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Reinsurance blindspot in Florida as roof remodels double, reports BuildFax

27th April 2018 - Author: Matt Sheehan

BuildFax, a provider of property condition and history insights, has found that there has been a 110.6% increase in residential roof remodels in Florida over the last 10 years, which has not been considered in recent reinsurance negotiations and catastrophe risk models.

roof remodelThe findings were based on in-depth analysis of more than 5 million residential properties in Florida from 2008 to 2017, following the costliest year for natural disasters in U.S history.

Build Fax suggested that the remarkable increase in roof remodels means many properties are more resilient to wind damage than previously thought, and presents reinsurance negotiation opportunities for carriers to reduce exposure across their Florida portfolios.

Holly Tachovsky, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BuildFax, commented: “It’s been more than a decade since Florida has experienced a costly disaster like the one it faced last year. Hurricane Irma tested Florida’s improved, safer building codes, leading to less-than-anticipated losses.

“While cat models recalibrate with information from the 2017 storm season, carriers can utilize trusted third party data to engage in more informed and strategic reinsurance negotiations as they head into renewals.”

Additionally, BuildFax found that 24% of residential properties in Florida have roofs less than 10 years old, and that 25% installed some kind of opening protection, with a 95% increase in opening protection installations in Florida from 2008 to 2017.

In many cases, BuildFax believes carriers are not aware of new roof and opening protection installations, which means the insights could be used to augment catastrophe models to the benefit of carriers.

This level of property information can provide a crucial input to insurance carriers reinsurance negotiations, ultimately helping to sway pricing and define the ability to secure enhanced terms.

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