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Life Expectancies Of Home Components

Nothing lasts forever. Many factors affect the lifespan of the systems and components of your home. The original quality of the materials and workmanship is the most important consideration. Then comes the use, care and maintenance. The following list is a guideline based on average quality and maintenance

Roof Systems:  
Slate 60 to 100 years
Tile 60 to 100
Metal 50 to 90
Cedar 30 to 50
Asphalt Shingles 15 to 30
4-Ply Built-up roofing (flat) 10 to 20
Roll 5 to 10
   
Gutters and Downspouts:  
Copper 40 to 90 years
Galvanized 20 to 25
Aluminum 20 to 25
Plastic varies based on quality
   
Siding:  
Brick or Masonry 100+ years
Stucco 100+
Cement-asbestos 40 to 100
Vinyl 25 to 40
Aluminum 20 to 25
Wood 20 to 40
Exterior Paint 2 to 5
   
Outside Components:  
Asphalt Driveway 5 to 10 years
Wooden Deck 10 to 15
Doors 12 to 15
Garage Door Opener 8 to 12
   
Plumbing:  
Plastic Pipe unknown
Copper Pipe 70+ years
Cast Iron Pipe 50 to 90
Lead Pipe 50 to 70
Septic System Field Tiles 25 to 30
Water Heater 8 to 15
   
Heating and Air Conditioning:  
Furnace 20 to 25 years
Boiler 20 to 25
Cast Iron Boiler 30+
Air Conditioning Compressor 10 to 15
Fans 15 to 30
Pumps 10 to 20
   
Household Appliances:  
Range 18 to 20 years
Refrigerator 18 to 20
Dishwasher 8 to 12
Garbage Disposer 8 to 12
Trash Compactor 8 to 12
Clothes Washer 10 to 15
Clothes Dryer 12 to 15

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