Life Expectancy...of Your Home and appliances

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Life Expectancy...of Your Home


“Housing Economics,” a publication of the National Association of Home Builders, addressed the topic of the life expectancy of housing components in its recent issue.  According to the findings, this is the average length of time items can be expected to last: (all figures are expressed in number of years)


Dishwashers                                   7-12

Dryers                                            10-15

Freezers                                        12-16

Garbage Disposal                       5-10

Microwave Oven                         11


       Electric                              17

       Gas                                  19

Refrigerators 10-18

Stove 15-25

Trash Compactors 7-12

Washers 10-12

Exhaust Fans 20



Cast Iron Tub 50

Fiberglass Tub & Shower 10-15

Shower Doors 25

Toilets 50

Mechanism 5-10


Counter Tops

Laminate 10-15

Ceramic Tile Lifetime

Wood/Butcher Block 20+

Granite 20+



Slate Flagstone Lifetime

Vinyl Sheet or Tile 20

Carpeting 11

Marble Lifetime


Footings and Foundations

Poured Footings & Foundations                           200

Concrete Block                                             100

Cement                                                        50


Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning

       Central Unit                              6-10

       Window Unit                            10

Water Heater                                 8-15

Furnace, Gas or Oil Fired     18

Heat Pump     15



Chimney, Fireplace &

Brick Veneer            Lifetime

Brick & Stone Walls 100+


Paints & Wall Coverings

Exterior Paints on Wood & Trim    4-10

Interior Wall & Trim Paint     4-10


Comments (1)

Michael Dagner
Brokers Guild Classic - Denver, CO
Your Denver Homes Realty Expert

Thats quite a list.  It always feels great when we beat the odds with some of those items.  

Jan 17, 2015 12:56 PM