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The following was compiled from information gathered from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development dated 2000.

The following was compiled from information gathered from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development dated 2000. The life expectancy estimates were provided largely by the industries or manufacturers that make and sell the components listed below. Many factors affect the life expectancy of housing components including the quality of the components, the quality of their installation, their level of maintenance, weather and climatic conditions, and intensity of their use.

 

FOOTINGS AND FOUNDATIONS:

Poured footing and foundation 200
Concrete Block 100
Cement 50

SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE TREATMENT:

Termite proofing 5

ROUGH STRUCTURE:

CBS construction lifetime
Framing lifetime if maintained and kept free from water and termite damage.

STUCCO:

Stucco on CBS lifetime
Wood 10 if not maintained 50 if well maintained
Metal (steel) 50-lifetime
Aluminum 20-50
Vinyl 50

PAINTS AND STAINS:

Exterior
Paint on CBS, Wood, Brick, and Aluminum 7-10
Interior:
wall paint 7-10 trim and door 5-10 wallpaper 7

MASONRY:

Chimney, Fireplace, and Brick Veneer lifetime
Brick and Stone Walls 100+
Stucco and Mantels lifetime

MATERIALS:

Caulking for sealer 8-10 Should be checked annually
Metal for coping 20-40
Mortar for walls 25+
Plastic for flashing 25+

ROOFING:

Asphalt/Wood Shingles and Shakes dependent on environment 15-30
Asphalt 90# mineral surface 8-15 flat roofing
Concrete & Clay Tile 40 Valleys and buttresses are prone to earlier failure Slate 50-100
Sheet Metal 20-50+

GUTTERS:

Gutters and Downspouts 15

DOORS:

Screen 25
Interior:
Hollow core 10-30
Solid core wood 30-life
Exterior:
Solid Wood 20 If well maintained & protected from rain, as few as 5 if exposed.
Steel 20 If well maintained & protected from rain possibly as few as 5 if exposed.
Doors & Exterior cont.
Fiberglass lifetime If a composite plastic jamb is used. Wood jambs are prone to earlier failure.
Aluminum & clad sliders lifetime rollers tend to need attention. Salt air can cause premature failure.
Garage Door 20-50
Garage Door Opener 10

WINDOWS:

Window Glazing 20
Wood 20-50
Aluminum 10-20 best quality to 30 Salt air can cause premature failure

FLOORS:

Oak or Pine lifetime
Slate Flagstone lifetime
Laminate “Pergo” 10-30
Vinyl sheet or tile 20+
Terrazzo lifetime
Carpet 11
Quality tile lifetime
Marble lifetime

CEILINGS:

Suspension Ceiling lifetime
Acoustical Ceiling lifetime

HOME SECURITY:

Intrusion System 14
Smoke Detector 12
Smoke/Fire/Intrusion 10

APPLIANCES:

Compactor 10
Dishwasher 10
Disposal 10
Dryer 14
Freezer / Refrigerator 12-16
Microwave Oven 11
Range / Oven 14-17
Clothes Washer / Dryer 13
Exhaust Fan 20

BATHROOMS:

Cast Iron Bathtub 50
Steel tub 40
Fiberglass Bathtub & Shower 10-15 Tile shower lifetime if well maintained
Shower Door 10-25
Toilet 50

CABINETRY:

Kitchen Cabinets 15-20
Bath Vanity 20

COUNTERTOPS:

Laminate 10-15
Ceramic Tile high grade installation lifetime
Solid surface “Corrian” lifetime
Wood/Butcher Block 20+
Granite 20+

WALLS & TREATMENTS:

Drywall and Plaster 30-70
Ceramic Tile lifetime

ELECTRICAL:

Copper wiring:
Copper plated 100+
Copper clad aluminum 100+
Bare copper 100+
Insulation:
Armored cable (BX) lifetime
Conduit pipe lifetime
Sheathed “Romex” lifetime

HEATING, VENTILATION, A/C:

Air Conditioning:
Split System 12-16 Newer units can last longer
Heat pumps 12-16
Package Unit 10-14
Water Source Heat Pumps Package unit 10-14
Window unit 10
Duct Work:
Metal fiberglass wrapped 30 If lining is damaged can sweat and drip water Flexible and ridged fiberglass 30

WATER FILTERS AND HEATERS:

Depends on quality of water and type of lining Electric 14
Gas 11-13
Whole House Filter System 12-25

PLUMBING:

Waste Pipe:
Concrete 50-100
Cast iron 50-100
Plastic “PVC” lifetime Supply Line: Galvanized 50
Copper 80+
CPVC lifetime
Faucets:
High quality 15-20
How quality 13-15

LANDSCAPING:

Screen Rooms 15-25
Wooden Deck 15
Brick or Concrete Patio and Driveways 24
Tennis Court 10
Concrete Walk 24
Gravel Walk 4
Asphalt Driveway 10
Swimming Pool 18-25
Sprinkler System 12-20
Fence Wood 12
Fence Chain Link 12-20
Fence Vinyl 12-20