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HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

The folllowing information is provided by the National Association of Home Builders...

  

APPLIANCES

Compactor
Dishwasher
Garbage Disposal
Dryer
Freezer (compact)
Freezer (standard)
Microwave oven
Range (freestanding and built-in, electric)
Range (freestanding and built in, gas)
Range (high oven, gas)
Refrigerator (compact)
Refrigerator (standard)
Washer (automatic and compact)
Exhaust fan

BATHROOMS
Cast iron bathtub
Fiberglas bathtub and shower
Shower door (average quality)
Toilet

CABINETS
Kitchen cabinets
Medicine cabinet/bath vanity

LIFE SPAN
(in years)

10
10
10
10
12
16
11
17
19
14
14
17
13
20


50
10-15
25
50


15-20
20

COUNTERTOPS
Laminate
Ceramic tile (high-grade installation)
Wood/butcher block
Granite

DOORS
Screen
Interior (not perfect hollow core)
Interior (solid corewood)
Exterior (protected overhang)
Exterior (unprotected and exposed)
Folding
Garage door
Garage door opener

FINISHES (Used for waterproofing)
Paint, plaster and stucco
Sealer, silicone, and waxes

FLOORS
Oak or pine
Slate flagstone
Vinyl sheet or tile
Terrazzo
Carpeting
Marble


10-15
Lifetime
20+
20+


25-50
<30-life
30-life
80-100
25-30
30-life
20-50
10


3-5
1-5


Lifetime
Lifetime
minimum 20-30
Lifetime
11
Lifetime

FOOTINGS AND FOUNDATIONS
Poured footing and foundation
Concrete block
Cement
Waterproofing (bituminous coating)
Termite proofing
Baseboard system


200
100
50
10
5
20

 

HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING
The lifespan of water heaters depends upon the following…

  • The quality of the water heater
  • The type of water heater (gas or electric)
  • The type of ignition system (pilot or electronic)
  • The chemical composition of the water
  • The long-term water temperature settings
  • The quality and frequency of pastmaintenance
  • The quality and frequency of futuremaintenance
    • Frequency of flushing
    • Frequency of sacrificial anode replacement

Air conditioning unit (central unit)
Air conditioning unit (window unit)
Humidifier
Water heater (electric)
Water heater (gas)
Forced air furnace, heat pump
Furnace, gas or oil fired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


15
10
8
14
11-13
15
18

HOME SECURITY APPLIANCES
Intrusion system
Smoke detector
Smoke/fire/intrusion system

LANDSCAPING
Wooden deck
Brick and concrete patio
Tennis court
Concrete walk
Gravel walk
Asphalt driveway
Swimming pool
Sprinkler system
Fence

PAINTS AND STAINS
Exterior paint on wood, brick and aluminum
Interior wall paint
Interior trim and door
Interior wallpaper


14
12
10


15
24
10
24
4
10
18
12
12


7-10
5-10
5-10
7

PLUMBING
Waste pipe (concrete)
Waste pipe (cast iron)
Sinks (enamel steel sink)
Sinks (enamel cast iron sink)
Sinks (porcelain sink)
Faucets --low quality
Faucets-- high quality


50-100
75-100
5-10
25-30
25-30
13-15
15-20

ROOFING

The lifespan of roof covering materials depends upon the following…

  • material quality
  • installation method
  • number of existing layers
  • structure orientation
  • roof pitch
  • climate (snow, rain and ice)
  • building site (overhanging tree branches, protection from wind, etc.)
  • shingle color (amt. of heat absorbed)
  • elevation (UV)
  • roof structure ventilation (heat)
  • quality of maintenance


Asphalt and wood shingles and shakes
Tile
Slate
Sheet metal
Built-up roofing (asphalt)
Built-up roofing (coat and tar)
Asphalt composition shingle
Asphalt overlag

 

 

 

 

 


15-30
50
50-100
20-50
12-25
12-30
15-30
25-35

SIDING
Gutters and downspouts
Siding (wood)
Siding (steel)
Siding (aluminum)
Siding (vinyl)


30
10-100
50-life
20-50
50

WINDOWS
Window glazing
Wood casement
Aluminum casement
Screen 


20
20-50
10-20
25-50



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