Approximate Life Expectancies of Home Components

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Home Inspector with A2Z Home Inspections
NAHB 2007 Report

 
Invaluable list of the approximate life expectancies of home components.

Alarms, Intrusion System – 14 years

Alarms/Detectors, Smoke – 12 years

Alarms, Combination (Smoke/fire/intrusion) – 10 years

Air Conditioner, Central – 15 years (newer units may last longer)

Air Conditioner, Roof type – 15 years

Air Conditioner, Window – 10 years

Baseboard Systems – 20 years

Basement floor systems - Lifetime

Bathtub, Cast Iron – 50 years

Bathtub, Fiberglass – 10 to 15 years

Boiler, Hot Water – 30 years (depends on quality of water)

Boiler, Steam – 30 years (depends on quality of water)

Brick Veneer - Lifetime

Burners, Furnace – 21 years

Cabinets, Kitchen – 15 to 20 years

Cabinets, Medicine – 20 years

Cement – 50 years

Ceramic Tile, (high grade installation) – Lifetime

Chimney, Masonry - Lifetime

Coils, DX, Water, and Steam – 20 years

Coils, Electric – 15 years

Concrete Block – 100 years

Compactors – 10 years

Compressor, Air conditioner – 15 years

Conduit, Electrical - Lifetime

Countertops, Ceramic tile, (high grade installation) – Lifetime

Countertops, Granite – 20 year
 
Countertops, Laminate – 10 to 15 years

Countertops, Wood/Butcher Block – 20 years

Decks, Wooden – 15 years

Dampers (HVAC) – 20 years

Diffusers – 27 years

Dishwashers – 10 years

Disposals – 10 years

Door Opener, Garage (Electric) – 10 years

Doors, Exterior (Protected from the elements) – 80 to 100 years

Doors, Exterior (Unprotected and exposed) – 25 to 30 years

Doors, Folding – 30 years to Lifetime

Doors, Garage – 20 to 50 years

Doors, Interior (Hollow Core) – Less than 30 years

Doors, Interior (Solid Core) – 30 years to Lifetime

Doors, Screen – 25 to 50 years

Driveways, Asphalt – 10 years

Dryers, Clothes – 14 years

Fan, Axial – 20 years

Fan, Centrifugal – 25 years

Fan, Exhaust – 20 years

Fan, Ventilating Roof-mounted – 20 years

Faucets, High Quality – 15 to 20 years

Faucets, Low Quality – 13 to 15 years

Fences – 12 years

Fireplace, Masonry – Lifetime

Flooring, Carpet (dependant on installation, traffic, and quality) – 11 years

Flooring, Flagstone – Lifetime

Flooring, Marble – (dependant on installation, traffic, and thickness) - Lifetime

Flooring, Oak – Lifetime

Flooring, Pine – Lifetime

Flooring, Slate – Lifetime

Flooring, Terrazzo - Lifetime

Flooring, Tile – 20 to 30 years

Flooring, Vinyl – 20 to 30 years

Footings, Poured – 200 years

Foundations, Poured – 200 years

Framing, exterior and interior walls - Lifetime

Freezers, Compact – 12 years

Freezers, Standard – 16 years

Furnace, Forced Air – 15 years

Furnace, Gas Fired – 18 years

Furnace, Oil Fired – 18 years

Grille Covers (HVAC) – 27 years

Gutters and Downspouts – 30 years

Heat Exchangers, Shell-and-tube – 24 years

Heat Pump – 15 years

Humidifier – 8 years

Induction and fan coil units – 20 years

Insulation, Ceiling – Lifetime

Insulation, Floor – Lifetime

Insulation, Foundation – Lifetime

Insulation, Roof - Lifetime

Insulation, Molded – 20 years (Common furnace insulation)

Microwaves – 11 years

Oil Tank (Buried) – 10 to 15 years

Paint, Exterior (Overall Paints) – 7 to 10 years

Paint, Exterior (Latex, One coat) – 4 years

Paint, Exterior (Latex, Two coats) – 8 years

Paint, Interior – 5 to 10 years

Patios, Brick and Concrete – 24 years

Pumps, Sump – 10 years

Pumps, Well – 10 years

Radiant Heaters, Electric – 10 years

Radiant Heater, Hot Water – 25 years

Radiant Heater, Steam – 25 years

Range, Electric – 17 years

Range, Gas – 19 years

Refrigerators, Compact/Apartment – 14 years

Refrigerators, Standard – 17 years

Registers, Heat – 27 years

Roofing, Asphalt Shingle – 15 to 30 years

Roofing, Asphalt Composition Shingle – 15 to 30 years

Roofing, Asphalt Overlag – 25 to 35 years

Roofing, Built-up Asphalt – 12 to 25 years

Roofing, Built-up Coal and Tar – 12 to 30 years

Roofing, Shake – 15 to 30 years

Roofing, Sheet Metal – 20 to 50 years (depends on gauge and quality of installation)

Roofing, Slate – 50 to 100 years (depends on grade)

Roofing, Tile – 50 years (depends on quality and climate)

Roofing, Wood Shingle – 15 to 30 years

Shelves, Closet - Lifetime

Shower Doors (average quality) – 25 years

Shower Stall, Fiberglass - 10 to 15 years

Shower Stall, Steel - 15 to 20 years

Shutters, Aluminum Exterior – 3 to 5 years

Shutters, Aluminum Interior – 35 to 50 years

Shutters, Vinyl Exterior – 7 to 8 years

Shutters, Wood Exterior – 4 to 5 years (depends on weather conditions and climate)

Shutters, Wood Interior – Lifetime

Siding, Aluminum – 20 to 50 years

Siding, Steel – 50 years to Lifetime

Siding, Vinyl – 50 years

Siding, Wood – 10 to 100 years (highly dependant on maintenance practices)

Sinks, China – 25 to 30 years

Sinks, Enamel Cast Iron – 25 to 30 years

Sinks, Enamel Steel – 5 to 10 years

Sprinkler Systems – 12 years

Stairs, Disappearing – 30 to 40 years

Stairs, Trim – 50 to 100 years

Stove – See Range

Stucco Walls – Lifetime

Swimming Pools – 18 years

Tennis Courts – 10 years
 
Termite Proofing – 5 years (may be shorter in damp climates)

Toilets – See Water Closets

Unit Heaters, Electric – 13 years

Unit Heater, Gas – 13 years

Vanities, Bath – 20 years

Walks, Concrete – 24 years

Walks, Gravel – 4 years

Wallpaper – 7 years

Walls, Brick – 100 years

Walls, Ceramic Tile – Lifetime (High grade installation)

Walls, Drywall – 30 to 70 years

Walls, Plaster – 30 to 70 years

Walls, Stone – 100 years

Walls, Stucco - Lifetime

Washer, Compact/Apartment Clothes – 13 years

Washers, Standard/Automatic Clothes – 13 years

Waste Piping, Cast Iron – 75 to 100 years

Water Closets – 50 years

Water Heater, Electric – 14 years  ( I have found a more accurate time frame would be 6 - 14 years for ANY Water Heater dependent on the quality of the water supply)

Water Heater, Gas – (Dependent on type of lining and quality of water) 11 to 13 years

Waterproofing, Bituminous Coating – 10 years

Waterproofing Finish, Paint – 3 to 5 years

Waterproofing Finish, Plaster – 3 to 5 years

Waterproofing Finish, Stucco – 3 to 5 years

Waterproofing Sealer – 1 to 5 years

Waterproofing Silicone – 1 to 5 years

Waterproofing Waxes – 1 to 5 years

Window, Aluminum Casement – 20 to 30 years

Window, Vinyl Casement – 20 to 30 years

Window, Wood Casement – 20 to 50 years

Window Glazing – 20 years

Window Screen – 25 to 50 years

Wire, Armored Cable (BX) - Lifetime

Wire, Bare Copper – 100 years

Wire, Copper – 100 years

Wire, Copper Plated – 100 years

Wire, Copper Clad Aluminum – 100 years

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Rainer
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Mike Fotiou
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Thanks for the list!  That's great info to have in case a client was wondering.   The link isn't found however...
Jul 17, 2007 10:22 AM #1
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Ann Guy
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Man Chris, you are not giving me good news here.  It looks like I am going to be replacing alot of stuff in the very near future!  But thanks for the heads up.

Jul 17, 2007 10:45 AM #2
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Chris Duphily
A2Z Home Inspections - Stroudsburg, PA
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Mike - Sorry about that, link is working now

Ann- SORRY! but at least you know to keep your eye on things! :)

Jul 17, 2007 11:18 AM #3
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Gita Bantwal
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Thanks for taking the time to post the list. It will be handy when working with buyers of resales.
Jul 18, 2007 06:26 AM #4
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What a great list.  Hope you don't mind if I use for future reference Thanks!

Jul 22, 2007 06:47 PM #5
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