House Life Expectancy

Appliances

  • Compactor - 7 years
  • Dishwasher - 10 years
  • Disposal - 10 years
  • Dryer - 14 years
  • Freezer:
    • compact - 12 years
    • standard - 16 years
  • Microwave Oven - 10 years
  • Range:
    • free standing electric - 17 years
    • free standing gas - 15 years
    • high oven, gas - 14 years
  • Range Hood - 14 years
  • Refrigerator:
    • compact - 14 years
    • standard - 17 years
  • Washer:
    • automatic – 10-13 years
    • compact – 10-13 years
  • Exhaust Fan - 20 years

Bathrooms

  • Cast Iron Bathtub - 50 years
  • Fiberglass Bathtub & Shower - 10-15 years
  • Shower Door – 20-25 years
  • Faucet – 20 years
  • Shower Head – 50 years
  • Toilet – 50-100 years
  • Jetted Tub – 20-50 years
  • Cast Iron Tub – 50 years

Cabinetry

  • Kitchen Cabinets - 20-40 years
  • Bath Vanity - 20 years
  • Medicine Cabinets 20+ years
  • Closet Shelves - life of structure
  • Garage & Laundry - 100 years +

Ceilings

  • Drywall and Plaster - 30-70 years
  • Suspension Ceiling - life of structure
  • Acoustical Ceiling - life of structure

Countertops

  • Laminate - 10-15 years
  • Ceramic Tile high grade installation - life of structure
  • Wood/Butcher Block - 20+ years
  • Granite - 20+ years

Doors

  • Screen - 25-50 years
  • Interior:
    • Hollow core - 10-30 years
    • Solid core wood - 30- life of structure
  • Exterior - 20-50 years
    • Protected overhang - 80-100 years
    • Unprotected - 25-30 years
  • Steel, Fire-Rated - life of structure
  • Vinyl – 20 years
  • Folding - 30- life of structure
  • Garage Door - 15-50 years
  • Garage Door Opener – 10-15 years

Electrical

  • Copper wiring:
    • copper plated - 100+ years
    • copper clad aluminum - 100+ years
  • Bare copper - 100+ years
  • Insulation:
    • armored cable (BX) - life of structure
    • conduit - life of structure
  • Lighting Controls – 10+ years
  • Accessories – 10+ years

Floors

  • Bamboo - life of structure
  • Carpet – 8-11 years
  • Concrete - 50+ years
  • Engineered Wood - 50+ years
  • Laminate - 15-25 years
  • Marble - 100+ years
  • Oak or Pine - life of structure
  • Slate Flagstone - life of structure
  • Tile - 75-100 years
  • Terrazzo - 75+ years
  • Vinyl sheet or tile - 20+ years

Footings & Foundations

  • Poured footing and foundation - 200 years
  • Concrete Block - 100 years
  • Cement – 50 - 200 years
  • Waterproofing:
    • bituminous coating - 10 years
    • pargeting with ionite - 20-30 years
    • termite proofing - 5 years
    • baseboard system - 20 years

Heating, Ventilation, A/C

  • Air Conditioning Unit:
    • central unit new units last longer – 15-20 years
    • window unit - 10 years
  • Unit Compressor - 15 years
  • Humidifier Gateway recommends immediate disconnection - 8 years
  • Dehumidifier – 8 years
  • Water Heater: depends on quality of water and type of lining
    • electric - 14 years
    • gas - 11-13 years
  • Tankless Water Heater - 20 years
  • Forced Air Furnace, heat pump - 15 years
  • Duct Work:
    • plastic - 15 years
    • galvanized - 30 years
  • Rooftop Air Conditioner - 15 years
  • Boiler - 30 years
  • Gas Furnace - 18 years
  • Unit Heater, gas or electric - 13 years
  • Radiant Heater:
    • electric - 15 years
    • hot water or steam - 25 years
  • Air Terminals: diffuser, grill, or register - 27 years
  • Induction and Fan-coil units - 20 years
  • Damper - 20 years
  • Fan:
    • centrifugal - 25 years
    • axial - 20 years
    • ventilating roof mounted - 20 years
  • Coils:
    • DX, water or steam - 20 years
    • electric - 15 years
  • Heat Exchanger - 24 years
  • Molded insulation - 20 years
  • Pump, Sump and Well - 10 years
  • Burner - 21 years
  • Thermostat – 8-25 years

Insulation

  • Foundation, Roof, Ceiling, Wall, and Floor – life of structure
  • Cellulose, fiberglass and foam - life of structure
  • House Wrap - life of structure
  • Loose - life of structure

Landscaping

  • Wooden Deck - 8-20 years
  • Urethane Deck 15-30 years
  • Concrete Deck 20-30 years
  • Brick or Concrete Patio - 24 years
  • Tennis Court – 10-15 years
  • Concrete Walk - 24 years
  • Gravel Walk - 4 years
  • Asphalt Drive – 10-18 years
  • Swimming Pool – 18-25 years
  • Sprinkler System – 12-20 years
  • Fence - 12 years
  • Polyvinyl Fences - life of structure
  • Clay Paving - life of structure
  • Valves – 20 years
  • Controllers – 15 years

Masonry

  • Chimney, Fireplace, and Brick Veneer - life of structure
  • Brick and Stone Walls - 100+ years
  • Stucco and Mantels – life of structure

Materials

  • Caulking for sealer - 8-10 years
  • Metal for coping - 20-40 years
  • Mortar for walls - 25+ years
  • Plastic for flashing - 25+ years

Millwork

  • Stairs - 50-100 years
  • Rails and Disappearing Stairs - 30-40 years

Paints & Stains

  • Exterior:
    • Wood, Brick, and Aluminum - 7-10 years
  • Interior:
    • Wall paint - 7-10 years
    • Trim and door - 5-10 years
    • Wallpaper - 7 years

Plumbing

  • Waste Pipe:
    • concrete - 50-100 years
    • cast iron - 50-100 years
    • plastic - life of structure
  • Supply Line:
    • galvanized - 50 years
    • copper - 80+ years
  • Faucets:
    • high quality - 15-20 years
    • low quality - 13-15 years
  • Acrylic Sink - 50 years
  • Saunas/Steam Rooms - 15-20 years
  • Enamel Steel - 5-10 years
  • Soapstone - 100+years

Roofing

  • Asphalt/Wood Shingles and Shakes dependent on environment - 15-30 years
  • Tile - 50 years
  • Slate - 50-100 years
  • Sheet Metal - 20-50+ years
  • Built Up Roofing:
    • asphalt - 12-25 years
    • coat and tar - 12-30 years
    • asphalt composition - 15-30 years
    • asphalt over lag - 25-30 years

Rough Structure

  • Basement Floor System - life of structure
  • Framing - life of structure
  • Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) - life of structure
  • Engineered Lumber - life of structure
  • Trusses - life of structure
  • Timber Frame Homes - life of structure

Shutters

  • Wood:
    • Interior - life of structure
    • Exterior - 4-5 years
  • Plastic - 7-8 years
  • Aluminum:
    • Interior - 35-50 years
    • Exterior - 3-5 years

Siding

  • Gutters and Downspouts – 20-30 years
  • Copper - 50+ years
  • Siding:
    • wood - 10-100 years (10 yrs if constantly wet, 100 if properly maintained)
    • metal - 50-life of structure
    • aluminum - 20-50 years
    • vinyl - 50 years
    • brick or rock - life of structure
    • Fiber Cement - life of structure
  • Manufactured Stone - life of structure
  • Stucco - 50-100 years

Technology

  • Intrusion System - 14 years
  • Smoke Detector – 5-12 years
  • Smoke/Fire/Intrusion - 10 years
  • Wireless Network - 50 years
  • Built-in Audio – 20 years
  • Home Automation Systems - life of structure

Walls & Treatments

  • Drywall and Plaster - 30-70 years
  • Ceramic Tile - life of structure

Windows

  • Window Glazing - 20 years
  • Wood Casement - 20-50 years
  • Aluminum Casement - 10-20 years
  • Screen - 25-50 years
  • Skylight – 15-20 years
  • Vinyl – 15-30 years