component. This forms the basis for part of the monthly assessments--setting aside an amount each month for the estimated future date of a roof replacement for the entire complex, for example. You can do the same thing on a smaller scale, as a buffer against the inevitable future expenses of owning a home.


AIR CONDITIONING

Split System Condensers (outside unit) - 10 to 16 years

Split System Air Handler (inside unit) - 14 to 18 years

Ductless (Mini-Split) - 10 to 16 years

Package Units - 10 to 16 years

Gas Furnace - 14 to 20 years

Window Air Conditioner - 5 to 8 years


ROOF SYSTEMS

Asphalt Shingles, 3-tab - 15 to 18 years

Asphalt Shingles, Architectural - 19 to 25 years

Galvalume (metal) - 30 to 45 years

Concrete Tile - 35 to 50 years

Built-Up or Modified Bitumen - 10 to 16 years

Built-Up & Gravel - 20 to 30 years

EPDM (rubber) - 10 to 16 years

Roll Roofing - 6 to 10 years


WATER SUPPLY PIPING

Copper - 60 to 80 years

Galvanized Steel - 40 to 50 years

CPVC and PVC -  50 to 70 years

PEX - 40 years


DRAIN PIPING

ABS - 50 to 70+ years

Cast Iron - 50 to 65 years

Galvanized Steel - 40 to 60 years

Copper - 50 to 70+ years

PVC - 50 to 70+ years


PLUMBING FIXTURES

Water Heaters - 10 to 20 years

Faucets - 15 to 25 years

Sinks, Tubs, Toilets - 40 to 80 years

Shut-off Valves - 20 years


WELL SYSTEMS

Above-Ground Pump - 10 to 20 years

Submersible Pump - 15 to 20 years

Steel Pressure Tank - 20 to 30 years

Fiberglass Pressure Tank - 25 to 40 years


EXTERIOR SIDING/VENEER

Aluminum - 25 to 40 years

Vinyl - 25 to 40 years

Wood or Wood Composition - 20 to 40 years

Plywood Siding (T-111, RB&B, etc.) - 20 to 40 years

Cement/Fiber Siding (such as Hardi-Plank) - 60+ years

Brick - 100+ years

Stucco on Frame - 50 to 60 years

Stucco on Block - 60+ years


CABINETRY

Kitchen Cabinets - 50 years

Closet shelves - 60+ years

Medicine Cabinets - 20 to 30 years


SITE

Wood Decks - 20 years

Termite Ground Treatment - 12 years

Sprinkler Systems - 20 years


APPLIANCES

Gas and Electric Ranges - 15 years

Washers and Dryers - 12 years

Refrigerators - 13 years

Dishwashers - 9 years

Microwave Ovens - 9 years


COUNTERTOPS

Mica - 20 years

Cultured Marble - 25 years

Natural Stone - 50+ years


DOORS

Fiberglass and Steel Doors - 50+ years

Wood Doors - 40  to 50 years

Garage Doors - 30 years

Garage Door Openers - 10 to 15 years


WINDOWS

Wood - 35 to 60 years

Aluminum - 25 to 40 years

Vinyl -  25 to 40 years

Insulated Glass Windows - 20 to 30 years


ELECTRICAL

Service Panel - 60 years

Circuit Breaker - 30 to 40 years

GFCI Circuit Breaker - 20 to 30 years

AFCI Circuit Breaker - 20 to 30 years

Wall Switches - 30 to 40 years

Wall Receptacle/Outlets - 50 years

Fixtures - 40 years

Wiring - 60 to 80+ years


PAINT AND CAULK

Exterior Paint - 7 to 10 years

Interior Paint - 10 to 15 years

Caulk (interior and exterior) - 6 to 15 years



While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
© - McGarry and Madsen Inspection.


NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, and our own professional experience.

Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only,

and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.

 

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