How long can your home components last?
Knowing the lifespan of home components is helpful when buying a home. When most of its major systems need replacement, it can hurt your budget. This is why you need a thorough home inspection to identify the age of major systems and then negotiate. However, an inspection won’t always reveal the condition of home component, especially if it’s inside a slab and walls.
The most expensive components of a home are generally the roof, electrical system, plumbing, furnace and air-conditioning systems. It’s possible to know, more or less, how long they are likely to last and plan for its replacement, depending on the quality of the items, maintenance and where you live.
Based on National Association of Home Builders survey of manufacturers, trade associations and researchers in 2007, following is life expectancy of major home components.
Roofs: Slate, copper and tile roofs can last more than 50 years. Wood shake roofs are expected to last about 30 years, while fiber cement shingles last about 25 years and asphalt shingle/composition roofs last about 20 years. Climate and weather conditions can cut the lifespan of all types of roofs. Home roofing repair Noblesville is available for your roofing needs.
Air conditioning system: 10 to 15 years. Have your unit serviced every year or keep filters clean and bushes around the outdoor unit trimmed can keep it running in good condition longer, tho’ it will wear out eventually.
Water heater: A conventional electric or gas water heater typically lasts about 10 years. Tank-less water heater, lasts for about 20 years.
Furnace: 15 to 20 years. If your furnace is nearing the end of its life, upgrade to a newer, more energy-efficient model to cut your heating bills.
Decks: In optimal conditions, a wood deck can last 20 years; in dry areas, it can last 20 to 25 years; in the South, where there is more rain and humidity, it is likely to last only 10 to 15 years.
Doors: Exterior doors made of fiberglass, steel and wood will last for decades, or the lifetime of the house. Screen doors last about 40 years, and vinyl doors typically last about 20 years.
Floors: Wood, marble and slate floors last 100 years or more, if well maintained. Tile floors can last 75 to 100 years, and terrazzo lasts more than 75 years. Linoleum lasts about 25 years and vinyl up to 50 years, while laminate floors lasts about 15 to 25 years. Most carpet needs to be replaced every eight to 10 years, even if it’s maintained well.
Gutters: Aluminum gutters last about 20 years, while copper gutters last about 50 years.