The Life Expectancy of Your Home

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Every component of your home has a lifespan. Common questions asked by homeowners include when to replace the flooring or how long to expect their siding to last. This information can help when budgeting for improvements or deciding between repairing and replacing when the time comes. We’re all familiar with the cliché: They just don’t build things like they used to. And while this may be true when it comes to brick siding or slate roofing, lifespans of other household components have increased in recent years. Here are the life expectancies of the most common household items (courtesy of NAHB):

 

Appliances: Among major appliances, gas ranges have a longer life expectancy than things like dishwashers and microwaves.  

Appliance 

Life Expectancy 

 Oil-burning Furnace 

 20 years 

 Heat Pump 

 16 years 

 Gas Range 

 15 years 

 Electric range / Refrigerator / Dryer 

 13 years 

 Electric / Gas Water Heater 

 10 years 

 Garbage disposal 

 10 years 

 Dishwasher / Microwave / Mini Fridge 

  9 years

 

Kitchen & Bath: When choosing your countertops, factor in the life expectancies of different materials.  

Kitchen / Bath Item  

Life Expectancy 

 Wood / Tile / Natural Stone Countertops 

 Lifetime 

 Toilets (parts will require maintenance) 

 50+ years 

 Stainless steel sink 

 30+ years 

 Bathroom faucet 

 20+ years 

 Cultured marble countertops 

 20 years 

 Kitchen faucet 

 15 years 

 

Flooring: If you’re looking for longevity, wood floors are the way to go. Certain rooms in your home will be better suited for carpeting, but you can expect they’ll need replacing within a decade.  

Flooring Material 

Life Expectancy 

 Wood / Bamboo 

 Lifetime 

 Brick Pavers / Granite / Marble / Slate 

 100+ years 

 Linoleum 

 25 years 

 Carpet 

 8 – 10 years 

 

Siding & Roofing: When choosing roofing and siding for your home, climate and maintenance level factor into the life expectancy of the material. However, brick siding and slate roofing are known to be dependable for decades.  

Siding / Roofing Material  

Life Expectancy 

 Brick Siding 

 100+ years 

 Aluminum Siding 

 80 years 

 Slate / Tile Roofing 

 50+ years 

 Wood Shingles 

 30 years 

 Wood Siding

 10 – 100 years (depending on climate)

 

Are extended warranties warranted? 

Extended warranties, also known as service contracts or service agreements, are sold for all types of household items from appliances to electronics. They cover service calls and repairs for a specified time beyond the manufacturer’s standard warranty. 

You will have to consider whether the cost is worth it to you. For some, it brings a much-needed peace of mind when making such a large purchase. Also consider if the cost outweighs the value of the item. In some cases it may be less expensive to replace a broken appliance than to pay for insurance or a warranty.