Life Expectancy Of Housing Components

The life expectancy of housing components varies depending upon the following factors:
I. 1. The level of maintenance
II. 2. The weather and climate conditions
III. 3. The intensity of use
IV. 4. The quality of installation
Many times the components of homes may have a life that is longer than their obsolescence because of changing styles, efficiency in new products. You toilet may work fine but it waste much more water than the new one on the market today and the pink color is out of style.
Here are some of the statics on home components from the Survey performed by the National Association of home Builders and sponsored by the Bank of America. This research was conducted in the summer of 2006. For the complete report check out

  1. Appliances 6 to 18 years

  2. Cabinetry10 to 50 years

  3. Concrete & Masonry 100+ years

  4. Counter tops 20 years to Lifetime

  5. Decks 20 to25 years

  6. Doors 20 to Lifetime

  7. Electrical 10 to a Lifetime

  8. Engineered Lumber 30 to Lifetime

  9. Faucets and Fixtures 10 to Lifetime

  10. Flooring

  11. Carpet 8 years,

  12. Engineered Wood 50+,

  13. Linoleum25 years,

  14. Tile 75 to 100 years

  15. Vinyl 50 years

  16. Foundations Lifetime

  17. Framing and other structural systems Lifetime

  18. Garage door openers 10 to 15 years

  19. Heating & Air conditioning 10 to20 years

  20. Insulation Lifetime

  21. Moldings Lifetime

  22. Paints 15 years

  23. Roofing 20 years to Lifetime.

  24. Siding Stucco 50 years

  25. Fiber Cement Lifetime

  26. Windows 150 to 30 year

As you can see many of our home components do out last their useful life in terms of style. But more importantly one should be cognoscente of the items that have a short life time that do have a severe impact on other components in the home. For example i went on an estimate the other day for a house repaint. Well, the fascia board on the south west side was so beating up from the sun’s rays that the paint not only peel away but the wood was damages and had to be replaced. Unfortunately sometime when this happens, some of the roofing needs to be re-installed because these components are all inter connected.
There are tons of examples of neglected maintenance that lead to much high cost to repair which could have been avoided with proper scheduled maintenance. The most intrusive of all damaging culprits is water. Keep an eye out for areas where water collects. Caulking and paint staves of not just water but those annoying little critters called termites.
Though the comparison of a home to a automobile is simple to demonstrate, remember that a home (historically) appreciates in value and an car depreciates in value over time. The exceptions are easy to see. Take a home that is run down. No maintenance let alone any upgrades. “bottom dollar” for this condition. Conversely, take an old car and recondition it, now you have a collector’s item and the value is greater then it’s original cost. Keep your house it tip top shape and your most valued asset will appreciate with time.

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