Call our licensed agents toll free 844.855.0163
Go To Top
Why you should trust is dedicated to informing, educating, and empowering you to make confident insurance decisions. Our content is carefully reviewed by insurance experts, and we rely on a data-driven approach to create unbiased, accurate insurance recommendations. maintains editorial integrity through strict independence from insurance companies.

Most home insurance claims are for partial losses; where a part of your floor is damage by a burst pipe, for example, or a tree falls on one side of your house. In some cases, it's difficult to repair just one section of a house.

What happens, for instance, when the new siding contrasts with the older, weathered siding? Or you can't find replacement kitchen cupboards that precisely match the originals?

"Most commonly, we see the question come up with roofs," says Ronald Reitz, president of Quality Claims Management Corp. in San Diego and a past president of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA).

Sometimes insurers propose replacing only the broken shingles. That's a problem if the end result is a roof that looks like a patchwork quilt, Reitz says.

The appearance should be uniform within the line of sight. Inside, that could mean replacing the entire floor of a room, even if only a portion needs repair, or repainting all the walls, even if only one was damaged. So how does that work with insurance? Read on to find out how to get full replacement when repairs won't match.

What are matching laws for home insurance?

In some states, the law requires the insurance company to make sure everything matches. In Florida, for example, if replaced items don't match in quality, color, or size, the insurance company must make "reasonable repairs or replacement of items in adjoining areas."

While not every state has such rules, some carriers have added non-matching language to policies and introduced endorsements, or insurance add-ons, to cover matching.

Matching coverage is a fairly low-price add-on to your home insurance that ensures that when you file a claim for your roof, siding or windows, the surrounding undamaged roof, siding or windows will, if needed, be replaced with materials that match.

American Family Insurance, for instance, offers the "Matching Undamaged Siding and Roof Coverage" endorsement, which covers up to $20,000 of the cost to update with new materials the undamaged siding or roofing if there's a mismatch when repairs are made. The endorsement costs $25 a year.

Even in states where insurance companies are required by law to make everything match, company adjusters often push for less-expensive patching and resist full replacement, according to United Policyholders, a San Francisco-based consumer advocacy group.

"It's not a slam dunk," Reitz says. "They balk, but when you press, they'll give in. The argument I generally make is it all matched before, so it should match now."

Reitz says there's less push-back from insurers about replacing an entire counter or floor than replacing a roof or all the siding.

How to negotiate for full replacement on an insurance claim

The issue of patching versus full replacement depends a lot on individual insurance company adjusters. Some are more flexible and willing to accommodate customers than others.

If you can't make any headway, consider going over the adjuster's head to a supervisor.

Still think the insurer is treating you unfairly? Contact your state's insurance department to file a complaint.

Another option is to hire a public insurance adjuster who works on your behalf through the claims process. Public insurance adjusters can charge a fee of up to 15% of the final settlement, according to the Insurance Information Institute, so you'd pay about $3,000 if your claim settlement is $20,000. But if they can get a better settlement than you could by filing a claim by yourself, it could be worth it.

Frequently asked questions: Matching coverage on home insurance

How do home insurance companies determine replacement costs for damages?

The full replacement cost for damage is determined by taking into account the following factors:

  • The details of your home, such as its age, location, flooring, and features like vaulted ceilings and crown moldings
  • Building material costs
  • Labor costs in the area


See How Much You Can Save
See How Much You Can Save
Please enter valid zip
Want to bundle home and auto insurance for potential discounts?

Helpful Home Insurance Articles & Guides