How Long Does This Part Of My Home Last

How Long Does This Part Of My Home Last

This is how long 16 parts of your home should last for

Below is a more thorough explanation of the life expectations, but first for the busy people, some spoilers...

Roof: 20-50 years

Refrigerator: 6-15 years

Dishwasher: 10 years

Washing Machine: 8-12 years

Dryer: 10 years

HVAC System: 15-25 years

Cooktop Oven: 10-18 years

Deck: 10-30 years

Toilets: Inconclusive (Replace after repairs over $100)

Water Heater: 10 years

Gutters & Shutters: 20 years

Flooring - 50-100 years (or before they go out of style)

From Business Insider

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Most of your home's exterior materials shouldn't have to be replaced.
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  • Getting the most out of your home products is essential, especially when you factor in how much you spend on each item.

  • Your refrigerator should last you between six to 15 years, depending on how well you maintain it.

  • If the cost of fixing your washing machine is over $500, you're better off buying a new one.

You know how it goes: When you're least expecting it, you'll need to replace something in your home. Maybe the refrigerator or the dishwasher stops working unexpectedly. Perhaps the roof starts leaking or the washing machine stops spinning. Here's a look at the life expectancy of some of your home's big-ticket items.

Roof

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When it comes to roofs, it all depends on your circumstances.
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The life expectancy of your roof really depends on where you live, along with building design, materials and how much work you put into maintaining it. According to the National Association of Home Builders, a tile, copper or slate roof can last more than 50 years. Wood shake roofs should last about 30 years, while you'll get about 25 years out of fiber cement. Asphalt shingles will give you about 20 years of reliable service.

Refrigerator

You'll get about six to 15 years out of your refrigerator, according to Angie's List. The most common refrigerator repairs include ice maker failure, main control board failure and a clogged drain.

Dishwasher

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It's important to regularly clean out your dishwasher.
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Consumer Reports asked manufactures of 13 dishwasher brands to weigh in on the lifespan of the appliance, and 10 years is about the norm. All manufactures noted it's important to follow the owner's manual and regularly clean out your dishwasher to keep it running properly.

Washing machine

Angie's List reports the average life of a washing machine is eight to 12 years. If the repair exceeds $500, it may be worth considering a new machine. The most common repairs include gasket replacement, a switch failure and valve issues.

Clothes dryer

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It's probably time to start shopping for a new dryer after a decade or so.
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Ten years is the average life expectancy of a clothes dryer, according to Consumer Reports. To help increase your dryer's life, keep the dryer vent clean and consider air drying when possible.

HVAC system

Your home's heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems should last you 15 to 25 years with proper upkeep, with furnaces averaging about 15 to 20 years. However, according to Comfort Pro, Inc., an HVAC company, many homeowners choose to update their furnace after 10 to 15 years for a more efficient model.

Cooktop and oven

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You should get at least 10 years out of your oven.
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When it comes to your kitchen cooktop and oven, how long it lasts depends on the type and how often you use it. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, you can expect to get 10 to 18 years out of your gas oven and 15 to 17 years out of your gas range. An electric range will last 13 to 15 years.

Deck

Like your roof, your deck's life expectancy depends greatly on climate and maintenance. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors estimates decks made from wood planks will last about 15 years, while structural wood will give you 10 to 30 years. Composite decking will last anywhere from eight to 25 years.

Toilet

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If you're constantly unclogging your toilet, it may be time to get a new one.
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When it comes to your home's toilet, it can be hard to say how long it will last. However, there are some things that can tell you when it needs to be replaced. If you're rebuilding the toilet guts regularly, it has recurring clogs or a crack in the porcelain, it may be time for a new toilet.

Water heater

A rule of thumb for water heaters— according to Angie's List — is that those older than 10 years should be considered for a replacement. Some signs that your water heater is about to die include rusty water, rumbling noises and leaks.

Outside materials

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Your brick should outlast you.
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Many homeowners will never have to replace their home's exterior materials such as brick, stone, vinyl and fiber cement— all should outlast you. HomeAdvisor notes you should expect to replace both your aluminum gutters and your wood shutters after about 20 years.

Flooring

You can expect your wood flooring to last about 100 years, or even more with proper upkeep. Vinyl flooring will last about 50 years, while you'll get about 10 years out of your carpet. When it comes to tile flooring, life expectancy depends on the type of tile, maintenance and amount of foot traffic.


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