What Are Named Perils?

In the realm of property insurance, comprehensive coverage is key. At Premier Claims we believe that an informed policyholder is an empowered one. Policyholders often focus on broad strokes, but it’s the finer details that truly define the protection you receive. One such detail worth exploring is the concept of Named Perils.

The Power of Named Perils

Named Perils are a list of specific risks or events that, when they cause damage to your property, are covered by your insurance policy. Think of it as a tailored plan, addressing the most common and impactful threats your property may face.

Common Peril Types

Fire and Smoke Damage

Fires, even non-natural disasters like electrical or kitchen fires, fall under named perils. Coverage also extends to smoke damage. Understanding this broad definition allows you to protect your property against various fire-related incidents. 

Windstorm or Hail

Policyholders need to know the minimum wind speed for a windstorm, as well as the size criteria for hail in their policy. Researching your property’s location history, to know the average for both in your area, can make a big difference in ensuring your policy adequately protects your building. Regular reviews of your policy allow for accurate coverage against varying windstorm and hail intensities.

Theft and Vandalism

Property insurance distinguishes theft (unlawful property taking) from vandalism (intentional property damage). Policies have specific considerations for each. Prompt reporting for this type of damage is imperative in the claims process.


Property insurance covers damage from explosions as named perils. Understanding the circumstances, such as exclusions for terrorism or intentional acts, can help you throughout your claim process. 

Why Named Perils Matter

Tailored Protection

Your policy works as a shield for your property and your financial peace of mind. Furthermore, your insurance policy addresses the specific risks most relevant to your property. 

Claim Accuracy

Armed with knowledge, you can navigate the claims process with precision. For this reason your claim may be assessed and settled more accurately. 

Peace of Mind

Knowing that your coverage aligns with the potential risks your property faces, provides unparalleled peace of mind.

When reviewing your policy, pay attention to the named perils section. It’s not just a list; it’s a roadmap to a secure future. Armed with knowledge, policyholders can navigate confidently, knowing their coverage aligns with their potential risks. At Premier Claims, we guide you through the maze of insurance complexities. For personalized insights, connect with Premier Claims for a free policy review.

What Type of Coverage Is Best for Your Property?

The type of policy coverage you choose for your property has the potential to significantly impact your financial well-being. This blog explores the importance of choosing between named (or specified) and open perils coverage, and how this choice may affect your finances. Understanding the ins and outs of these coverage types is not just about protection; it’s about making a financial decision that aligns seamlessly with your property’s needs. 

What is the Difference Between Named Perils and Open Perils Coverage?

Named Perils Coverage

Named Perils coverage is like having a detailed shield for your property. In this coverage type, your policy explicitly outlines a list of perils or risks for which you are protected. It provides clarity by leaving nothing to chance— if a peril is not on the list, it’s not covered. This specificity aims for policyholders to have a clear understanding of the risks they are protected against.

Open Perils Coverage

In contrast to Named Perils, Open Perils coverage is like having a broad umbrella of protection. Under this coverage type, you are potentially safeguarded against any peril unless expressly excluded in your policy. While it offers broader coverage, it’s important to note that the cost of an open perils policy is typically higher than its named perils counterpart. This is due to the expansive nature of the protection. 

How Do You Choose? 

Selecting the right coverage type is a pivotal decision that impacts the depth of your protection and the cost of your policy. At Premier Claims, we advocate for a thoughtful consideration based on your own unique circumstances. Here are factors we recommend you consider:

Budgetary Considerations

Named perils coverage often comes at a lower cost, making it an attractive option for those looking for comprehensive coverage on a budget. 

Property Specifics

Assess the specific risks your property might face. If your property is in an area prone to unique perils, open perils coverage might be worth the added investment. 

Risk Tolerance

Evaluate your risk tolerance. If you prefer clarity and a detailed understanding of your covered risks, named perils coverage might align better with your preferences. 

When it comes to choosing your property insurance coverage, there is no one size fits all solution. Premier Claims encourages policyholders to engage in thorough conversations, carefully weighing the advantages and disadvantages of both named perils and open perils coverage. Our aim is to guide you in making an informed decision that aligns best with your property’s needs.