As a homeowner, you inevitably ask yourself – or your home inspector when you’re buying a property – how long major structures and systems will last once you move in, including the roof, HVAC unit, windows, and so on, because you know home maintenance is a large ongoing cost that you’d like to manage as well as possible.
Regardless of your home’s age, you’re likely going to have to spend money on upkeep every year, so it makes sense to have a maintenance fund that you contribute to on a regular basis to cover these expected, and unexpected, issues since you can’t be sure exactly when things will need to be repaired and/or replaced.
Here’s a general guide to help you understand the typical life expectancy of minor home components such as caulking all the way up to major systems like plumbing and plan accordingly.
Of course, it’s also wise to take into consideration styles and brands, as well as wear and tear, since some products last longer than others depending on how they’re constructed and used. And, for the most part, people replace/upgrade certain components within their homes during renovations to keep them looking fresh well before their effective life is over.
|Appliance||Average Life Expectancy (Years)|
|Roofing||Average Life Expectancy (Years)|
|Asphalt Shingles (Architectural)||15-20|
|Asphalt Shingles (3-tab)||10-15|
|BUR (Built-Up Roofing)||10-12|
|HVAC||Average Life Expectancy (Years)|
|Air Conditioner (Central)||10-15|
|Plumbing, Fixtures & Faucets||Average Life Expectancy (Years)|
|Toilets, Bidets & Urinals||100+ (if not cracked)|
|ABS and PVC Waste Pipe||50-80|
|Plastic Water Lines||75|
|Water Line (copper)||50-75|
|Water Line (plastic)||50-75|
|Cast-Iron Waste Pipe (below ground)||50-60|
|Cast-Iron Waste Pipe (above ground)||40|
|Fibreglass Bathtub and Shower||20|
|Water Heater (conventional)||8-12|
|Instant (on-demand) Water Heater||10|
|Toilet Tank Components||5|
|Flooring||Average Life Expectancy (Years)|
|All Wood Floors||100+|
|Windows||Average Life Expectancy (Years)|
|Doors (Exterior)||Average Life Expectancy (Years)|
|Decking||Average Life Expectancy (Years)|
|Adhesives, Caulking & Paint||Average Life Expectancy (Years)|
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