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By Amy and Dan Schuman | Agent in Solon, OH

Life Expectancy of Home Components

Life Expectancy of Home Components

When buying a home, it is important to learn as much about the homes you are viewing, especially ones you really like. This way, you can know expectations up front when you decide to move forward with buying a particular home.

Knowing the age of home components can help you with budgeting for future updates and repairs. The following is a list of life expectancies of certain home components. Keep in mind that these figures are merely averages. If the seller of a particular property does not know how old a certain items is, a home inspector may be able to tell you.

Here are some life expectancies of common components found in many homes:


Appliances -  Gas Range - 15 yrs

      Dryers/refrigerators- 13 yrs

      Dishwashers and Microwaves - 9 yrs

      Compactors - 6 yrs

Countertops  -    Natural Stone - lifetime

  Cultured Marble - 20 years

Decks -   20 years, depending on climate

Doors -   Exterior fiberglass, steel and wood - will last as long as house stands

  Vinyl doors - 20 years

  Screen Doors - 40 years

  French Doors - 30-50 years

Faucets and Fixtures -   Kitchen sinks - 50 years

       Faucets - 15 years

            Shower Doors - 20 years

       Showerheads/toilets - lifetime


Flooring -    Wood, marble, slate and granite - 100 years

   Vinyl Flooring - 50 years    

   Linoleum - 25 years

   Carpet - 8-10 years

Garage Doors -  10-15 years

Home Technology -    Security Systems- 5-10 years

       Heat and Smoke detectors- 5-10 years

Heating, Venting, and AC- HVAC Systems- 15-20 years

 Tankless water heaters - 20 years

       Electric or gas water heaters - 10 years


Roofing  -   Slate, Copper and clay/concrete - 50 years

 Asphalt-shingle - 20 years  

  Fiber-cement shingles- 25 years

      Wood shakes- 30 years

Siding and Accessories-  Brick, wood, stone, and fiber cement- last as long as the home

       Exterior Wood shutters - 20 years

       Copper Gutters- 50 years

   Aluminum Gutters- 20 years

    Copper downspouts- 100 years

        Aluminum downspouts- 30 years

Windows- Aluminum - 15-20 years

     Wooden- up to 30 years 

Source= Study by National Association of Home Builders. Life expectancies listed above are general guidelines only. They should not be interpreted as a representation, warranty or guarantee regarding the life expectancy or performance of any individual product or product line.


About The Authors:

Dan and Amy Schuman are Solon OH residents. They specialize in Cleveland luxury homes, working with buyers relocating to Solon, and first-time buyers.

For Ohio and Cleveland OH real estate and homes see Cleveland real estate

For a personal consultation or to speak directly to The Schuman Team, call 216-346-3235.



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