How long do home components work

Area's Covered in Report

 
1. Appliances 13. Garages
2. Cabinetry and Storage 14. Home Technology
3. Concrete and Masonry 15. HVAC
4. Counter Tops 16. Insulation and Infiltration Barriers
5. Decks 17. Job Site Equipment
6. Doors 18. Molding and Millwork
7. Electrical and Lighting 19. Paint, Caulk, and Adhesives
8. Engineered Lumber 20. Panels
9. Faucet and Fixtures 21. Roofing
10. Flooring 22. Siding and Accessories
11. Footings and Foundations 23. Site and Landscaping

12. Framing and Other Structural Systems

24. Walls, Ceilings and Finishes

THE STUDY

In the summer of 2006, The Home builders Association conducted a comprehensive telephone survey of manufacturers, trade associations and researchers to develop information about the longevity of housing components.

Many of the people interviewed emphasized that the life expectancy of housing components is greatly affected by the quality of maintenance. They also noted that changing consumer preferences can result in products being replaced long before -- or after -- the end of their practical life expectancy.

Appliances -  The life expectancy of a typical appliance depends to a great extent on the use it receives. Moreover, appliances are often replaced long before they are worn out because changes in styling, technology and consumer preferences make newer products more desirable. Of the major appliances in a home, gas ranges have the longest life expectancy: 15 years. Dryers and refrigerators last about 13 years. Some of the appliances with the shortest lifespan are: compactors (6 years), dishwashers               (9 years) and microwave ovens (9 years).

Cabinetry and Storage -  Kitchens are becoming larger and more elaborate, and together with the family room, modern kitchens now form the “great room.”  Great rooms are not only a place to cook, but also a space where people gather to read, eat, do homework, surf the Internet and pay bills. Kitchen cabinets are expected to last up to 50 years, medicine cabinets for 20+ years, and garage/laundry cabinets for 100+ years. Closet shelves are expected to last for a lifetime.

Concrete and Masonry -  Masonry is one of the most durable components of a home. Chimneys, fireplaces, and brick veneers can last a lifetime, and brick walls have an average life expectancy of more than 100 years.

Countertops -  Natural stone counter tops, which are less expensive than a few years ago, are gaining in popularity and are expected to last a lifetime. Cultured marble counter tops have a life expectancy of about 20 years.

Decks - Because they are subject to a wide range of conditions in different climates, the life expectancy of wooden decks can vary significantly. Under ideal conditions, they have a life expectancy of about 20 years.

Doors -  Exterior fiberglass, steel and wood doors will last as long as the house exists, while vinyl and screen doors have a life expectancy of 20 and 40 years, respectively. Closet doors are expected to last a lifetime, and French doors have an average life of 30 to 50 years.

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