sail?
The right insurance for you is unique to you. If your shade sail and structure are covered under a building policy it will usually have broader protection. If it’s insured by both your home and contents policies, there can be exclusions you should look out for. If you stay informed and understand your policy, you can make sure it’s working for you.
Remember we’ve only looked at general home and contents policies here. Specialised cover options are also worth considering, many insurers adjust policies to account for high-value or specialist items. Talk to your provider and you might be able to get an altered policy that better caters to your situation and your shade sail.
Repairs and replacements with Western Sydney Shade Sails
If your shade sail has hail, wind, storm or fire damage and is covered by your insurance policy we can help. Western Sydney Shade Sails can provide an onsite insurance quote to repair or replace your shade sail. Our local expert installers are committed to delivering insurance repairs for your shade sail quickly and within your budget.
Our superior quality shade sails are made with hard-wearing fabric and marine-grade stainless steel fittings. They’re designed to be resilient, stable and long-lasting in the unpredictable Australian weather. With our unrivalled 10-year warranty on the fabric and stitching, your insurance replacement is in safe hands with Western Sydney Shade Sails.