How Long Do Things Last In A House

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How Long Do Things Last In A House

Why remodel your house or perform a bathroom or kitchen remodel?  How long do things last in a house? Eventually, things stop working and must be replaced.  Below is a list of life expectancies.

Air Conditioners

  • Whole house 10-15 years

  • Window 8-15 years

Appliances

  • Dishwasher 10 years

  • Dryer 10-12 years

  • Microwave 10 years

  • Freezer 15+ years

  • Refrigerator 10+ years

  • Range 15+ years

  • Cooktop 17-20 years

  • Oven 15+ years

  • Washer 10-12 years

Coatings – Wood floors

  • Polyurethane 3-5 years

  • Shellac 3-5 years

  • Varnish 3-5 years

Coatings – Interior Doors and Trim

  • Polyurethane 15-30 years

  • Shellac 8-10 years

  • Varnish 15-30 years

Chimney

  • Chimney 15-20 years

  • Flue . . . life of the house

Deck

  • Wood 15-20 years

  • Plastic/Composite 30+ years

Driveways

  • Concrete 20-30 years

  • Asphalt 10-15 years

  • Gravel 10-15 years

    – Adding gravel every 5 years

Exterior walls

  • Aluminum siding 20-30 years

  • Asbestos shingles 15-30 years

  • Asphalt siding 20-40 years

  • Brick 100+ years

  • Cedar siding 40-75 years

  • Hardboard siding 10-25 years

  • Redwood siding 40-100 years

  • Stone 100+ years

  • Stucco 30 years

  • Vinyl siding 30 years

Faucets 10-15 years

Fences

  • Plastic 50 years

  • Stone 100 years

  • Wood 5-30 years

  • Wrought iron 50-100 years

Fire Extinguisher 12 years

Flooring

  • Carpeting 10-15 years

  • Cork 50+ years

  • Ceramic tile 50-100 years

  • Vinyl 5-25 years

  • Wood 50+ years

Furnace

  • 15-30 years

Garage-door opener

  • 10-20 years

Garbage disposal

  • 10 years

Grout

  • 10-15 years if sealed

Gutters

  • Aluminum 20 years

  • Galvanized steel 60-70 years

  • Copper 60-70 years

Hot tub

  • 15-20 years

Light fixtures

  • In-ceiling fixtures 7-25 years

  • Motion lights 1 year

Paint, Latex

  • High Quality 15-20 years

  • Med Quality 7-10 years

  • Low Quality 3-5 years

  • Oil paint 15-20 years

  • Acrylic paint 20-50 years

Plumbing, Pipe

  • Copper 50 years

  • PEX 50 years

  • Plastic 25+ years

  • Galvanized steel 15 years

  • Gas 50 years

Roof

  • Asphalt shingles 15-20 years

     – Interlocking 15-25 years

  • Asphalt rolls 10 years

  • Clay tiles 20 years

  • Cement tiles 20 years

  • Metal roofing 15-40 years

  • Slate shingles 30-100 years

  • Wood shingles 10-40 years

Showers

  • Fiberglass 5-15 years

  • Acrylic 10-15 years

  • Ceramic Tile 10-50 years

Sewer Line

  • ABS 100+ years

  • Cast iron 70-90 years

  • Cement 100 years

  • Ceramic 40-50 years

  • Plastic 25 years

Sink

  • Kitchen 50 years

  • Bathroom 35-50 years

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide alarms

  • 10 years

Toilet

  • 35-50 years

Tub

  • Cast iron 50 years to lifetime

  • Acrylic 10-20 years

  • Fiberglass 5-20 years

Vent fan (exhaust fan)

  • 15-20 years

Walkways

  • Brick 25-100 years

  • Concrete 30-35 years

  • Concrete steps 30+ years

  • Stone indefinitely

Wallpaper

  • 10-20 years

Water heater

  • Tank 8-12 years

  • Tankless 12-20 years

Waterlines, exterior below grade

  • Galvanized steel 25-40 years

  • Copper 40-50+ years

  • PVC 100+ years

  • Plastic 20 years

Whirlpool/Jet/Air tub

  • 20 years

Windows

  • Aluminum-clad 30 years

  • Vinyl 30 years

  • Vinyl-clad 35-40 years

  • Wood 25-30 years

Wiring

  • Switches 10-25 years

  • Outlets 15-20 years

  • Circuit breaker 15-30 years

  • Electric panel 20-30 years

The estimated longevity of items in this list assumes proper maintenance.

These estimates were gathered from a variety of associations, retailers, manufactures and repair services.  These figures should be viewed as the maximums.  The country where manufactured plays a big part in how long a product will last along with how it was installed.  The best products will fail prematurely if installed incorrectly, especially if the installer was inexperienced and/or used substandard materials and installation methods. 

How Long Do Things Last In A House DAD's ConstructionIn my over 45 years in remodeling, important factors such as temperatures, humidity and moisture, dirt, plants, rodents, insects, proximity to the ocean, maintenance, frequency of use, and the quality of the originally installed item have a significant impact on how long things last. 

Regarding how long things last in a house, are the figures always accurate?

No.  There are exceptions.  For example, in Orange County, I have never seen residential new home builder installed outlets last 15-20 years as noted in the above table – except those hidden behind a piece of furniture.  Most are damaged or broken within 5 years and become fire and electrocution hazards.  Only a few contractors, such as DAD’s Construction, install high quality outlets that are much stronger, safer, and reliable than standard outlets.  What is the difference in cost between a low quality and high quality 15amp duplex outlet?  It’s about $0.10 – ten cents!

How Long Do Things Last In A House Kitchen RemodelA final note on appliances (this includes washers and dryers).  Truth be told, over the last 20 years, appliances have steadily fallen in their life expectancy.  Regardless of brand, price paid, or who installed it, consider yourself extremely lucky if you get 10 years before calling for repairs.  I highly recommend purchasing an extended warranty on all appliances.

I hope this helps you answer the question “How Long Do Things Last In A House?”

How Can I Receive More Information?

If you would like more information on enjoying the best bathroom, kitchen, and interior remodeling experience in Orange County, call Dan at (949) 380-0177 or at dan@dadsconstruction.com for a free in home consultation.  DAD’s serves all of South Orange County California.  This includes Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Portola Hills, Ladera Ranch, Irvine, San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, Dove Canyon, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Newport Beach, and Aliso Viejo.

How Long Do Things Last In A House

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