Knowing the age of home components can help you with budgeting for future updates and repairs. It may also be a determining factor in choosing one home over another.

The following is a list of life expectancies of certain home components. Keep in mind that these figures are merely averages.

 

LIFE EXPECTANCY IN YEARS OF HOME COMPONENTS

how long do home components last?

 


Appliances -  Gas Range - 15 years

                    Dryers / Refrigerators 13                                                     

                    Dishwashers and Microwaves - 9

                    Compactors - 6

 

Countertops  -    Natural Stone - lifetime

                         Cultured Marble - 20

 

Decks -              15-20 , depending on climate

 

Doors -              Exterior fiberglass, steel and wood - will last as long as house stands

                          Vinyl doors - 20 years

                          Screen Doors - 40

                          French Doors - 30-50

 

Faucets and Fixtures -   Kitchen sinks - 50 years

                                    Faucets - 15

                                    Shower Doors - 20

                                    Showerheads/toilets - lifetime

 flooring 

Flooring -       Wood, marble, slate and granite - 100

                       Vinyl Flooring -50                         

                       Linoleum - 25

                       Carpet - 8-10

 

Garage Doors -             10-15 years

 

Home Technology -       Security Systems- 5-10 years

                                    Heat and Smoke detectors- 5-10 years

 

Heating, Venting, and AC- HVAC Systems- 15-20 years

                                       Tankless water heaters - 20

                                       Electric or gas water heaters - 10

 roof

Roofing  -                      Slate, Copper and clay/concrete - 50 years

                                      Asphalt-shingle - 20 years                     

                                      Fiber-cement shingles- 25 years

                                      Wood shakes- 30 years

 

Siding and Accessories-     Brick, wood, stone, and fiber cement- last as long as the home

                                        Exterior Wood shutters - 20 years

                                        Copper Gutters- 50

                                        Aluminum Gutters- 20

                                        Copper downspouts- 100

                                        Aluminum downspouts- 30

 

Windows-                         Aluminum - 15-20 years

                                        Wooden- up to 30 years 

 

Source= Study by National Association of Home Builders. Life expectancies listed above are general guidelines only. They should not be interpreted as a representation, warranty or guarantee regarding the life expectancy or performance of any individual product or product line.