How Long Will it Last?

How long will various building materials, appliances and components of your home last? Here are life expectancies (in years) of some products and materials in the home, according to a 1993 survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders. Information was drawn from industry trade associations.

Life Expectancy

Appliances

Refridgerator 17
Range
Gas 19
Electric 17
Freezer
Standard 16
Compact 12
Dryer 14
Washer 13
Microwave Oven 11
Disposal 10
Dishwasher 10
Compacter 10
Plumbing
Sinks
Porcelain 25-30
Enamel cast iron 25-30
Enamel steel 5-10
Faucets
High quality 15-20
Low quality 13-15
Cast iron bathtub 50
Fiberglass bathtub 10-15
Fiberglass shower 10-15
Toilet 50
Paints and Stains
Exterior pain on wood, brick and aluminum 7-10
Interior
Wall paint 5-10
Trim and door 5-10
Wallpaper 7
Roofing

Slate 50-100
Tile 50
Sheet metal 20-50+
Asphalt overlay 25-35
Shingles and Shakes
Asphalt 15-30
Wood 15-30
Built-up roofing
Coat and Tar 12-30
Asphalt 12-25
Floors
Marble Lifetime+
Terrazzo Lifetime+
Ceramic tile Lifetime+
Oak or pine Lifetime+
Slate flagstone Lifetime+
Vinyl sheet or tile 20-30
Carpeting 11
Landscaping
Swimming pool 18
Wooden deck 15
Sprinkler 12
Asphalt driveway 10
Home Security
Intrusion system 14
Smoke detector 12
Smoke/fire/intrusion system 10
Heating and Air Conditioning
Air conditioning
Central unit 15
Window unit 10
Compressor 15
Heat pump 15
Water heater
Electric 14
Gas 11-13
Doors
Exterior 80-100
Protected 25-30
Interior
Hollow less than 30-life
Solid core wood 30-life
Folding 30-life
Screen 25-30
Shower door 25
Garage door 20-50
Garage door opener 10
Cabinetry
Kitchen cabinets 15-20
Medicine cabinet 20
Counter Tops
Ceramic tile lifetime
Granite 20+
Laminate