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How long will it last?

How long will various building materials, appliances and components of your home last? Here are life expectancies 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 association.

Life expectancy, in years

Appliances

Refrigerator 17

Range

gas 19

electric 17

Freezer

standard 16

compact 12

Dryer 14

Washer 13

Microwave oven 11

Dishwasher 10

Compactor 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 paint

on wood, brick

and aluminum 7-10

Interior Wall paint 5-10

Trim and door 5-10

Wall paper 7

Roofing

Slate 50-100

Tile 50

Sheet metal 20-50+

Asphalt overlag 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 system 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

Protected 80-100

Exposed 25-30

Interior

Hollow less than 30-life

Solid corewood 30-life

Folding 30-life

Screen 25-50

Shower door 25

Garage door 20-50

Garage door opener 10

Cabinetry

Kitchen cabinets 15-20

Medicine cabinet 20

Countertops

Ceramic tile Lifetime

Granite 20+

Laminate 10-15

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