How Long Will Your House Live?

The National Association of Home Builders and Bank of America Home Equity did a study and released a report of the life expectancy of components of your home.  Here’s what they came up with… 

(Life expectancy depends greatly on extent of use)

Appliances: Gas Ranges last the longest, at 15 years.  Dryers & Refrigerators last about 13 years. Dishwashers & microwaves come in at 9 years.

Cabinetry & Storage: Kitchen cabinets can last up to 50 years, while medicine cabinets can withstand only 20.  Closet shelves are expected to last a lifetime, (so go ahead and buy those shoes) 😉

Concrete & Masonry: Chimney’s, fireplaces, and brick veneers can last a lifetime while brick walls last approximately 100 years.

Countertops: Natural Stone tops are expected to last a lifetime but cultured marble can holdup for only 20 years.

Decks: Under ideal weather conditions decks can last up to 20 years.

Doors: Exterior fiberglass, steel, and wood doors will last as long as the house; however, vinyl and screen doors have a life expectancy of 20 & 40 years respectively. 

Electrical & Lighting: Copper wiring can last a lifetime but their plastic accessories are expected to last 10 years.

Faucets & Fixtures: Modified Acrylic kitchen sinks can last up to 50 years while kitchen faucets will work properly for about 15 years.  Shower enclosures rack up 50 years before giving out and shower heads can last a lifetime.  Shower doors come in at 20 years while whirlpool tubs can work properly for 20-50 years, depending on use.

Garages: Garage door openers can last 10-15 years. 

HVAC: With regular maintenance, they can last 15-25 years.  Furnaces last about 15-20 years, heat pumps 16 years, and AC units 10-15 years. 

Windows & Skylights: Aluminum windows can last between 15 and 20 years while wooden windows will last up to 30 years. 

I hope that helps clear up some confusion on how long certain components of your home should last and WHEN you should replace them!  Follow my blog for more Real Estate news & information.



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