Home Systems Life Expectancies

How long can you expect it to last?

You may be planning major improvements to your home or simply be curious about how long you can expect various things to last. It´s useful information, especially if you want to make sure you get your money´s worth.

Many house parts are fully functional for years; others give it up after just a few. A cast iron tub can work as well today as it did when it was first installed in 1888, though it may require refinishing. If maintained, brick and stonework can last centuries.

The following tables show average life expectancies for mechanical systems as well as interior and exterior materials. These have been taken from a wide range of sources including various professional building speciality websites and consumer resources, and are intended only as an estimate. Care and maintenance as well as quality and proper installation also play big roles in performance and longevity.

Mechanical systems

Mechanical Systems Expected life in years
Air conditioning compressor
15-20
Forced air furnace, heat pump
15
Baseboard electric heat systems
20
Plumbing, waste piping
75
Hot-Water Boiler
20-30
Water Pump
7 – 10
Water Softener
20

Interior materials

Materials Expected life in years
Carpeting
11
Interior Paint
7 – 10
Vinyl Floor
20 – 30
Wood Floor
100+
Bathroom fixtures, porcelain and cast iron
50
Fiberglass tub/showers
10-15
Kitchen cabinets (particle board and laminates)
15-20
Kitchen cabinets, solid wood and plywood construction
20-50
Counters, Tile
50+
Counters, Laminate
10-15
Counters, Wood
20+
Counters, Granite
20+

Exterior materials

Materials
Expected life in years
Aluminum Siding
20 – 50
Exterior Deck 15
Exterior Paint
7 – 10
Garage Door
20 – 50
Garage Door Opener
10
Roofing, Composition
15-30
Roofing, wood shingles
20-30
Roofing, Tile
50
Veneer (Brick, Stone)
100+
Vinyl Siding
50
Wood Siding
10 – 100

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