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Life Expectancy of the Parts of Your Home

Your home is getting older, and, with normal wear and tear, parts of your home will need to be replaced.

Depending on what your roof is made of, you could get up to 50 or more years out of it. If you’re considering replacing all or part of your roof, knowing how long it will last may impact your decision making. Here’s the life expectancy of different roofing materials:

  • slate, copper – 50+ years
  • clay/concrete tile – 50+ years
  • wood shake – 30 years
  • fiber cement shingles – 25 years
  • asphalt shingles – 20 years

Your floors may give you more than 100 years of normal use. Here’s the life expectancy of the floors in your home:

  • stone or wood – 100+ years
  • tile – 75-100 years
  • vinyl – 50 years
  • laminate – 15-25 years
  • carpet – 8-10 years

Your plumbing and HVAC systems have a shorter life span:

  • tankless water heaters – 20 years
  • heat pumps – 16 years
  • faucets – 15-20 years
  • furnaces – 15-20 years
  • A/C units – 10-15 years
  • gas or electric water heaters – 10 years

Your appliances don’t last forever either:

  • stoves – 13-15 years
  • refrigerators – 13 years
  • dryers – 13 years
  • garbage disposals – 12 years
  • washing machines – 10 years
  • dishwashers – 9 years

Another consideration in the life expectancy in any part of your home is the quality of the installation, Improper installation may take years or decades off your roof, floors, appliances, or plumbing fixtures. How much you use it and how well you maintain it can also impact the life span of these parts of your home.

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