Life Expectancy

img_life-expectancyAPPLIANCES
Compactor – 10 years.
Dishwasher – 10 years.
Garbage Disposer – 10 years.
Dryer – 10 years.
Freezer (compact) – 12 years.
Freezer (standard) – 16 years.
Microwave Oven – 11 years.
Range (freestanding and built-in, electric) – 17 years.
Range (freestanding and built-in, gas) – 19 years.
Range (high oven, gas) – 14 years.
Refrigerator (compact) – 14 years.
Refrigerator (standard) – 17 years.
Washer (automatic and compact) – 13 years.
Exhaust Fans – 20 years.

BATHROOM FIXTURES
Cast Iron bathtub – 50 years.
Fiberglass bathtub and shower – 10-15 years.
Shower door (average quality) – 25 years.
Toilet – 50 years.

CABINETS
Kitchen cabinets – 15-20 years.
Medicine cabinet/bath vanity – 20 years.

COUNTER TOPS
Laminate – 10-15 years.
Ceramic tile (high grade installation) – Lifetime.
Wood/butcher block – 20+ years.
Granite – 20+ years.

DOORS
Screen – 25 – 50 years.
Interior (not perfect hollow core) – Interior (solid core) – 30 years to life.
Exterior (protected overhang) – 80-100 years.
Exterior (unprotected and exposed) – 25-30 years.
Folding -30 years to life.
Garage door -20 -50 years.
Garage door opener -10 years.

FINISHES (Used for waterproofing)
Paint, plaster and stucco -3-5 years.
Sealer, silicone, and waxes -1-5 years.

FLOORS
Oak or pine -Lifetime
Slate flagstone -Lifetime
Vinyl sheet or tile -minimum
Terrazzo -Lifetime
Carpeting -11 years
Marble -Lifetime

FOOTINGS & FOUNDATIONS
Poured footing & foundation -200 years.
Concrete block -100 years.
Cement -50 years.
Waterproofing (bituminous coating) -10 years.
Termite proofing -5 years.

HEATING, VENTILATION & AIR CONDITIONING
Air conditioning unit (central) -15 years.
Air conditioning unit (window) -10 years.
Baseboard heat units -20 years.
Humidifier -8 years.
Water Heater (electric) -14 years.
Water Heater (gas) -11 -13 years.
Forced air furnace, heat pump -15 years.
Furnace, gas or oil fired -18 years.

HOME SECURITY APPLIANCES
Intrusion system -14 years.
Smoke Detector -12 years.
Smoke/fire/intrusion system -10 years.

LANDSCAPING
Wooden deck -15 years.
Brick and concrete patio -24 years.
Tennis court -10 years.
Concrete walk -24 years.
Gravel walk -4 years.
Asphalt driveway -10 years.
Swimming pool -18 years.
Sprinkler system – 12 years.
Fence – 12 years.

PAINTS & STAINS
Exterior paint on wood, brick and aluminum – 7-10 years.
Interior wall paint – 5-10 years.
Interior trim and door paint – 5-10 years.
Interior wallpaper – 7 years.

PLUMBING
Faucets (low quality) – 13-15 years.
Faucets (high quality) 15-20 years.
Sinks (enamel steel sink) – 5-10 years.
Sinks (enamel cast iron sink) – 25-30 years.
Sinks (Porcelain sink) – 25-30 years.
Waste pipe (concrete) – 50-100 years.
Waste pipe (cast iron) – 75-100 years.

ROOFING
Asphalt and wood shingles and shakes – 15-30 years.
Asphalt composition shingle – 15-30 years.
Asphalt overlag – 25-35 years.
Built-up roofing (asphalt) – 12-25 years.
Built-up roofing (coat and tar) – 12-30 years.
Gutters and downspouts – 30 years.
Slate – 50-100 years.
Sheet metal – 20-50 years.
Tile – 50 years.

SIDING
Aluminum Siding – 20-50 years.
Steel Siding – 50 years to Life.
Vinyl Siding – 50 years.
Wood Siding – 10 – 100 years.

WINDOWS
Aluminum casement – 10-20 years.
Screens – 25 – 50 years.
Window glazing – 20 years.
Wood casement – 20-50 years.

The above listing is a sampling of life expectancies for different products and materials used in homes, as listed in a report titled “1997 Housing Facts, Figures and Trends” published by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Washington, D.C.