Left Navigation Aluminum Siding Versus Brick The exterior of a home, such as whether it is built with aluminum siding or brick, is an important factor when calculating its replacement cost, (i.e., what it would cost to rebuild the house using similar materials if it were destroyed). Replacement cost, in turn, plays a large role in determining the premium for your home insurance policy. There are many other elements that affect the cost of your premiums; for example, the size of your house and its contents. The bigger your house and the more you have in it, the more it will cost to replace everything.To learn more about the factors affecting your home insurance premium, please refer to IBC’s All about Home Insurance brochure on the Resources page. Before You RenovateThinking of renovating? Whether it’s a major project (i.e., finishing a basement) or a minor upgrade (i.e., replacing kitchen cabinets), renovations affect the value of your home so it’s important to make sure you have the insurance protection you need.Home Insurance Q&AQuestion to ask your insurance representative.All about Home InsuranceA house is often the single largest financial investment you can make. Without insurance, your most valuable asset is vulnerable to fire, theft and other disasters. Related ServicesInsurance Benefits after an Auto CollisionIf you are seriously injured in an auto collision, your accident benefits (AB) coverage pays for rehabilitation treatment, income replacement and other services to help you recover.Car Improvements Following a CollisionIs a collision an opportunity to improve your vehicle? No, that would be fraud. Fraud is illegal and increases the cost of insurance for all drivers in Ontario.Neighbourhood Impact on Auto InsuranceWhere we live matters to us. That’s just as true when it comes to the cost of auto insurance. Premiums can vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood and from city to countryside.Paying More for Less CoverageWe agree that Ontario auto insurance premiums are too high. There have also been some changes to coverage. Why is this? Colour Impact on Auto Insurance RatesThe colour of your car does not affect your car insurance premium. While the colour may be important to you, it’s not important to your insurance company.Medical Expense Payments Following a CollisionProvincial health insurance plans, private health insurance plans and auto insurers are all responsible for some of your expenses if you are in a collision. In Canada, auto insurers cover most medical expenses (other than for acute care).Act of GodInsurance companies don’t use the phrase “acts of God.” They use the word “perils” to describe events that an insurance policy covers, and “exclusions” for events or situations that are not covered.Gas Vs. ElectricDo gas or electric appliances affect your home insurance premium? Absolutely not. Insurance FraudIf you are seriously injured in an auto collision, your accident benefits (AB) coverage pays for rehabilitation treatment, income replacement and other services to help you recover.Insurance PoolIs the money you pay for insurance set aside just for you, to cover any claims you have? Simply put – no. Useful LinksBuying Home InsuranceAs a homeowner, you need to insure your house for replacement costs so that in the event of serious damage or destruction you have adequate coverage. Be sure to keep your home insurance current by reporting material changes or upgrades.Types of PoliciesComprehensive, basic/named perils, broad and “no frills” are typical home insurance policies. Wording and what’s covered in individual policies vary from one insurer to another. Home insurance policies include personal liability coverage.Rights and ResponsibilitiesInsurance companies, brokers and agents are committed to safeguarding your rights when you shop for insurance and submit a claim following a loss. Buying TipsInsurance is a significant investment. Before you purchase coverage, getting answers to key questions can help you make informed decisions.